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.
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|
The complete tournament schedule looks as follows:
|Thursday, November 2|
|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|
|Sunday, November 5|
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:
Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Host
Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst
Joona "natu" Leppänen - Analyst
Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam - Analyst
Harry "JustHarry" Russell - Commentator
Tom "Tombizz" Bissmire - Commentator
Hugo Byron - Commentator
Niels "rizc" Topp - Commentator
The prize money breakdown for the event is the following: