IEM Chicago 2018 viewer's guide

With only one day to go before action gets under way in Chicago, we've collected all the information you'll need to enjoy the $250,000 event.

Set to take place from November 6-11 in the Midwestern city's 10,000-seater Wintrust Arena, IEM Chicago will be one of this season's most stacked events with top teams such as Astralis, Natus Vincere, FaZe and the North American hopes Liquid battling for the number one spot.

The group stage will feature a double-elimination format, with best-of-one opening matches followed by best-of-three series in the remaining stages. The group winners will automatically progress to the semi-finals, while the runners-up and the teams coming out of the lower bracket will face off in the quarter-finals for the chance to compete on the main stage of the event, with the victors being decided in a best-of-five clash.

Chicago will host the next three North American IEM events

For Chicago, ESL has come up with a new seeding method called "Player-Selected Seeding", where the teams are asked to create their own ranking of the opposing teams, with the submitted scores submitted being added up to determine the full seeding.

The teams have been split into the following two groups based on the seeding:

You can find the full schedule for the event below:

Tuesday, November 6
19:00 Denmark Astralis vs. Korea MVP PK | BO1
19:00 Denmark North vs. United States NRG | BO1
20:15 Brazil MIBR vs. Australia Renegades | BO1
20:15 France LDLC vs. Europe FaZe | BO1
21:30 Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. United States eUnited | BO1
21:30 Sweden fnatic vs. Germany BIG | BO1
22:45 Europe mousesports vs. Kazakhstan AVANGAR | BO1
22:45 Brazil Luminosity vs. North America Liquid | BO1
00:00 Group A upper-bracket semi #1 | BO3
00:00 Group A lower-bracket #1 | BO3
03:35 Group A upper-bracket semi #2 | BO3
03:35 Group A lower-bracket #2 | BO3

Wednesday, November 7
19:00 Group B lower-bracket #1 | BO3
19:00 Group B lower-bracket #2 | BO3
22:35 Group B upper-bracket semi #1 | BO3
22:35 Group A lower-bracket semi #1 | BO3
02:10 Group B upper-bracket semi #2 | BO3
02:10 Group A lower-bracket semi #2 | BO3

Thursday, November 8
19:00 Group B lower-bracket semi #1 | BO3
19:00 Group B lower-bracket semi #2 | BO3
22:35 Group A upper-bracket final | BO3
22:35 Group A lower-bracket final | BO3
02:10 Group B upper-bracket final | BO3
02:10 Group B lower-bracket final | BO3

Friday, November 9
19:00 Quarter-final #1 | BO3
22:35 Quarter-final #2 | BO3

Saturday, November 10
20:00 Semi-final #1 | BO3
23:50 Semi-final #2 | BO3

Sunday, November 11
21:00 Grand final | BO5

O.J. Borg will direct the action on stage in Chicago

Guiding viewers through the six days of action will be a slew of well-known names from the talent pool. As it was in Oakland in 2017, O.J Borg will act as Stage Host, while Alex "⁠Machine⁠" Richardson will control things on the analysts' desk, where is joined by the three former pros—Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche, Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill and Tomi "⁠lurppis⁠" Kovanen.

Anders "⁠Anders⁠" Blume and Jason "⁠moses⁠" O'Toole will be one of the caster duos at the event, with the other one being Henry "⁠HenryG⁠" Greer and Matthew "⁠Sadokist⁠" Trivett.

Below is the full talent list:

United Kingdom O.J. Borg - Stage Host
United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk Host

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Reporter

Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Finland Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Canada Matt "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
Denmark Anders Blume - Commentator

Finally, here is how the $250,000 prize pool will be broken down among the participating teams:

1. $100,000
2. $42,000
3-4. $20,00
5-6. $10,000
7-8. $6,000
9-12. $5,000
13-16. $5,000

