WESG World Finals viewer's guide

With the WESG World Finals set to kick off on Monday, we bring you a comprehensive viewer's guide which includes everything you need to know about this $890,000 event.

The tournament will take place in Chongqing, China where 27 teams will battle it out on March 11-17. The original team list included 32 teams but five sides have decided to withdraw from the tournament for a myriad of reasons, including visa issues and scheduling.

The round-robin, best-of-two group stage will be played out in the first two days at the Athestel Hotel Chongqing, with the top two sides from each group advancing to the playoffs set to take place at the Chongqing Olympic Sports Center.

This year's WESG will feature 27 teams

The playoffs will use a best-of-three, single-elimination format, culminating in a grand final on Sunday. There will also be a third-place decider earlier that day.

The groups for the event look as follows:

Group C
Brazil MIBR
Poland AGO

The full schedule is below:

Monday, March 11
05:00 - Vietnam Revolution vs. United States Singularity | BO2
05:00 - Serbia Valiance vs. United Arab Emirates NASR | BO2
05:00 - South Africa Denial vs. Denmark OpTic | BO2
07:15 - Brazil MIBR vs. Poland AGO | BO2
07:15 - Argentina Furious vs. Malaysia FrostFire | BO2
09:30 - France G2 vs. United States Singularity | BO2
09:30 - United Arab Emirates NASR vs. Denmark OpTic | BO2
11:45 - Serbia Valiance vs. South Africa Denial | BO2
11:45 - Argentina Furious vs. Japan Absolute | BO2
14:00 - Vietnam Revolution vs. France G2 | BO2
14:00 - South Africa Denial vs. United Arab Emirates NASR | BO2
16:15 - Serbia Valiance vs. Denmark OpTic | BO2
16:15 - Japan Absolute vs. Malaysia FrostFire | BO2

Tuesday, March 12
05:00 - Algeria Viva Algeria vs. Mexico Altima | BO2
05:00 - Brazil Imperial vs. China Panda | BO2
05:00 - Russia Russia vs. Canada WARDELL N Friends | BO2
07:15 - Bulgaria Windigo vs. Spain Movistar Riders | BO2
07:15 - China 5POWER vs. Hong Kong ENZO | BO2
07:15 - Ukraine Ukraine vs. Philippines TNC | BO2
07:15 - Thailand Alpha Red vs. Australia Chiefs | BO2
09:30 - Sweden fnatic vs. Bulgaria Windigo | BO2
09:30 - Brazil Imperial vs. Russia Russia | BO2
09:30 - China Panda vs. Canada WARDELL N Friends | BO2
11:45 - China 5POWER vs. Ukraine Ukraine | BO2
11:45 - Hong Kong ENZO vs. Philippines TNC | BO2
11:45 - Algeria Viva Algeria vs. Thailand Alpha Red | BO2
11:45 - Mexico Altima vs. Australia Chiefs | BO2
14:00 - China 5POWER vs. Philippines TNC | BO2
14:00 - Brazil Imperial vs. Canada WARDELL N Friends | BO2
14:00 - Russia Russia vs. China Panda | BO2
16:15 - Sweden fnatic vs. Spain Movistar Riders | BO2
16:15 - Ukraine Ukraine vs. Hong Kong ENZO | BO2
16:15 - Algeria Viva Algeria vs. Australia Chiefs | BO2
16:15 - Thailand Alpha Red vs. Mexico Altima | BO2

Wednesday, March 13
05:00 - Ro16 match #1 | BO3
05:00 - Ro16 match #2 | BO3
08:15 - Ro16 match #3 | BO3
08:15 - Ro16 match #4 | BO3
11:30 - Ro16 match #5 | BO3
11:30 - Ro16 match #6 | BO3
14:45 - Ro16 match #7 | BO3
14:45 - Ro16 match #8 | BO3

Thursday, March 14
06:00 - Quarter-final #1 | BO3
09:00 - Quarter-final #2 | BO3
12:00 - Quarter-final #3 | BO3
15:00 - Quarter-final #4 | BO3

Saturday, March 16
08:45 - Semi-final #1 | BO3
12:45 - Semi-final #2 | BO3

Sunday, March 17
09:00 - Third place decider | BO3
12:45 - Grand final | BO3

The talent lineup is headlined by HLTV Confirmed regular Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, and Tres "stunna" Saranthus, both of whom recently reported for duty at the IEM Katowice Major in Poland. They will be joined by three Brits and Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl in the an-air talent team for the event, which looks as follows:

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill
Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl
United Kingdom Tom "Tombizz" Bissmire
United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell
United Kingdom Hugo Byron

Last but not least, here is the prize money breakdown:

1. $500,000
2. $200,000
3. $100,000
4. $50,000
5-8. $10,000

#1
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United States GenericPilot 
k
2019-03-10 12:34
#2
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nice
2019-03-10 12:33
cry
2019-03-10 12:47
#46
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
LOL SO MAD HAHAHA
2019-03-10 13:27
cry
2019-03-10 14:06
#54
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Sweden Unluko 
#46
2019-03-10 14:06
cry more
2019-03-10 14:55
#103
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Austria shaakeh 
free
2019-03-10 18:13
#70
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Brazil Whillpull 
Group C: MiBR AGO Can someone explain? The other 2 teams are no longer going to play the tournament?
2019-03-10 14:56
exactly
2019-03-10 15:13
#77
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Kazakhstan Nurmesh 
Was supposed to be k23 and somin else
2019-03-10 15:19
#102
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Brazil coldnikozera 
k23 and isurus
2019-03-10 18:07
#50
NiKo | 
Brazil vChuck1 
Viewer’s guide: don’t watch
2019-03-10 13:59
#104
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Ez4Wardellnfrenz
2019-03-10 18:38
#3
rain | 
Norway Alexed 
Ok
2019-03-10 12:33
#4
rain | 
Norway Trombass 
Nice
2019-03-10 12:34
ez4mibr
2019-03-10 12:34
#6
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
so... will the first stages be played in front of crowd or what?
2019-03-10 12:35
#91
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Brazil Pipeloko 
nice question
2019-03-10 16:51
#105
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
well, i couldn't even get an answer from WESG's official page so it's still a standing question
2019-03-10 18:54
#113
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Brazil Pipeloko 
fucking chinas
2019-03-11 01:10
#7
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
ez4Riders
2019-03-10 12:35
#16
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Spain GamerGuillem 
+1
2019-03-10 12:38
#17
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Bulgaria karucar 
nt
2019-03-10 12:38
#34
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
Gonna eliminate Fnatic in groups
2019-03-10 12:53
#36
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Bulgaria karucar 
gonna disband ;D
2019-03-10 12:55
#37
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
Ahahah nt
2019-03-10 12:56
#38
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Bulgaria karucar 
thats what mixwell is going to spam in the team chat during the matches
2019-03-10 12:58
Lol ez MIBR
2019-03-10 14:42
#57
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Russia SEVENC 
+1
2019-03-10 14:20
ez4riders
2019-03-10 14:51
#8
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Hungary OwlOfMoist 
I don't get these viewers guides, at least give some information about the teams, like these nonamers, who can show up, have their moments etc. Like this its a little boring:/
2019-03-10 12:35
I don't think you understand what a viewer's guide means.
2019-03-10 12:40
#23
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
+1
2019-03-10 12:44
#24
twist | 
Germany ZilaZ 
+1
2019-03-10 12:45
#45
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Czech Republic QuertyX 
+1
2019-03-10 13:21
#58
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World breezy0 
Are you stupid? This is to show viewers at which time the matches are supposed to be played so you can plan accordingly if you want to watch something
2019-03-10 14:25
#65
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France Telt 
They do that for bigger tournaments and give it other names, usually "five key storylines of..".
2019-03-10 14:47
and the groups whit missing teams?
2019-03-10 12:36
Top two still advance to the playoffs. So MIBR and AGO are already in the playoffs, for example. They will just play to determine who takes 1st place in the group.
2019-03-10 12:40
#47
anjing | 
Indonesia Ashiap 
Lol
2019-03-10 13:41
Lol
2019-03-10 15:20
Cant wait
2019-03-10 12:36
#11
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Lithuania andy_ 
MIBR and AGO already in the playoffs OMEGALUL
2019-03-10 12:36
Kkkkk
2019-03-10 15:22
To be fair I'd rather have them through than 2 random no name teams
2019-03-10 19:36
#108
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Lithuania andy_ 
That's right though
2019-03-10 19:37
if MIBR won't win this event ,it's gonna be bigger shame than 7-1.Literally they're only top 10 team in this event.Fnatic and G2 are only good teams that they can face.
2019-03-10 12:37
#31
twist | 
Germany ZilaZ 
I don't think you've seen IEM Katowice. ENCE overrun NaVi and Liquid wich are the top 2 and 3 in the world. So never underestimate the underdogs in these kind of tournaments.
2019-03-10 12:52
#40
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Ireland FirestormRR 
Yeah I really can't see anyone other than MIBR winning. If they don't, it would be a catastrophic failure for that lineup.
2019-03-10 13:03
#88
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United States litdabber21 
+1
2019-03-10 16:41
#13
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Switzerland Schwandi 
Croup C has two teams lol
2019-03-10 12:37
Ago and move already qualified for payoffs lmao
2019-03-10 12:37
Mibr * thx autocorrect
2019-03-10 12:37
#49
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Croatia Jack Russell 
