IEM Chicago groups, first-round matchups revealed
ESL has revealed how the eight teams have been split into two groups and the schedule for the first-round matchups for the North American event.
Two groups of four teams will kick off the action in Chicago, where eight teams will battle it out from July 18-21 for their share of the tournament's $250,000 prize pool.
Group A is headlined by the current No.1 Liquid, as well as two invited sides, G2 and MIBR. The Brazilian side will be looking to make a statement after it was revealed Wilton "zews" Prado will be filling in for the recently-benched Marcelo "coldzera" David. Envy round out the group, with the North American side having earned a spot through the regional qualifier.
Group B features Vitality, who are currently No.2 in the rankings. The Frenchmen will be joined by invited duo Renegades and ENCE, with Heroic, who replaced forZe from the European qualifier, completing the group.
The two groups for IEM Chicago are as follows:
The first-round matchups have also been revealed by ESL and can be found below: