IEM Katowice Major New Challengers Stage viewer's guide

With the long-awaited IEM Katowice Major set to start on Wednesday, we have put together a viewer's guide with all you need to know regarding the New Challengers Stage.

The opening stage of the Major will run from February 13-17 at the ESL Arena, in Katowice, where 16 teams will duke it out for the chance to compete in the New Legends Stage.

The initial Swiss match-ups were determined by the "Player-Selected Seeding" introduced by ESL at IEM Chicago. After every Swiss round, ESL will use an ELO rating system to determine the following match-ups, replacing the Buchholz system that was used at the FACEIT Major.

Every elimination and advancement match will be played in a best-of-three format, while the remaining games will be best-of-one clashes.

The Polish city of Katowice will host a Major for the third time

The teams who were ranked 9th through to 14th in the FACEIT Major's New Legends Stage will be joined by the top two sides from the regional Minor championships plus the leading sides of the Minor Play-in tournament, with the complete team list looking as follows:

The full schedule for the event looks as follows:

Wednesday, February 13
13:00 - Australia Renegades vs. Kazakhstan AVANGAR | BO1
13:00 - Sweden fnatic vs. China ViCi | BO1
14:10 - China TYLOO vs. France Vitality | BO1
14:10 - United States Cloud9 vs. Australia Grayhound | BO1
15:20 - Finland ENCE vs. Russia Spirit | BO1
15:20 - France G2 vs. Russia Vega Squadron | BO1
16:30 - Brazil FURIA vs. Sweden NiP | BO1
16:30 - Russia Winstrike vs. United States NRG | BO1
18:05 - Round 2 match #1 | BO1
18:05 - Round 2 match #2 | BO1
19:15 - Round 2 match #3 | BO1
19:15 - Round 2 match #4 | BO1
20:25 - Round 2 match #5 | BO1
20:25 - Round 2 match #6 | BO1
21:35 - Round 2 match #7 | BO1
21:35 - Round 2 match #8 | BO1

Thursday, February 14
13:00 - Round 3 match #3 | BO1
13:00 - Round 3 match #4 | BO1
14:10 - Round 3 match #5 | BO1
14:10 - Round 3 match #6 | BO1
15:20 - Round 3 match #1 | BO3
15:20 - Round 3 match #7 | BO3
18:50 - Round 3 match #2 | BO3
18:50 - Round 3 match #8 | BO3

Friday, February 15
13:00 - Round 4 match #1 | BO3
16:30 - Round 4 match #2 | BO3
20:00 - Round 4 match #3 | BO3

Saturday, February 16
13:00 - Round 4 match #4 | BO3
16:30 - Round 4 match #5 | BO3
20:00 - Round 4 match #6 | BO3

Sunday, February 17
13:00 - Round 5 match #1 | BO3
16:30 - Round 5 match #2 | BO3
20:00 - Round 5 match #3 | BO3

The broadcast team for the New Challengers Stage features O.J. Borg as stage host, Tres "stunna" Saranthus and Alex "Machine" Richardson as desk hosts, three analysts at the desk and two casting pairs, with Frankie Ward being the sideline reporter.

The complete on-air crew for the Major look as follows:

United Kingdom O. J. Borg - Stage host

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk host
United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk host

Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst
United States Sean "seang@res" Gares - Analyst

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
United Kingdom Vince Hill - Commentator

United Kingdom Frankie Ward - Reporter

United Kingdom Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.04
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
APR:
0.09
#1
ice | 
United Kingdom 21savageUK 
Let's go C9 🤠👍 21
2019-02-11 17:20
nice! finally!
2019-02-11 17:19
#116
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Finland Lehtori 
If ence wins every match they win major
2019-02-11 21:33
#118
s1mple | 
Ukraine A1mD 
Never!
2019-02-11 21:52
shitty format again 3x bo1 automatically gets you to top 16 at major SMH
2019-02-12 07:58
#158
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Belgium KYC 
You cant read
2019-02-12 11:05
#173
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:12
you stupid fuckar Thursday, February 14 06:00 - Round 3 match #3 | BO1 06:00 - Round 3 match #4 | BO1 07:10 - Round 3 match #5 | BO1 07:10 - Round 3 match #6 | BO1
2019-02-12 18:38
#190
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Belgium KYC 
those are the 1-1 matches mr fuckar
2019-02-12 18:45
thank mr kill your cow
2019-02-12 19:22
#124
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Sweden ThorinEk 
no way!
2019-02-11 22:41
Ez4ence
2019-02-12 04:05
#3
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Serbia VaIiance 
Yes
2019-02-11 17:19
#174
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:13
Yes
2019-02-11 17:21
#15
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Brazil TEUS1 
Yes
2019-02-11 17:23
#80
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Norway analpain1337 
Ez for NiP
2019-02-11 18:58
EZ4ENCE
2019-02-11 19:10
#175
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:13
ty for that rep man
2019-02-13 19:56
#94
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United States J_Nasty 
Yes
2019-02-11 19:21
#99
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Brazil Bicycle 
+1
2019-02-11 19:30
Yeah!
2019-02-11 22:06
#4
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Poland Axer85 
Nice
2019-02-11 17:19
#40
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Russia veryZer 
lol
2019-02-11 17:39
#98
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United States J_Nasty 
What time zone is this in?
2019-02-11 19:30
#123
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Finland Juvi 
GMT +1
2019-02-11 22:23
#135
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United States J_Nasty 
Thanks boss
2019-02-12 01:31
#176
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:13
Mibr so bad lul
2019-02-11 17:20
#12
ice | 
United Kingdom 21savageUK 
+1 lmao
2019-02-11 17:22
#177
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:13
not even playing xD
2019-02-11 19:04
#166
shox | 
India iejesus 
lol
2019-02-12 14:49
Cry is free xd
2019-02-11 20:25
#7
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Argentina lucas_7_94 
PICK'em 3-0 g2 0-3 vici in: nip, fnatic, c9, vitality, avangar, ence, nrg thnx me later
2019-02-11 17:20
#18
mertz | 
Austria maj0ra 
3-0 g2 xddd
2019-02-11 17:25
#21
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Argentina lucas_7_94 
too risk to put fnatic or nrg for same points as 7 in, so for me, safe.
2019-02-11 17:26
Tbf thats my pick too because g2 isnt a confirmed contender, so either way the one of the 7 spots wont be wasted on them. Fnatic,Nrg are probably the highest in contention for that 3-0 but not gonna risk not getting a point from them if they get 3-1 instead. My pick is G2 3-0 Vici 0-3 Fnatic,NRG,C9,Ence,NIP,Vitality,Renegades
2019-02-11 18:28
And people get thrown off by the fact that vici knocked out North, but imo its not a good representation of their ability because North are in a slump and are going to change their roster soon anyways. Saw vici matches and they get beat by tier 4/5 teams easily. 1 match can't represent how they will do in the major.
2019-02-11 18:32
Vici are new to this level, sure they did good at minor, but in terms of consistency in b03's they'll have it tough.
2019-02-11 19:06
#112
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Argentina lucas_7_94 
Great pick. In this moment, i'm not sure about Avangar-renegades and again not sure with g2. Will think it wisely.
2019-02-11 20:55
#150
NiKo | 
India se7eNNN 
Just go with avangar over renegades. And for 3-0 choose Vega because g2 wont win shit. This is my pickem btw
2019-02-12 07:55
My pick is exactly the same, i hope we are right
2019-02-11 23:24
0-3 g2 thank me later
2019-02-11 17:26
#59
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United States Doge14 
+1
2019-02-11 18:19
#153
Raizy | 
China gromit 
fact
2019-02-12 08:15
#31
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Argentina lucas_7_94 
Another variant is -avangar +renegades.
2019-02-11 17:32
G2 ?
2019-02-11 17:56
#56
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Argentina lucas_7_94 
To me, g2 didn't show me any clue to make it to the next stage. Said that, they will do it 3-0, or they will not.
2019-02-11 18:08
i saw rays of sunshine from kenny and bodyy in iem sydney quals, so have a renewed faith in them to do atleast better than most ppl expect from them .. but yeah they r a wild card pick for me too
2019-02-11 19:07
#167
shox | 
India iejesus 
rays of sunshine tf 😂😂
2019-02-12 14:51
same .. nip <=> g2 in mine tbh i think both have similar chances
2019-02-11 19:05
#134
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Austria SplasJ 
I have exactly the same
2019-02-12 01:28
#178
