The tournament consists of two big stages – Group stage and Playoffs.
The group stage is separated into two groups (4 teams each), played in two double-elimination formats. Best of 3 is how all the matches are played.
The best three ranked teams from each group go to the Playoffs.
1st ranked teams go into the Semi-finals.
2nd ranked teams go into the Quarterfinals, getting the high-seed spot
3rd ranked teams go into the Quarterfinals as well but taking the Low-seed spot.
The Playoffs are played in the Single-Elimination bracket format, while there is a slight difference between Quarterfinals/Semifinals matches and the Grand Final match – the first ones are Bo3, while the Grand Final is a Bo5.
Sometimes the organizer will test out new concepts and formats. Therefore always check the tournament page if you would like to study a specific tournament.
Whats special about ICE Challenge
The name and the stats speak for themselves. Being an A-Tier event, with GG.Bet behind them as a sponsor, Ice Challenge is a synonym for quality and excellence.
Whoever gets the chance to experience their events, never forgets the adrenalin that pumps through the body as the teams do everything in their power to win the tournament.
Electricity is to be felt in the air, as thousands of roaring fans make such an atmosphere that you cannot hear anything except your heart beating from excitement.
ICE Challenge's first event
Ice Challenge is a relatively young event, and it has been held a few times thus far, but that does not lessen the impact it had on the Counter-Strike community.
The first event was organized in 2019. London was the home of 4 amazing teams, and the prize pool was $50,000. Team North, NAVI, AVANGAR, and Heroic were the first teams to be a part of this great tournament.
Another thing that indicates how serious this tournament is, and will become in the future, is the fact that the following year the prize pool was 5x larger – $250,000 USD.