IEM Winter viewer's guide

HLTV.org brings you a viewer's guide for one of the final events of the year.

IEM Winter kicks off tomorrow, running from December 2-12, taking place in a studio environment in Stockholm. 16 teams arrive in Sweden to battle it out for a cut of the $250,000 prize pool, as well as for precious ESL Pro Tour points that contribute to qualification for IEM Katowice 2022.

The event begins with the teams split into two double elimination groups, with the opening matches being best-of-one and the rest best-of-three. Then will come a single elimination, best-of-three playoff bracket, where the winners of each group are seeded directly to the semi-finals, whilst second and third in each group proceed to the quarter-finals. The grand final will be best-of-five.

Vitality will be a favourite after their top-two finish at BLAST Fall Final

The groups for IEM Winter are:

A stacked field features eight of the top 10 teams in the HLTV rankings, and 14 of the top 20. Notably, Natus Vincere are absent from the team list, meaning there is no clear favourite to take home this title, and everything to play for. The top four teams at the event, Vitality, G2, Gambit and Heroic will all fancy their chances, however there are some compelling dark horses such as the new-look Astralis fresh off a third-place finish at BLAST Fall Final.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Thursday, December 2

Group A
12:00 - Sweden NIP vs. Denmark Astralis | Bo1
12:00 - Europe MOUZ vs. France Vitality | Bo1
13:10 - Europe G2 vs. China TYLOO | Bo1
13:10 - Europe OG vs. United States Liquid | Bo1

16:40 - Upper semi-final | Bo3
16:40 - Lower round 1 | Bo3
20:10 - Upper semi-final | Bo3
20:10 - Lower round 1 | Bo3

Group B
14:20 - Russia Gambit vs. United Kingdom fnatic | Bo1
14:20 - Europe ENCE vs. CIS Virtus.pro | Bo1
15:30 - Europe FaZe vs. Germany BIG | Bo1
15:30 - Brazil GODSENT vs. Denmark Heroic | Bo1

Friday, December 3

Group A
16:45 - Lower semi-final | Bo3
20:00 - Lower semi-final | Bo3

Group B
13:30 - Lower round 1 | Bo3
13:30 – Lower round 1 | Bo3
16:45 – Upper semi-final | Bo3
20:00 – Upper semi-final | Bo3

Saturday, December 4

Group A
16:45 – Upper final | Bo3
16:45 – Lower final | Bo3

Group B
13:30 – Lower semi-final | Bo3
13:30 – Lower semi-final | Bo3
20:00 – Upper final | Bo3
20:00 – Upper final | Bo3

Sunday, December 5
16:00 – Quarter-final | Bo3
19:15 – Quarter-final | Bo3

Saturday, December 11
16:00 – Semi-final | Bo3
19:15 – Semi-final | Bo3

Sunday, December 12
16:00 – Grand final | Bo5

Some of the best in the business will be bringing the action to live from Stockholm, including duo Alex "⁠Machine⁠" Richardson and Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill fresh from casting the recent PGL Stockholm Major final.

The full talent roster is:

United States Tres "⁠stunna⁠" Saranthus – Host

United Kingdom Pala "⁠Mantrousse⁠" Gilroy Sen - Sideline reporter

Serbia Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović - Analyst
Serbia Aleksandar "⁠kassad⁠" Trifunović - Analyst
United States Jason "⁠moses⁠" O'Toole - Analyst

United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell - Commentator
United Kingdom Hugo Byron - Commentator
United Kingdom Alex "⁠Machine⁠" Richardson - Commentator
Australia Chad "⁠SPUNJ⁠" Burchill - Commentator

Finally, the prize distribution for the event is:

1. $100,000 + 1000 EPT points
2. $42,000 + 750 EPT points
3-4. $20,000 + 525 EPT points
5-6. $10,000 + 350 EPT points
7-8. $6,000 + 200 EPT points
9-12. $5,000 + 100 EPT points
13-16. $4,000

United Kingdom Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.64
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
160
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
118
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
United States Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.54
United Kingdom Pala 'Mantrousse' Gilroy Sen
Pala 'Mantrousse' Gilroy Sen
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.57
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Ez for GOAT ZYWOO!
2021-12-01 22:30
3 replies
+1
2021-12-01 22:36
+1
2021-12-02 08:38
god but not goat
2021-12-02 11:45
Lez go! gl hf
2021-12-01 22:30
Gambit win cuz no Navi
2021-12-01 22:31
4 replies
+1
2021-12-01 22:58
It's LAN bruh.
2021-12-02 03:34
1 reply
+1
2021-12-02 11:45
-1
2021-12-02 08:51
#5
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Japan LastSupper
No navi = boring
2021-12-01 22:31
7 replies
the opposite if navi is there navi wins 9/10 times
2021-12-01 23:13
Most boring and is when Navi wins and p1mple gets another MVP while being carried by his team.
2021-12-02 06:07
3 replies
i thought that b1t deserved major mvp but everyone knew it was going to be s1mple
2021-12-02 07:33
Name flair and flag
2021-12-02 08:52
Clown
2021-12-02 09:59
No navi = best tournament ever
2021-12-02 07:25
#68
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Romania Prevail_RO
no navi is what makes it intresting, we don t know who will win.
2021-12-02 07:54
#6
Anders | 
Albania roshy
gl
2021-12-01 22:31
why are quarter finals separated from the other part of playoffs? Any explanations?
2021-12-01 22:32
1 reply
ye wtf max
2021-12-01 22:35
#9
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France Uexo
now or never...
2021-12-01 22:33
1 reply
GL men <333
2021-12-01 22:34
yay
2021-12-01 22:33
No one cares
2021-12-01 22:34
#13
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Poland Sorczyn
Mantrousse :O WB bro, btw. pls -harry -byron +sado +moses
2021-12-01 22:34
Fnatic <333
2021-12-01 22:34
TL Win?
2021-12-01 22:36
#18
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Serbia Ljannister
They paired up 2 grear clashes and 2 unwatchable ones im group B. Omg
2021-12-01 22:37
fnatic!
2021-12-01 22:38
What excuse will Zypoo fans have if he doesn’t win this tournament without Navi?
2021-12-01 22:41
3 replies
Batman
2021-12-01 23:19
His team is mostly dead...
2021-12-02 00:02
Umm they are playing with shox and kyojin who are about to leave the team at the end of this year so there is no point for them to prepare much coz there is no future for them in vitality so u can expect a 4v5 at least every game since kyojin is gonna be a dead weight even if shox decides to give his best. Short answer - a dead team is always a reasonable excuse.
2021-12-02 09:41
Another tourists tourney?
2021-12-01 22:41
No round robin bo1? Wtf ESL
2021-12-01 22:42
#24
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Philippines PatwOo
LALALALA VITALITY!
2021-12-01 22:51
Ez for Astralis, they’ve had 1 more day to prac with the new team. Should elevate them to No. 1
2021-12-01 22:53
nice guys navi letting someone else get a trophy too!
2021-12-01 22:53
Another fake lan who cares
2021-12-01 22:54
Hate the overlapping games :(
2021-12-01 23:01
2 replies
It’ll give you another game to watch during Jame’s 90 second saves. POG
2021-12-02 00:03
1 reply
Lmao +1
2021-12-02 09:42
Astralis - win Vitality - win Liquid - win Tyloo - win Fnatic - win Faze - win Heroic - win Virtus Pro - win
2021-12-01 23:01
UKCS ERA INCOMING BABY LETS GO RATKING AND KING MESSI
2021-12-01 23:02
#32
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Chile 1cristiaan
LETS GO LIQUID
2021-12-01 23:03
Gg
2021-12-01 23:08
Group A a group of death
2021-12-01 23:12
Sunday, December 5 17:00 – Quarter-final | Bo3 20:15 – Quarter-final | Bo3 Saturday, December 11 17:00 – Semi-final | Bo3 20:15 – Semi-final | Bo3 Explain
2021-12-01 23:25
3 replies
Gay schedule
2021-12-01 23:29
esl needs that sweet weekend viewership for extra $$$$$
2021-12-02 00:35
Shit hours. Too late. Final should be BO5.
2021-12-02 01:39
Great casters, finally I don’t need to listen to scrawny screaming at the mic
2021-12-01 23:43
1 reply
But you like cringe jokes of Hugo and Harry more?
2021-12-02 02:11
+1 for pala
2021-12-02 00:06
#44
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Italy Skye620
Time for Fnatic to come back to T1!!! Very excited to see us beat Gambit :)
2021-12-02 00:18
Why no NaVi? Go Go Gambit!
2021-12-02 01:38
crazy to think that fnatic can make it to the finals
2021-12-02 01:48
1 reply
#57
JT | 
United States cybonics
I hope Fnatic does well, they've been looking super good with smooya.
2021-12-02 05:38
If Heroic can keep their mental game strong, they can win this event. BLAST was a choke, in every way. That being said, I hope Astralis wins this....
2021-12-02 03:53
#55
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Indonesia lukerey
OG/astralis vs fnatic final. Called it. Fnatic win btw.
2021-12-02 04:57
1 reply
#80
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Canada NhiteKing1
Fnatic / g2? Also possible
2021-12-02 09:49
hugo harry spunj machine POG
2021-12-02 05:29
Damn, wonder if we see some upset victory teams here. Without a crowd to upset the morale of Heroic, they could be prime contenders to win. Even though recently, Vitality players have been in form. So, ZywOo might finally get an MVP. I'd love G2 to win, though. Gambit winning/losing might change the order of HLTV Top20 2021 as well. Interesting event. All the best <3
2021-12-02 05:44
#59
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Ukraine futplxyer
12th December Final 14th December BLAST World Finals start I wonder whether top teams here take this seriously…
2021-12-02 05:45
#60
JT | 
United States cybonics
Gambit vs Fnatic has to be a fun one, right? I wish it wasn't so damn early 😔
2021-12-02 05:49
1 reply
#78
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Canada NhiteKing1
Fnatic ez
2021-12-02 09:46
G2 wins
2021-12-02 06:16
#63
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Europe JohnMurphy
Group A: Tier 1 Tier 4 Tier 3 Tier 3 Tier 3 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 1 Group B: Tier 1 Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 2 Tier 2 Tier 2 Tier 4 Tier 2 Makes sense :) :P
2021-12-02 06:44
#64
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Philippines dezzy_
now we can see if fnatic can go against tier 1 opponents, best of luck to fnatic! I hope they atleast go to the playoffs
2021-12-02 07:14
Sad only 1 actual analyst that speak English. Poor talent selection. Budget move.
2021-12-02 07:48
6 replies
As smart people say, it's about knowledge not language. Language is just a means to share the said knowledge. It's not Ynk and Kassad's fault that the CS scene is lacking good english native analysts. 🤷🤷
2021-12-02 09:45
4 replies
So a German speaking analyst you can’t understand is fine because they are smart? I guess dumb people are ok with that. It’s also entertainment. These guys are boring.
2021-12-03 07:50
3 replies
Idk it's pretty obvious he is understood by the most which is why organizers hired him. it sounds like a you problem to me. Anyway, mostly people who think themselves as smart often turn out to be the dumb ones. Just saying!!🤷
2021-12-03 08:52
2 replies
Why the insults and hate. Reported
2021-12-03 19:54
1 reply
Lol. You were being racist and insulting non-english speakers first.
2021-12-04 11:20
#93
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Norway JakkeJ
Nah it would be budget to use the available US "talent*
2021-12-02 14:10
very low prizes for such a stucked event
2021-12-02 09:36
2 replies
#79
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Canada NhiteKing1
I believe the main event has 2m$ in prizes
2021-12-02 09:48
1 reply
Now it makes sense, I forgot about that, thanks!
2021-12-02 09:50
#83
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Lithuania Airforlife
Unluko for mous with bracket
2021-12-02 10:05
Why is NaVi missing ? Can anyone tell me ? Thx .
2021-12-02 10:41
2 replies
navi be like: ok im gonna let this one go for the weaker teams to win something ffs
2021-12-02 10:57
1 reply
I see, I see :D
2021-12-03 11:34
Lets go Pala! missed ya, pal
2021-12-02 11:01
iem winter guide: 1. get ready for the games 2. start watching 3. watch 5 minutes 4. tech pause 1 hour 5. close the streams bye bye
2021-12-02 12:56
sheeete
2021-12-02 13:02
no NaVi = no fun
2021-12-02 13:34
#92
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Estonia nordjoker
why no NaVi? Everyone's afraid?
2021-12-02 13:38
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