EPICENTER 2019 with $500,000 in December

Epic Esports Events have announced that the 2019 edition of EPICENTER will take place in Moscow on December 17-22, with $500,000 in prizemoney up for grabs.

The 2019 edition of the Russian event will see the total prize pool increased back to the amount that had been on offer in 2016 and 2017, after 2018's event, won by FaZe, had $300,000 up for grabs.

There will once again be eight teams in attendance, five of which will be directly invited, while the remaining three will come from qualifiers in Europe, the CIS region, and China. The first four invites have already been announced, as 2018's runners-up Natus Vincere and semi-finalists AVANGAR return alongside newcomers in Vitality and Evil Geniuses.

EPICENTER will close out the season in late December

In Europe, the two-stage qualifying process will be held on October 28-31, while the CIS open and closed qualifiers will take place on November 21-24. The organizers have yet to announce details of the Chinese qualifier.

The group stage of the event will run on December 17-19 before the competition moves on to the Crocus Expo for the playoffs on December 21-22. The format of either stage is currently unknown; in last year's edition, the GSL group stage saw the top team in each group advance directly to the semi-finals, with the second and third-placed teams making it to the quarter-finals.

The participants' list for the eight-team event currently looks as follows:

France Vitality
United States Evil Geniuses
Other Invite
CIS CIS qualifier
Russia Natus Vincere
Kazakhstan AVANGAR
Europe EU qualifier
China Chinese qualifier

Fans wishing to attend the playoffs live can purchase tickets starting at 900 RUB (~$14) on EPICENTER's website.

