Posted 16th April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Electronic Sports League (ESL) has recently released the four crowd-favorite teams for the upcoming ESL One event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The invites and the winners from the online qualifiers will compete for a part of the $200,000 USD prize pool.
Team Liquid, SK Gaming, Faze Clan, and Mousesports have all received direct invitations for the said event which takes place from June 13th to 17th—containing the group stages and the playoffs. Leading teams of the online qualifiers from Europe, North America, and South America regions will be joining them in the playoffs.
It is no surprise for fans, however, that the four teams have been chosen by ESL organizers beforehand. They are the giants in CS:GO ever since. Team Liquid recently won the cs_summit 2 and Americas Minor Championship – Boston 2018, SK Gaming dominated two ESL Major events last 2017, Faze Clan emerged second in ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 last January, and Mousesports have been claiming first place trophies since they joined CS:GO tournaments in 2016.
In other news, the result of the online qualifiers has yet to be revealed since the first stages are currently on-going and the finals match on May 9. There will be two qualifying spots for Europe and one each for the two American regions. Participants are to undergo a two-step process from open stage to closed stage and will compete for a total of four spots. The finalists heading to the closed qualifier will battle under a double-elimination bracket.
The Group Stage takes place on June 13th to 15th. Each group will have 4 teams in a double-elimination format and best-of-three matches (BO3), but only two teams can advance to the playoffs on June 16th to 17th. The semifinals are also in BO3 format and the grand final is in BO5 format, but both has single-elimination bracket.
The grand event will be hosted in Mineirinho Arena, the biggest indoor sporting arena in Brazil with 25,000 seats. Organizers of ESL announced that they are currently working with the venue’s officials to secure the arena’s capacity and safety measures for the event.
EU Open qualifier (April 11-12)
EU Closed qualifier (April 13-14)
NA Open Qualifier (April 11-12)
NA Closed qualifier (April 13-14)
SA Open Qualifier #1 (April 12-13)
SA Open Qualifier #2 (April 17-18)
SA Closed Qualifier (April 24-May 9)
Brazil SK and North America Liquid
Europe FaZe and Europe mousesports
Europe Qualifier #1 and Europe Qualifier #2
North America Qualifier and South America Qualifier
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