ESL One New York 2018, CS:GO Championship, is all set to take place. A few days after the final of FACEIT Major London 2018, eight Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams again face each other in the coming few days. The championship will distribute US $ 250,000 in prizes.

It is the third time in history that the North American city receives an event of the Electronic Sports League. This year, the championship will take place at the Barclays Center, located in Brooklyn. For those who want to watch games from their homes, the official ESL channels on YouTube and Facebook will broadcast all matches live.

ESL One New York 2018 will be played in the ” double elimination ” format with two groups of four, divided according to the overall ranking of the Electronic Sports League. In Group A we have: Natus Vincere, mousesports, Fnatic, and Gambit Esports. In Group B we have FaZe Clan, NRG Esports, G2 Esports, and Team Liquid. Team Liquid was invited to take the place of Cloud9, who had to make roster changes.

ESL One New York

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In the first phase, organizations play each other in the Swiss Format. Teams that reach two wins in this first round are automatically qualified for the knockout. In the same way, teams that accumulate two defeats are eliminated. The two best two teams of each group advance to the semifinals. All the match will be played in the best of three (BO3) format, with the exception of the grand final, which will be a best of five (BO5) match.

Potential Candidates

Natus Vincere

After being the runner of FACEIT Major London 2018 , Na’Vi arrives as a strong candidate for the title. The Ukrainian organization, however, will depend on the good performances of its great ace, Oleksandr ” s1mple ” Kostyliev, to win the prize. The AWPer of the team finished the World Championship with the second highest rating (1.34), but unfortunately was nowhere to be seen in the grand finale.

FaZe Clan

The American side of FaZe Clan is the 2nd potential candidate to lift the title. The organization led by Finn “karrigan” Andersen has already won two major titles in 2018: Intel Extreme Masters XIII Sydney in May and ESL One: Belo Horizonte 2018 in June. The lineup will certainly fight for another trophy on the professional circuit, this time in New York.

ESL One New York

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NRG Esports

Since winning the ECS Series Season 5 – North America, NRG has not been in the best of form in major competitions. The American side returns to the spotlight having won the title of the Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Shanghai, earlier this month. Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov is one of the players that can shine on this occasion.

mousesports

mousesports needs to get back on it feet. After a bad campaign in London (three defeats and elimination in the first phase), the European team, accustomed to leading good campaigns in big competitions, will have to fight tooth and nail to lift the trophy of the of ESL One New York. Chris “chrisJ” de Jong is the team captain that is capable of aspiring his team to success.