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With the event kicking off in just 8 days, iBUYPOWER has released the group draws and first round matches for its Masters IV tournament. Scheduled to run from January 19 to 20 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California at the Avalon Theater, eight teams will be battling it out for the lion’s share of the $200,000 prize pool.
Astralis will come into the event still holding their staggering lead as the favorite to walk away with the trophy. The Danish squad was rated the number one team in the world for a majority of 2018 and took home double-digit tournament wins in the year. FaZe had been seen as Astralis’ biggest competitor but fell off hard for the last part of the year and have now decided to replace Finn “karrigan” Andersen who has ended up on a short-term contract with Envy.
Liquid has been a contender for event titles for the better half of 2018 with one giant hurdle being the dominant Astralis squad. Now the North American kings will fight their Danish rivals with Jake “stewie2k” Yip, will this be the one?
Liquid, FaZe, Cloud9, and compLexity will all be using a new lineup for the event.
iBUYPOWER Masters IV Groups:
iBUYPOWER Masters first round matches:
Astralis vs. compLexity
Cloud9 vs fnatic
Liquid vs. Luminosity
FaZe vs. Ghost