StarSeries i-League S4 viewer's guide

We have put together a viewer's guide which contains all the essential information you need in order to follow the $300,000 event, including the teams in attendance, schedule, talent, and more.

The Kiev Cybersport Arena in Ukraine will play host to the 16-team event which will take place from February 17-25. The total prize pot for the tournament is $300,000 and the champions will take home $130,000.

StarSeries i-League S4 will have a unique format as all sixteen teams will be in a best-of-three Swiss group. StarLadder have expressed that they see this change as an improvement as it eliminates "random best-of-one results".

Niko & co. will look to bounce back after their grand final loss at the Major

The first five days of the event will feature the Swiss stage during which three victories guarantee qualification for the eight-team single-elimination playoffs while three losses mean elimination.

Below are the teams taking part in the competition:

Denmark Astralis Europe FaZe
United States Cloud9 Sweden fnatic
France G2 Kazakhstan Gambit
Europe mousesports Brazil SK
Ukraine Natus Vincere Poland Virtus.pro
China TYLOO Korea MVP PK
Denmark Heroic Europe HellRaisers
North America Liquid Australia Renegades

The full schedule can be found below:

Saturday, February 17
09:00   United States Cloud9  vs. Denmark Heroic
09:00 Brazil SK vs. Korea MVP PK
12:00 Sweden fnatic vs. Kazakhstan Gambit
12:00 Europe FaZe vs. China TYLOO
15:00 Ukraine Natus Vincere  vs. Europe HellRaisers 
15:00 France G2 vs. Australia Renegades
18:00 Denmark Astralis vs. North America Liquid
18:00 Europe mousesports vs. Poland Virtus.pro
Sunday, February 18
09:00 Round #2 - Two 0-1 pool matches
12:00 Round #2 - Two 0-1 pool matches
15:00 Round #2 - Two 1-0 pool matches
18:00 Round #2 - Two 1-0 pool matches
Monday, February 19
09:00 Round #3 - Two 0-2 pool matches  
12:00 Round #3 - Two 1-1 pool matches  
15:00 Round #3 - Two 1-1 pool matches
18:00 Round #3 - Two 2-0 pool matches  
Tuesday, February 20
11:00 Round #4 - Two 1-2 pool matches
14:00 Round #4 - 1-2 pool match & 2-1 pool match
17:00 Round #4 - Two 2-1 pool matches  
Wednesday, February 21
11:00 Round #5 - match #1
14:00 Round #5 - match #2
17:00 Round #5 - match #3
Thursday, February 22
  Off-day
Friday, February 23
09:00 Quarter-final #1
12:00 Quarter-final #2
15:00 Quarter-final #3
18:00 Quarter-final #4
Saturday, February 24
14:00 Semi-final #1
17:00 Semi-final #2
Sunday, February 25
14:00 Third-place decider
17:00 Grand final

*All matches are best-of-threes

There will be two streams as the event will have simultaneous matches, one on StarLadder's main channel, and the other on their second channel. The following broadcast crew will be bringing you the action live from Kiev:

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson – host
United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus – host

United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields — analyst
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunovic — analyst
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill — analyst
Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen — analyst

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer — caster
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett — caster
United Kingdom Tom "Tombizz" Bissmire — caster
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole — caster
United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell — caster
Norway Halvor "Vendetta" Gulestøl — caster
United Kingdom Hugo Byron — caster
Denmark Anders Blume — caster

United Kingdom Pala "Mantrousse" Gilroy Sen — interviewer

The Russian-language studio lineup is:

Ukraine Antonina "Tonya" Predko – host
Ukraine Roman "CaspeR" Lepokhin – host

Ukraine Alexey "XAOC" Kucherov – analyst
Ukraine Aleksandr "Petr1k" Petryk – analyst
Ukraine Alexey "уХо" Maletskiy – analyst

Russia Igor "SL4M" Sopov – caster
Ukraine Fyodor "KvaN" Zakharov – caster
Ukraine Juriy "Strike" Tereshenko – caster
Ukraine Aleksandr "HomeR" Lysenko – caster
Ukraine Taufik "Tafa" Khidri — caster
Russia Mikhail "okrOha" Shmygel — caster
Belarus Konstantin "leniniw" Sivko — caster

The prize money will be distributed in this manner:

1. $130,000
2. $50,000
3. $30,000
4. $15,000
5-8. $10,000
9-11. $6,000
12. $4,000

Can't wait
2018-02-16 16:35
D:
2018-02-16 16:35
I have been getting at least 1 every day, it's too easy on a phone
2018-02-16 16:36
haker
2018-02-16 16:37
tos ?
2018-02-16 16:37
Still outside :D, I will go to my friends at 19:00 maybe I can play there since I am bringing my laptop
2018-02-16 16:38
being sick sux
2018-02-16 16:39
Sad
2018-02-16 16:39
I just counted 5 #1s and 3 #2s and in one of them I was fast enough to get #1 and #2
2018-02-16 16:41
expect me to get most this weekend
2018-02-16 16:42
#18
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
it's ok, you achieved something more notable... having 2 comments in the first 5 gg
2018-02-16 16:36
He is one of my best friends so I dont really care :P
2018-02-16 16:37
#25
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
yeh if it was someone else you'd probably swat them
2018-02-16 16:38
Xd yes
2018-02-16 16:39
#11
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
for mouz to win
2018-02-16 16:36
I have no favorite team, just love watching upsets
2018-02-16 16:36
#22
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
yes
2018-02-16 16:37
I hope the 2-3 bombing out of swiss groups tradition mouz had doesn't come back again! :(
2018-02-16 18:14
#65
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
i remember at cologne 2017 xd 2-0 then 2-3 RIP
2018-02-16 18:53
yeah, started so well... then they would play C9, lose that game and every game after. C9 are Mouz's kryptonite. lol
2018-02-16 19:01
#68
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
nah c9 are trash vs. mouz, they always get lucky though.
2018-02-16 19:03
They literally always beat Mouz, how is it considered lucky if you consistently beat a team since 2014?
2018-02-17 02:21
#91
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Estonia JuliaFriberg 
because it's always double digits and always comes to a fucked up veto xd
2018-02-17 12:20
Its close than, doesnt mean its lucky
2018-02-17 20:51
Thank mr hltv
2018-02-16 16:35
Wow
2018-02-16 16:35
#5
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Denmark JustYes 
yees
2018-02-16 16:35
#6
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United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
nicce
2018-02-16 16:36
#7
leman | 
Yugoslavia w13lan 
nice
2018-02-16 16:35
#8
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United States sundby11 
1st
2018-02-16 16:35
4TH!
2018-02-16 16:35
#45
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Greece knk74 
Kek
2018-02-16 17:12
#10
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Ukraine Vasya8689 
NaVi win StarSeries i-League S4
2018-02-16 16:36
#12
s1mple | 
Turkey ffs10 
ok
2018-02-16 16:36
#14
hooch | 
Russia c0ldl3ss 
nice one,gl every1
2018-02-16 16:36
ez sk
2018-02-16 16:36
#19
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Other VladimirLucas 
Joona "natu" Leppänen — analysv glad this legend is back
2018-02-16 16:36
#29
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Omfg they actually got t1 Thoorin.
2018-02-16 16:40
Cant wait for 40+ bo3s
2018-02-16 16:40
#32
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Norway Goplen 
All on left side wins, it's ez
2018-02-16 16:42
LOL Light a candle for MVP PK [*]
2018-02-16 16:54
#34
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
EZ FAZEEEEEE
2018-02-16 16:45
Excited for this format.
2018-02-16 16:48
ez4vp
2018-02-16 16:48
#37
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Germany VeryNiceGuy 
9AM WTF Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-02-16 16:50
#39
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Sweden Rexz 
This is a long ass tournament
2018-02-16 16:54
why no dreamteam..nomad, martin u r dissapointing
2018-02-16 17:01
#41
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Brazil BrasCubas 
