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).

As the highest-ranked team of all the participants, mousesports headline Group A, where they will be challenged by three teams ranked between the 16th-19th spot, Heroic, Virtus.pro, and MAD Lions.

Aleksib's OG will face his former team ENCE in the opening round

Group B features a wider variety of teams when it comes to their position in the world ranking, with the other top-ten side in attendance, Natus Vincere, being joined ENCE, GODSENT, and OG.

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:

Europe mousesports vs. Denmark MAD Lions
Denmark Heroic vs. Kazakhstan Virtus.pro
Russia Natus Vincere vs. Europe GODSENT
Finland ENCE vs. Europe OG

Finally, the talent lineup has been revealed as well, and it looks as follows:

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk host
Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst

Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG Greer - Commentator

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1667
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1070
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
603
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
#3
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Georgia Megobari
ez
2020-01-15 18:34
#4
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Czech Republic Noxar
EZ FOR ALEKSI Not Fun4ENCE
2020-01-15 18:35
#6
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Finland Unlukoisgay
Pog
2020-01-15 18:34
ENCE VS OG
2020-01-15 18:34
OG VS ENCE very niceeeeeeeeeeeeeee
2020-01-15 18:35
Imagine if navi loses in b team LUL
2020-01-15 18:35
#11
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Czech Republic exi77
tier 15 tournament
2020-01-15 18:36
2 replies
Why would ICE Challenge add flukestralis?
2020-01-15 18:44
1 reply
+1 garbage team
2020-01-15 19:26
EZ FOR HUNDEN
2020-01-15 18:36
Mad lions vs mouz in final, cool :)
2020-01-15 18:36
Pimp 🤏🤮
2020-01-15 18:36
Aleksi vs ence lets go
2020-01-15 18:37
ENCE VS OG POG
2020-01-15 18:38
3 replies
POG more like pOG
2020-01-15 18:46
2 replies
Epic joke
2020-01-15 19:04
1 reply
Dont you mean epicecst joke?
2020-01-15 19:11
fun4ence ez4og
2020-01-15 18:41
kappapride casting duo is back
2020-01-15 18:39
1 reply
#47
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United States D0xx
PogChamp
2020-01-15 18:59
Group A much stronger tbh
2020-01-15 18:40
Let's see if Mouz can get another trophy
2020-01-15 18:41
Ence - OG omfg this is epic
2020-01-15 18:43
5 replies
#54
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Finland spurku
+1
2020-01-15 19:08
+1 sad that mouz will shit on both anyways
2020-01-15 19:27
3 replies
Yeah Mouz will win the whole thing ez. But I hope OG makes it to the grand final after smacking down Snakence
2020-01-15 19:48
2 replies
#91
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Finland Vkims
Mouz OMEGALUL delusional fans again
2020-01-15 22:08
1 reply
Mouz won EPL finals while Ence couldn’t even get to EPL because they dropped out of MDL lmao
2020-01-15 22:12
ez NaVi
2020-01-15 18:43
3 replies
#35
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Russia GoblinYuko
guardian will troll again
2020-01-15 18:51
2 replies
Haha more likely to happen
2020-01-17 23:32
#109
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Kyrgyzstan 1tech
guardian was kicked, +10% to win
2020-01-27 13:45
Tbh this looks like ez tournament for Navi if GuardiaN shows up. Cmon GuardiaN you slept for too long,now is the time for waking up.
2020-01-15 18:46
1 reply
He'll prob have 0.9 rating while s1mple and elec 1.25
2020-01-15 19:05
#29
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United States Amber!
Abolish ICE
2020-01-15 18:46
EPIC ENCE VS OG
2020-01-15 18:46
2 replies
+1 HYPING ALREADY
2020-01-15 18:48
1 reply
#34
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Malta ciORAN_NT
Let's go Aleksi
2020-01-15 18:49
OG vs Ence the law of ex team should work there
2020-01-15 18:51
#37
