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:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1038
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.82
Maps played:
126
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
#1
 | 
Germany VeryColdGuy 
MIBR getting raped by G2 with CZEWS sadly
2019-07-12 20:28
#8
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
EZ4G2
2019-07-12 20:29
If g2 dont at least make playoffs then they'll probably -lucky +kio
2019-07-13 01:26
#74
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
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
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
#15
NiKo | 
Brazil vChuck1 
mibr will get first rounded
2019-07-12 20:30
#23
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
+1
2019-07-12 20:34
#26
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Argentina BuscoNombre 
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
#33
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Germany VeryColdGuy 
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
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2019-07-12 20:39
#35
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Germany VeryColdGuy 
F5
2019-07-12 20:46
It's all over for Vitality F is love F is live #Fmovement
2019-07-12 20:28
#3
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Brazil AleYYYY 
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
why are you gay.
2019-07-12 20:46
+1
2019-07-14 14:30
I thought you were banned again
2019-07-12 21:42
#52
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Belgium Chuckyyy 
nope
2019-07-12 21:49
+1
2019-07-14 14:30
Mame mie
2019-07-12 20:29
+1
2019-07-14 14:29
#11
 | 
Netherlands PasscaLl 
Nice
2019-07-12 20:29
+1
2019-07-14 14:29
Ence vs liquid in finals
2019-07-12 20:30
Lol Ence doesnt get past first round
2019-07-13 15:17
+1
2019-07-14 14:29
#17
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Europe Freeburger97 
MIBR OMEGALUL
2019-07-12 20:30
+1
2019-07-14 14:29
#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
 | 
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
 | 
Romania kr1tex 
For memes
2019-07-13 13:32
#98
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n 
thats understandable
2019-07-14 13:39
+1
2019-07-14 14:29
#144
Xyp9x | 
Cyprus Xeeh 
What does something being oddly satisfying have to do with political views?
2019-07-14 23:58
#78
 | 
India MihirX27 
Reddit > HLTV. Top Comment > #1
2019-07-13 06:29
+1
2019-07-14 14:28
first day winners g2 liquid vitality ence you can bet easily and thank me later
2019-07-12 20:32
#20
Stewie2K | 
United States kgr8 
RIP MIBR..that team was built aroud coldzera...now its 4 noobs and Fallen
2019-07-12 20:32
#48
kennyS | 
United States NixuSs 
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
#70
 | 
Brazil Anux 
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
+1
2019-07-14 14:28
#21
kennyS | 
Europe BerGamo 
G2💪
2019-07-12 20:33
+1
2019-07-14 14:28
#22
 | 
Italy Joedg 
Rip mibr
2019-07-12 20:34
+1
2019-07-14 14:27
#24
 | 
Russia M13f 
ez forZe, oh wait...
2019-07-12 20:36
+1
2019-07-14 14:27
#25
 | 
Singapore Defqon_1 
RIP Envy
2019-07-12 20:37
+1
2019-07-14 14:27
#28
 | 
Finland JHdash77 
Liquid 16-0 Envy
2019-07-12 20:39
+1
2019-07-14 14:26
#29
 | 
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
+1
2019-07-14 14:26
#30
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Romania silksz12 
Mibr/sk never won a bo3 against g2 since 2016
2019-07-12 20:43
#37
 | 
Romania kr1tex 
Yeah, their fucked
2019-07-12 20:49
+1
2019-07-14 14:26
#49
kennyS | 
United States NixuSs 
Actually That Is Wrong. The Faceit Major. I Love G2 But You Should Get Your Facts Right.
2019-07-12 21:36
+1
2019-07-14 14:26
Cause they didnt played each other since then LoL
2019-07-12 22:38
+1
2019-07-14 14:25
#57
 | 
France Randomguy69 
You forgot kotowice major
2019-07-12 22:42
#66
 | 
Romania silksz12 
It wasn t bo3 at the major
2019-07-13 00:20
+1
2019-07-14 14:23
EZ4ENCE
2019-07-12 20:50
+1
2019-07-14 14:23
#38
AmaNEk | 
Europe JaZ1Z 
G2 will get raped by zews and co. EZ4MIBR
2019-07-12 20:50
#75
shox | 
France Aidentt2 
Nothing checks out
2019-07-13 04:50
+1
2019-07-14 14:23
8 teams lol
2019-07-12 20:51
+1
2019-07-14 14:23
#41
ile | 
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
 | 
United Kingdom MansNotHot 
I think it's a time to break the curse
2019-07-12 22:19
+1
2019-07-14 14:23
#60
 | 
France Ruben_H 
Renegades and heroic ???
