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.

Liquid have been drawn into Group A

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:

Thursday, July 18
18:00 - Brazil MIBR vs. France G2 | BO3
18:00 - United States Liquid vs. United States Envy | BO3
21:50 - France Vitality vs. Denmark Heroic | BO3
21:50 - Australia Renegades vs. Finland ENCE | BO3

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
1213
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
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MIBR getting raped by G2 with CZEWS sadly
2019-07-12 20:28
#8
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Albania 9898
EZ4G2
2019-07-12 20:29
If g2 dont at least make playoffs then they'll probably -lucky +kio
2019-07-13 01:26
Kio is toxic, bad idea
2019-07-13 03:47
#76
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India MihirX27
They'd rather look at the remnants of LDLC and 3DMAX than take kio, ngl.
2019-07-13 06:27
None of them have beef with kio except maybe shox but they haven’t played together since 2014. I think if they were fighting they’d be over it
2019-07-13 07:24
Exactly, it isn't like with happy where everybody hates him
2019-07-13 17:23
#95
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United States Murarara
Why would they make that change, they have been doing well, one failure after the epl performance and probably a GG league win, even if they struggle making that change doesn't make a lot of sense
2019-07-13 17:04
#13
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France kNRD^
+1
2019-07-12 20:29
mibr will get first rounded
2019-07-12 20:30
+1
2019-07-12 20:34
You forgot about envy, they will rape mibr too on second match
2019-07-12 20:39
#31
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Czech Republic Hopkins74
xD probably
2019-07-12 20:44
Nah... envy its too shitty
2019-07-12 20:46
#77
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India MihirX27
Sonic is gonna go fast on them.
2019-07-13 06:28
#27
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Poland Unluko
Ok
2019-07-12 20:39
F5
2019-07-12 20:46
It's all over for Vitality F is love F is live #Fmovement
2019-07-12 20:28
MIBR lul
2019-07-12 20:28
G2 wins
2019-07-12 20:28
#5
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Croatia MiSTeR_SwaG
At least I'm top ten.
2019-07-12 20:28
Ez Liquid
2019-07-12 20:28
#7
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Belgium Chuckyyy
Go g2 go g2 go g2 Go g2 go g2 go g2 Go g2 go g2 go g2 Go g2 go g2 go g2 Go g2 go g2 go g2 Go g2 go g2 go g2 Go g2 go g2 go g2 Go g2 go g2 go g2
2019-07-12 20:28
#9
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France FrighTyyy
+1
2019-07-12 20:29
#12
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Netherlands PasscaLl
Against mibr lul
2019-07-12 20:29
Why Jinx man
2019-07-12 20:30
#36
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Belgium Chuckyyy
Wrong event Fuck
2019-07-12 20:46
It's okay, you just have to make a counter-jinx thread
2019-07-12 21:05
#34
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India bartallen
why are you gay.
2019-07-12 20:46
I thought you were banned again
2019-07-12 21:42
#52
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Belgium Chuckyyy
nope
2019-07-12 21:49
Mame mie
2019-07-12 20:29
#11
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Netherlands PasscaLl
Nice
2019-07-12 20:29
#16
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Finland defuserr
Ence vs liquid in finals
2019-07-12 20:30
#93
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Europe Niko0
Lol Ence doesnt get past first round
2019-07-13 15:17
MIBR OMEGALUL
2019-07-12 20:30
#18
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n
look at the way those rows of matches get longer and longer. Beautiful.
2019-07-12 20:31
#40
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Romania kr1tex
r/oddlysatisfying
2019-07-12 20:51
#45
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n
Fuck out of here with your reddit shit, this is hltv not reddit. I agree though.
2019-07-12 21:02
#51
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Romania kr1tex
Oh wow u gotta be a retard to fit into hltv?
2019-07-12 21:43
#89
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n
No, thats what im saying. No reddit pseudointellectual lefties allowed.
2019-07-13 13:27
#90
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Romania kr1tex
I'm a right winger omegalul
2019-07-13 13:29
#91
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n
Why use reddit then?
2019-07-13 13:30
#92
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Romania kr1tex
For memes
2019-07-13 13:32
#98
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n
thats understandable
2019-07-14 13:39
What does something being oddly satisfying have to do with political views?
2019-07-14 23:58
#78
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India MihirX27
Reddit > HLTV. Top Comment > #1
2019-07-13 06:29
first day winners g2 liquid vitality ence you can bet easily and thank me later
2019-07-12 20:32
#20
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United States K1NGKY
RIP MIBR..that team was built aroud coldzera...now its 4 noobs and Fallen
2019-07-12 20:32
I Dislike MIBR In General, But How Dare You Call Fer a Noob. That Man Was One Of The World’s best At One Point, And He’s The Only Reason MIBR Are Even Top 15.
2019-07-12 21:31
Ooooh boy... Is fer minimally good for you? Dó you need see more games, dont just highlights. Fer pull back this team. Cancerous leader offgame.
2019-07-13 02:54
#21
