IEM Shanghai viewer's guide

With IEM Shanghai 2018 set to start on Wednesday, we bring you a viewer's guide with all the information you need to know regarding the event.

The last tournament of the season will run from August 1-6 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, where eight teams will duke it out for the lion's share of a $250,000 prize pool.

The event will kick off with a double-elimination group stage, where only the opening matches will be played in a best-of-one format. The top two teams from both groups will then advance to the single-elimination, best-of-three playoffs.

NRG are one of the favourites for the event

HellRaisers and BOOT-d[S] will both field stand-ins as Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker and Alikhan "⁠w1nt3r⁠" Kopzhanov could not travel to Shanghai due to unforeseen circumstances. Kristjan "⁠fejtZ⁠" Allsaar, who is no stranger to HellRaisers, will be playing alongside Kirill "⁠ANGE1⁠" Karasiow's men, while Leslie "⁠Bobosaur⁠" Soen will be helping his countrymen from BOOT-d[S].

The eight competition teams have been drawn into two groups of four as you can see below:

Below you can find the full schedule:

Wednesday, August 1
06:00 - United States NRG vs. China 5POWER| BO1
07:10 - Other HellRaisers vs. Poland Virtus.pro | BO1
08:20 - Kazakhstan Gambit vs. Singapore BOOT-d[S] | BO1
09:30 - Australia Grayhound vs. China TYLOO | BO1
10:40 - Group A winners' match | BO3
14:15 - Group B winners' match | BO3

Thursday, August 2
06:00 - Group A elimination match | BO3
09:35 - Group B elimination match | BO3
13:10 - Group A decider | BO3

Friday, August 3
06:00 - Group B decider | BO3

Saturday, August 4
06:00 - Semi-final #1 | BO3

Sunday, August 5
06:00 - Semi-final #2 | BO3

Monday, August 6
05:00 - Grand final | BO3

The on-air team for the event features several familiar faces, including desk host Tres "⁠stunna⁠" Saranthus and analysts Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche and Halvor "⁠vENdetta⁠" Gulestøl. Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill will be making the switch from analysis to commentary, being joined by Matthew "⁠Sadokist⁠" Trivett, Harry Russell and Alex "Snodz" Byfield.

The full broadcast team can be found below:

China Yu "DXMASTER" Hao - Stage Host
United Kingdom Matt Andrews - Content Host
United States Tres "Stunna" Saranthus - Desk Host

Norway Halvor "Vendetta" Gulestol - Analyst
India Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst

Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Caster
United Kingdom Harry Russell - Caster
United Kingdom Alex "Snodz" Byfield - Caster
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Caster

Finally, here is how the $250,000 prize pool will be distributed among the eight participants:

1. $125,000
2. $50,000
3-4. $22,000
5-6. $10,000
7-8. $5,500

Estonia Kristjan 'fejtZ' Allsaar
Kristjan 'fejtZ' Allsaar
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
496
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
Canada Matthew 'Sadokist' Trivett
Matthew 'Sadokist' Trivett
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
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Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
974
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1424
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.71
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
151
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
United States Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.54
Kazakhstan Alikhan 'w1nt3r' Kopzhanov
Alikhan 'w1nt3r' Kopzhanov
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
86
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Singapore Leslie 'Bobosaur' Soen
Leslie 'Bobosaur' Soen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
38
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.71
Norway Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
8
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.68
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
497
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
What shitty times lul
2018-07-31 00:50
28 replies
Lol
2018-07-31 00:51
4 replies
VP will win,
2018-07-31 06:55
3 replies
OmegaLuL
2018-07-31 10:38
HAHA
2018-07-31 16:56
#136
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Poland Frain75
Bruh, keep dreaming. NRG/Hellraisers will win this tournament.
2018-07-31 22:36
#55
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India Women
They're great if you stay up like a degenerate like me
2018-07-31 01:38
2 replies
+1
2018-07-31 01:56
#74
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Indonesia Exodd
+1 high five for lowlife
2018-07-31 03:16
#68
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United Kingdom trtr098
8 am games are ok if you wake up in the morning like normal human beings.
2018-07-31 02:32
6 replies
i wake up at 2pm
2018-07-31 02:32
1 reply
#115
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Myanmar xdcc
can't you change time on your alarm? or atleast change all your clocks from 2pm to 8am so now you can watch.
2018-07-31 11:13
#72
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United States ShawnM
Mine are: 0:00 1:10 AM 2:20 AM 3;30 AM 4:40 AM Ughhh
2018-07-31 02:36
3 replies
damn that is rough :( hope you can enjoy the NRG matches though
2018-07-31 09:38
1 reply
#107
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Namibia banned_so
2h delay so he won’t xD
2018-07-31 10:35
Now u know what it feels like to be an asian csgo fan
2018-07-31 11:12
Dude it's in China and they set whatever time that works best for them. Who cares about a random spanish kid who wastes his summer time doing nothing as he literally lays on his bed and waits for his mother to cook food for him every single day. You kidding me son
2018-07-31 06:11
7 replies
#87
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Latvia De1Co
And then there's you
2018-07-31 07:50
6 replies
You killed me there
2018-07-31 09:51
lol
2018-07-31 10:15
Trust me kid. Try to start a fight only when you can at least afford yourself a luxury car, or you just a total tool
2018-08-01 19:03
3 replies
#142
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Latvia De1Co
You don't seem to be older than me! Calling everyone kids, acting like you're tough and rich. Get a life! I'm driving bikes, don't care about cars! I also don't really care about money, as long as i have a beautiful girlfriend and a place i live in! Unlike you; trying to be somekind of superior to everyone else, even though you seem to be sad in life. Stop lying, start living! Don't be jealous! Once you will be awarded if you fight hard for it! Fight with brain, not with ur small dick ;)
2018-08-01 19:29
2 replies
Defending your weak spot? You're quite honest at least
2018-08-01 20:01
1 reply
#144
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Latvia De1Co
At least I'm not afraid from truth ;)
2018-08-01 22:16
#90
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China PenisGirl
finally a cs tournament come to china. and we always get to stay up the night to watch EU or NA based tournaments.
2018-07-31 07:55
3 replies
it's just fair +1
2018-07-31 09:39