fuck thorin
2018-02-16 17:04
xd no he good guy
2018-02-16 17:31
#76
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
+1
2018-02-16 22:12
#42
f0rest | 
France 1nkling 
Where's nip?
2018-02-16 17:04
Fuck yes Hugo My favourite, Lets go
2018-02-16 17:05
#44
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Russia thehoodripper 
ez for Cloud9
2018-02-16 17:10
#46
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Turkey Mustafa- 
$300.000 for 1 week? what a joke
2018-02-16 17:15
1st
2018-02-16 17:18
wtf so early... WHO THE F wakes up at 9 on saturday JESUS i have to skip first round matches T_T, hope SK don't throw
2018-02-16 17:19
What lul? I wake up 8-8:30 at saturday and sunday by myself and 7 mon-fri. 8 hours of sleep is enough for me.
2018-02-16 17:39
#53
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
Yes who the fuck wakes up at 5 ResidentSleeper
2018-02-16 17:44
3 am for me :( fuckkkk
2018-02-16 18:08
#73
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
it's a good time. you could stay awake all night long
2018-02-16 20:11
#50
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
Decent times for au :D
2018-02-16 17:36
what time is it in AU now?
2018-02-16 17:41
#85
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
Well it's 3:38 right now in Sydney but the matches start at 7pm which doesn't ever happen. The Renegades match is at 1am which is alright to watch
2018-02-17 05:37
#88
jks | 
Australia nomitycs 
EU matches have always started around 7-9pm and RNG have always managed to get the 1-3am games at those tourneys
2018-02-17 08:20
#54
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United States iChrist 
Hugo Byron? wut?
2018-02-16 17:47
#55
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Vietnam Oida 
RIP NA-viewers
2018-02-16 17:53
#56
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Kuwait Wow_HG 
Thorin? LUL
2018-02-16 18:00
bo3 swiss stage? nice
2018-02-16 18:05
bad tournament.. way too many matches and BO3s
2018-02-16 18:06
130k LUL csgo dead game
2018-02-16 18:31
Dang all them teams
2018-02-16 18:39
#64
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Top 8 : navi g2 astralis mouz Top 4 : SK , c9 Top 2 : faze , fnatic Ez revenge for fnatic
2018-02-16 18:39
#66
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Brazil HueyNewton 
#runskg lets go my boys
2018-02-16 18:57
#69
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara 
Thorin - noob
2018-02-16 19:06
Where is the "Ginger Pidor" though?
2018-02-16 19:11
"All matches are best-of-threes" Finally, it's about time that they starts playing 2-3 games at the same time and make them all bo3, bo1 games should not exist anymore.
2018-02-16 19:32
ez for mvppk
2018-02-16 20:01
#74
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Poland Hell2k 
Swiss again boring
2018-02-16 20:56
these match ups doesnt look random.
2018-02-16 22:04
#81
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United States RecoS 
of course tier1 vs tier4 tier2 vs tier3 but result can be random, like you can't stop QBF into legends LOL
2018-02-17 00:51
#77
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
I hope it's the last time both VP and thorin are invited
2018-02-16 22:13
#78
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Poland trancemeister 
Cloud9 vs. Heroic 2-0 SK vs. MVP PK 2-0 Fnatic vs. Gambit 1-2 FaZe vs. TyLoo 2-0 Na'Vi vs. Hellraisers 2-0 G2 vs. Renegades 2-0 Astralis vs. Liquid 2-1 Mousesports vs. Virtus.Pro 1-2
2018-02-16 23:18
#79
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
Rip Oceania viewers ;(
2018-02-16 23:20
#80
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United States RecoS 
this will be fking GREAT!
2018-02-17 00:50
Shameful event, I have nothing else but contempt for it, for all who involved in the organization especially and first of all from Ukrainian side. Disgrace!
2018-02-17 01:50
may I ask why ?
2018-02-17 08:14
think a bit
2018-02-17 10:45
#84
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Ukraine vladik59 
ez FaZe
2018-02-17 05:13
This is how major match system should look
2018-02-17 06:10
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