StarSeries Season 3 viewer's guide

With the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals starting on Tuesday, we have prepared a viewer's guide with the schedule, talent lineup, and prize distribution of the tournament.

Set to kick off on Tuesday, the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals will run through April 4-9 at the Palace "Ukraine" in Kiev, where the second season of StarSeries took place.


The Palace "Ukraine" will once again host the StarSeries finals

Sixteen teams will face-off in a Swiss group stage. The eight best teams after the group stages will play a single elimination bracket playoff for the lion's share of the $300,000 prize pool.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4
CIS Natus Vincere Denmark North Sweden fnatic United States CLG
Denmark Astralis Kazakhstan Gambit France G2 China 5POWER
Poland Virtus.pro Europe FaZe Europe HellRaisers China TYLOO
Brazil SK Sweden NiP Brazil Immortals Korea MVP Project

The pairings for the first round of matches, the only one known in the Swiss system, were made after seeding teams into four pools. Pools 1 & 2, which featured invited teams, and pools 3 & 4, which featured teams who made it through qualifiers.

Tuesday, April 4th
10:00 Denmark North vs. Brazil Immortals BO1
11:30 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Korea MVP Project BO1
13:00 Brazil SK vs. China TYLOO BO1
14:30 Denmark Astralis vs. United States CLG BO1
16:00 Europe FaZe vs. Europe HellRaisers BO1
17:30 Kazakhstan Gambit vs. Sweden fnatic BO1
19:00 Sweden NiP vs. France G2 BO1
20:30 CIS Natus Vincere vs. China UYA BO1
         
Wednesday, April 5th
10:00 Round 2 - Match #1 BO1
11:30 Round 2 - Match #2 BO1
13:00 Round 2 - Match #3 BO1
14:30 Round 2 - Match #4 BO1
16:00 Round 2 - Match #5 BO1
17:30 Round 2 - Match #6 BO1
19:00 Round 2 - Match #7 BO1
20:30 Round 2 - Match #8 BO1
         
Thursday, April 6th
10:00 Round 3 - Match #1 BO1
11:30 Round 3 - Match #2 BO1
13:00 Round 3 - Match #3 BO1
14:30 Round 3 - Match #4 BO1
16:00 Round 3 - Match #5 BO1
17:30 Round 3 - Match #6 BO1
19:00 Round 3 - Match #7 BO1
20:30 Round 3 - Match #8 BO1
         
Friday, April 7th
08:00 Round 4 - Match #1 BO1
09:30 Round 4 - Match #2 BO1
11:00 Round 4 - Match #3 BO1
12:30 Round 4 - Match #4 BO1
14:00 Round 4 - Match #5 BO1
15:30 Round 4 - Match #6 BO1
17:00 Round 5 - Match #1 BO1
18:30 Round 5 - Match #2 BO1
20:00 Round 5 - Match #3 BO1
         
Saturday, April 8th
09:00 Quarter-final #1 BO3
12:00 Quarter-final #2 BO3
15:00 Quarter-final #3 BO3
18:00 Quarter-final #4 BO3
         
Sunday, April 9th
11:00 Semi-final #1 BO3
14:30 Semi-final #2 BO3
18:00 Grand final BO3

To break down the action in Kiev, here is the talent lineup, including the desk as well as the play-by-play commentators:

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson – Desk Host

United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields – Analyst
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole – Analyst
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović – Analyst

Denmark Anders Blume – Commentator
United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat – Commentator
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer – Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett – Commentator
United Kingdom Tom "TomBizz" Bissmire – Commentator

The distribution for the $300,000 pool is as follows:

1. - $125,000
2. - $50,000
3-4. - $25,000
5-8. - $10,000
9-11. - $6,000
12-14. - $4,000
15-16. - $2,500

#1
SaufS | 
Switzerland zulecsgo 
very nice tournament im hyped
2017-04-02 13:56
#4
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United Kingdom Szbitzel2 
incredible
2017-04-02 13:56
#7
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
nice
2017-04-02 13:57
Ez Astralis
2017-04-02 13:57
nice
2017-04-02 13:56
#17
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Spain SaileSamkaed 
Ez for Navi
2017-04-02 13:58
#18
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Slovakia TatKo 
My body is ready
2017-04-02 13:59
#19
k0nfig | 
Denmark QDouble 
Ez4 astralis And this format is shit.
2017-04-02 14:00
#22
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France t3r4byt3 
its the exact same format that was used at the EL Major
2017-04-02 14:05
#95
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Europe lalt 
And?
2017-04-02 21:42
#105
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France t3r4byt3 
look at the guy's flag
2017-04-03 05:54
this format looks best tbh, might be even better than bo3 groups
2017-04-02 14:26
#20
shox | 
United Kingdom DeKo^ 
UYA? nvm, didnt realise they changed.
2017-04-02 14:01
#23
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Europe KappaKaako 
interesting to see how these asian teams do probably all get rekt. TyLoo can maybe win a map
2017-04-02 14:05
g2 gonna win it
2017-04-02 14:06
#25
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
navi/sk pool1, faze pool2 kek
2017-04-02 14:07
bcuz it's Starladder NaVi will win this
2017-04-03 05:52
#109
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
i highly doubt :D
2017-04-03 10:43
#27
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Yugoslavia ToBeHonest 
I dont know
2017-04-02 14:09
looks good, ez Astralis
2017-04-02 14:10
ez4mvp
2017-04-02 14:12
#30
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Ukraine TheUnity 
UYA? wtf is dis?
2017-04-02 14:14
#32
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Finland Jonzu95 
5power's new org
2017-04-02 14:18
#31
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United States Grace_Kelly 
Seminfinals and final on the same day????
2017-04-02 14:17
going to be a nice event if they don't fuck up with production
2017-04-02 14:18
#52
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France t3r4byt3 
season 2 was run pretty smoothly, season 3 should be fine as well
2017-04-02 15:14
#34
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Brazil Sleepwalking 
bye sk
2017-04-02 14:21
#35
Zajda | 
Europe Zajda 
that pool 1 is bullshit
2017-04-02 14:21
#38
Summer | 
Korea dafNaY 
they wont play eachother its not a group but a pool lol
2017-04-02 14:24
#59
Zajda | 
Europe Zajda 
i know, thats why im saying it "lol"
2017-04-02 15:58
#60
Zajda | 
Europe Zajda 
because its like top 4 teams in the world have easy way to playoff
2017-04-02 15:58
#37
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Portugal dascouves 
who the fuck is tombizz?
2017-04-02 14:24
NiP pool 2? good one.
2017-04-02 14:25
Use brain hater. All invited teams are pool 1-2, the qualified teams are pool 3-4. And b4 you say shit, NIP was invited since they won the last starladder (with lele) so it makes perfect sense.
2017-04-02 15:45
hater? fanboi pls. would make more sense inviting an actual good team instead of NiP who hasnt shown anything, invite status worthy result, for a long long time now. But ofc they invite them cause of the fanbase and cause they are terrible in qualifiers lol.
2017-04-02 17:36
So you are yet an other hltv kid totally oblivious to the concept of reigning champion. So sad that you in your NIP hate can't even see reason and think like a normal person.
2017-04-02 17:49
NiP hate? the team is dogshit now. Why would I hate that? lmao and by the looks of it they wont win anything major for a long time to come. SeemsGood. Regarding your "concept".I want to see the best teams compete. Not a terrible extinct team get special treatment because they have a lot of fankids and won stuff years ago.
2017-04-02 17:58
you're really retarded.. they won the last star series tournament, ofc they get an invite to the next is it so hard to comprehend?
2017-04-03 16:17
why are u jumping in trying to act clever? where do I state I dont get why they are invited? expected from "<3 Niko" lmao.
2017-04-03 16:21
done talking with a brain dead cya
2017-04-03 16:32
atta boi. off with ya
2017-04-03 16:33
#121
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Australia Tails  
All of the top teams are competing... who would you rather see
2017-04-04 09:16
top team NiP n1 :D
2017-04-04 09:29
It sucks that in playoffs we will have to hear the ruski commentator :(
2017-04-02 14:27
why
2017-04-02 14:43
rip pool 1
2017-04-02 14:28
no adren no party
2017-04-02 14:30
Janko yeeeeey ResidentSleeper
2017-04-02 14:36
Smells like a good tournament
2017-04-02 14:50
#49
France Dov 
it looks like it's classed by team tier
2017-04-02 14:59
Finally some good clock times <3
2017-04-02 15:15
HYPE
2017-04-02 15:23
#56
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India transformer 
atlast swiss format has been usefull in many ways, so many matches and good for both teams and viewers
2017-04-02 15:34
#58
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Finland Clang 
This'll be such a good tournament, a shame that NiP is already the clear winner. #NiPMAGIC
2017-04-02 15:45
#62
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Faroe Islands shubaNNN 
Pretty good timezone for Asia
2017-04-02 16:03
FK YES FINALLY THE TIMINGS ARE GOOD FOR ME <3 Don't have to stay up till 2am just for the first match :D
2017-04-02 16:05
FeelsGoodMan?
2017-04-02 21:04
and i just got rekt, its like 5 AM here, and i got to work at 6 AM (brazil)
2017-04-03 16:05
Gonna be awesome
2017-04-02 16:20
#68
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Sweden godname 
will be nice see G2 first Lan with this Lineup
2017-04-02 16:26
#69
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Malaysia phyzell 
Pool 0ne = Pool of Death
2017-04-02 16:38
#70
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United States Cheesegoose 
I think you guys mixed up UYA and 5POWER
2017-04-02 16:44
#71
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United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
Looking forward to it. Will do predictions at some point.
2017-04-02 17:01
UYA - 5Power
2017-04-02 17:49
#79
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United States Miscavs 
Pool 4 rigged so at least one asian team gets out smh starladder
2017-04-02 17:57
no round robin/bo5 - no thrill (at least no bo3 for the deciders) also who's the asshole that put pool 4 against pool 1? it's like ants against gods.
2017-04-02 18:36
#83
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
sk always against weak teams on first match
2017-04-02 19:03
pool 1 VS pool 4 (all teams on pool 4 are weak) Sk \ Na'vi \ Astralis / VP /
2017-04-03 16:03
Four days of BO1, boring, see you in the play off.
2017-04-02 19:48
can't wait
2017-04-02 20:57
#101
France Dov 
5power are so rip
2017-04-02 23:13
Nip above fnatic PogChamp
2017-04-03 00:39
gj
2017-04-03 07:17
fak, so much interesting matches to watch, but even the finals will be played whole day /WTF
2017-04-04 13:17
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