FACEIT Revealed Opening Matches for the London Major
FACEIT revealed the opening matches of the New Challengers stage of their upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major event, which will take place in London on September 5th – 23rd.
New Challengers is the opening stage of the event, previously known as offline qualifier. It will include sixteen competing teams, eight of which qualified through the regional minor events, while the other half are bottom eight finishers of New Legends stage at ELEAGUE Major 2018. These teams will compete following the Swiss system format, with first four rounds being best-of-one, and the round 5 matches being best-of-three. At the end of the stage, top eight teams will advance to the next stage, while the other eight teams will be eliminated from the tournament. The opening matches of the New Challengers stage look as follows:
- Space Soldiers vs Rogue
- Virtus.pro vs Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Gambit Esports vs TyLoo
- BIG vs Renegades
- Vega Squadron vs Team Spirit
- North vs HellRaisers
- Team Liquid vs OpTic Gaming
- Astralis vs compLexity Gaming
The first two stages of FACEIT Major: London 2018 will be held at Twickenham Stadium, while the New Champions stage will be played at SSE Arena, Wembley. The prize pool of the event is set at $1,000,000.