#1
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United Kingdom jakub3523 
First
2019-10-22 12:04
#67
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Brazil DREW^GA 
INVITE MIBR PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
2019-10-22 13:18
Waste spot
2019-10-22 13:21
#91
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Germany MackyGee 
cool
2019-10-22 14:21
#99
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Switzerland IJesuZzzz 
Yes
2019-10-22 14:55
+1
2019-10-22 20:18
#140
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Latvia hellsave 
+1
2019-10-22 20:26
Plsssssssssss no mens)))))))
2019-10-22 13:21
waste spot
2019-10-22 13:38
#84
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France LeDiplomate 
Imagine inviting miBOTr to a relevant tournament.
2019-10-22 13:59
this is a tier 3 tournament so why not?
2019-10-22 14:02
EG NaVi Avangar Tier 3??
2019-10-22 15:55
nt eg only tier 1 team
2019-10-24 11:16
#115
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France LeDiplomate 
This is not WESG mens))
2019-10-22 18:01
#118
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Slovakia MirkeeS 
+1
2019-10-22 18:53
why
2019-10-22 19:17
POG
2019-10-22 12:04
second
2019-10-22 12:04
EZ 4 ence
2019-10-22 12:05
#5
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Latvia tibr0 
nice
2019-10-22 12:05
#6
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Serbia livefour 
Nice
2019-10-22 12:05
#7
Vegi | 
Poland Kazk 
Pls invite VP
2019-10-22 12:05
#85
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Poland doxa2137 
they dont deserve
2019-10-22 14:02
For rekt
2019-10-22 14:22
+1
2019-10-22 15:59
True, right now no
2019-10-22 14:42
#8
It's my | 
Europe R2D2s 
Wth faze not invited?
2019-10-22 12:05
Maybe they were but declined the invitation, who knows
2019-10-22 12:08
M16R
2019-10-22 12:13
Noice
2019-10-22 12:06
#10
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Finland rolezK1 
no
2019-10-22 12:06
noice
2019-10-22 12:07
Hype
2019-10-22 12:07
best production in csgo wp
2019-10-22 12:07
Super nice
2019-10-22 12:07
Invite Astralis or have your tier 2 event
2019-10-22 12:07
#64
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Germany sommares 
they're probably scared that astralis will win it or they wont get invited since they were not invited last year
2019-10-22 12:58
I think both astralis and liquid will decline, schedule is way too fucked Nov 28 - Dec 1 ECS Finals (assuming they both qualify) Dec 3-8 EPL Finals Dec 12-14 Blast Finals Dec 17-22 Epicenter
2019-10-22 13:20
#73
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Germany sommares 
you're right, i didnt think about that edit: december will be a good month to watch cs
2019-10-22 13:30
#16
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Denmark d1ckweed 
Renegades please.
2019-10-22 12:08
8 teams tier 2 event zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
2019-10-22 12:09
#18
broky | 
Latvia 3DG4R 
Yay
2019-10-22 12:08
PogChamp
2019-10-22 12:09
#21
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Lebanon ryBBah 
EZ FOR EG!! #Let'sGoEG #NAisTop1 #NACS>EUCS #ContentKingTop1Player
2019-10-22 12:10
I will come back here to laugh at you lmao
2019-10-22 14:23
#22
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Liquid invvvv
2019-10-22 12:11
#23
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Argentina Chief02 
Nice
2019-10-22 12:10
#24
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China acr870 
Nice
2019-10-22 12:11
#25
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Russia r4jkkYNWA 
PogChamp
2019-10-22 12:11
Pog
2019-10-22 12:12
PogU
2019-10-22 12:13
Invite NiP pls.
2019-10-22 12:14
nice, epicenter are always good events, excited!
2019-10-22 12:15
#31
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
Great!
2019-10-22 12:16
POGGERSLAV
2019-10-22 12:16
why not inviting last year winners
2019-10-22 12:18
#19
2019-10-22 12:52
#34
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India Noobdian 
Pog
2019-10-22 12:20
#35
HenkkyG | 
Czech Republic cortan 
Ez 4 BP5
2019-10-22 12:20
ez4m1x
2019-10-22 12:21
#37
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Sweden meistr0 
POG but at the same time bruh. China qualifier? Lol. Thats 1 wasted inv spot.
2019-10-22 12:28
#42
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China zileans 
If you are rich enough, you can have an Africa qualifier ^ ^
2019-10-22 12:27
POOOOOG
2019-10-22 12:22
Invite mouz or this event is irrelevant
2019-10-22 12:25
#46
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Russia r4jkkYNWA 
xD
2019-10-22 12:34
CIS qualifier💩
2019-10-22 12:25
#43
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
YES
2019-10-22 12:30
#44
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Spain elskio 
Astralis pls play this
2019-10-22 12:32
#45
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Switzerland x676 
Cis qualifier???? Navi and Avangar are already there, no sense at all. That's so fucking stupid.
2019-10-22 12:32
#47
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
CHINESE QUALIFIER?? there are no good teams at all. That's so fucking stupid.
2019-10-22 12:38
+1 Should've been South Africa qualifier instead
2019-10-22 12:46
or brunei/ thailand/india qualifier
2019-10-22 12:48
Why noscene qualifiers?
2019-10-22 13:16
to show that they might have a scene (or mb not)
2019-10-22 13:23
#49
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World Notb8ing 
Makes a lot of sense actually, event is in russia anyway, I don't think they mind having more CIS teams, now they just happen to have 2 teams that were worth invite, not like they will change their plan have CIS qualifier because of this.
2019-10-22 12:46
Niceeeeeeee.
2019-10-22 12:47
I was waiting for this :D Thanks epicenter <3 EZAF4FAZE#
2019-10-22 12:49
#53
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Australia grayhound 
Chinese qualifier = OCE qualifier since Grayhound will clap anyways
2019-10-22 12:50
#54
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Norway Napapijri 
Crocus Expo lmao
2019-10-22 12:50
#55
cadiaN | 
Finland 0lter 
Now invite virtus pro :DDDDDDDDDDDDD
2019-10-22 12:50
#63
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Poland Damiqn1910 
+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1
2019-10-22 12:57
#56
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Norway PeteZz 
Faze are prob pending or rejected. Would be weird not invite last year’s winner. However, i guess they would like better teams, i.e ast, liq
2019-10-22 12:51
#58
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Russia M13f 
December, so bad idea
2019-10-22 12:52
#59
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Germany sommares 
