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.

Heroic will be the highest ranked team participating

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:

Quarter-finalists

First round

Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
317
KPR:
0.83
DPR:
0.60
Lol
2022-01-28 16:39
18 replies
f0rest playing for a chance at 1/5 of $40,000. LOL
2022-01-28 17:47
17 replies
passion over money
2022-01-28 18:25
16 replies
Then why last dance wasnt invited?
2022-01-28 19:17
11 replies
#68
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United States Teegrumpee
who?
2022-01-28 19:20
3 replies
last dance
2022-01-28 19:52
2 replies
#80
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United States Teegrumpee
oh ty
2022-01-28 20:58
1 reply
no problem
2022-01-29 15:04
Because they only play for money
2022-01-28 21:56
6 replies
Sure, FalleN could have stayed in liquid, joined any tier 1 team (vitality, g2, nip, mouz, etc) and casually win a major or two, join any rich T2 org to stealpaychecks (faze) but he decided to revive legendary SK roster, obv he staying org less with tier 5 players because of money and not because of love
2022-01-28 22:14
5 replies
0/8
2022-01-28 22:26
lmao
2022-01-28 22:29
lmao
2022-01-29 10:51
lmao
2022-01-29 18:19
lmao cope
2022-01-29 19:33
#71
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Spain moorakami
I suggest playing CS is pretty much the only thing he is able to do to a decent extent.
2022-01-28 19:40
3 replies
#75
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Sweden SamBbbb
I think he has a wife and kid, so surely cs can't be the only thing he's good at
2022-01-28 19:48
2 replies
that means zero. you must have zero real world experience
2022-01-28 20:23
1 reply
#95
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United States leeneptune
no
2022-01-29 18:18
#2
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South America ncrs2k
ez 4 hunden
2022-01-28 16:40
2 replies
#64
lulz | 
Denmark Daweh
Cringe
2022-01-28 19:00
#79
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Finland AliSabid
2022-01-28 20:35
#3
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Greece RedWinter
Good list
2022-01-28 16:40
Let's go endpoint AND fnatic!
2022-01-28 16:40
#5
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Scotland Ludax
Heroic t3 team now?
2022-01-28 16:40
Woohoo! lets go endpoint
2022-01-28 16:41
#7
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Spain shrimpony
Yes lets invite a top 5 team to win 2 games and win the prizepool for 1st place only. These playoffs invite are garbage, I dont think they should be allowed.
2022-01-28 16:42
18 replies
#24
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Germany 1fRaNkkK
Agree, on the other hand T2-T3 teams will be able to play against T1 and in this way collect some data to evaluate their progress, but about the prize money the garbage is real, no doubt.
2022-01-28 16:55
8 replies
#30
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Spain shrimpony
Most of these T2-T3 teams play T1 teams in pracc so its not like this is the only way to play them.
2022-01-28 16:57
7 replies
#35
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Germany 1fRaNkkK
Pracc vs really playing against them is different. This gives you the opportunity to check if your practice pays off.
2022-01-28 17:05
6 replies
#45
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Spain shrimpony
I think they would all tell you they would prefer prize money over that small positive thing you just said. And actually get the feeling of winning an event. These teams are very likely going to be robbed by that aswell like all the other times.
2022-01-28 17:30
5 replies
#54
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Germany 1fRaNkkK
Some might prefer the money, but some would also say "Playing against a Top 5 team and putting up a good fight shows that we are on the right track and everything we've been through pays off", so I don't think this is a small positive, atleast not for everyone.
2022-01-28 17:54
4 replies
#55
roeJ | 
Germany L1lK1M
Dude stfu.
2022-01-28 17:58
3 replies
But he is right you know.
2022-01-28 19:22
2 replies
#70
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Spain shrimpony
Hes right to an extent. Its all relative, compared to nothing its a decent prize to get to play a game vs heroic. But compared to winning 40k and getting the feeling of winning an event its a sad sad consolation prize.
2022-01-28 19:36
1 reply
That is true. I'm pretty sure this arrangement is good for the invite teams, the TO, most of the players in worse teams depending on their contracts (and whether they are in contracts) and also for tier2 cs in general. Its only those smaller orgs that get the shortest end of the stick here. Which is problem of course but something they have most likely known when participating to the tournament. Well, its also a problem that there isn't that much overlapping tournaments between tier1 and tier2 cs so most orgs don't have option but to participate.
2022-01-28 19:46
It doesn't work like that but ok. There's money for the teams that qualified through the groups, but if you got a playoff invite spot you only get money if you win the whole thing
2022-01-28 16:57
6 replies
#31
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Spain shrimpony
Do you mean, play 10-12 games for a chance to win pocket change vs win 3 games and get 40k? And I dont se anywhere it says teams besides the first place get anything.
2022-01-28 17:00
5 replies
If you want an example of how it works, look at this tournament: hltv.org/events/6255/pinnacle-fall-serie.. You can see the 4 invite teams (es, dbl poney, ml and sinners) all didn't win so they got nothing, but everyone who came through from the main swiss got money for making it to playoffs It doesn't show right now because there's no fixed prize pool due to the playoff invite teams only getting money if they win.
2022-01-28 17:02
4 replies
what my spanish friend here means is that, its not fair for a team to have the chance to get #1 spot and thus the max earnings from prizepool by winning 2 games only (especially since tier 1 orgs dont need the money) while tier 2/3 teams who actually need the money have to grind a shit ton of games and missing out on the cash which most of them need.
2022-01-28 17:18
3 replies
Ah my bad
2022-01-28 17:18
#43
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Spain shrimpony
Basically yes.
2022-01-28 17:27
#48
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Slovakia Daev0n
+1 look at Apeks for example. They had to grind 5 games in the first event, then won 3 out of their 3 games and now they have to win 3 more just to get the money.
2022-01-28 17:36
Any T1 Team could ask to join these type of events probably, its just that most dont want to play T2 Tournaments and want to focus on T1 with bigger Prizepool. but Heroic isnt a blast partner so they need to atleast play some official games even if its on T2 Tournaments, and Heroic playing this event will probably give the tournament more viewership
2022-01-28 17:27
#66
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Turkey TheKaiser
Couldn't agree more, inviting a top5 team to start from QFs of an otherwise tier2 tournament doesn't make any sense imo.
2022-01-28 19:15
Apeks v fnatic grand final
2022-01-28 16:42
2 replies
#77
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Austria Ostmark
they would meet in semis
2022-01-28 20:21
1 reply
sad
2022-01-29 15:22
Imagine inviting Copenhagen Flukes. It is 2022, they are over already
2022-01-28 16:43
rip free slot for k23
2022-01-28 16:43
free money for heroic
2022-01-28 16:44
no riders :(
2022-01-28 16:45
1 reply
who?
2022-01-29 15:45
Heroic onliners competing in a tier3 online tournament just like Gambot, expected
2022-01-28 16:45
1 reply
#72
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Turkey orionski
least toxic s1mple fan
2022-01-28 19:42
#14
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United Kingdom tomtom94
I think that makes Heroic the highest-ranked side ever invited to their play-offs. pretty neat. sucks for whoever plays them of course EDIT: oh yeah I forgot about Gambit cause they lost to CPH Flames lol
2022-01-28 16:49
1 reply
Betting my house on endpoint
2022-01-28 16:48
#15
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Germany CEO_OF_322
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2022-01-28 16:47
Nice for Pinnacle to invite them to their field crops
2022-01-28 16:48
lets go FURIA
2022-01-28 16:48
CPH invited? They dont deserve that
2022-01-28 16:49
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYA
2022-01-28 16:50
#21
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Hungary szia
Letsa go furia
2022-01-28 16:51
#22
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Ukraine freskohq
LOL
2022-01-28 16:52
#23
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Canada _penguins
No Col invite :(
2022-01-28 16:53
2 replies
Its because they are in BLAST and these 4 arent
2022-01-28 16:55
#28
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Greece RedWinter
CoL are already qualified to the LAN event
2022-01-28 16:56
lmao
2022-01-28 16:56
heroic farming tier 3 events lmfao
2022-01-28 16:56
#32
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Europe peagod
really easy farming for heroic. wth???
2022-01-28 17:01
#34
JK | 
Asia flipflop
Can someone tell me why furia keep drop and kick vinni?
2022-01-28 17:03
1 reply
#61
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Brazil Anarchybr
Probably they needed the money to buy saffee and thought Liquid were going to buy VINI, which have a higher market price than drop. But things gone south with the VINI/Liquid agreement and now they’re without their solid support and without money lol But I’m not going to lie, drop has the chance to become even better than VINI
2022-01-28 18:45
#36
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Brazil inv4der
Ez 4 FURIA
2022-01-28 17:15
#39
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Denmark twinseN
Ez for heroic
2022-01-28 17:19
xiters farming t2 nice
2022-01-28 17:25
wheres the fantasy for this?
2022-01-28 17:25
1 reply
+1
2022-01-29 10:46
Ez 4 Furia
2022-01-28 17:28
#46
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Poland malymaly
Wisla - Mouz NXT grand final
2022-01-28 17:29
3 replies
sadly no
2022-01-29 15:46
2 replies
#94
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Poland malymaly
Unlucky for Polish crowd
2022-01-29 16:09
1 reply
Reply needs to have actual content :(
2022-01-29 19:30
#47
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Brazil setsz
ez 4 saffee
2022-01-28 17:34
#49
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Brazil Madamrocas
ez 4 saffee
2022-01-28 17:38
#50
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Finland AliSabid
ez fnatic
2022-01-28 17:44
#52
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Latvia YungPan666
practice before Katowice
2022-01-28 17:48
good warmup and practice before big tourneys
2022-01-28 17:51
ez4Furia
2022-01-28 18:09
#57
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Poland Howard290
ez4Wisła
2022-01-28 18:17
#58
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Norway GeoCS
what a joke. poor T2-3 teams who had to fight hard to get to this point.
2022-01-28 18:18
1 reply
wym? in 80% of the cases the invited teams lose in quarters
2022-01-28 19:47
I remember Heroic abused bug vs Spirit on Snow Sweet Snow. Back to the roots i guess.
2022-01-28 18:41
#62
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Brazil Anarchybr
Let’s go FURIA happy to see saffee playing with them for the first time.
2022-01-28 18:46
shit cup full of fixers who cares
2022-01-28 18:47
cheaters still getting invited to stuff smh
2022-01-28 19:10
xiters
2022-01-28 20:59
#82
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Turkey edsvi
Its going to be #EZ4EF
2022-01-28 21:04
#87
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France r0ckT
Fnatic and cph in t1? Come on....
2022-01-29 02:25
#99
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Brazil hugoooo
Heroic headlines? FURIA will have at least 2x more viewers
2022-01-30 04:51
XDDD
2022-02-01 15:46
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