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:14
#8
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Ukraine d1chenok 
ez4ence
2019-02-11 17:20
Three Russian teams. Oh wow
2019-02-11 17:21
#161
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Belarus uberboy 
And partly avangar too, they speak russian in their team
2019-02-12 13:28
#179
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:14
VINCE IS BACK BOYS
2019-02-11 17:21
<3
2019-02-11 17:27
#65
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Germany thebestchen 
moses & blume > Hill & moses
2019-02-11 18:27
#133
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United States Samsquanch_ 
ANDERS & Semmler > well, everybody
2019-02-12 01:13
#154
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Germany thebestchen 
yeah but semmler commentater of nub game
2019-02-12 08:32
#162
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Yah he a gae now
2019-02-12 13:32
#180
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:14
#13
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Germany zeolikk 
Thanks
2019-02-11 17:22
#14
device | 
Sweden Fluxezz 
Imagine Nip winning major
2019-02-11 17:23
#35
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Sweden Ivorn 
I see it every night
2019-02-11 17:35
#57
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Finland Djkana13 
You’re funny
2019-02-11 18:14
#16
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
HYPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2019-02-11 17:23
Believe on Fúria guys
2019-02-11 17:24
#181
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:14
#22
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Argentina GonzaPines 
3-0 fnatic 0-3 vici Ence - cloud9 - nip - rng - nrg - zywootality - avangar - furia
2019-02-11 17:26
#26
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Turkey Batyouone 
3-0 G2 0-3 VICI Fnatic nrg cloud9 vitality ence renegades nip
2019-02-11 17:28
#54
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United Kingdom nddvr 
0-3 VICI 😱😱😱 VICI will win the major 😎😎😎
2019-02-11 18:01
China numbaWan ??? I aren't think that xD ;)
2019-02-11 19:09
#97
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United States J_Nasty 
Very ENGLISH yes that’s good yes
2019-02-11 19:28
omga lul
2019-02-11 21:48
#182
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:14
#129
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Spain Alex_GV 
Me very good englis mi frien
2019-02-11 23:23
#27
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Finland wrath|EZ4ENCE 
16.20 EZ4ENCE
2019-02-11 17:28
#32
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Czech Republic Olaxen 
Let's goo mous..... ou
2019-02-11 17:33
mouzgehts (out of minor) ... RIP
2019-02-11 19:09
#92
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Czech Republic Olaxen 
rip
2019-02-11 19:17
#183
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:14
#33
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Slovenia ArlindEl 
I think C9 will go 3-0
2019-02-11 17:34
anders, james and daniel better make an appearance later or this is a joke. henry and matt are the 3rd best caster duo. henry negativity and matt knowledge of the scene is dragging them down.
2019-02-11 17:34
#42
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United States FlagMaster 
Anders just had a child so he’s probably taking time off to be with family
2019-02-11 17:43
i get that but anders is getting skipped regularly for iem/esl events so wouldnt be surprised. he doesnt throw a tantrum like thorin so we dont know if he didnt get a invite for sure. after birth, parents hire a nanny or get their in laws to look after the kid for a few days anyway. vince is underrated so im happy to see him there. i reckon hugo and harry did a good job at the minors so i'm surprised they didnt another chance here.
2019-02-12 07:39
#184
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:15
yeah, but anders is hsving a kid
2019-02-11 17:44
+1
2019-02-11 17:51
Thats a lot of casting for 2 duos
2019-02-11 17:50
#46
ZywOo | 
Ukraine Dendil 
Ez for c9
2019-02-11 17:51
Let's fucking go... Furiaaaa
2019-02-11 17:52
#185
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:15
First match winners Avangar Finatic Vitality Cloud9 Vega Squadron NIP NRG
2019-02-11 17:53
Mark it bitzhez
2019-02-11 17:54
#61
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United States Doge14 
Too many favorites picked
2019-02-11 18:21
Only favorites i listed are nip and maybe vega. In my favorites there would be grayhound and g2
2019-02-11 18:23
Favourites means best odds of winning not you’re personal favourite teams retard
2019-02-11 18:56
Not retard but i will agree im wrong
2019-02-11 19:20
Ok sorry
2019-02-11 22:54
#125
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Brazil Serpico 
He was so polite even after u called him retard. Apologize to him :(
2019-02-11 22:45
#186
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:15
Fogot to put EZ4ENCE
2019-02-11 18:23
#52
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United States Trump2020KAG 
I’m so ready for this shit show to start already.
2019-02-11 17:59
i bet we were ready for faceit major to start too .. and it did turn out to be a shit show .. xD
2019-02-11 19:11
#108
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Not saying it as literally gona be a shit show(ibp) just saying in general ready for this to start already.
2019-02-11 20:31
