EPICENTER 2019 viewer's guide

As another edition of EPICENTER is ahead of us, we collected the most important information about the $500,000 tournament and present it in the form of a viewer's guide.

EPICENTER 2019 will take place in Moscow, Russia, on December 17-22, with eight teams in competition for the $250,000 first-place prize. The tournament will kick off with two GSL groups, followed by a six-team single-elimination playoff bracket.

EG, mouz, and more will close out the year in Moscow

Four top-ten teams will participate in the event of which Evil Geniuses is the highest ranked one, but mousesports will be looking to continue their winning streak and add a fourth back-to-back tournament victory before the end of the year. Both Vitality and Natus Vincere being in attendance — and in the same group — opens the door for a Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev vs. Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut matchup which is another thing to look forward to in Moscow.

The groups for the tournament are as follows:

The event will take place over a total of six days. The first three will be reserved for the group stage and will be closed off from the public, with a break day following. Then, the top six teams will face off in the playoffs which will take place at the Crocus Expo IEC on December 21-22.

The full schedule for EPICENTER Moscow is as follows:

Tuesday, December 17
11:00 France Vitality vs. China EHOME | BO3
14:00 Russia Natus Vincere vs. Denmark Heroic | BO3
17:00 Group A winners' match| BO3

Wednesday, December 18
11:00 Russia forZe vs. United States Evil Geniuses | BO3
14:00 Kazakhstan Virtus.pro vs. Europe mousesports | BO3
17:00 Group B winners' match| BO3

Thursday, December 19
10:00 Group A elimination match | BO3
13:00 Group B elimination match| BO3
16:00 Group A decider match | BO3
19:00 Group B decider match | BO3

Saturday, December 21
12:00 Quarter-final #1 | BO3
15:00 Quarter-final #2 | BO3

Sunday, December 22
10:00 Semi-final #1 | BO3
13:00 Semi-final #2 | BO3
16:00 Grand final | BO3

To bring the action and break down the matchups, EPICENTER hired the likes of Matthew "⁠Sadokist⁠" Trivett, Daniel "⁠ddk⁠" Kapadia and James "⁠BARDOLPH⁠" Bardolph. Duncan "⁠Thorin⁠" Shields will also be present at the event, taking on the host role this time around, while Halvor "⁠vENdetta⁠" Gulestøl, Christine "⁠potter⁠" Chi, and newcomer Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg will be providing analysis on the desk.

Below is the on-air lineup for EPICENTER 2019:

United Kingdom Duncan "⁠Thorin⁠" Shields - Host

Norway Halvor "⁠vENdetta⁠" Gulestøl - Analyst
United States Christine "⁠potter⁠" Chi - Analyst
United States Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg - Analyst

Canada Matthew "⁠Sadokist⁠" Trivett - Caster
United Kingdom Alex "Hawka" Hawkins - Caster
United Kingdom Daniel "⁠ddk⁠" Kapadia - Caster
United Kingdom James "⁠BARDOLPH⁠" Bardolph - Caster

Half of the $500,000 prize pool will be awarded to the winner of the event, with the whole distributed available below:

