One of the two biggest CS:GO events in 2019 is just around the corner and CS:GO fans are hardly waiting for it to start. Down below, you can find all you need to know about Starladder CS:GO Major in Berlin. 

Format and schedule

Starladder CS:GO Major is the first Major organized by Starladder. As previous several Majors, it’s going to use a format that includes two Swiss Group Stages and Play-offs.

There are 24 teams in total that are going to be part of the most prestigious tournament in CS:GO. They are separated to The Current Legends, The Returning Challengers, and The Minor Challengers. Whereas 8Current Legends already secured their spot in the second Group Stage called New Legends Stage, 6 Returning Challengers and 10 Minor Challengers will kick off in New Challengers Stage. The best 8 teams from Challengers Stage are advancing to Legends Stage. As said, both Legends and Challengers Stage are Swiss format groups where teams need 3 wins to proceed further.

Afterward, the best 8 teams of New Legends Stage going straight to Play-offs with Single-Elimination Bracket. All matches in Play-offs are Best-of-3, as well as Elimination and Advancement matches in Group Stages. The rest of the matches are Best-of-1.

  • New Challengers Stage – August 23rd – 26th (Verti Music Hall)
  • New Legends Stage – August 28th – September 1st (Verti Music Hall)
  • Champions Stage – September 5th – 8th (Mercedes-Benz Arena)

The prize pool is $1,000,000, and the winner gets half of the prize. The first 14th team will secure their spot at the following Major, and all teams that made it to Play-offs will have a status of Legends in the next Major.

Teams to watch

The Major in Berlin is definitely going to be one of the most interesting Majors recently. There are so many teams that are in great shape, and we can expect great games. The favorites for clinching the title are, of course, Team Liquid who crushed the field in 2019 so far. Their biggest rivals, Astralis will try to find their old form and they will try to win the third Major in a row.

Among other teams, we should pay attention to Team Vitality, FURIA, ENCE, NaVi, and NRG Esports.