One day remains before ELEAGUE Major takes it’s place on Sunday, January 22. We have waited for half of the year now since last Valve sponsored Counter Strike: Global Offensive Championship which took place in Cologne (ESL One: Cologne 2016). This time Championship is going to take place in Atlanta, Georgia, US. It is the second Major to take place in the US (MLG Major Championship: Columbus was the first one).
As always Valve came with the update in CS:GO to add the “Pick’Em Challenge” where you can predict which team is going to win the first day matches. This year tournament is different on it’s format. Usually it was a group stage leading to elimination brackets, however, this year is going to have a Swiss-system tournament. Competitors meet one-to-one in each round and are paired using a predetermined set of rules designed to ensure that each competitor plays opponents with a similar score, but same pair can not meet each other for more than one match.
This is the list of matches for Sunday:
- Gambit vs. North
- fnatic vs. G2
- SK vs. HellRaisers
- Virtus.pro vs. OpTic
- Natus Vincere vs. mousesports
- Liquid vs. EnVyUs
- Astralis vs. GODSENT
- FlipSid3 vs. FaZe
I will post the results after these matches take place.
Getting back to the “Pick’Em Challenge”. This is the first Major tournament I am not going to place stickers for the teams. Lately I started to feel it is sort of a waste as we do not get proper reward after “betting” those stickers. The trophy you get looks exactly the same almost on every Major and it basically has no value at all. Despite that, I am still going to watch matches and cheer for my beloved teams.
I will have another topics related to stickers and all kind of fancy stuff from CS:GO, so stay tuned for those as I have many interesting things to share with you!