Groups for ICSC 8 finals drawn

The groups for the Intel Challenge Super Cup 8 finals in Kiev this weekend have been drawn.

Season eight of the ICSC was influenced by a lot of team dropouts in the later part of the tournament, which made the league lose a bit of the glamour it had established by attracting the majority of the European elite.

The second group stage concluded last week and up next is the finals, which will take place July 9-10 (this weekend), at the Kiev CyberSport Arena. Despite qualifying in top spot of their group, TCM-Gaming will not make it to Kiev, which is the second season in a row for the Danish squad.

Craig "walkah" Walker, running management at TCM-Gaming, explained the reason to why the team won't travel to Kiev:

"Unfortunately we are the latest team to drop out of Season 8 of the Intel Challenge Super Cup. Although we made every effort to make ourselves available for the event, the two date options given by the organisers clashed with holidays of 2 different players. We will be looking towards preparing for GameGune, pending our invite of course."

This left two spots open for the finals, as fnatic last week had announced they too wouldn't make it. This made the organizers bring third placed teams in Group A and D, the two Russian teams and Moscow Five.

The groups for the finals were drawn today and the groups are as follows:

Group A Group B
Sweden SK Gaming Sweden ESC Gaming
Poland Frag eXecutors Russia Moscow Five
Ukraine KerchNET Finland ROCCAT
Russia tao Russia

Just like the online stage of the season, teams will play each other twice in the group stage. Top placed teams in the two groups will advance directly to the semi-finals, while second placed team will play third placed teams from opposite groups. The eight teams will be fighting for a piece of the $10,000 prize purse, which will be split between top three finishers:

1. $5,000
2. $3,000
3. $2,000

The schedule for the ICSC 8 finals, which will span over two days, have been drawn out as below:

10:00 Sweden SK Gaming vs. Ukraine KerchNET
10:00 Poland Frag eXecutors vs. Russia tao
10:00 Sweden ESC Gaming vs. Russia Moscow Five
10:00 Finland ROCCAT vs. Russia
12:00 Sweden SK Gaming vs. Russia tao
12:00 Ukraine KerchNET vs. Poland Frag eXecutors
12:00 Russia Moscow Five vs. Russia
12:00 Sweden ESC Gaming vs. Finland ROCCAT
14:00 Sweden SK Gaming vs. Poland Frag eXecutors
14:00 Ukraine KerchNET vs. Russia tao
14:00 Russia Moscow Five vs. Finland ROCCAT
14:00 Russia vs. Sweden ESC Gaming
17:00 A3 vs. B2
17:00 A2 vs. B3
10:00 A1 vs. A3/B2
13:00 B1 vs. A2/B3
17:00 Third place decider    
17:00 Grand Final    

You will be able to follow all of the action from the ICSC 8 finals right here on, starting from 10:00 on Saturday.