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Europe jinpeii
G2💪
2019-07-12 20:33
Rip mibr
2019-07-12 20:34
#24
mir | 
Russia M13F
ez forZe, oh wait...
2019-07-12 20:36
RIP Envy
2019-07-12 20:37
Liquid 16-0 Envy
2019-07-12 20:39
#29
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Romania kr1tex
G2 Liquid Vitality Ence They could make a different match up for Vitality tho, they already played with Heroic recently, it would be more interesting to see them against envy, MIBR or Renegades.
2019-07-12 20:47
#30
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Romania silksz12
Mibr/sk never won a bo3 against g2 since 2016
2019-07-12 20:43
#37
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Romania kr1tex
Yeah, their fucked
2019-07-12 20:49
Actually That Is Wrong. The Faceit Major. I Love G2 But You Should Get Your Facts Right.
2019-07-12 21:36
Cause they didnt played each other since then LoL
2019-07-12 22:38
You forgot kotowice major
2019-07-12 22:42
#66
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Romania silksz12
It wasn t bo3 at the major
2019-07-13 00:20
EZ4ENCE
2019-07-12 20:50
G2 will get raped by zews and co. EZ4MIBR
2019-07-12 20:50
Nothing checks out
2019-07-13 04:50
8 teams lol
2019-07-12 20:51
#41
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Finland Vkims
LOL hardest group ever for ence. Vitality is cryptonite renegades is cryptonite heroic is cryptonite IEM rigged?
2019-07-12 20:54
#55
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United Kingdom MansNotHot
I think it's a time to break the curse
2019-07-12 22:19
this
2019-07-18 11:53
#60
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France Ruben_H
Renegades and heroic ???
2019-07-12 23:23
#61
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Finland Vkims
Renegades is 4-1 against ence in maps and heroic just anti-stratted ence really good in Cologne
2019-07-12 23:25
#62
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France Ruben_H
I wasn’t know this detail mens((( Hope ENCE could qualify for the play offs
2019-07-12 23:28
A couple months ago I would have agreed that renegades were ences kryptonite but at this point renegades are playing so bad that even heroic have a better chance of beating ence.
2019-07-13 01:23
Everybody is cryptonite for ence :/
2019-07-13 02:55
#80
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Finland Vkims
except furia which is ez team to play against
2019-07-13 09:33
Ence hahahah
2019-07-13 09:40
#82
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Finland Vkims
Ence ended Astralis era :)
2019-07-13 09:40
Who cares ? They won 3 majors xD Enjoy ur music kit
2019-07-13 09:42
#84
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Finland Vkims
I have enjoyed it quite much :)
2019-07-13 09:42
Nice men :P
2019-07-13 09:44
+1 Owning like a gentleman
2019-07-15 15:35
Rng vitality Liquid g2
2019-07-12 20:57
#43
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Finland Emvi
Ence with a chance to get revenge on all 3 teams. What a group draw
2019-07-12 20:58
ENCE always struggle vs Renegades, lets hope for the best
2019-07-12 21:01
liquid free win
2019-07-12 21:02
Liquid need a break. They been playing so many events. Hope they don’t get burned out.
2019-07-12 21:51
#54
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United States Artifactz
Wait is FaZe not in this tournament?
2019-07-12 22:08
#58
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Brazil tiberioz
LETS GO G2! #G2WIN #G2ARMY
2019-07-12 22:45
#65
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United States jsxanatos
are the frogs going to lose to liquid again? uh oh
2019-07-12 23:46
#59
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African Union mikecool
Interesting
2019-07-12 23:20
MIBR IN 2K19 OMEGALUL
2019-07-12 23:44
#64
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United States jsxanatos
can i have a free ticket i made the counter strike for kids video thanks
2019-07-12 23:45
its gonna be a disaster! ahahah
2019-07-13 00:25
Should be ez for Liquid.
2019-07-13 03:01
#73
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Australia JAY_DAWG
Well fuck.
2019-07-13 03:14
#86
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Finland NUCL3AR
Ence in group full of teams they struggle against, only movistar riders missing
2019-07-13 09:59
And izako boars
2019-07-15 07:53
Another tournament, another failure for MIBR
2019-07-13 10:03
#88
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Australia Chereska
Well looking like a 0-3 for RNG
2019-07-13 10:18
We need more tournaments like cologne. Events with only 6-8 teams are so boring :/
2019-07-13 15:24
g2 win group A
2019-07-13 22:17
ez G2
2019-07-14 15:52
ez4LIQUID
2019-07-15 07:47
ence can take this home if they get there sht together
2019-07-15 09:01
#148
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France NMLVirush
Ez vitality-g2 semi final another mvp for zywoo
2019-07-15 09:05
#150
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United States ScanDull
Oh Envy, I'm so sorry. I am really...really sorry.
2019-07-15 18:20
#153
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Serbia DjapeZ
Dont underestimate anyone. C9 almost comeback after 13-2
2019-07-15 21:30
Very difficult group for Ence, all teams that they struggled with :D
2019-07-15 18:23
#152
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Serbia DjapeZ
Once again in short time , EZ FOR LIQUID :/
2019-07-15 21:30
EZ4 ZEWS
2019-07-15 21:41
I hope RNG can win a game at least
2019-07-16 12:23
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