SL i-League Invitational Shanghai viewer's guide

With SL i-League Invitational Shanghai due to start on Thursday, we have put together a comprehensive viewer's guide with all the information you need to know ahead of the $150,000 tournament.

The Jing'an Sports Center, in Shanghai, will play host to the second StarLadder i-League Invitational, after a debut event in Kiev, last year. Eight teams will be taking part in this four-day competition as they look to claim the grand prize of $75,000.

Five teams were directly invited by Starladder, while the remaining three came from qualifiers held in China, Europe and in the CIS. Due to a schedule conflict, Space Soldiers were replaced by HAVU, while visa issues prevent Gambit from attending the event, with Virtus.pro filling in for the Major champions.

Virtus.pro will try to defend their SL i-League Invitational Kiev title

SL i-League Invitational Shanghai will begin with a double-elimination group stage, featuring best-of-three matches in all stages, followed by the single-elimination playoffs with the top two teams from both groups.

Below you can find the group draw in full:

Group A Group B
Denmark Heroic Poland Virtus.pro
China TYLOO Australia Renegades
Europe HellRaisers Finland HAVU
Russia Spirit China Flash

The complete tournament schedule looks as follows:

Thursday, November 2
03:00 Denmark Heroic vs. Russia Spirit BO3
06:00 China TYLOO vs. Europe HellRaisers BO3
09:00 Australia Renegades vs. Finland HAVU BO3
12:00 Poland Virtus.pro vs. China Flash BO3
       
Friday, November 3
03:00 Group A elimination match   BO3
06:00 Group B elimination match   BO3
09:00 Group A winners match   BO3
12:00 Group B winners match   BO3
       
Saturday, November 4
03:00 Group A decider match   BO3
06:00 Group B decider match   BO3
09:00 Semi-final #1    BO3
12:00 Semi-final #2   BO3
       
Sunday, November 5
07:00 Third-place decider   BO3
11:00 Grand final   BO3

Tres "stunna" Saranthus will be hosting the official English language stream, with three experts, including renowned duo Joona "natu" Leppänen and Janko "YNk" Paunović, breaking down the action. Finally, two casting pairs will provide play-by-play commentary on all the matches.

You can find the English language broadcast team below:

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Host

Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst
Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen - Analyst
India Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam - Analyst

United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell - Commentator 
United Kingdom Tom "Tombizz" Bissmire - Commentator 
United Kingdom Hugo Byron - Commentator 
Denmark Niels "rizc" Topp - Commentator 

The prize money breakdown for the event is the following:

1. $75,000
2. $35,000
3. $15,000
4. $10,000
5-6. $4,500
7-8. $3,000

Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
encourage for HellRaisers. But VP might win this, they back...
2017-11-01 14:39
It's time for bondik to prove himself in front of their ex-Teammate or they will kill him xddd
2017-11-01 14:39
#15
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
Ok
2017-11-01 14:39
#2
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Sri Lanka stalingodynwa 
Cool.
2017-11-01 14:36
#3
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Lithuania SuperSanic 
ez for havu
2017-11-01 14:36
#24
broky | 
Latvia De1Co 
Ez for Sergej
2017-11-01 15:02
^wee
2017-11-01 14:36
#5
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Czech Republic WhyAmIHere 
ok
2017-11-01 14:36
COOL
2017-11-01 14:36
#7
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Serbia NitrouZ 
ez flash
2017-11-01 14:36
ez 4 mah boi FejtZ
2017-11-01 14:37
#9
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Russia klepan 
GoGoVP
2017-11-01 14:37
EZ for the boys.
2017-11-01 14:37
#11
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Sweden pontus767 
bleh
2017-11-01 14:37
HAVUJA
2017-11-01 14:38
#13
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
If vp lose map in this tournament they should disbans
2017-11-01 14:38
#32
JD | 
Poland simbered 
xDDD typical kid from Poland, nt
2017-11-01 15:41
#16
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Europe KappaKaako 
HellraisErZ
2017-11-01 14:41
Hr lose 2 times in the quals but still get invited, nice tournament
2017-11-01 14:42
virtus pro spread fan base in asia after hate from EU ? xD winning tier 3 tournament should boost confidence
2017-11-01 14:45
ez MingLee
2017-11-01 14:54
#20
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Finland Summis 
Ez for HAVU
2017-11-01 14:55
i dont know why but i have feel that VP will fail this tournament. But lets hope im wrong and they win this whole thing
2017-11-01 15:00
#22
India S2H 
Ez win for VP
2017-11-01 15:02
#23
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Ukraine volanchick 
Kiev? 'Kyiv' is right
2017-11-01 15:02
FREE WIN VP
2017-11-01 15:05
#26
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Sweden lagcats 
ez win for 1 team
2017-11-01 15:06
#27
NiKo | 
United States skurr 
Ez VP
2017-11-01 15:06
#28
JUGi | 
Netherlands qwms 
Final: Heroic vs VP
2017-11-01 15:13
#29
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Finland tehtaaNkierre 
HAVUJA!!!!
2017-11-01 15:13
#30
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Faroe Islands shubaNN 
Renegades to win this
2017-11-01 15:21
#31
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Japan Colonel_Japan 
I'm staying in Japan for 2 months until New years and was wondering if I can play csgo anywhere here. Looked up some lan centers in Japan but they only have cs online. I just really wanted to play csgo during my trip in Tokyo.
2017-11-01 15:22
rly ez vp
2017-11-01 15:47
#34
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Poland crispogaming 
So ez for vp lol
2017-11-01 15:49
#35
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Europe wai7ing 
You have bad roster on Hellraisers AFAIK (Zero doesn't play on HR anymore and woxic signed with them). btw EZ for VP
2017-11-01 16:06
#36
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Sweden godname 
if VP lose this i don´t no what i do
2017-11-01 16:13
#37
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Bangladesh drvken 
naviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
2017-11-01 16:15
#38
fer | 
Brazil Drezim1 
ez 4 tyLUL
2017-11-01 16:17
#39
NiKo | 
Netherlands duudiGOD 
Ez 4 vp free 75k $
2017-11-01 16:26
#40
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China cescyyy 
vp lost to flash
2017-11-01 16:26
Bondik looking for revenge with the aid of the top Chinese players along side with the best Indonesian player.
2017-11-01 16:31
Everybody knows bntet is polish, nice bait
2017-11-01 17:05
Opps my bad.
2017-11-01 23:30
#43
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China RoyZhang 
free money for VP xD CNCSGO's prize pool always high Even WESG's prize pool are higher than Major's
2017-11-01 17:56
#45
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Finland Madd!z 
ez for HAVU
2017-11-01 21:55
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