United Kingdom Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Alex 'Machine' Richardson
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Canada Matthew 'Sadokist' Trivett
Matthew 'Sadokist' Trivett
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Denmark Anders 'Anders' Blume
Anders 'Anders' Blume
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Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
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United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
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United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
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Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
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Finland Tomi 'lurppis' Kovanen
Tomi 'lurppis' Kovanen
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This is gonna be good!
2018-11-05 22:03
Mvp are better than luminosity and eunited tf these pros don't know shit it's like thoorin made these rankings
2018-11-05 22:26
You're not the one who's played them
2018-11-05 22:55
Of course thoorin has or you know what you're right I'm sure asstralis has played luminosity so much they know them front and back
2018-11-06 00:29
You're the one suggesting thorin made the rankings. He hasn't played them either. He's watched and analyzed way more games than you though. You do realize there are NA teams here so they'll have actually played luminosity and eunited at least twice in the past couple of weeks. And have you seen the track record of Asian teams at these events? It's not tyloo so why would any of the top teams be even slightly worried.
2018-11-06 01:19
reading comprehension... got get it and reread because I know you're American and slow and dumb but that's no excuse not to properly read
2018-11-06 03:46
Go read your own post. You clearly think you said something you didn't. "Of course thoorin has" (played them) is literally what you said. You then suggested "asstralis" should know luminosity front and back. That's the entirety of your post. You should stop trying to insult people who clearly have a greater comprehension than you do.
2018-11-06 19:04
great youre a bully too, i won this argument a while ago when you started so hold your L and I'll take my win. Keep projecting though its obvious to everyone here that you are, bully troll.
2018-11-07 07:06
LMAO. Your a fan of "autist" and you made the personal attack when you decided not to read my message. Then you call me a bully troll when you can't comprehend my next message. Log off kid.
2018-11-07 13:30
keep posting its obvious to everyone youre salty. I already won this so hold your L and enjoy the loss while I keep winning. 0/8 troll but maybe if you keep projecting you'll beat someone one day. If you respond its clear youre a salty troll. kid
2018-11-07 17:45
Nice troll kid.
2018-11-08 13:35
Oh and MVP went out in last btw. Like expected. And unlike eunited and luminosity.
2018-11-08 13:37
I already won this so hold your L and enjoy the loss while I keep winning. 0/8 troll but maybe if you keep projecting you'll beat someone one day. If you respond its clear youre a salty troll. kid
2018-11-08 22:03
Lmao you think I care what some crackhead Canadian kid on hltv thinks. Everyone else thinks you're stupid.
2018-11-08 23:51
if you keep projecting you'll beat someone one day. If you respond its clear youre a salty troll. kid
2018-11-09 05:35
You forgot the ' in you're.
2018-11-09 13:31
If you respond its clear youre a salty troll. kid
2018-11-09 17:33
You forgot it again. I thought they taught basic grammar in third grade.
2018-11-13 03:28
2018-11-05 22:28
Are you yacine brahimi? Because he's fast as hell...
2018-11-06 00:30
United Kingdom SickaBoy
2018-11-05 22:04
I'm waiting for who's getting their ass robbed first kek :>
2018-11-05 22:04
Poland iveforever
I bet renegades avangar ldlc,North upset
2018-11-05 22:11
Renegades upset? In the next game?
2018-11-05 22:17
I think because no coach
2018-11-06 01:57
Ah, didnt think about that thx. With coach it wouldnt be an upset since rng is better. That’s why I got confused by that comment
2018-11-06 08:28
Australia Shlapsham
They did beat mibr in a best of 2 in epl
2018-11-06 07:17
That’s what i meant. If Renegades wins it’s not an upset. imo rng is better than mibr.
2018-11-06 08:27
2018-11-06 15:18
Rng top20 material, mibr barely top20 material.
2018-11-06 16:02
2018-11-06 18:00
I understand the ignorance. Its hard to be objective when it comes to teams from your own country. Hopefully mibr comes back to contend against some of the top10 teams in the future