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United States Fr4nki3B
I cannot wait to see the ENCE OG game... OG will definitely win that and I'm going to LMAO because ENCE is retarded for getting rid of aleksib :)
2020-01-15 18:52
SEXYB VS FIREPOWER OMG
2020-01-15 18:52
#42
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Finland JooonsMO
Wait sadokist and henryg back together??? Best commentator duo ever!
2020-01-15 18:58
1 reply
#95
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Denmark Ulver
Pimp will still somehow manage to ruin it, I'm sure :( I got nothing against him as a person, but as a host or analyst he is terrible. Who keep bringing him back? I am so baffled.
2020-01-16 01:19
If Navi don't win please disband
2020-01-15 18:58
5 replies
Mouz is playing too
2020-01-15 19:02
2 replies
#94
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Denmark Ulver
Wrong reply :)
2020-01-16 01:19
1 reply
No
2020-01-16 08:14
Navi wont win bc mouz is playing
2020-01-15 19:09
1 reply
Called it
2020-02-11 18:31
ıt is like a joke, who da fuck determine groups.
2020-01-15 18:59
Aleksi vs ence, it should be a good one
2020-01-15 19:01
OG vs Ence ive been waiting for this
2020-01-15 19:09
aleksi revenge
2020-01-15 19:10
#59
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Turkey TR_top_1
This is gonna be ez for MOUZ
2020-01-15 19:14
#60
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Finland S0lidarity
So ez for ence
2020-01-15 19:15
Commentators ze best
2020-01-15 19:15
EZ4ENCE
2020-01-15 19:17
SADO IS BACK
2020-01-15 19:21
#64
STYKO | 
Norway AdNiB
Ez 4 STYKO
2020-01-15 19:22
#65
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Argentina n4ziS1mple
aleksib vs ence ahhhhhhh
2020-01-15 19:23
#66
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Netherlands NahT_
ence vs og lul
2020-01-15 19:23
#67
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Poland BAN_ANIME
og vs ence pog
2020-01-15 19:23
#70
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Brazil parrud0www
ez4Godsent
2020-01-15 19:27
Aleksi fanboys will be sad when OG is going to get stomped by ENCE
2020-01-15 19:29
Pretty unbalanced groups lmao
2020-01-15 19:42
solid tournament with 2 trash commentators lol
2020-01-15 19:45
Ence vs og hypeeeee
2020-01-15 19:49
#80
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Hungary StraYzie
We have to watch ENCE - OG TeamAleksi
2020-01-15 19:52
Thank god ence got the easiest first matchup, EZ playoffs 4 ENCE
2020-01-15 20:07
2 replies
Very EZ
2020-02-05 12:23
1 reply
It was very close
2020-02-05 13:57
#83
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Denmark Chriztho
Finally Sado and Henry together again
2020-01-15 20:34
I think OG will be elimanted with 0 win.
2020-01-15 20:54
Sado and Henry nice
2020-01-15 21:08
OG VS ENCE POG
2020-01-15 21:18
2 replies
xdxd
2020-01-15 21:20
#90
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Finland Vkims
Prepare for defeat
2020-01-15 22:07
#88
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India X3pHyR
Sadokist and HenryG back yeet Also ENCE vs. OG pog
2020-01-15 21:29
henry + sado yeeeeeet
2020-01-15 21:44
#92
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Norway TheRumart
ez4navi
2020-01-15 22:11
#96
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Europe MalluKing
og or ence?
2020-01-16 02:09
og vs ence haha, most spicy one for sure.
2020-01-16 04:44
#98
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Slovakia Mr_Jumbo
Sado and Henry G bibbas pls
2020-01-16 07:35
Ence vs OG ez for aleksib
2020-01-16 10:35
Please OG, win ence <3 that all what im asking.
2020-01-16 10:58
#103
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Ukraine YUR4S
EZ4MOUZ
2020-01-16 15:18
#104
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Sweden marrewp
OG, PLEASE WIN FOR THE LOVE OF ALESKI
2020-01-16 15:40
#108
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
H E L L Y E A H ENCE VS OG
2020-01-21 09:20
EZ4ENCE OG will get CRUSHED
2020-01-29 12:40
God vENdetta!
2020-02-06 14:15
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