StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 – Event Preview

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Taking place between August 23rd and September 8th, StarLadders Berlin Major will play host to the top teams from around the world.  After the completion of the CIS, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers the event is set to be a huge spectacle.

Tournament Format

As usual, the event is split into three stages; the New Challengers Stage (August 23rd – 26th) The New Legends Stage (August 28th – September 1st) and The New Champions Stage (September 5th – 8th).

The New Challengers Stage:

  • 16 Team Swiss Format
  • Elimination and Advancement matches BO3
  • Other matches BO1
  • Top 8 teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
  • Bottom 8 teams are eliminated

The New Legends Stage:

  • 16 Team Swiss Format
  • Elimination and advancement matches BO3
  • Other matches BO1
  • Top 8 teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 teams are eliminated

The New Champions Stage:

  • Single Elimination bracket
  • Quarter and Semifinals are BO3
  • Grand Final is BO3

Prize Pool

Because it’s a VALVE certified major, you can be assured that there are a crisp $1,000,000 dollars up for grabs, here’s how it’s distributed.

PLACE PRIZE SEED  
1st $500,000 Spring 2020 Major: Legend Status  
2nd $150,000 Spring 2020 Major: Legend Status  
3rd-4th $70,000 Spring 2020 Major: Legend Status  
5th – 8th $35,000 Spring 2020 Major: Legend Status  
9th – 11th $8,750 Spring 2020 Major: New Challenger Status  
12th – 14th $8,750 Spring 2020 Major: New Challenger Status  
15th – 16th $8,750  
17th – 24th $0  

 

Major Participants

Teams from all over the globe have fought it out for a place at this Summer Major. There’s plenty of fan favourites and underdogs to root for when betting this August. Here are the teams in their stages.

New Challengers Stage teams

  • Team Vitality
  • AVANGAR
  • G2
  • Complexity
  • HellRaisers
  • Mousesports
  • NRG
  • ForZe
  • Grayhound
  • CR4ZY
  • FURIA
  • Syman
  • TYLOO
  • DreamEaters

New Legends Stage teams

  • Astralis
  • ENCE
  • Na`Vi
  • MIBR
  • FaZe
  • Liquid
  • Renegades
  • NiP

Outright Winners?

If I were to select any team at the moment, who I’d expect to win this tournament, it would be Team Liquid, they’ve shown over the last 3 months that they can safely shut down the top teams in CS:GO right now. In their last 7 offline events, they have finished first.

If you were to place an early bet based on a hunch, Liquid is looking pretty hot right now.

Be sure to keep up to date on our website where we will be posting predictions for the matches as the Major progress.

Ross Greenall
Ross Greenall