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go SK & ESC ;)
2011-07-04 22:59
10 replies
Agreed :) ESC & SK GoGoGo! ;)
2011-07-04 23:24
SK will take this!:D gl
2011-07-04 23:46
2 replies
2011-07-05 09:30
1 reply
hopefully, but not easy
2011-07-05 13:59
group A fx win and B esc win
2011-07-05 01:53
4 replies
Fx is playing very bad so SK take it.
2011-07-05 10:33
3 replies
Not at all, didn't you hear that FX let moscow 5 win the match? Because FX wanted to check some new things on de_tuscan. :) If it's true they're not as weak as I expect. We'll see how low or high form they have at this tournament soon.
2011-07-05 11:20
2 replies
just cuz ur testing some new things doesnt mean ur letting them win lol
2011-07-05 12:40
dude believe it or not they practice to check things on de_tuscan, take down your fanboy glasses... And afterall its one match on de_tuscan but if something weird doesn't happen with SK they should crush FX
2011-07-06 02:41
SK & M5
2011-07-05 08:53
fx !
2011-07-04 22:56
So awesome to see the old ROCCAT tag again. :)
2011-07-04 22:56
1 reply
yeah so awesome..yeah
2011-07-04 23:03
14:00 SK Gaming vs. Frag eXecutors EPIC !!!
2011-07-04 22:58
9 replies
2011-07-04 23:03
mrrrr :D
2011-07-04 23:15
2011-07-04 23:20
first match FX vs new SK?
2011-07-04 23:21
3 replies
2011-07-04 23:30
with delphan yes.
2011-07-05 13:24
they already won against SK with allen and with dennis, first match after Delpan
2011-07-05 18:41
EPIC I dunno its funnier when its LAN matches =(
2011-07-04 23:30
match and revenge :]
2011-07-07 14:17
SK wins.
2011-07-04 22:59
2011-07-04 22:59
SK vs FX...waiting for that game!
2011-07-04 22:59
9 replies
SK win, FX is out of best shape :/
2011-07-04 23:07
8 replies
SK is better anyway imo :D
2011-07-04 23:17
5 replies
2011-07-04 23:18
with Delpan yes
2011-07-04 23:19
we'll see, now I hope for FX despite delpan in SK, FX could defeat Na'Vi, Na'Vi could defeat SK so I think these teams are so close.
2011-07-05 11:25
2 replies
FX did so good against Na'Vi in the final of IEM... I almost fell asleep cause you knew from first 5-10 rounds that Na'Vi was the better team and they'll take it no matter what FX do.. And SK were very close to defeating FX then and they look 5times better with Delpan now... They look awesome to be honest and I can't see FX touching them, ESC has more chance
2011-07-06 02:43
1 reply
The main thing for FX is to kill Delpan at the beggining of the round, than they can do their job :) And about SK, one tournament don't make them awesome team, just look at fnatic for example at the begining of the year. But i agree that they "looks" strong at the moment.
2011-07-06 10:36
It's bo1, anything can happen. I'm hopping for a win or a tie for SK
2011-07-04 23:26
oh common...
2011-07-04 23:34
sick matches
2011-07-04 22:59
TCM ?!
2011-07-04 23:00
Gonna be in Spain : (
2011-07-04 23:00
9 replies
wait, what?
2011-07-04 23:05
7 replies
Europe DrexxEnt
hes gonna be in spain, so he cant watch the mathces.. holidays, you know? trips?
2011-07-04 23:09
6 replies
Ty for helping me not to explain that easy thing for him : )
2011-07-05 00:54
4 replies
Europe DrexxEnt
sorreh bro:P
2011-07-05 15:10
3 replies
Why do you apologize? Im glad you did it instead of me : p Saved some time ^^
2011-07-05 16:25
2 replies
Europe DrexxEnt
dunno, your reply earlier made you seem you were pissed for me spoiling the troll or sumthing;D
2011-07-05 17:35
1 reply
No, I was just thankful : p
2011-07-05 20:37
lol, i didn't understand that because he didn't say im gonna be in spain.. and btw no one cares where he'l be :P
2011-07-05 13:06
find there any c@fe and watch it XD
2011-07-04 23:31
Very nice group for ESC
2011-07-04 23:00
1 reply
not really. they got two good opponents in roccat and m5, while tao and knet aren't that good..
2011-07-04 23:26
Fx vs. roccat for the 1st place, Sk vs. ESC for the 3rd
2011-07-04 23:00
10 replies
Sweden raveN4s[A]
SK vs ESC/ROCCAT FOR 1ST place...
2011-07-04 23:07
9 replies
lmao @ swedish troll fx won all lan games vs sk this year dude...
2011-07-04 23:10
7 replies
before delpan
2011-07-04 23:18
6 replies
True ;)
2011-07-04 23:26
dennis > delpan any day so it's even worse now.
2011-07-04 23:32
4 replies
awp -> delpan > dennis by miles and miles now when robban has dropped the awp(which he never really were any good at), he can focus 100% at the igl role. that's why they're so much better with delpan than with dennis/allen. the've been in need of an above average awp for a long time. ;)
2011-07-04 23:52
ahaha :( obviously every child knows delpan > dennis easy You only post it becasue you want to make people think that fx won stronger sk a few months ago :( but with delpan they > fx easly nicetry. don't want any conversations with you that's my point. bye.
2011-07-05 11:20
1 reply
Actually all the kids think Delpan is any good so...
2011-07-05 11:57
dude u missed a few years of CS? Delpan is up there with markeloff as the best sniper in the world and you haven't seen SK lately huh? they'll piss on FX
2011-07-06 02:44
Keep dreaming
2011-07-04 23:32
SK and Roccat FTW!
2011-07-04 23:02
< ICSC 3
2011-07-04 23:03
waiting for SK VS FX will be very interseting :P
2011-07-04 23:03
termi | 
Asia Tekin
Roccat is back? who's the lineup?
2011-07-04 23:03
2 replies
trace | 
France Reo_O
BASiC - lurrpis - naSu - plastE - aslak
2011-07-04 23:05
2011-07-04 23:06
If FX regain form, I am sure that the match will be aligned, and only luck will be decided on who will win this match, because their game is actually quite low on the absence of the game for some time due to injury Loord. However, I am rather FX, I hope they manage to not only win the SK in the group stage, but win ICSC 8! :) Aggrrr. Group A: 1. FX 2. SK 3. KerchNET 4. tao Group B: 1. ESC Gaming 2. ROCCAT 3. Moscow Five 4. GL FX ! :)
2011-07-04 23:06
3 replies
i hope that FX will win to:) gogo FX gl ROCCAT
2011-07-04 23:06
Sweden raveN4s[A]
Group A: 1. SK 2. KerchNET 3. FX 4. tao Group B: 1. ESC Gaming 2. ROCCAT 3. Moscow Five 4.
2011-07-04 23:09
1 reply
fuuu hater.
2011-07-05 09:54
no mTw?
2011-07-04 23:05
2 replies
1 reply
2011-07-04 23:21
Group A: 1.SK-Gaming 2.Frag Executors 3.KerchNET 4.tao Group B: 1.ROCCAT 2.Moscow Five 3.ESC-GAMING
2011-07-04 23:05
2 replies
Group A: 1.SK-Gaming 2.Frag Executors 3.tao 4.KerchNET Group B: 1.ROCCAT 2.Moscow Five 3.ESC-GAMING
2011-07-05 01:26
1 reply
:) i havent seen KerchNET playing against tao, but i think that KerchNET can win over tao, but still we'll see.
2011-07-05 13:07
nice teams anyway! looking forward to this.
2011-07-04 23:05
SK gaming for sure!!!!
2011-07-04 23:05
trace | 
France Reo_O
2011-07-04 23:06
2011-07-04 23:06
SK vs roccat for 1st place, FX vs ESC for 3rd.
2011-07-04 23:07
SK vs FX incoming!
2011-07-04 23:08
Belarus ALBiNh0
2011-07-04 23:08
A: 1.FX 2.SK B: 1.ECS 2.M5 FX>M5 SK>ECS Grand Final: FX>SK
2011-07-04 23:08
3 replies
Did you read this news?
2011-07-04 23:23
ECS? I noticed you wrote it once, and thought it was just a mistake, but when you wrote it twice, then i started to wonder :D it's ESC btw ;)
2011-07-04 23:32
3 teams advance from each group...
2011-07-05 00:21
roccat vs fx final!!
2011-07-04 23:09
if neo is not on fire it will be walk in the park for sk
2011-07-04 23:14
1 reply
With lava on the floor in the park sure.
2011-07-05 13:34
Where's Na'Vi? ;O Am I missing sumthin?
2011-07-04 23:21
1 reply
3 replies
keyboard brand or name ?
2011-07-05 01:17
2 replies
2011-07-05 13:19
1 reply
ok Ty anyway :)
2011-07-05 13:25
i'm pretty sure SK will be in the final, but the other finalist is harder to guess
2011-07-04 23:22
Group A: 1. SK 2. FX Group B: 1. M5 2. ESC SK will take this:)
2011-07-04 23:23
2 replies
group B +1. Something really tells me that m5 are gonna surprise us all again.
2011-07-05 00:45
1 reply
2011-07-05 00:49
14:00 SK vs FX The match we've all been waiting for.
2011-07-04 23:25
NEO | 
Ireland Debson
14:00 SK Gaming vs. Frag eXecutors Yeah, I'm waiting for this match ! If Frag Executors win this match, I will start to jump with happiness :D
2011-07-04 23:34
wow, group A is much stronger than group B oh well, gl KerchNET and VP
2011-07-04 23:40
SK Gaming ESC Gaming Frag eXecutors Moscow Five
2011-07-04 23:34
go SK <333
2011-07-04 23:34
2011-07-04 23:41
wow, very nice, really looking forward to it..
2011-07-04 23:41
Let's The the Reaction of FX ! Hope to be a good game vs SK !!! Hope so FX will be in second place becouse is team which loses from some NOOBS :S Let's see if they repeat that mistake or not ;)
2011-07-04 23:54
2011-07-04 23:54
go go M5, surprise us ;)
2011-07-04 23:56
2011-07-04 23:57
SK FX, Esc m5/roccat
2011-07-04 23:58
2011-07-04 23:59
I think SK is going to win this..
2011-07-05 00:00
roccat linup?
2011-07-05 00:05
gl KerchNET
2011-07-05 00:09
ROCCAT FTW its rape time biatches
2011-07-05 00:10
I hate when players say: "Huh, sorry, we can't play cause we have holidays" This is your fucking work, just do it, without crying. Thank you. p.s. no, I'm not mad.
2011-07-05 00:14
I think SK will win it, but we should see some interesting matches in SK-FX, ROCCAT-M5, ROCCAT-ESC, ESC-M5 :D
2011-07-05 00:14
#86 : BASiC,aslak,plastE,naSu,lurrpis @ Topic I would not be surprised if FX take the whole tournament. I think that they are in really good shape now but they have let go the matches agains old palsit and M5. I think that FX fans (and me) should be prepared to say FX POWER once they WIN :) From where I know FX is in a good shape?? Loord's Words From an Interview before EPS Poland Final: "Pytanie: Trudny temat - DreamHack. Wasza "slaba forma" byla tylko jedna z przyczyn, braku waszego uczestnictwa w turnieju, prawda? Odpowiedz: Niestety nie moge; udzielic; prawdomównej odpowiedzi na to pytanie. Nasza forma jest taka, ze moglibysmy namieszac; w TOP3, zreszta jak na kazdym innym turnieju. Takze niech nie zmylaja Was nasze ostatnie wyniki !!" In English :D "Question:Tough case - DreamHack. Your teams "bad shape" was only one of the reasons of you missing the tournament, was it? Answer: Unfortunately I cannot tell a truth answer to this question. Our shape now is so good that we could stir the TOP3, like on any other tournament. Do not get fooled by our last poor performance !!" ThankYou and prepare for surprise from FX :)
2011-07-05 00:18
gl for all,but fx will win
2011-07-05 00:20
2011-07-05 00:34
GO GO SK; <3 f0restwOw~
2011-07-05 00:37
2011-07-05 01:05
Poland maxiu
hmm i think sk will take this ... but i hope in FX beacouse they have neo and i hate gtr !!! Gl both team FX POWER
2011-07-05 01:07
Where is TCM?
2011-07-05 01:13
1 reply
Read the news.
2011-07-05 02:22
They will play two BO1 or one BO2?
2011-07-05 01:24
1 reply
One map.
2011-07-05 01:25
roccat very easy
2011-07-05 01:27
So they will play one map two times against each other? Directly in succession?
2011-07-05 01:27
Hope FX will own SK hard.
2011-07-05 01:36
i would like to see ROCCAT in the finals :S been so long since ROCCAT tag has shown up
2011-07-05 01:54
Go Go Fx Grand Final SK-Gaming 1 VS 2 Frag eXecutors
2011-07-05 02:10