2019-07-12 23:23
#61
ile | 
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
 | 
France Ruben_H 
I wasn’t know this detail mens((( Hope ENCE could qualify for the play offs
2019-07-12 23:28
+1
2019-07-14 14:22
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
+1
2019-07-14 14:22
#71
 | 
Brazil Anux 
Everybody is cryptonite for ence :/
2019-07-13 02:55
#80
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
except furia which is ez team to play against
2019-07-13 09:33
Ence hahahah
2019-07-13 09:40
#82
ile | 
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
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
I have enjoyed it quite much :)
2019-07-13 09:42
Nice men :P
2019-07-13 09:44
+1
2019-07-14 14:21
#149
 | 
Brazil Anux 
+1 Owning like a gentleman
2019-07-15 15:35
Rng vitality Liquid g2
2019-07-12 20:57
+1
2019-07-14 14:20
#43
 | 
Finland Emvi 
Ence with a chance to get revenge on all 3 teams. What a group draw
2019-07-12 20:58
+1
2019-07-14 14:18
#44
Aleksib | 
Chile Zzalb 
ENCE always struggle vs Renegades, lets hope for the best
2019-07-12 21:01
+1
2019-07-14 14:17
liquid free win
2019-07-12 21:02
+1
2019-07-14 14:17
#53
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
Liquid need a break. They been playing so many events. Hope they don’t get burned out.
2019-07-12 21:51
+1
2019-07-14 14:17
#54
 | 
United States dougtheduck 
Wait is FaZe not in this tournament?
2019-07-12 22:08
+1
2019-07-14 14:14
LETS GO G2! #G2WIN #G2ARMY
2019-07-12 22:45
#65
 | 
United States jsxanatos 
are the frogs going to lose to liquid again? uh oh
2019-07-12 23:46
+1
2019-07-14 14:13
#59
 | 
African Union mikecool 
Interesting
2019-07-12 23:20
+1
2019-07-14 14:13
MIBR IN 2K19 OMEGALUL
2019-07-12 23:44
+1
2019-07-14 14:13
#64
 | 
United States jsxanatos 
can i have a free ticket i made the counter strike for kids video thanks
2019-07-12 23:45
+1
2019-07-14 14:12
its gonna be a disaster! ahahah
2019-07-13 00:25
+1
2019-07-14 14:11
Should be ez for Liquid.
2019-07-13 03:01
+1
2019-07-14 14:11
#73
 | 
Australia JAY_DAWG 
Well fuck.
2019-07-13 03:14
+1
2019-07-14 14:11
#86
 | 
Finland NUCL3AR 
Ence in group full of teams they struggle against, only movistar riders missing
2019-07-13 09:59
+1
2019-07-14 14:10
And izako boars
2019-07-15 07:53
#87
 | 
Germany ToiletShitter 
Another tournament, another failure for MIBR
2019-07-13 10:03
+1
2019-07-14 14:10
#88
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Australia CuppaJoe 
Well looking like a 0-3 for RNG
2019-07-13 10:18
+1
2019-07-14 14:10
#94
cyx | 
Germany ellinftw 
We need more tournaments like cologne. Events with only 6-8 teams are so boring :/
2019-07-13 15:24
+1
2019-07-14 14:10
#97
kennyS | 
Brazil Rulian 
g2 win group A
2019-07-13 22:17
+1
2019-07-14 14:09
#143
 | 
Poland mamba99999 
ez G2
2019-07-14 15:52
#145
 | 
Indonesia EvilPolish 
ez4LIQUID
2019-07-15 07:47
#147
 | 
Philippines metshidreio 
ence can take this home if they get there sht together
2019-07-15 09:01
#148
 | 
France NMLVirush 
Ez vitality-g2 semi final another mvp for zywoo
2019-07-15 09:05
#150
 | 
United States ScanDull 
Oh Envy, I'm so sorry. I am really...really sorry.
2019-07-15 18:20
#153
 | 
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
 | 
Serbia DjapeZ 
Once again in short time , EZ FOR LIQUID :/
2019-07-15 21:30
#154
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Brazil vgasparellow 
EZ4 ZEWS
2019-07-15 21:41
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