+1
2018-07-31 11:43
#139
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Australia Zilox
I know how ya feel
2018-08-01 03:11
you spelled perfect wrong
2018-07-31 12:00
#2
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Brazil RauleS
Almost the first
2018-07-31 00:50
2 replies
Nt
2018-07-31 02:09
1 reply
:) :) ccv
2018-07-31 11:02
k
2018-07-31 00:50
#5
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Finland Smoonah
low buy
2018-07-31 00:51
NT Prokda
2018-07-31 00:51
Ez for virtus pro?
2018-07-31 00:51
1 reply
#80
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Hong Kong Zhaley
Ez4Renegades
2018-07-31 05:49
#9
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Malaysia byaIi
VP big chance to get out from the group stage
2018-07-31 00:51
3 replies
NRG + HR ? no way
2018-07-31 01:07
nt
2018-07-31 01:11
All of these teams could beat VP with ease
2018-07-31 11:52
Weak turny. Exp for an iem. Oh well let's go nrg.
2018-07-31 00:52
EZ FOR MY COW!!! MOOOOOOO!!!
2018-07-31 00:52
ez for gambit
2018-07-31 00:52
2 replies
Haha gambot.. I think you forgot to take your medication this morning
2018-07-31 16:16
1 reply
a who will win? tier2 teams
2018-07-31 16:18
#13
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Poland geoglof
August 21 nice
2018-07-31 00:52
#14
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Canada Dial_Up
Holy shit it's already August 21st
2018-07-31 00:52
Change August 21 to August 1
2018-07-31 00:52
>>>Wednesday, August 21
2018-07-31 00:52
Sadokist without HenryG? I aren't think that
2018-07-31 00:53
2 replies
#92
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Japan Switchance
My thoughts exactly, where is he?
2018-07-31 08:35
1 reply
Not in China
2018-07-31 10:10
Have tournament organizers not learned that hosting tournaments in Asia and putting the worst showtimes possible just bad?
2018-07-31 00:54
6 replies
#54
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United Kingdom galaxzy
let china and aussies have their tournament noob
2018-07-31 01:38
4 replies
+1
2018-07-31 02:26
+1
2018-07-31 06:59
#93
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Japan Switchance
+1, respect given.
2018-07-31 08:36
yes, perfect time for us :D i love asian tournaments
2018-07-31 10:47
Same with NA. EU tournanents best. But spread out over the whole world is even better than when it was only in EU. If you care about the sport
2018-07-31 08:55
#19
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Brazil MohammadBR
EZ Tyloo
2018-07-31 00:55
#20
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Denmark Andycut
Ez4astralis
2018-07-31 00:55
1 reply
+1
2018-07-31 00:56
Grand final 4 am
2018-07-31 00:56
no ence????
2018-07-31 00:58
Just don't watch it is my viewer guide
2018-07-31 00:59
9 replies
#30
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Lebanon RobloxPorn
Just don't play seems to be flipsid3's gaming guide xd
2018-07-31 01:10
8 replies
Just don't qualify is Optic's guide too ig
2018-07-31 01:13
7 replies
#37
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Lebanon RobloxPorn
Yes, optic india is too good for these shit tier tournaments that flipsid3 can't even qualify for OMEGALUL
2018-07-31 01:15
6 replies
Jokes aside. Have Optic India played a game yet ?
2018-07-31 01:17
5 replies
#41
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Lebanon RobloxPorn
Yeah but they don't show them on HLTV for some reason
2018-07-31 01:18
4 replies
Thats weird. Where can I find them at
2018-07-31 01:19
2 replies
#44
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Lebanon RobloxPorn
2018-07-31 01:21
1 reply
ty
2018-07-31 01:21
Wtf HLTV is the home of all CSGO matches. Even when I play MM, I’m able to watch it later in HLTV. I want Optic India!
2018-07-31 02:29
#25
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Poland KasPro
August 21
2018-07-31 00:59
Tier 3
2018-07-31 01:03
ez4nrg no competition boring event
2018-07-31 01:03
Just watch VP get swept by the first chinese team they meet. HR will win this, probably a Gambit vs HR or NRG vs HR final.
2018-07-31 01:09
1 reply
#DICKSTACYTOP1
2018-07-31 01:10
Gambit TYLUL HR NRG Final HR-Gambit(maybe NRG)
2018-07-31 01:12
#34
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Poland marco555
Wednesday, August 21 ? :d
2018-07-31 01:12
#34
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Poland marco555
>DEL IT<
2018-07-31 01:12
#38
