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:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1667
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1070
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
603
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
who reply after this is gay
2020-01-15 18:35
yeeeet
2020-01-15 18:34
So sos
2020-01-15 18:37
ez4trocked
2020-01-15 18:38
#25
void | 
Germany Snugtoes 
UwU
2020-01-15 18:43
#30
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United Kingdom Cryaosic 
Will you be my daddy ?
2020-01-15 18:47
wtf thats gay
2020-01-15 18:47
ok
2020-01-15 18:55
because u like sex god ur not gay
2020-01-15 18:57
#43
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Bosnia and Herzegovina kezual5 
no homo
2020-01-15 18:58
I didn't expect this what should I do
2020-01-15 18:59
damn, that was fast
2020-01-15 19:04
It's 1 AM bro help me
2020-01-15 19:05
Aleksib's OG will face his former team ENCE in the opening round I LIKE
2020-01-15 19:34
im gay even without replying, do you have a problem with it ?
2020-01-15 19:45
nah I respect the homosexuality I think we have no reason to view them as unnatural
2020-01-15 19:47
#81
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Panama FUN4ENCE 
No u
2020-01-15 20:04
Wanna play fortnite?
2020-01-16 12:23
#105
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France LeDiplomate 
Cya in 10
2020-01-16 17:21
#2
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Russia Hidd3N_ 
Ok then
2020-01-15 18:34
#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
#9
Quake | 
Ukraine s1v9mple 
AleksiBog > Shitence
2020-01-15 18:35
Ez4ence
2020-01-15 19:38
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
#26
NAF | 
United States HAWT9 
Why would ICE Challenge add flukestralis?
2020-01-15 18:44
#68
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Denmark SportMode 
+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
#14
COCAINE | 
Mongolia bozgor 
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
POG more like pOG
2020-01-15 18:46
Epic joke
2020-01-15 19:04
Dont you mean epicecst joke?
2020-01-15 19:11
fun4ence ez4og
2020-01-15 18:41
#20
North America Slye 
kappapride casting duo is back
2020-01-15 18:39
#47
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United States Fanta_Boy 
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
#54
ZOREE | 
Finland spurku 
+1
2020-01-15 19:08
#69
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Denmark SportMode 
+1 sad that mouz will shit on both anyways
2020-01-15 19:27
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
#91
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Finland Vkims 
Mouz OMEGALUL delusional fans again
2020-01-15 22:08
Mouz won EPL finals while Ence couldn’t even get to EPL because they dropped out of MDL lmao
2020-01-15 22:12
#24
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
ez NaVi
2020-01-15 18:43
#35
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Russia yuko^^ 
guardian will troll again
2020-01-15 18:51
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
He'll prob have 0.9 rating while s1mple and elec 1.25
2020-01-15 19:05
#29
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Germany Amber! 
Abolish ICE
2020-01-15 18:46
EPIC ENCE VS OG
2020-01-15 18:46
+1 HYPING ALREADY
2020-01-15 18:48
#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
#38
nexa | 
Yugoslavia tomasev1c 
SEXYB VS FIREPOWER OMG
2020-01-15 18:52
#39
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Finland FreeJamppi 
ENCE VS OG POGGERS
2020-01-15 18:55
Wait sadokist and henryg back together??? Best commentator duo ever!
2020-01-15 18:58
#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
Mouz is playing too
2020-01-15 19:02
#94
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Denmark Ulver 
Wrong reply :)
2020-01-16 01:19
No
2020-01-16 08:14
Navi wont win bc mouz is playing
2020-01-15 19:09
#45
Denmark dpy 
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
#57
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Poland giepeishere 
aleksi revenge
2020-01-15 19:10
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
#61
NAF | 
United States HAWT9 
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
aleksib vs ence ahhhhhhh
2020-01-15 19:23
#66
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Brazil 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
#71
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Germany Neckarstadion 
Aleksi fanboys will be sad when OG is going to get stomped by ENCE
2020-01-15 19:29
#74
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Europe T3sto$ami 
Pretty unbalanced groups lmao
2020-01-15 19:42
solid tournament with 2 trash commentators lol
2020-01-15 19:45
#79
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Finland Williamcs 
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
#83
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Denmark Chriztho 
Finally Sado and Henry together again
2020-01-15 20:34
#84
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Mongolia GODHUNDEN! 
I think OG will be elimanted with 0 win.
2020-01-15 20:54
#85
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India Bhookhiatma 
Sado and Henry nice
2020-01-15 21:08
#86
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Finland J3bediah 
OG VS ENCE POG
2020-01-15 21:18
#87
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Sweden D24_Tic 
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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North America 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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United Kingdom MalluKing 
og or ence?
2020-01-16 02:09
og vs ence haha, most spicy one for sure.
2020-01-16 04:44
Sado and Henry G bibbas pls
2020-01-16 07:35
#100
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Thailand MAced 
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
s1mple | 
Ukraine YUR4S 
EZ4MOUZ
2020-01-16 15:18
#104
marre | 
Sweden marrewp 
OG, PLEASE WIN FOR THE LOVE OF ALESKI
2020-01-16 15:40
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