#187
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:15
EZ4ENCE
2019-02-11 18:00
#156
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Germany wurstuk 
Username xD
2019-02-12 09:57
-pimp +anybody
2019-02-11 18:08
2 matches in same time its sad
2019-02-11 18:16
#66
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Other pawuc 
+2
2019-02-11 18:27
#188
Golden | 
Dominican Republic ITrik 
+1
2019-02-12 18:15
Australia Renegades vs. Kazakhstan AVANGAR | AVANGAR WINS Sweden fnatic vs. China ViCi | fnatic WINS China TYLOO vs. France Vitality | Vitality WINS United States Cloud9 vs. Australia Grayhound | Cloud9 WINS Finland ENCE vs. Russia Spirit | ENCE WINS France G2 vs. Russia Vega Squadron | Vega Squadron WINS Brazil FURIA vs. Sweden NiP | Sweden WINS Russia Winstrike vs. United States NRG | Winstrike WINS
2019-02-11 18:20
why would NRG not win?
2019-02-11 18:33
winstrike has a good chance of upsetting in bo1
2019-02-11 18:36
Hmm but NRG are expected to go through 3-0 arent they? Along with fnatic? Or is this gonna be some godlike predictions. If its the latter then tell me your pickem predictions xD
2019-02-11 18:47
EZ4ENCE
2019-02-11 18:21
Go Go G2! EZ4G2!
2019-02-11 18:29
2 match in a row yes...
2019-02-11 18:40
imo ENCO wont qualify
2019-02-11 18:42
Guys, what the time used on katowice? CET or what?
2019-02-11 18:50
#105
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Poland Chopus 
Yup, CET
2019-02-11 20:13
Vega spirit and Winstrike have my support
2019-02-11 18:53
How do those round 2 matches work? Is it the winner of round 1 match 1 v winner of round 1 match 2 = round 2 match 1?
2019-02-11 19:07
#87
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Sweden Lagge15 
How does the ELO system work? Are they supposed to meet singlar teams ELO-wise or top ELO meet bottom ELO? How do you ratt ELO from first match? Just rounds won or what? More precid; what is accounted into the ELO?
2019-02-11 19:09
FINALLY LETS GOOOOO
2019-02-11 19:23
#96
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Germany ToupixBr 
#DiaDeFúria
2019-02-11 19:24
#101
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
MAJOR HYPE!!!
2019-02-11 19:46
#102
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Brazil ivdmaluco 
Brazil is stronger every year! Go FURIA and mibr
2019-02-11 19:55
#103
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
gl to all
2019-02-11 19:58
#104
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China LewsTherin 
No Freya no fap
2019-02-11 20:05
#106
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Poland Chopus 
LET'S GO!!
2019-02-11 20:23
#109
United States sbe 
Should be some good matches!
2019-02-11 20:44
I want Freyer, Bardolf, and Anders.
2019-02-11 20:48
#111
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Algeria FATALSki 
I hop no delay
2019-02-11 20:53
#113
Blue | 
Belgium Thotiana 
cant wait tho
2019-02-11 20:59
no thorins no parties :D
2019-02-11 21:10
easy for furia
2019-02-11 21:26
challengers mean they are not yet Legends?
2019-02-11 21:56
#120
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CIS dypsoman 
can`t wait
2019-02-11 22:02
#122
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ez4furia NRG 3-0 Furia,Ence,Nip,Fnatic,c9,tyloo,vitality,renegades 0-3 grayhound
2019-02-11 22:08
GG Furia
2019-02-11 23:05
why no Anders?
2019-02-11 23:18
#131
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African Union mikecool 
YTB
2019-02-11 23:35
#132
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Australia vamped 
Cmon renegades time to shine
2019-02-11 23:45
LETS GO FURIAAAAAAAAA!
2019-02-12 02:11
CNCS!!!
2019-02-12 02:20
#139
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United States stippz 
So are these EST timezone?
2019-02-12 03:02
Schedule is shown according to the timezone setting in your profile.
2019-02-12 07:36
#157
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United States stippz 
Thanks chief.
2019-02-12 10:57
#141
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France RizZzzzzzzzz 
Let's Go French team !!
2019-02-12 04:24
#143
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Latvia latvianguy 
I'm not a fan of the double game format, always liked to watch every single game, guess not this major.
2019-02-12 05:46
#144
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Poland Naxeos 
Can't wait to watch once again major
2019-02-12 07:30
#147
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Brazil Mrsullivan0 
Tomorrow is DIA DE FURIA
2019-02-12 07:37
takk fyrir
2019-02-12 08:12
tyloo vs vitality Pog
2019-02-12 08:44
The best format, fingers crossed for best major yet
2019-02-12 11:23
While they see enemies in smokes on radar? Nah
2019-02-12 12:23
Yeah, I forgot about the stupid augs, hopefully teams who have fully replaced the m4 with that ugly pipe (most of the challengers) don't get legend status
2019-02-12 14:49
lets go
2019-02-12 13:32
#164
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
Les fakin get it bois Henry and sado best duo
2019-02-12 13:51
#168
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Ukraine hukutka94 
EZ for ENCE
2019-02-12 15:36
#169
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Italy f8nt 
C9 3-0
2019-02-12 17:12
This gon' b gud.
2019-02-12 17:14
LET'S GOOO FURIA!
2019-02-12 17:18
Where's Anders? I prefer to have Anders rather than that faggot HenryGay
2019-02-12 17:58
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