ICE Challenge groups, initial matchups, talent announced
The organizers of ICE Challenge have announced the group stage distribution, opening matchups, and full talent lineup of the $250,000 tournament.
The group stage of the tournament will be played in a best-of-three GSL format during the first two days of the event (February 1-2). Each group will see three teams advance to the single-elimination playoffs (February 4-6).
The group distribution looks as follows:
The second group sets up a mouth-watering first-ever clash between ENCE, who in large part struggled for good results after replacing Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen with Miikka "suNny" Kemppi in September, and their former in-game leader's OG.
The London tournament will mark the second appearance of the squad around Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, who made their debut at cs_summit 5 in December, finishing in third-fourth place after a close loss to mousesports in the semi-finals.
The opening matchups are:
Finally, the talent lineup has been revealed as well, and it looks as follows:
Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk host
Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl - Analyst
Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst
Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
Henry "HenryG Greer - Commentator