Are you ready for the First Major in 2018? The first match as well as the groupstage round will start tomorrow, February 20 2018. For the schedule, you can see below, but before that we will first look at the participants and the format of the groupstage.
A total of 16 teams attended the groupstage round, with 8 getting direct invites and 8 others from the qualifying round. Meanwhile, for the group division that has been carried out since last February 7, the results are as follows.
As you can see the Groupstage format this time uses a double elimination bracket, but both the upper and lower brackets will get a spot to advance to the playoffs.
The system is that from the groupstage round there will only be 6 teams advancing to the playoffs, the upper bracket will give 2 spots, while the lower bracket will only give 1 spot. So that the bracket for the playoffs will be as below.
And according to the previous ESL promise that will present an additional match, it has also been seen in the bracket above, the 3rd place match is finally here. Where before we too often saw the same prizes given to champion 3 and winner 4.
The first day of the match will compete with the 16 teams with the Best of 1 format for the first game. Here is the schedule for the first day of groupstage – ESL One Katowice 2018:
20 February 2018 – Group A & Group B
- 18:00 WIB – OG vs Vici Gaming – BO1
- 18:00 WIB – Team Liquid vs Effect – BO1
- 19:10 WIB – Mineski vs compLexity – BO1
- 19:10 WIB – Optic Gaming vs Virtus Pro – BO1
- 20:20 WIB – LGD vs Evil Geniuses – BO1
- 20:20 WIB – Team Secret vs Infamous – BO1
- 9:30 PM – Kinguin vs Newbee – BO1
- 21:30 WIB – Natus Vincere vs Fnatic – BO1
For the livestream link you can watch live on their official website here (http://live.esl-one.com/)