The StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 will be the 15th Valve-sponsored Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship and the second major CS:GO tournament of the year. The competition will see 24 teams fighting it out for the title of champion, and their cut of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool up for grabs.
This will be the first time StarLadder will be the official host of a Valve CS:GO tournament, previously having hosted multiple Dota 2 Pro Circuit events in both 2018 and 2019. The event will be made up of three stages;
- The New Challengers Stage taking place between August 23rd and 26th.
- The New Legends Stage taking place between August 28th and September 1st
- And The New Champions Stage taking place between September 5th and 8th.
During the New Challengers Stage, teams will be seeded based on the HLTV’s World Rankings from March 4th to August 12th. Initial games will be Bo1, Elimination and Advancement matches will be Bo3. At the end of the first stage, the top 8 teams will proceed to the New Legends Stage, the bottom 8 teams being sent home.
The New Legends Stage will be of a similar format to the New Challengers Stage. Initial games will be Bo1, Elimination and Advancement matches will be Bo3. At the end of the first stage, the top 8 teams will proceed to the New Legends Stage, the bottom 8 teams, also being sent home.
Finally, the New Champions Stage which will be taking place between the 5th and 8th of September, will be a single-elimination bracket format. Teams will be seeded based on their form in the New Legends Stage, the quarter and semifinals will be Bo3 and the Grand Finale will also be Bo3.
The teams taking part in the New Challengers Stage are as follows: Team Vitality, AVANGAR, G2 Esports, Complexity Gaming, HellRaisers, mousesports, NRG Esports, forZe, Grayhound Gaming, CR4ZY, FURIA Esports, Syman Gaming, TYLOO, North, DreamEaters, and INTZ Esports.
Astralis and Ence should be favourites coming into this competition after finishing 1st and 2nd respectively at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII in Katowice back in March. Astralis claimed the top prize of $500,000 with ENCE claiming the runners up prize of $150,000.
Who will win the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019? Only time will tell. CS:GO fans should keep their eyes peeled on Esportsnow for updates on this event. Can’t wait for that? Read up on the latest Call of Duty news; Misfits Gaming recently acquiring a Call of Duty franchise spot.