StarSeries i-League Season 8 viewer's guide

With StarSeries i-League Season 8 around the corner, HLTV.org presents a comprehensive viewer's guide for the $500,000 event.

Taking place in Belek, Turkey on October 21-27, StarSeries i-League Season 8 boasts a sizeable $500,000 prize pool and 16 contestants. Split into two equal groups, the squads will duke it out in double-elimination GSL groups in looks to advance to the playoffs.

Also featuring a double-elimination bracket, the playoffs will see four teams from each group, with winners assuming a spot in the upper bracket, meanwhile runners-up will have to fight it out in the lower bracket. The tournament will culminate on October 27 at 17:30 CEST, witnessing the two finalists face off for the crown.

Boombl4's Na`Vi will seek to recreate previous glory in Belek

Present at the event are Natus Vincere, who secured the title in season 7 of the tournament series with a previous iteration of the roster. Looking to dethrone the standing champions are a list of up-and-coming sides, as well as established fives including Evil Geniuses, mousesports, fnatic and MIBR.

Following are the group draws for the tournament:

Below is a full schedule for the upcoming matches:

Monday, October 21
09:00 - Europe mousesports vs. Denmark North | BO3
09:00 - France Vitality vs. China Invictus | BO3
12:30 - Australia Renegades vs. Brazil MIBR | BO3
12:30 - Sweden fnatic vs. Brazil Imperial | BO3
16:00 - Group A Upper bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
19:30 - Group A Upper bracket semi-final #2 | BO3

Tuesday, October 22
09:00 - Sweden NiP vs. Brazil FURIA | BO3
09:00 - United States Evil Geniuses vs. China 5POWER | BO3
12:30 - Russia Natus Vincere vs. France G2 | BO3
12:30 - Kazakhstan AVANGAR vs. Denmark Heroic | BO3
16:00 - Group B Upper bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
19:30 - Group B Upper bracket semi-final #2 | BO3

Wednesday, October 23
09:00 - Group A Lower bracket Round 1 #1 | BO3
09:00 - Group A Lower bracket Round 1 #2 | BO3
12:30 - Group B Lower bracket Round 1 #1 | BO3
12:30 - Group B Lower bracket Round 1 #2 | BO3
16:00 - Group A Lower bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
16:00 - Group A Lower bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
19:30 - Group B Lower bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
19:30 - Group B Lower bracket semi-final #2 | BO3

Thursday, October 24
11:00 - Group A Upper bracket final | BO3
11:00 - Group A Lower bracket final | BO3
14:30 - Group B Upper bracket final | BO3
14:30 - Group B Lower bracket final | BO3
18:00 - Group A consolidation final | BO3
18:00 - Group B consolidation final | BO3

Friday, October 25
09:00 - Lower bracket Round 1 #1 | BO3
12:30 - Lower bracket Round 1 #2 | BO3
16:00 - Upper bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
19:30 - Upper bracket semi-final #1 | BO3

Saturday, October 26
09:00 - Lower bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
12:30 - Lower bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
16:00 - Upper bracket final | BO3
19:30 - Lower bracket final | BO3

Sunday, October 27
14:00 - Consolidation final | BO3
17:30 - Grand final | BO3

Concluding the guide is the talent list, featuring Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat, who marks his return to CS:GO casting. As for the desk, Alex "Machine" Richardson and Tres "stunna" Saranthus will be hosting a rotation of analysts including Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill and Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez. Three casting pairs will be covering matches live, meanwhile, Pala Gilroy Sen will be in charge of interviews over the course of the event.

Here is the full talent list for StarSeries i-League Season 8:

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

United Kingdom Pala "Pala" Gilroy Sen — Interviewer

Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill — Analyst
United States Sean Gares — Analyst
Switzerland Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez — Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche — Analyst

Denmark Anders Blume — Caster
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole — Caster
United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat — Caster
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer — Caster
United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell — Caster
United Kingdom Hugo Byron — Caster

