HLTV.org live from Columbus
HLTV.org is now live from Columbus, Ohio where 16 teams will take part in the $1 million MLG Major over the course of six days.
MLG Columbus 2016 is CS:GO's eighth official Major and will set the bar as being the first $1 million Major and the first Major on North American soil. The first three days of the event, the group stages, will play out without an audience at the MLG Arena and the event will then move to the sold-out Nationwide Arena for the playoffs.
Several important bits of news should be considered before the first group stage match kicks off. A new veto system is being used at this event in the best-of-ones, where one team vetoes three maps, the other only two, and the map will be chosen randomly out of the remaining two in the pool.
In addition, Björn "THREAT" Pers will officially play with NiP throughout the event as Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi has had his visa approved, but it will require 48 hours to process, meaning that the player will only be able to arrive on Friday at the earliest.
THREAT will play as NiP's fifth
We have created a viewer's guide for the event where you can find the talent list for both the English and the Russian cast, links to all four of our comprehensive group previews, links to all the player interviews done for the event, and any other important information about the Major.
Today's schedule looks as follows:
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A four-man team from HLTV.org is on site at the MLG Arena and will be providing the best coverage possible of the eighth Major. Our Twitter which can be found @HLTVorg will provide constant updates from the event.
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