PGL Major to introduce map veto changes
PGL Major Krakow will have a slightly different map veto system for best-of-one matches when compared to the ELEAGUE Major, the tournament organisers have revealed.
According to the rulebook, which was sent to the participating teams on Monday, after the vetos are locked in, the map that will be played will be picked by the higher-seeded side (Team A) instead of being randomly selected from the remaining two maps.
In theory, this change will give the higher-seeded teams a slight advantage as they can pick their stronger map or the one where their opponent - who continue to choose the starting side - is less favoured. However, Team B, the lower-seeded team, will now have three map bans, instead of just two.
In the first Swiss round, the "Legends" have the higher seed and get to pick whether they want to be the team picking the map (Team A). In the subsequent rounds, a coin toss will be held to determine which team starts the veto process.
In the quarter-finals, the team with a better record in the Swiss stage will choose who starts the veto process. In the semi-finals and the final, the team choosing who starts the veto will be determined by the bracket order.
Below you can find the differences in the veto process between the ELEAGUE Major and PGL Major Krakow:
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In the playoffs, the veto system remains the same. After a first round of singular bans, the teams pick one map apiece. Team B then get another ban, and Team A will select the series' decider map.
PGL Major Krakow will run from July 16-23 at TAURON Arena, with 16 teams duking it out for their share of a $1 Million prize pool.