SK Gaming Is the Final Participant of StarSeries i-League S5
The organizers of the upcoming CS:GO event StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 5 have revealed the team that received the final direct invite to the tournament. Late May the Brazilian team SK Gaming will travel to the capital of Ukraine to join the other 15 teams in competition for a $300,000 prize pool.
The list of participants includes 16 teams from all over the world. Among them 5 teams that received direct invites – Team Liquid, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas and SK Gaming. The regional qualifiers were held in Europe, North America, CIS and Asia. Initially Europe and Asia received two slots at the finals, while CIS and North America got only one slot. As FaZe Clan, Fnatic and G2 Esports declined their direct invites due to a busy schedule, the organizers decided to give 2 additional slots to the European region and one slot to CIS. Consequently, Europe will be represented by GODSENT, AGO Esports, North and Virtus.pro, NRG Esports and Renegades qualified from the North American region, AVANGAR and Gambit Esports were the strongest in the CIS qualifiers, while TyLoo and VG.FlashGaming managed to make it through the Asian qualifiers. HellRaisers secured their place at the event by winning Bets.net Masters online tournament.
Participants of StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 5:
|Team Liquid (Invited)||mousesports (Invited)||Natus Vincere (Invited)|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas (Invited)||SK Gaming (Invited)||GODSENT (Europe #1)|
|AGO Esports (Europe #2)||North (Europe #3-4)||Virtus.pro (Europe #3-4)|
|NRG Esports (NA #1)||Renegades (NA #2)||AVANGAR (CIS #1)|
|Gambit Esports (CIS #2)||TyLoo (Asia #1-2)||VG.FlashGaming (Asia #1-2)|
|HellRaisers (Bets.net Masters)|
The event itself will take place on May 28th – June 3rd at National Palace of Arts “Ukraina” in Kyiv. It will feature a group stage with Swiss system and best-of-three series, which will determine eight participants of the playoffs stage with single-elimination bracket. The prize pool is set at $300,000, the winner of the event will get $125,000 in prize money.