MLG CS: GO Major Championship: Columbus prep guide

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Like we have done for every major event so far, here is our prep guide listing out everything you should know going into the biggest major CS GO has to offer. So get your popcorn ready, because tomorrow we will experience some serious virtual massacre between the 16 teams competing for $1 million. Without any further due, let’s begin!

What are the groups and how will they be played out?

Starting off, there will be a total of 4 groups, each sporting 4 teams. They are divided between 8 legendary teams who made it at Dreamhack Cluj and 8 challengers who took the hard path and qualified. As for the format, it will be the usual best of one coupled with MLG’s rather weird veto format, where one team chooses 3 maps to be banned out and the other only 2. Then out of the remaining maps, one will be randomly picked for the teams to play. The matches are drawn out in a manner where the teams with the higher status, starts off by facing the one with the lowest in their respective groups. Then the cycle continues with the #2 ranked player facing off against the third-ranked team in the group. This is using MLG’s formula:

“the #1 Team in each Group will be a Team that finished 1st-4th in the Cluj-Napoca Major.  The #2 Team in each Group will be a Team that finished 5th-8th in the Cluj-Napoca Major.  The #3 Team in each Group will be a Team that finished 1st in their Major LAN Qualifier Group.  The #4 Team in each Group will be a Team that finished 2nd in their Major LAN Qualifier Group”
As for the groups themselves, they are the following:

GROUP A
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Luminosity Gaming
Mousesports
Flipsid3 Tactics

GROUP B
FaZe Clan
Fnatic
Splyce
Team Liquid

GROUP C
Team EnVyUs
Astralis
Counter Logic Gaming
Gambit Gaming

GROUP D
Natus Vincere
Virtus.pro
G2 Esports
Cloud9

Okay great, when does it begin and what’s the schedule?

The official schedule can be found below:

Tuesday

8:00 AM Doors Open to Players

9:30 AM Pregame Show

10:00 AM Group A – Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Flipsid3 Tactics

11:10 AM Group A – Luminosity Gaming vs. mousesports

12:20 PM Group B – FaZe vs. Team Liquid

1:30 PM Group B – Fnatic vs. Splyce

2:40 PM Group C – Team EnVyUs vs. Counter Logic Gaming

3:50 PM Group C – Astralis vs. Gambit Gaming

5:00 PM Group D – Natus Vincere vs. Cloud9

6:10 PM Group D – Virtus.pro vs. G2 Esports

 

Wednesday

8:00 AM Doors Open to Players

9:30 AM Pregame Show

10:00 AM Group A – Losers Match

11:10 AM Group B – Losers Match

12:20 PM Group C – Losers Match

1:30 PM Group D – Losers Match

2:40 PM Group A – Winners Match

3:50 PM Group B – Winners Match

5:00 PM Group C – Winners Match

6:10 PM Group D – Winners Match

 

Thursday

8:00 AM Doors Open to Players

9:30 AM Pregame Show

10:00 AM Group A – Final Match

12:20 PM Group B – Final Match

2:40 PM Group C – Final Match

5:00 PM Group D – Final Match

 

Friday

8:00 AM Doors Open to Players & VIP

9:00 AM Doors Open to General Admission

9:30 AM Pregame Show

10:00 AM Quarterfinal #1

12:30 PM Quarterfinal #2

3:00 PM Quarterfinal #3

 

Saturday

8:00 AM Doors Open to Players & VIP

9:00 AM Doors Open to General Admission

9:30 AM Pregame Show

10:00 AM Quarterfinal #4

12:30 PM Semifinal #1

3:00 PM Semifinal #2

 

Sunday

10:00 AM Doors Open to Players & VIP

11:00 AM Doors Open to General Admission

11:45 AM All-Star Pregame Show

12:00 PM All-Star Game – Team Americas vs. Team Europe

1:00 PM Final Pregame Show

1:30 PM Final

Who are the talents in this major event?

MLG sports a relatively rich mix of talent, being able to hire many people who would never work for Dreamhack or ESL. Below you can find the full list:

Hosts and interviewers
Paul “Redeye” Chaloner – Stage Host
Chris Puckett – Interviewer
Scott “SirScoots” Smith – Desk Host

Analysts
Duncan “Thorin” Shields – Analyst
Richard Lewis – Analyst
Jason “moses” O’Toole – Analyst
Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson – Analyst
Commentators
Anders Blume – Commentator
Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat – Commentator
Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett – Commentator
Henry “HenryG” Greer – Commentator
Daniel “ddk” Kapadia – Commentator
James “JZFB” Bardolph – Commentator
How will the prize pot be divided?
Winners usually take the lion’s share home and this event is no exception, as 50% of the entire prize pool ($500,000) will be given out to the champions. You can find the full breakdown below:

1st place- $500,000
Runners up- $150,000
3rd place -4th place. $70,000
5th-8th place- $35,000
9th-12th. $8,750
13th-16th. $8,750

Where will the matches be streamed out?

The major event will be streamed live via the official MLG Twitch channel and their very own MLG TV . Also, you guys can follow us at our Twitter and Facebook for more updates and predictions about the major and other noteworthy events to come

 

 

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