1. $250,000
2. $120,000
3-4. $40,000
5-6. $15,000
7-8. $10,000

United States Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
85
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
United Kingdom James 'BARDOLPH' Bardolph
James 'BARDOLPH' Bardolph
Age:
36
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.52
Maps played:
12
KPR:
0.32
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.70
Maps played:
7
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.78
APR:
0.13
Canada Matthew 'Sadokist' Trivett
Matthew 'Sadokist' Trivett
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.50
DPR:
0.88
APR:
0.00
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United Kingdom Duncan 'Thorin' Shields
Duncan 'Thorin' Shields
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
773
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
United States Christine 'potter' Chi
Christine 'potter' Chi
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
119
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Norway Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
10
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.18
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1307
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
new vp KEKWWWWW
2019-12-16 15:22
4 replies
Ez MVP for ZywOo
2019-12-16 15:23
Mouz will win
2019-12-16 15:23
2 replies
I hope they atleast reach finals, I have ropz and woxic in my fantasy team
2019-12-16 15:29
again
2019-12-16 16:33
Fuck new vp
2019-12-16 15:22
5 replies
#12
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Poland morosek
gay
2019-12-16 15:26
kkkkkkkkkkk
2019-12-16 15:28
Still better then 2019 VP
2019-12-16 15:55
fuck butthurt polakos
2019-12-16 16:13
#49
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Ukraine ksay
polaks mad
2019-12-16 16:32
2019-12-16 15:22
There's no AVANGAR no more...
2019-12-16 15:22
2 replies
Virtus Pro picked up Avangar as the new VP roster and replaced the polish lineup
2019-12-16 15:39
1 reply
That was AVANGAR in news. Now it's ok. It's VP, new VP...
2019-12-16 17:00
ez 4 vp
2019-12-16 15:22
tier 2,5 event
2019-12-16 15:23
#7
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Poland SebL
Thooorin
2019-12-16 15:23
ez mouz
2019-12-16 15:23
#11
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Ecuador LONE_8122
HAWKA WHO?
2019-12-16 15:24
ez for Avangar/VP since no choker cleaners in the team.
2019-12-16 15:26
2 replies
No longer Chokengar more like Chokus Pro
2019-12-16 15:40
1 reply
still better than toilet clea****
2019-12-16 15:42
Only one T1 team - EG.
2019-12-16 15:27
25 replies
#21
OK | 
Albania Edjon
0/8
2019-12-16 15:30
24 replies
Who else? NaVi? Not atm.
2019-12-16 15:30
23 replies
#23
OK | 
Albania Edjon
mouz t1 navi t1, even tho a weak one team zywoo t1 avangar t1-t2 forze best t2 atm
2019-12-16 15:32
22 replies
Ah, true, Mouz is Tier1. NaVi + Vitality though? What did they even do this year. Is NiP tier1 too then? Because they are better than both NaVi + Vitality
2019-12-16 15:32
20 replies
NiP better than NaVi? Next joke please
2019-12-16 15:40
19 replies
What did NaVi do this year? NiP performed better, simple as that. Try again next year.
2019-12-16 15:41
18 replies
Team ZywOo better than each one of these and it is not t1 lmfao. They were just trolling for last couple of weeks before the break. Now they have practiced and will come back harder with ZywOo 1.60 rating.
2019-12-16 15:44
4 replies
I will never understand what the fuck is wrong with you fanboys, dumb ass cucks. Sucking off CS players lmao
2019-12-16 15:45
3 replies
lmao says NiP is better than Vitality and then says others are fanboys while he is unbiased. no one is more delusional ass than you.
2019-12-16 15:47
2 replies
Ye, I dont support NiP, sorry. Also, you're a fanboy, or else why would you have this flair? Pathetic
2019-12-16 15:47
1 reply
lmao then much bigger delusional fanbooyy. doesn't support NiPples and still fanboyying and mad. lmfao
2019-12-16 15:49
They reached semis at katowice, won starseries, made quarters at Berlin, semis at dreamhack, semis at EPL and a potential epicenter trophy. What did NiP achieve?
2019-12-16 15:45
11 replies
wtf??? G2-> final at EPL, won GGL,semis at ESLNY,semis at DH Open, 3rd at WESG,5-6 at starseries,5-6 at IEM chicago, lmfao doesn't it seem a good year for G2 if Na'vi is having good year. axaxaxaxaxax
2019-12-16 15:59
10 replies
Tournaments they won???? axxaxaxaxa
2019-12-16 19:35
9 replies
lmao I didn't say they were better. axaxaxaxax G2 is a 13th ranked team and has been so all the year. So that means not much ahead. axaxaxaxaxax
2019-12-16 21:27
8 replies
Yeah, NaVi is much better than what G2 is. Now go and shit outside on ur street JAJAJJJAJAJJAJAJ
2019-12-17 06:59
7 replies
haha lost 2 bo3s and 2 bo1s to G2. lmfao Na'vi tasted my shit thats why they're so bad. axaxaxaxaxaxax
2019-12-17 07:43
6 replies
Lost to a team with a coach and standin kek
2019-12-17 08:02