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 Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat
Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
158
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
Great talent! Great teams! Not so great country... but its ok 👍
2019-10-20 15:32
EZ for Fnatic
2019-10-20 15:27
#51
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India TYZ4 
Racist starladder 0 teams from Poland
2019-10-20 17:45
Poland hasnt any good team
2019-10-21 20:46
Flag doesn’t check out
2019-10-20 15:39
your country is great! my ass
2019-10-20 15:44
kebab
2019-10-20 16:04
i never eat kebab didnt try also
2019-10-20 17:24
#57
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
Lol Savage
2019-10-20 20:11
yeah he is great player hltv.org/player/180/Savage
2019-10-20 20:52
#59
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
Lol i know I mean your reply is savage Brutal Savage Rekt (It's a meme)
2019-10-20 21:03
lol i know i mean your reply is meme youtube.com/watch?v=e3uOMCfopR8
2019-10-20 21:09
Germany =shit so yep
2019-10-20 15:45
Thats why 90% of turks move there
2019-10-20 15:46
#25
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Europe ArianaGrande 
rekt
2019-10-20 15:59
oof
2019-10-20 16:00
#28
Blue | 
Belgium Thotiana 
+1 xaxaxaxa
2019-10-20 16:01
+1
2019-10-20 16:33
90% =2 mil lul and not my problem retarded turks move to retarded country
2019-10-20 16:40
You're not very friendly.
2019-10-20 16:56
xD
2019-10-20 17:41
#17
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Ukraine zCainee 
rekt
2019-10-20 15:52
i can say 1000 things to change your mind :)
2019-10-20 15:54
#22
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Turkey Samsun85 
Checking flag... You shitty Kartoffel lol.
2019-10-20 15:59
Not so great country but great city.
2019-10-20 16:46
#45
woxic | 
Turkey razendd_ 
+1
2019-10-20 17:00
lost all respect for you
2019-10-20 23:14
#2
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Portugal jpsanches17 
2
2019-10-20 15:26
I hope mouz will win
2019-10-20 15:26
Let's go Liquid!
2019-10-20 15:26
I wish sadokist was a caster again
2019-10-20 15:27
#7
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Russia digger_nick 
Semmler? Whaaa?
2019-10-20 15:31
Will be insane event
2019-10-20 15:32
of course because will be in our country 🔥
2019-10-20 15:33
I don't think it will be crowded, Belek wasn't a good choice.
2019-10-20 15:34
#64
EliGE | 
Turkey kuzani4 
I dunno its open for viewers or not
2019-10-21 00:50
Its not,there is no stage host
2019-10-21 03:24
Yeah for Kurds
2019-10-20 16:33
the fuck is this format lol
2019-10-20 15:48
When they kick Spunj? The Thorin for poor people
2019-10-20 15:49
Am I just retarded or is the format a bit complicated to understand xD
2019-10-20 15:52
Both.
2019-10-20 15:58
thank u <3
2019-10-20 16:24
#46
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France LeDiplomate 
I would say flair and flag check out...
2019-10-20 17:02
pas très diplomate ça
2019-10-20 19:27
#55
 | 
France LeDiplomate 
Bah si je dis pas directement j'emploie une formule polie... 😂😂
2019-10-20 19:29
hahaha on pourrait dire ça ^^
2019-10-21 11:05
#72
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France LeDiplomate 
Haha jtm mon cousin belge ( fin demi cousin pcq on s'assume pas trop) ^^
2019-10-21 13:55
navi has no opponent free win
2019-10-20 15:54
EG
2019-10-20 16:08
woxic and turok crowd favourites
2019-10-20 15:59
#61
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Turkey Slapdash 
No crowd
2019-10-20 21:58
#29
 | 
United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
let's go rng
2019-10-20 16:02
#30
 | 
Ukraine Chipaet 
Lets go Navi
2019-10-20 16:03
#33
 | 
China 0asis 
ez4Invictus
2019-10-20 16:17
#34
ScreaM | 
United Kingdom yalchii 
Hell lotta BO3 :D
2019-10-20 16:20
This is dota2 style of bracket. Team need really fokus and good stamina to still in their top form. 7 day a row with 2 bo3 its no joke. This format is really treat for viewer but unfortunately some good teams are missing.
2019-10-20 16:37
#41
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Ikr , this format should be applied in majors , with bo5 finals
2019-10-20 16:42
Na'Vi - G2 EPL rematch
2019-10-20 16:37
Interesting format. I wonder how it's gonna be played out.
2019-10-20 16:45
Monday Breaking News; PKK And YPG did bomb Turkey / Belek for csgo esports organizers dont comes Turkey So far NA's ...issues
2019-10-20 17:04
#49
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Germany Bundeskanzler 
Very nice im looking forward to it!
2019-10-20 17:38
#52
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Brazil gresote 
ez for mibr
2019-10-20 18:33
#53
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Turkey berkovic 
yakın sehirde olsaydım giderdim :D lets go ozaman:DDD
2019-10-20 19:08
#62
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Turkey Slapdash 
Arenada olmayacak bildiğim kadarıyla
2019-10-20 21:59
#65
EliGE | 
Turkey kuzani4 
Hiç izleyici olmayacak gibi duruyor, medya günü bari yapsalardı mq
2019-10-21 00:51
#56
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United States NotASmurph 
Imagine not having a BO5 final Nt valve
2019-10-20 20:00
Furia can make it trough the playoffs
2019-10-21 04:33
Semmler back :)
2019-10-21 04:37
Gl semmler
2019-10-21 10:51
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