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Other ToRu
ez 4 NRG
2018-07-31 01:16
REAL IEM SHANGHAI VIEWER'S GUIDE DONT WATCH THESE GUYS ARE T3
2018-07-31 01:16
ez 4 Tyloo boiz
2018-07-31 01:18
1 reply
EZ FOR TYLOOOOOOOOO TyLoo yongyuan zai wo xin zhong <3
2018-07-31 01:36
Ez faking tourney for NRG.
2018-07-31 01:24
3 replies
Thats what they said too about NA MINOR LUL
2018-07-31 01:32
2 replies
+1
2018-07-31 10:42
True FeelsBadMan
2018-07-31 17:14
virtus pro in its tier 5 environment
2018-07-31 01:25
#48
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United States FlagMaster
Wednesday August 21st OMEGALUL
2018-07-31 01:26
Easy money for VACxic and HR
2018-07-31 01:26
2 replies
fejtz will play instead of w0xic
2018-07-31 01:36
1 reply
Holy shit then not easy
2018-07-31 02:32
#53
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Europe dip6o
Well, probably one of the last tournaments we'll see old vp roster
2018-07-31 01:36
1 reply
Taz and Snax is already out, so the old roster is already dead.
2018-07-31 12:12
ez win for hellraisers. Dont hope to see VP out in groups again
2018-07-31 01:49
ez 4 pimp
2018-07-31 01:50
Final Tyloo-HR HR 2-0 prob
2018-07-31 02:03
grand final 4am on monday OMEGAMASTERFUCKINGLUL asia and shit tournaments name a more iconic duo, if vp not win this they need to disband fast, but i think it's ez for online gods aka nrg, hr without woxic is a random mg2 mm squad
2018-07-31 02:04
tier 10 tournament
2018-07-31 02:15
Tier 10 tournament and 250K prise pool? Chinese are riiich
2018-07-31 02:26
1 reply
more like ESL
2018-07-31 10:15
If NRG are considered favorites then you know it's not worth watching
2018-07-31 02:28
#66
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Brazil Murd3rz
Ez for my boy pashaBiceps!
2018-07-31 02:28
NRG came a long way from Vegas! Go NRG!
2018-07-31 03:14
VP will win because nobody expects them to.
2018-07-31 03:31
#76
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Argentina GonzaPines
EZ NRG
2018-07-31 03:31
is it even tier3 champ lul
2018-07-31 03:43
haven't seen mvppk recently What are they doing
2018-07-31 03:58
1 reply
They suck constantly
2018-07-31 07:52
NRG/HR/Tyloo will win
2018-07-31 06:31
Perfect Times, also kewl guy bleh and caster SPUNJ POGGERS
2018-07-31 06:42
Also, People not thinking gambit are favorites vs these trash teams LUL
2018-07-31 06:46
1 reply
They either stupid or blind. Gambot won vs north not so long ago in bo5 with having map disadvantage. On a good day they are able to permorm atleast semi decent. My money is on gambot wining this lan.
2018-08-01 01:29
If TyLoo somehow wins the event we can all agree eSports is rigged
2018-07-31 07:51
6 replies
#91
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Slovakia TatKo
Lol How much?
2018-07-31 08:29
Somehow? They are better than 90% of the teams, and can beat everyone at this tournament.
2018-07-31 09:07
2 replies
+1
2018-07-31 09:38
Last asian tournament proved us that tyloo cant beat vp.
2018-08-01 01:30
If tyloo dont have comm prob... believe me they will win this ez af
2018-07-31 09:42
tyloo is like the 2nd best team here if not the best...
2018-07-31 10:31
#95
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Ukraine redeyevich
ez for tyloo
2018-07-31 09:00
YTOB
2018-07-31 09:26
#112
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Latvia im da bes
gambit will win
2018-07-31 11:08
ez for vp
2018-07-31 11:11
#117
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Belarus Dat_Boi
TyLoo will take this. Nemiga is the best team in the world.
2018-07-31 11:43
ez for tyloo. so ezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
2018-07-31 11:44
#120
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China Alar1c
ez 4 TyLoo
2018-07-31 11:52
Too ez for hr
2018-07-31 12:01
boring teams shitty times boring caster/analyst/everything (except 2-3) lousy prize money useless event
2018-07-31 12:13
lol now in Shanghai 19:10 but who cares Grandfinal 6:00 am
2018-07-31 13:10
Event should be interesting
2018-07-31 14:57
Ok, now guess which nation is the most represented between these teams :P
2018-07-31 15:18
#128
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African Union mikecool
go woof woofs!
2018-07-31 15:56
Its Shanghai time so for us is bad but for them not.
2018-07-31 17:19
sad for vp :\
2018-07-31 19:03
NRG 1st, tyloo 2nd, others are garbage
2018-08-01 04:28
GG
2018-08-06 05:48
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