astralis?
2019-10-22 12:53
invite the current champs so we can take this easy two years in a row
2019-10-22 12:54
#132
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
everything checks out
2019-10-22 19:00
#61
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Ukraine w1nth 
Still waiting for EPICENTER Major <3
2019-10-22 12:55
#62
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Poland Damiqn1910 
Virtus pro <3
2019-10-22 12:56
EZ for EG, another tourney win and another MVP for Brehze
2019-10-22 12:58
invite fucking FAZE NOWWWWWWWWW
2019-10-22 13:18
500k LUL
2019-10-22 13:32
#75
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Russia mcs#  
was hoping for SPb this year :((((
2019-10-22 13:33
xD
2019-10-22 13:35
#78
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Russia PowerAbuse 
Lets go! Epicenter always the best
2019-10-22 13:39
December in Moscow gonna be freeze....
2019-10-22 13:40
I wonder that FaZe is not invited just yet, should have been one of the first teams to get invited, as the most recent winner.
2019-10-22 13:41
this should be major, EPICENTER IS AAAAAAAMAZING
2019-10-22 13:47
NEED FNATIC!
2019-10-22 13:56
#83
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Poland v1straliZZ 
Last invite - ofc MIBR
2019-10-22 13:56
#95
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World nakTriceps 
No NA quals... Probably MIBR or FURIA in the last invite.
2019-10-22 14:26
INVITE SHARKS PLEASSSSSEEEEEEE
2019-10-22 14:03
#131
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flag checks out
2019-10-22 18:59
#88
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Russia Douchelord 
Lol? It's winter though, would be very cold
2019-10-22 14:07
#94
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World nakTriceps 
Like what?
2019-10-22 14:25
Like -5 or -10 tops.
2019-10-22 16:18
#146
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World nakTriceps 
holy shit
2019-10-22 22:22
#89
NiKo | 
Poland NiKo_TOP1 
INVITE VP PLS
2019-10-22 14:08
#126
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
name and flag checks out
2019-10-22 18:58
#90
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Argentina Ra88it 
Ok
2019-10-22 14:21
#96
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United States jmarcelo 
Yo
2019-10-22 14:38
#129
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
Reply needs to have actual content.
2019-10-22 18:59
#147
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United States jmarcelo 
i'd say "yo" is plenty of content.
2019-10-23 00:24
EU qualifier when?
2019-10-22 14:41
#127
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
BUG AND SPR OMEGALUL UT WONT QUALIFY
2019-10-22 18:59
#100
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Sweden Iekr0 
again Moscow... why not spb
2019-10-22 15:14
#128
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
cry is free
2019-10-22 18:59
#101
s1mple | 
Lithuania Gigska 
no astralis no lulqid so not t1 tour.
2019-10-22 15:30
#125
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
NaVi = tier 1 nt
2019-10-22 18:58
#130
s1mple | 
Lithuania Gigska 
navi get invaite cuz vata flag
2019-10-22 18:59
#133
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
still since NaVi and goat s1mple is participating this event is tier 1
2019-10-22 19:01
#135
s1mple | 
Lithuania Gigska 
organizator just want to make hype over cis teams especially navi with vata flag cuz, peoples just want to see navi unlike astralis lulqid.
2019-10-22 19:03
Faze or Ence will get invite maybe
2019-10-22 15:52
#103
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Norway k3ron 
Nice menses)))
2019-10-22 15:53
#106
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Australia liazz_top2 
faze invite hallooo??
2019-10-22 16:02
My favourite tournament! Let's go!
2019-10-22 16:19
#124
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flag checks out
2019-10-22 18:58
Lets go Liquid
2019-10-22 16:22
#120
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flair checks out
2019-10-22 18:57
m1x will qualify and reach the final xD
2019-10-22 17:10
#123
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
who?
2019-10-22 18:58
top 15 team at the moment
2019-10-22 20:31
vp for memes
2019-10-22 17:15
+1
2019-10-22 17:22
#112
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United States EmperorTrump 
dirty Russian mafia money
2019-10-22 17:20
#121
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
name and flag checks out
2019-10-22 18:57
#114
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United Kingdom SUFYY 
wtf 500k ok
2019-10-22 17:37
#116
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Brazil hugoooo 
3 CIS + 1 CN = weaker level, didn't like it
2019-10-22 18:13
#122
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
brazilian fan talking about level OMEGALUL
2019-10-22 18:57
900 RUB (~$14) lmao
2019-10-22 18:35
#119
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
ez for NaVi and goat s1mple
2019-10-22 18:56
#134
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Europe BdGlele 
Invite VP
2019-10-22 19:01
#148
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flair checks out
2019-10-23 00:32
#137
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Brazil Bucho123 
If you invite MIBR you will gain a lot from the audience
2019-10-22 19:24
#149
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flag and flair checks out
2019-10-23 00:32
wow 8 teams with cis and china qual, noice.. +thashyard like navi and avangar, not even close to be interesting
2019-10-22 19:30
#141
REZ | 
Hong Kong katt1n 
Why Chinese qualifier???? Why not Asia + Oceania? Fucking Russhits trying to take advantage of that sweet China $$$. No shame. Free Hong Kong.
2019-10-22 20:27
#143
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United States JustBitsy 
Epicenter 2017 was my favorite tournament so im excited for this.
2019-10-22 20:52
#144
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Poland brays 
invite vp
2019-10-22 21:26
#150
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flag and flair checks out
2019-10-23 00:32
#145
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Poland Jutiant 
Please Astralis accept your invite to epicenter for once... why would you rather play ecs 8 with its piece of shit production and crowd
2019-10-22 21:54
#151
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Kazakhstan k4harman 
great tournament. i remember epicenter 2018, and it was very good.
2019-10-23 10:24
only 14 bucks for a ticket LUL BLAST LEARN FROM EPICENTER PLEASE $100+ TICKETS FOR BLAST LA BTW XAXAXAXA
2019-10-23 17:39
Gonna buy tickets to Moscow
2019-10-23 17:55
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