Literally free $$$
2019-03-10 13:58
#18
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Denmark devnr1 
disband event pls
2019-03-10 12:39
Disband astralis
2019-03-11 16:09
EZ4MIBR
2019-03-10 12:42
#22
k0nfig | 
Denmark QDouble 
couldn't they found another teams to play ? lol mibr and ago already on the playoffs
2019-03-10 12:44
#26
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France goulou_0 
G2 or mibr gonna win that
2019-03-10 12:48
Ahahhaha
2019-03-10 12:50
WESG Real viewer's guide: SAVE YALL'S FUCKING TIME AND SKIP THIS TRASH LMAO XD
2019-03-10 12:48
Go play faceit esea or apex or even for god sake fortshite is still better than taint my eye with this horror show
2019-03-10 12:50
#30
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
so don't watch it?
2019-03-10 12:51
Kid go drink some milk....tournaments like this are the best
2019-03-11 16:21
Good thing no one really cares about ur trash , garbage and unwanted opinion African boiiiii....
2019-03-10 13:07
Delays inc....
2019-03-10 12:52
#33
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Poland Konteiz 
EZ4AGO
2019-03-10 12:53
#35
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
gogo enzo
2019-03-10 12:55
So...they are not going to redraw the groups? Most balanced world-class event, xaxaxa
2019-03-10 12:59
Axaxaxa Ago and Mibr play even both qualified for playoffs
2019-03-10 13:05
#82
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Brazil plc_junkeR 
They must decide who'll be the first in the group
2019-03-10 15:53
#43
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Chile pr0per 
Furious? very well, good luck to this tournament. regards.
2019-03-10 13:07
#44
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Korea zkoin 
Okay. So redraw group is useless, Right?
2019-03-10 13:10
3 AM , no thx
2019-03-10 13:50
Group C Xaxaxaxaxax
2019-03-10 14:01
Ez shit tier event
2019-03-10 14:05
#55
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Germany j3llY 
MIBR will go out in groups 100 %
2019-03-10 14:08
#56
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Norway NoregNik 
MIBR will still manage to go out in groups XDDD
2019-03-10 14:16
#59
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
Finals 8:45 AM
2019-03-10 14:36
mibr will lose. tier1 price tier6 teams
2019-03-10 14:36
#61
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Brazil EZ4MIBR 
Ez4mibr
2019-03-10 14:39
theres basicly max 3 matches which are even remotely interesting gg
2019-03-10 14:40
#63
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Philippines summerheat 
Is the time local time or set to my timezone?
2019-03-10 14:41
It’s set to your timezone bro
2019-03-10 17:25
#66
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Other Mukade 
Mibr and ago both advance? Or what
2019-03-10 14:50
#87
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United States Acetk 
Yup only play for seed
2019-03-10 16:36
Wesg should have been country teams instead of big teams what it is now
2019-03-10 14:53
#71
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China R1KKA233 
R.I.P WESG
2019-03-10 15:01
inb4 boddyy MVP of the tournament, averaging 1.45 rating
2019-03-10 15:03
ez4mibr
2019-03-10 15:04
Viewer's guide: don't watch
2019-03-10 15:13
#76
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Italy PiccanteCA 
ez furiousG
2019-03-10 15:16
Tier 1 prize pool Tier 3 event
2019-03-10 15:21
mibr and ago have slot for playoffs because only 2 teams in the group?
2019-03-10 15:25
#83
Canada ssau 
Lol why couldn’t they just take someone from one of the groups of 4 teams and place that team in C
2019-03-10 15:59
#84
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Slovenia New_username 
Ez for group C
2019-03-10 16:02
#85
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Sweden Lagge15 
Quite nice prize pool for a shitty tournament.
2019-03-10 16:14
#86
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
Nice timezone
2019-03-10 16:36
#89
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Europe precision6266 
t5 event?
2019-03-10 16:44
#90
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ez4mibr :)
2019-03-10 16:51
#92
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
Wardell N friends ahhaahahh <3
2019-03-10 16:52
#93
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
hello gaules
2019-03-10 16:52
hi Signed, Wardell N Friends
2019-03-10 17:09
Nice
2019-03-10 17:00
double digit hour delays i can’t fucking wait. not watching a second of this shitshow lmao
2019-03-10 17:09
ez fnatic
2019-03-10 17:10
2 EZ 4 papichulo
2019-03-10 17:19
what the fuck is that, wesg? there is literally a group of TWO TEAMS and another one of FOUR TEAMS who the fuck is arranging this?
2019-03-10 17:45
EZ4ENZO
2019-03-10 17:47
#112
gla1ve | 
China WaltzR 
Some teams quit the tournament.
2019-03-10 23:10
Why does china and brazil have two teams attending? Thought it was only 1 team pr country?
2019-03-10 18:59
EZ4MIBR
2019-03-10 19:37
worst time ever
2019-03-10 21:12
+1
2019-03-10 21:16
#114
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Brazil fullsets 
Hello? Bo2?
2019-03-11 02:06
#115
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Fnatic or mibr ez
2019-03-11 04:08
f MIBR won't win this event ,it's gonna be bigger shame than 7-1.Literally they're only top 10 team
2019-03-12 17:12
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