ICE Challenge groups, initial matchups, talent announced

Author: Striker
15/01/2020 - 18:34

The organizers of ICE Challenge have announced the group stage distribution, opening matchups, and full talent lineup of the $250,000 tournament.

The group stage of the tournament will be played in a best-of-three GSL format during the first two days of the event (February 1-2). Each group will see three teams advance to the single-elimination playoffs (February 4-6).

As the highest-ranked team of all the participants, mousesports headline Group A, where they will be challenged by three teams ranked between the 16th-19th spot, Heroic,, and MAD Lions.

Aleksib's OG will face his former team ENCE in the opening round

Group B features a wider variety of teams when it comes to their position in the world ranking, with the other top-ten side in attendance, Natus Vincere, being joined ENCE, GODSENT, and OG.

The group distribution looks as follows:

The second group sets up a mouth-watering first-ever clash between ENCE, who in large part struggled for good results after replacing Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen with Miikka "suNny" Kemppi in September, and their former in-game leader's OG.

The London tournament will mark the second appearance of the squad around Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, who made their debut at cs_summit 5 in December, finishing in third-fourth place after a close loss to mousesports in the semi-finals.

The opening matchups are:

Europe mousesports vs. Denmark MAD Lions
Denmark Heroic vs. Kazakhstan
Russia Natus Vincere vs. Europe GODSENT
Finland ENCE vs. Europe OG

Finally, the talent lineup has been revealed as well, and it looks as follows:

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk host
Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst

Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG Greer - Commentator