The tenth Major starts today in Atlanta and we've prepared a viewer's guide with all the details you need to follow the $1,000,000 event, including the initial matchups, schedule and talent.
Starting today at 16:00 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the ELEAGUE Major will run for eight days from January 22-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will gather to compete for their share of the $1 million prize pool.
The group stage, which will take place from January 22-25, will use a Swiss format which means that after the initial matches, teams with the same record will face off. Three losses will result in elimination while three wins will get the teams to the playoffs. All the matches will be played as best-of-ones.
Eight teams that manage to get three wins in the group stage will qualify for the playoffs which will start on January 27 after a one-day break. The 5,000-seater Fox Theatre in Atlanta will host the playoffs.
The quarter-finals will be played on January 27 while the semi-finals will be on January 28. The last day will feature the grand final which will start at 16:00.
Here are all the teams in attendance:
The first day matchups are revealed but because of the Swiss format the matches for the rest of the group stage will be determined as the tournament moves on. Below is the schedule:
Sunday, January 22nd 16:00 Gambit vs. North BO1 17:15 fnatic vs. G2 BO1 18:30 SK vs. HellRaisers BO1 19:45 Virtus.pro vs. OpTic BO1 21:00 Natus Vincere vs. mousesports BO1 22:15 Liquid vs. EnVyUs BO1 23:30 Astralis vs. GODSENT BO1 00:45 FlipSid3 vs. FaZe BO1 Monday, January 23rd 16:00 Group Stage Round 2 begins BO1 Tuesday, January 24th 16:00 Group Stage Round 3 begins BO1 Wednesday, January 25th 16:00 Group Stage Rounds 4-5 begin BO1 Friday, January 27th 16:00 Quarter-final #1 BO3 18:30 Quarter-final #2 BO3 21:00 Quarter-final #3 BO3 23:30 Quarter-final #4 BO3 Saturday, January 28th 16:00 Semi-final #1 BO3 18:30 Semi-final #2 BO3 Sunday, January 29th 16:00 Grand final BO3
The $1 million prize will be distributed in the following manner:
1. $500,000 + Legends status
2. $150,000 + Legends status
3-4. $70,000 + Legends status
5-8. $35,000 + Legends status
The Major will be streamed on ELEAGUE's Twitch channel and the grand final will be broadcasted on both TBS and Twitch. The following broadcast crew will be bringing you the action live from Atlanta.:
Richard Lewis – Host
Duncan "Thorin" Shields - Analyst
Jason "moses" O'Toole – Analyst
Sue "Smix" Lee – Reporter
Chris Puckett - Reporter
Anders Blume – Commentator
Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat – Commentator
Daniel "ddk" Kapadia – Commentator
James "JZFB" Bardolph – Commentator
Henry "HenryG" Greer – Commentator
Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett – Commentator
While you're waiting for the matches to start, be sure to read our previews and articles which can all be found below:
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