haha this is great, now we finally get to see M5 against ESC but sadly the first match is only bo1 and can go either way. we can also see a rematch between M5 and paistit and decide which team is the best on lan.
2011-07-05 02:34
KAMAN SK ! SK GAMING IS BELIEVING , so face , f0rest ,robban , delpan and get right i belive in you guys ! TAKE no 1
2011-07-05 03:00
GO Fx ! :)
2011-07-05 03:06
2011-07-05 03:19
what's the point of writing the top2 of each group when obviously the top 3 advances. A 1. SK 2. FX 3. KerchNET B 1. M5 2. ESC 3. FX > KerchNET < ESC FX > M5 SK > ESC FX > SK (I think when it really matters FX will be better but I would not be surprised to see SK win in the group stage) ESC < M5 1. FX 2. SK 3. M5
2011-07-05 03:20
1 reply
M5 win this tourament
2011-07-05 09:32
fx vs sk it will be graet match I will be supporting fx, but imo sk is better at the moment.
2011-07-05 03:20
good luck ROCCAT
2011-07-05 03:31
new VP suck !
2011-07-05 03:56
gl M5... I was waiting for ESC-M5 match from DH Summer 2011,, finally I would see them in action :)
2011-07-05 05:39
sk vs fx, omg. sk 16;0 beat fx on tuscan :D
2011-07-05 05:56
1.$7000 2.$2000 3.$1000 for me this prizes is better :DD -GL ESC GAMiNG <3333333333
2011-07-05 06:53
gl M5,Fx
2011-07-05 07:27
easycake4SK ;)
2011-07-05 07:44
is it twice or just once they gonna play each other? it says twice but the schedule only showing they will play once?
2011-07-05 08:03
I love SK! Sk gogogogogogo! )
2011-07-05 08:15
FX ofc
2011-07-05 08:47
a real test for sk now.....lets see how forest deals with neo and co..... fx frag dominant really.....and when players like taz kuben and pasha gives some support to neo...very few clans can defeat them
2011-07-05 08:56
good to see...clans from russia are coming out good.... good luck and happy fragging to m5 and virtus pro
2011-07-05 08:59
1. SK 2. KerchNET 3. FX 4. tao 1. ESC 2. ROCCAT 3. M5 4. Virtus.rpo Wait for it ;)
2011-07-05 09:01
7 replies
3.M5? ahahhahah
2011-07-05 09:31
6 replies
yes? If you say its not possible then youre just another blind fanboy. Esc, roccat > m5
2011-07-05 10:04
5 replies
saying roccat > M5 makes no sense to me to be honest. roccat has shown some good matches online but M5 is amazing on lan. they are among the strongest teams in the world so I highly doubt roccat will stand a chance against them, on lan that is.
2011-07-05 10:10
4 replies
these guys from finland have never been bad on lan. finnish teams usually suck online and play good on lan. M5 can make upsets against really good teams but i think theyll have a harder time vs less known teams
2011-07-05 10:20
3 replies
you base this on what? perhaps against imba russian semi-pro teams but not against internationally known teams (16-4 vs x6tence, 16-8 vs TCM, etc)
2011-07-05 10:23
2 replies
i base it on my 12 years of experience playing this game. i watched that tcm game live at DH. tcm had a standin and nobody said a word. they were like a pug. only friis doing damage. and x6? come on :D M5 is good when theyre on a roll. When they hit a brick they suck
2011-07-05 10:25
1 reply
haha well apparently you are new because finnish teams (along with germany teams) have a reputation for failing badly when playing in russia or ukraine. for many years the best team from finland went to asus and esl cups in russia and they often didn't even get past the first group stage losing against completely unknown russian teams. latest performance of power-gaming at lan: (they didn't win a single match in a group with ultimo znation and destiny, didn't get past 1st group stage)
2011-07-05 17:00
2011-07-05 09:07
where is TCM? :|
2011-07-05 09:12
1 reply
"Despite qualifying in top spot of their group, TCM-Gaming will not make it to Kiev, which is the second season in a row for the Danish squad."