5 replies
lmao I'm not a G2 fan. Just saying Na'Vi not much better than G2. axaxaxaxax Why should I compare my favorite team to your shit team?
2019-12-17 08:07
4 replies
Cuz ur favourite team is dogshit compared to my "shit" team? Expected from streetshitter
2019-12-17 08:13
3 replies
lmfao axaxaxaxaxax see this mad fanboy. His team is literally dogshit, 0 t1 tourney and 0 t1 final finishes and he has audacity to talk. His team is worse than G2. Imagine losing 2 bo3s and 2bo1s to a utter shit which drops a series to 2 stand-ins, a team whose year is full of chokes axaxaxaxaxax See this kid being mad. lmao when his team has done literally nothing except being bait for s0mple to farm stats.
2019-12-17 08:17
2 replies
They lost but they lost in overtimes u dumbfuck, much like lucky wins for g2. Ur such a 0/8er and a no-lifer on this website. Go get a job or some shit. NaVi is better than G2 and ur shit team that baits for Zywho and still loses. /closed
2019-12-17 08:22
1 reply
lucky wins axaxaxaxaxax win is a win. Astralis also wins many times in OTs. And OTs was only bo1s. In bo3s they literally fucked them. Literally after 2 weeks of AmaNEk's addition they fucked you in BO3 and with this new roster in star series they fucked you again. Ahahaha so mad this guy. ZywOo is best entry fragger for the year. Like no one knows when his team is losing, he takes goes running through every site and wins every fucking duel. Runs with AWP in banana. s0mple can only imagine of it. s0mple only good at trading frags. axaxaxaxax
2019-12-17 08:26
#62
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Russia M13F
Lmao nip fucking trash
2019-12-16 18:44
> forze best t2 atm +11
2019-12-16 15:48
Vitality 2:0 EHOME Natus Vincere 2:1 Heroic forZe 1:2 Evil Geniuses VP 0:2 mousesports
2019-12-16 15:28
4 replies
Heroic could upset, others must be 100% confirmed
2019-12-16 15:30
3 replies
can be 2-1 mouz though since mouz weren't practicing together.
2019-12-16 15:45
Dude heroic is like Navis kryptonite they're are gonna send Navi to the elimination matchup.
2019-12-16 16:56
1 reply
So you are sure about it.Forget last time.This one is gonna be different my hope says
2019-12-16 19:02
change AVANGAR to VP please
2019-12-16 15:29
thuck forin
2019-12-16 15:29
#25
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Australia Raychippy
Return of VIRTUS.PLOW
2019-12-16 15:39
1 reply
Gone with snax
2019-12-16 15:47
#30
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Latvia HyD4z
Saaaaaaadokist
2019-12-16 15:42
forZe about to put everyone on upset alert!!!
2019-12-16 15:47
1 reply
Arent Forze just returning from US?
2019-12-16 15:59
Weird to see VP with new flag.
2019-12-16 15:59
cant wait to watch flukesports get sent home
2019-12-16 16:25
damn no brasil team to LOL at...
2019-12-16 16:45
6 replies
#59
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Brazil Karlogaria
You can keep lolling at ENCE on MDL or other low tier tournament they play to lose...
2019-12-16 17:42
5 replies
stay mad bro...brasil CS is dead...
2019-12-17 00:39
4 replies
#69
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Brazil Karlogaria
Mad? lol majors don't die
2019-12-17 02:05
3 replies
keep living in the past...brasil sucks now...no more nothing but crap teams....whole world LOL at brasil CS...
2019-12-17 04:35
2 replies
#82
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Brazil Karlogaria
So what, you call ENCE your team? What have they done besides kicking the main responsible for its "success"? lol look at yourself first before saying shit about major winning teams
2019-12-17 12:52
1 reply
its not the only team i like you buffoon....when was the last time any brasil team won a major??? still crying about furia and mibr going 3-7...LOL...who is ranked higher....ence...furia or mibr??? brasil CS sucks cuz teams know their strats....keep crying while the world LOL...
2019-12-17 16:46
EZZZ FOR VP wait ..
2019-12-16 17:21
#55
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Brazil Gaiolero
Thoorin? Think I'll skip the whole event then. Thanks.
2019-12-16 17:32
1 reply
Kekw
2019-12-16 20:18
Lets go mouz
2019-12-16 17:34
#57
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Brazil Karlogaria
Extremely easy money for EG or mousesports. Print these words
2019-12-16 17:41
Another big cash in for mouz, nice! My boys gettin rich this year.
2019-12-16 17:42
#60
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Argentina thekhy
EZ for na vi s1mple top 1 2019 gg
2019-12-16 17:42
2020 will be our year. Just calm down my Br brothers
2019-12-16 18:34
HELL YEAH THORIN HOSTING FIRE BANTER INC.
2019-12-16 21:06
Mouse v Vitality final with mouse winning number 4 in a row and Zywoo getting MVP.
2019-12-17 04:38
EZ money for mouz tattoo this words
2019-12-17 04:44
mouz gots this
2019-12-17 05:13
who is the girl with a blonde hair guys? staff??
2019-12-19 12:45
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