ESL One New York 2019 is going to be the first big event after Berlin Major. It will kick off at the end of September and it will feature the very best teams such as Team Liquid, Astralis, NRG, ENCE and so on.
Format and technical info
ESL One New York 2019 will use the same format as IEM Chicago and ECS Season 7 Finals. Hence, it will have two GSL Group Stages with four teams per group. So, there are going to be 8 teams in total. All of them are invited except OpTic Gaming, eUnited, and G2 Esports who secured their spot in New York through Qualifiers.
The good thing about the format of this event is that there are no Best-of-1 Matches, which makes this event more competitive. All matches are Best-of-3 excluding Grand Final that is Best-of-5. The best two teams from each group proceed further to Single-Elimination bracket.
Teams in New York will play for a share of $200,000 in Barclays Center.
This event is also going to be interesting because reworked Cache will be revealed in a Showmatch on the last day of competition, 29th of September. By the way, the event will start off on September 26th.
Who is going to participate?
If the tournament started today, the clear favorite for winning the title would be Team Liquid who just crushed the competition in the last couple of months. However, anything can happen at Major, and it can affect the results at ESL One New York.
The main contenders for the title, alongside Team Liquid, will definitely be Astralis, ENCE, and FaZe Clan. These elite teams had their bright moments this year as well. Moreover, Astralis won the first Major and BLAST Pro Saulo, so we can’t write them off at any time.