2011-07-09 01:59
GOGOGO tao and SK Gaming!!!
2011-07-05 09:20
i'm sure that m5 and esc will win their group
2011-07-05 09:22
This will be exciting matches! ...good luck Frag eXecutors!
2011-07-05 09:28
M5 vs SK / FX epic!!!!
2011-07-05 09:32
gogogogo SK AND M5
2011-07-05 10:05
I think group b is very interesting. I think roccat will finish last in their group and M5 will top the group and I'm especially looking forward to ESC vs M5. Finally we can see who is the nr5 in the world.
2011-07-05 10:18
1 reply
I think youre wrong.
2011-07-06 03:20
2011-07-05 10:34
1 reply
m5, virtuspro gogogo!
2011-07-05 11:11
GOOOO FX <333333333333333333
2011-07-05 11:20
gl all russian teams
2011-07-05 11:20
well can u guys help me with this misconception .. i saw one online game between sk and held recently....which sk won 16-7.. i saw sk's pings were 20-25 but virtus's was 40s or above sometimes 55-60 are they playing separately from their home or sk are playing from sweden and from russia???
2011-07-05 11:40
1 reply
sk playing in swe, VP in russia. Next matches is on lan, there they will have approx. the same latency.
2011-07-05 22:02
Gl virtus! time to beat m5!
2011-07-05 12:13
SK&M5 go go gl
2011-07-05 12:57
SK vs M5 final, SK win
2011-07-05 13:58
Let's see what we will show by Suomi on LAN. I think M5 versus SK-gaming will be in the final. M5 will highly trained, today they go to Kiev for boot camp
2011-07-05 14:11
Group A: 1. SK 2. FX 3. tao Group B: 1. ESC Gaming 2. Moscow Five 3. ROCCAT (hope)
2011-07-05 14:24
Frag Executors go;)
2011-07-05 14:24
Neo will explain something ;) at SK~
2011-07-05 14:27
A | fX sk knet B | esc roccat m5
2011-07-05 14:28
annyway good teams
2011-07-05 14:34
dv | 
United Kingdom dv-_-
SK FX Final
2011-07-05 14:38
2 exams on monday. But who cares, I get to see FX, SK and moscow 5! :D
2011-07-05 14:46
SK vs ROCCAT will be the final match n the hottest one :D GL
2011-07-05 14:59
FX may win tournament even if they will be in 3rd position in group :) but gl vs SK, vs kerchnet and tao should be easier, but not easy.
2011-07-05 15:06
2011-07-05 15:19
12:00 ESC vs M5 14:00 M5 vs 16:00 SK vs FX this is more interesting matches for me
2011-07-05 16:03
Go ESC and roccat!
2011-07-05 16:19
i'd love to see ROCCAT vs ESC at the final to stop a little bit with the monopolism.. gl.
2011-07-05 16:41
2011-07-05 16:48
KerchNet Go GO GO !!!
2011-07-05 16:51
SK Gaming vs. KerchNET ESC Gaming vs. Moscow Five KerchNET vs. Frag eXecutors ESC Gaming vs. ROCCAT SK Gaming vs. Frag eXecutors Moscow Five vs. ROCCAT Epic matches
2011-07-05 17:39
gl knet, m5, roccat
2011-07-05 18:06
Group A: SK FX Group B: ESC Roccat/M5
2011-07-05 18:53
nice finals, gl M5 and ROCCAT
2011-07-05 20:21
gl Knet gl FX gl Hooch
2011-07-05 20:42
Semi finals: SK Gaming vs. Moscow Five ESC Gaming vs. Frag eXecutors Final: SK Gaming vs. Frag eXecutors But who knows... Maybe ESC Gaming win against FX and join the final... GL & HF
2011-07-05 20:44
why mTw aren't playing ? or,they are just sick of 2nd places =))
2011-07-05 21:37
2 replies
skipped it.
2011-07-05 22:04
2011-07-05 22:28
gl SK, FX, and roccat!!
2011-07-05 22:18
I think esc got big shot in this tournament!
2011-07-05 22:47
SK vs FX in gf ESC vs ROCCAT third
2011-07-06 10:09
God damn it!! It's F1 weekend... :x
2011-07-06 10:13
easy for SK gaming! go guys<3
2011-07-06 12:34
2011-07-06 14:31
1. Roccat 2. SK 3. FX 4. Fnatic / ESC no doubt
2011-07-06 19:42
2011-07-06 19:56
2011-07-06 21:03
new dreamteam on?
2011-07-07 14:27
China Kovenho
2011-07-07 16:31
1 reply
M5 may win this tournament
2011-07-08 08:03
Hope FX show form and win SK! FX on form > SK on form.
2011-07-08 14:26
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