Funspark ULTI Finals revealed with Gambit, Astralis & more

With top-10 teams such as Gambit, Astralis and Entropiq in attendance, the event promises to be a competitive one to kickstart the year.

The full details of the Funspark ULTI Finals have been announced, including the team list and schedule; the event will feature eight teams battling through a double elimination best-of-three bracket, with a best-of-three grand final, for a share of an impressive $250,000 prize pool. The event will take place online in Europe.

This is the first finals event for the Champion of Champions Tour, which includes events such as Home Sweet Home, Pinnacle Cup, Elisa, and Malta Vibes.

Gambit will be the highest ranked team in attendance

The games will take place between January 18-24, with two matches played per day, one at 12:00 and one at 15:00 . Commentators Harry "JustHarry" Russell and Hugo Byron will be tasked with bringing the action from every single game to life, with Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg and Aleksandar "⁠kassad⁠" Trifunović handling analysis duties. The on-air team will be broadcasting live from Relog Media headquarters in Serbia.

The team list features the top finishers at the Funspark ULTI 2020 Europe event, BIG and Extra Salt, ECSTATIC and K23 from the Funspark 2021 EU ranking, and is rounded out by invites in the form of Gambit, Astralis, Entropiq and fnatic.

See the full team list and schedule below:

Russia Gambit (Invite)
Denmark Astralis (Invite)
Russia Entropiq (Invite)
United Kingdom fnatic (Invite)
Germany BIG (Funspark Finals)
Denmark ECSTATIC (Funspark rank)
Russia K23 (Funspark rank)
North America Extra Salt (Funspark Finals)

Schedule

Tuesday, January 18
12:00 Russia Entropiq vs. Denmark ECSTATIC
15:00 Denmark Astralis vs. Russia K23

Wednesday, January 19
12:00 United Kingdom fnatic vs. Germany BIG
15:00 Russia Gambit vs. North America Extra Salt

Thursday, January 20
12:00 Lower bracket game 1
15:00 Lower bracket game 2

Friday, January 21
12:00 Upper bracket semi-final
15:00 Upper bracket semi-final

Saturday, January 22
12:00 Lower bracket semi-final
15:00 Lower bracket semi-final

Sunday, January 23
12:00 Lower bracket final
15:00 Upper bracket final

Monday, January 24
12:00 Consolidation final
15:00 Grand final

United States Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
100
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.72
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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
No apeks no fun
2022-01-13 16:34
13 replies
#13
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Australia poppyxox
bruh stop fanboy-ing
2022-01-13 16:37
4 replies
Novak owns Australia
2022-01-13 16:42
3 replies
No he doesnt
2022-01-13 17:03
#44
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Germany Jonaah
We will see about that
2022-01-13 17:04
ez for astralis 5times major winner
2022-01-13 19:31
why do Gambit still participate in tier 3 tournament like in Youngster day
2022-01-13 16:47
6 replies
cuz they feel and know that they are lucky online tier2 team GamBOT
2022-01-13 16:48
I think thats a good thing for them, theyll get into the feel of the game sooner than the other teams who will have the 1st official on blast. Id guess this will make things smoother than playing blast right after 1 and half month break
2022-01-13 16:54
ez 250k
2022-01-13 17:22
because they flop in tier 1 if its lan
2022-01-13 17:43
wouldn't you take a free 150k
2022-01-13 20:35
#92
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China jsackwj
hhhh
2022-01-14 02:42
#43
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Brazil Necro_Spa
birdfromsky vs Astralis pog
2022-01-13 17:03
t10 tournament
2022-01-13 16:34
#4
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World ddarkoo
t1 cs back :)
2022-01-13 16:35
#5
Sonic | 
South Africa Ray_ZA
Astralis really doing this huh?
2022-01-13 16:35
Just realised that this event will have an MVP lmao
2022-01-13 16:35
6 replies
#10
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India shavar2099
Oh dang, nice catch
2022-01-13 16:36
#24
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Denmark kbye_
wdym it will have an MVP, every event can have an MVP technically
2022-01-13 16:40
3 replies
MVP for HLTV rankings. You need like 2-3 top teams at the event for it to count
2022-01-13 16:46
2 replies
#53
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Austria Ostmark
a single top10 team is fine
2022-01-13 17:17
1 reply
at least 2 unless it has more high rated non Top 10 teams or has a big impact/prize pool
2022-01-13 17:28
Looks like another free mvp for stat ladder sh0r0
2022-01-13 17:59
#7
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Canada dAnk7
ez4faven
2022-01-13 16:36
So, this will be the 1st MVP tournament, as there are 3 top-10 teams. Great to see, who will start the year's race.
2022-01-13 16:36
1 reply
#17
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Greece RedWinter
Ez birdfromsky MVP
2022-01-13 16:38
First event for the new Col? Can’t wait
2022-01-13 16:36
8 replies
Fair, although if they get signed by CoL do we know that CoL would get a spot in this tournament? Like if ES can't field a roster for the tournament, Funspark would probably just give their spot to the org with the next-best finish at the 2020 EU finals which would be ForZe
2022-01-13 16:43
7 replies
#28
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United Kingdom tomtom94
probably done on roster basis than org basis if you see what I mean
2022-01-13 16:46
6 replies
I do see what you mean, I don't know how often Tournament organizers do that kind of thing since it seems like they often have relationships with orgs, but not necessarily with players. But I hope you're right TBH because old ES/new CoL is a fun roster.
2022-01-13 16:56
5 replies
#40
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United Kingdom tomtom94
it would be awesome to see the new CoL lineup compete as Extra Salt "one last time"
2022-01-13 17:00
2 replies
#68
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United States cybonics
2022-01-13 18:05
1 reply
#70
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United Kingdom tomtom94
want to know this week's lottery numbers?
2022-01-13 18:06
1 reply
yep just saw the HLTV article as well. This is a good outcome, in that these guys get a chance at a T1 tournament right off the bat. Especially considering we don't even know if ES will be able to field a full roster after CoL theoretically picks them up Granted, they won't be ready to hang with Gambit and Astralis, but who knows
2022-01-13 18:20
Gambit stat padders gonna lose to fnatic
2022-01-13 16:37
3 replies
+1
2022-01-13 16:47
nt gambit never lose to alex lmao
2022-01-13 19:04
+1
2022-01-13 23:40
EZ for BIG. faveN will smoke these kids.
2022-01-13 16:37
lmao astralis from major finals to this
2022-01-13 16:37
Checkmate where?
2022-01-13 16:38
4 replies
#50
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Mongolia TengisG
They fucked Cm
2022-01-13 17:16
3 replies
Wdym they fucked ? wtf Imagine grinding points to get DQ from main EVENT LMAO
2022-01-13 18:23
2 replies
#83
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Mongolia TengisG
wdym bror? Its not their fault its funsparks fault.
2022-01-13 19:28
#85
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Mongolia TengisG
I bet Cm will fk this losers,
2022-01-13 19:34
#16
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Denmark kbye_
smoooooooooooooooooooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
2022-01-13 16:38
finally a tournament with relevant teams
2022-01-13 16:38
#19
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Australia poppyxox
I wonder if Extra Salt will become Complexity Or if junior and Grim will just go to extra salt
2022-01-13 16:38
Pretty stacked, would be a good & doable tourney to win for BIG.
2022-01-13 16:39
I wonder who's gonna win?
2022-01-13 16:39
astralis wtf lets goooooooooo
2022-01-13 16:39
Nice! some good practice
2022-01-13 16:39
EZ 4 Extra Salt and GOAT floppy
2022-01-13 16:41
With a prize pool this big they should’ve invited more Tier 1 teams. They are definitely lowballing who they could get to attend.
2022-01-13 16:49
1 reply
#35
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United Kingdom tomtom94
One of the teams is the runner-up from last year, two are the ones who earned their places through playing in Funspark tournaments regularly, all the others are in the top 20, what exactly do you want
2022-01-13 16:51
#36
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Netherlands Sem0733
No Mouz.. I wanna see if NBK is average bad or just bad.
2022-01-13 16:54
nobody asked or cares tbh
2022-01-13 16:58
#41
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Venezuela yadontsay
good tournament to start the year. literally "official practice" if u will
2022-01-13 17:00
its really funny for asian slot cuz there been literally whole 3 season and they played for nothing 🤡🤡🤡
2022-01-13 17:06
1 reply
#51
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Mongolia TengisG
+1 L for Funspark
2022-01-13 17:16
ez money
2022-01-13 17:07
#47
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Portugal W!LDF1RE
Gambit and Astralis stat padding and practicing at the start of the year. If only G2 could do that
2022-01-13 17:08
BIG gonna get REKTED so hard
2022-01-13 17:13
3 replies
faveN will rekt some noobs, just watch. Only Gambit and fnatic have a chance vs new big
2022-01-13 17:25
2 replies
well Gambit and fnatic are the only good teams there look at all the T2 bots there
2022-01-13 17:30
1 reply
entropiq can put up a fight
2022-01-13 17:39
this is just funny because how they are not even mentioning about asian final spot xDD they played for nothing almost half year
2022-01-13 17:15
#52
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Mongolia TengisG
So? Checkmate tryharded for nothing
2022-01-13 17:17
#54
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Russia mshkoda
I feel Gambit-Fnatic final here
2022-01-13 17:20
online event and its organized by china, most likely every match will be fixed trust me
2022-01-13 17:26
EZ 4 Smoo Smoo
2022-01-13 17:26
#60
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Poland Astoner55
Oh that's very cool! Nice to see Astralis and Fnatic gaining experience as a team
2022-01-13 17:29
mother fuckers title said, fnatic as "more". BOI PUT SOME RESPEC ON THE NAME
2022-01-13 17:30
easiest tourney for Gambit
2022-01-13 17:36
Shame for Gambit playing in tier 3 event against tier 3 teams like Astralis and BIG :(
2022-01-13 17:50
1 reply
This is actually a smart move to play that tournament as a warmup for Katowice and other important events.
2022-01-13 18:40
ez4gambit
2022-01-13 18:18
#74
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Asia flipflop
I think lucky back to awp
2022-01-13 18:27
lol ofc GAMBIT playing tier 2 Events! Thats all they do huh.... "2nd" in the world btw.
2022-01-13 18:28
I sense a schedule clash for Fnatic in the future
2022-01-13 18:33
1 reply
Malta Vibes maybe?
2022-01-14 09:34
This is gonna be a really fun event. Excited to see if Astralis and Fnatic can compete against someone like gambit
2022-01-13 18:58
1 reply
Didn’t even see Big. Also praying ES fluke to like a top 3/4 finish
2022-01-13 18:59
#82
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United Kingdom novaseer
ez4fnatic (flag checks out yes)
2022-01-13 19:07
Serbia. Hugo and Harry and Mauisnake going from Ukraine to Serbia. Sounds sketchy.
2022-01-13 19:42
online tournament = shit tourney no one cares
2022-01-13 21:01
2 replies
What option do we have?
2022-01-13 21:48
1 reply
#94
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Denmark twinseN
No option thats true
2022-01-14 16:04
Gambit always invited early on in the year for a free event against noobs.
2022-01-13 21:37
Mauisnake is a really bad analyst, he does a lot of mistakes in his analysis and sadly the other guys aren't correcting him.
2022-01-16 10:47
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