2018-11-06 18:06
2018-11-06 21:25
2 new guys looking nervous as shit (first big lan ever) choked really hard, still almost won :) Give them to the next tournament and rng isn't just better but much better than Mibr.
2018-11-06 21:31
sure, keeping telling yourself that, maybe you start believing it
2018-11-06 23:28
2018-11-05 22:04
I guess whoever gets the MVP award - s1mple or device will be top 1 according to HLTV
2018-11-05 22:08
Poland iveforever
S1mple is goat he deserved it
2018-11-05 22:11
S1mple is the best player. But astralis is the best team.
2018-11-06 08:34
Poland iveforever
+1 However this is only for 2018 stats i think 2019 might be huge underdog year just like LG , fnatic
2018-11-06 16:41
Trash no C9
2018-11-05 22:11
2018-11-05 22:24
ez for eUnited
2018-11-05 22:11
Big Stage for NiKo!! #Fazeup
2018-11-05 22:12
2018-11-05 22:16
ez for astralis
2018-11-05 22:17
ezzz renegades
2018-11-05 22:19
2018-11-05 22:22
Peru cookiesA
2018-11-05 22:46
Ukraine beaztoff
Ez disband 4 mibr
2018-11-05 22:25
Solo will strike HARD!
2018-11-05 22:37
France 2Ez4MaBoyZ
Soooo ez for ma boys aka astralis streak breaker
2018-11-05 22:50
Germany sommares
ez group for navi? but astralis win this
2018-11-05 23:00
EZ 4 Amanek and Alex
2018-11-05 23:03
The timings for which zone?
2018-11-05 23:05
2018-11-06 03:46
If the schedule does not show up according to your selected timezone you may want to select an alternative working one.
2018-11-06 23:58
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Italy HeSY
2018-11-05 23:11
Are the times GMT or something else???
2018-11-05 23:24
Schedule is featured in CET.
2018-11-06 03:37
Normally it's tailored to user's location. Why don't u use that feature instead?
2018-11-06 08:55
It already does. If it does not in your case you may want to review your selected timezone.
2018-11-06 23:57
I can see 'Today's Matches' section according to my timezone. I meant the times shown in this news are fixed (CET as you said). I don't see them according to my timezone. If you don't have this feature yet, that would be a nice upgrade :)
2018-11-07 01:42
Actually I was wrong (I remembered a different showing) and time should show according to your timezone, as it does in mine (CET). That is why I mentioned that if in your case it does not you should review your selected timezone and, ultimately, choose an alternative working one.
2018-11-07 01:52
Schedule should show up according to your selected timezone. If it does not, please review it and choose an alternative working one.
2018-11-06 23:59
Switzerland Infi2k
Another Tournament, that MIBR leaves in groups... I hope the coldzera hype is finaly over after that and people, who blaming real legends like forest, neo, markeloff and gtr realise, that there is more needed, than just having 2 good years to get called a legend
2018-11-05 23:37
Funny you say markeloff when he only started winning in 2010-2012 literally 2 years
2018-11-06 00:04
Stream is on Facebook 0/8
2018-11-05 23:53
This better not be fucking streamed on crappy Facebook...
2018-11-06 00:01
Iem are on twitch
2018-11-06 00:05
Norway PeteZz
Ez for 1.6 legend SOLO
2018-11-06 00:04
2018-11-06 01:01
Shit, it starts 3 am my time, every single time a show in NA I can only gather shumbles in the end
2018-11-06 01:47
Where do you live?
2018-11-06 03:56
Northeast China currently
2018-11-06 03:57
Yeah I figured it has to be around mid Asia longitude wise, that's perty cool I have a friend living at around the same time zone in China, not sure if it's exactly the same. E: wrote latitude 1st pl0x
2018-11-06 04:06
I'm on the same line as siberia in russia and koreans, NA events is a nightmare for me but all the rest go smoothly
2018-11-06 04:06
United States MATT_HARDY
No Thorin, no fun.
2018-11-06 02:25
Finally, Sadokist again!
2018-11-06 03:27
No ENCE makes me a sad panda :(
2018-11-06 03:47
Very unfortunate if we consider how it went too in their semi final game in GGbet for instance xdddd. Defuser killed like 0.2 before defuse to 2-0 victory --> Overtime, then have have 18-15 lead, just get totally rekt getting no kills-->lose---> lose next map with total collapse from lead, GGWP :D...
2018-11-06 04:09
Hahah yeah, that was rough
2018-11-06 04:22
3-4 place gets 20$, should be enough hahahaha
2018-11-06 08:56
I wish Semmler was invited to this one. :(
2018-11-06 09:45
he would have declined anyways since he is ow caster now
2018-11-06 09:50
twitch or faceshit?
2018-11-06 10:25
Portugal Surya
LMAO Facebook sucks. We want twitch chat
2018-11-06 13:16
2018-11-06 12:35
easy for mibr
2018-11-06 14:47
Where are Thorins?
2018-11-06 14:58
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