PGL to host Major in Krakow
Krakow has been chosen to stage the 11th Counter-Strike Major, Valve and PGL have announced.
The event will take place from July 16-23, with the group matches being played backstage, while the playoffs will be held at TAURON Arena Krakow, which hosted the League of Legends EU LCS Summer Finals last year. The total purse of $1million from the previous three Majors is kept the same.
This is the third time that a Major will be held in Poland, with the previous two having been hosted in Katowice by ESL, in 2014 and 2015. It is also the first Valve-sponsored event run by PGL, which assisted DreamHack with the production for the DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca Major, in 2015.
The PGL 2017 Krakow CS:GO Major Championship Series will kick off with the usual four Minor events, held in Asia, the Americas, CIS and Europe. The top teams from these regional events will secure spots at the PGL Krakow Major offline qualifier, joining the bottom eight from the ELEAGUE Major.
While the exact locations of the Minors and of the offline qualifier have not been disclosed, PGL has already released the complete schedule for the Major Series, which looks as follows:
- June 1-4: PGL Asia Minor Championship
- June 8-11: PGL Americas Minor Championship
- June 8-11: PGL CIS Minor Championship
- June 15-18: PGL Europe Minor Championship
- June 29 - July 2: Major Offline Qualifier
- July 16-19: PGL Krakow Major Group Stage
- July 21-23: PGL Krakow Major Main event
For the first time in the history of the Majors, all the matches, including the ones from the Minors and from the qualifier, will be streamed live in 1080p/60fps. The PGL Major Krakow will also "mark the debut of a host of new features aimed to make the viewing experience, both live and online, truly one of a kind", according to a statement from the event's organisers.
The following eight teams have already secured spots at PGL Major Krakow, as a result of the Legend status earned in Atlanta:
Having finished in the bottom eight at the ELEAGUE Major, the following teams have received direct invites to the offline qualifier:
* G2 currently hold the ex-EnVyUs spot, and the ex-G2 spot is currently under review