FACEIT Major: London 2018, starts on Wednesday. Valve will be the official sponsor of CSGO’s most popular tournament. There will be three stages in the event with 24 participating teams. FACEIT Major hosts a total prize of US $ 1 million. See below for FACEIT Major details.
The format of FACEIT Major
The first stage of the competition, called the New Challengers Stage, takes place from September 5 to 9. A total of 16 teams will be taking place in the event. Out of 16, eight teams made their way through the qualifiers and eight from the previous major’s finals. The matches for this stage will take place in a best of one (BO1) format in the first four rounds, and from the fifth round team will compete in the best of three format. The top eight teams will move on to the next round while the rest will go home.
Teams competing in the Challengers Stage: Astralis, BIG, compLexity Gaming, Gambit eSports, HellRaisers, Ninjas in Pajamas, North, Optik Gaming, Renegades, Rogue, Space Soldiers, Team Liquid, Team Spirit, TyLoo, Vega Squadron and Virtus.pro.
New Legends stage – FACEIT Major
The New Legends Stage starts on September 12 and will consist of 16 teams, eight from the Challengers Stage and the top 8 in the previous Major. The matches will take place in the same format as in the Challengers stage, and the top eight will advance to the final.
8 Teams qualified for the Legends Stage are: Cloud9, FaZe, Fnatic, G2, MIBR, Mousesports, Na’vi and Winstrike.
The last stage of FACEIT Major: London 2018 will take place from September 20 at the SSE Arena in London. The best of three format will be followed in all matches of the stage, including for the grand final, which takes place on the 23rd of the same month. The winning team takes the prize of US $ 500,000 and is guaranteed a place in the final phase of the IEM Katowice Major 2019.
No MP5 in London
The new weapon, MP5-SD will not be used in this upcoming FACEIT 2018 Major tournament. Of course, this is understandable because in competitive conditions Valve doesn’t seem to include new items or weapons before giving them a nerf or two. However, the MP5 is available on community deathmatches and casual servers.
The rule is not so surprising as the pros did not know how to play it, although the new weapon is available on the ESEA servers and IEM Chicago 2018 in the open and closed qualifiers. In these matches, the 30 round weapon has been quite popular and we could expect this weapon in the upcoming major competitions.
Here is the list of matches that will take place today:
- Space Soldiers vs Rogue
- Virtus.pro vs. NiP
- Gambit vs. TYLOO
- BIG vs. Renegades
- Vega Squadron vs. Spirit
- North vs. HellRaisers
- Liquid vs. OpTic
- Astralis vs. compLexity