Heroic headline Pinnacle Winter Series playoff invites
With the Swiss group stage coming to a close, four tier-one names have been invited directly to the playoffs.
Heroic, FURIA, fnatic and Copenhagen Flames have been announced as the teams invited to Pinnacle Winter Series single elimination best-of-three playoff stage, with the four being seeded directly to the quarter-finals.
Eight teams have qualified to the playoffs via a Swiss best-of-three group stage, and they will battle it out in the first round for the right to face one of the four invitees.
With $40,000 going to the winners as well as a spot at LAN Sweet LAN 2022, there is everything to battle for.
It will be a first appearance in 2022 for both Heroic and FURIA, considering neither played in the Funspark ULTI event or BLAST Spring Groups. Heroic will be hoping to bounce back from an underwhelming end to 2021, whilst FURIA will be seeking to hit the ground running with new AWPer Rafael "saffee" Costa.
Swedish veterans Dignitas and the new-look Apeks squad came out of the Swiss stage undefeated, and they are accompanied by names like Turkish favourites Eternal Fire and the freshly revamped Sprout lineup.
The full team list for the playoffs is as follows: