StarSeries i-League S4 to feature Bo3 Swiss stage

The SL i-League StarSeries S4 event will kick off with a best-of-three Swiss stage, Starladder has announced.

In a statement, Starladder explains that it sees the best-of-three format as an "improvement" as it eliminates the prospect of "random best-of-one results", and stated it will be implemented as "an experiment".

The Ukrainian event will feature a bo3 Swiss stage

The Swiss stage will feature 16 sides and five rounds of matches, with three victories guaranteeing qualification for an eight-team single-elimination bracket. 

"Hopefully, players and viewers will enjoy the format in our tournaments in 2018," Starladder added. 

The SL i-League StarSeries S4 event will run from February 17-25 at the Kiev Cybersport Arena, with the Swiss stage being played over the first five days of the event.

On Twitter, Starladder chief Yehor "pANdA" Kolomiets wrote that the possibility of reseeding the teams after every Swiss round will be discussed with players in the weeks leading up to the event.

TYLOO and MVP PK, the Asia Qualifier finalists, are the first two teams confirmed for the Ukrainian event, which will have $300,000 on offer.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Swiss stage would feature three rounds of matches. It will be played over five rounds, with teams requiring three victories to qualify for the playoffs.

Nice
2018-01-16 22:59
#87
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Turkey KacaKTV 
Hello
2018-01-17 00:59
#123
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Finland Lehtori 
Is there anyone?
2018-01-17 08:54
#134
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Argentina epov.boris 
helloooo... is anyone theeereee???
2018-01-17 11:36
About damn time. Esl is the only shit org that make 2 bo1 happen at the same time.
2018-01-17 07:27
LUL
2018-01-16 22:59
Y is this LUL? Can you even answer stupui Turk?
2018-01-17 19:04
#4
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Sweden EraXYT 
APPLAUSE
2018-01-16 22:59
NiP
2018-01-16 22:59
#7
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
:o
2018-01-16 22:59
NICE
2018-01-16 22:59
FUCKING AWESOME
2018-01-16 22:59
#10
Friis | 
Poland Austinn 
git
2018-01-16 22:59
#11
f0rest | 
Finland gaazer 
awesome
2018-01-16 22:59
#12
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Spain G3SG1LOVER 
NOICE
2018-01-16 22:59
#13
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Portugal Cospar 
Ok
2018-01-16 23:00
#14
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Italy tyro1 
ez
2018-01-16 23:00
#15
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Brazil DooteR_ 
NIIIICEEE!
2018-01-16 23:00
#16
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
SWEet
2018-01-16 23:00
:(((((( noo
2018-01-16 23:00
how long will the group stage be lul
2018-01-16 23:00
#33
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Mexico GEtiger 
17feb - 25 feb, i assume the groups will be like 17-22 or something
2018-01-16 23:02
Yeah Probably like 4 bo3 first day 4 bo3 the second day Then the 0-1 third day And 1-0 in the fourth And 1-1 in the fifth day That’s a good schedule
2018-01-16 23:04
#96
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United States jaeger_steam 
considering the correction stated the normal 5 rounds of play, i assume there are going to be a lot of overlapping matches
2018-01-17 03:01
#106
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Russia razorVJ 
Yeah, there should be overlapping matches. Otherwise it's gonna take two weeks just to finish the group stage.
2018-01-17 06:18
I usually dont like an overlaping schedule cuz i always miss out on some crazy plays but really excited about this rather new format
2018-01-17 09:00
#180
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Sweden Nuggeet 
2 streams- 4 matches each day
2018-02-06 12:32
groups 17-21 5 rounds Swiss 3 wins to advance
2018-01-17 00:10
They cant play 8 BO3s in a day, can they?
2018-01-17 07:19
Well... of course they can, but don't except every game to be broadcastet on the main stream.
2018-01-17 07:29
Oh yea you are right, I never thought of that, 4 BO3s in a day with 2 streams
2018-01-17 07:38
It’s only 3 rounds Not 5
2018-01-16 23:02
#108
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Ukraine TimaSicK 
cmonBruh
2018-01-17 06:26
I replied before the correction
2018-01-17 14:49
NA brain
2018-01-17 11:46
#137
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United States mers_cs 
italian cs ? i arent know that
2018-01-17 11:52
at least we don't try and fail to have a scene with 300M+ ppl in our country
2018-01-17 12:25
I mean, you guys don't even have one pro player with 60m+ people in your country. They have 9 players in the major right now...
2018-01-17 14:33
im french btw uk you shouldn't be talking
2018-01-17 17:53
#161
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United States mers_cs 
i can not know that ur a fakeflagger
2018-01-17 18:40
i don't give a f ?
2018-01-17 19:22
#173
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United States mers_cs 
8/8 retard
2018-01-18 09:51
#178
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Ukraine w1nth 
at least c9 won major and there have been more Indians on major than italians nt though
2018-02-03 11:21
im french and my country has more major than yours and than usa nt tho
2018-02-03 14:02
#19
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Brazil digozamaral 
nice
2018-01-16 23:00
#20
NikoM | 
Argentina DeadBoyy 
gl
2018-01-16 23:00
#21
Denmark azyN 
xD
2018-01-16 23:00
Thats a lot of cs
2018-01-16 23:00
Will definetly visit
2018-01-16 23:00
#107
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Russia razorVJ 
I'd love to as well. I wish I lived in Ukraine.
2018-01-17 06:19
Well, you can come here at any moment, buddy Only through Minsk though xddd You have epicenter, btw. It’s even better.
2018-01-17 06:28
EPICENTER is pretty good too. Not so oldschool like SL, but still very good.
2018-01-17 07:29
wth, russian complain about not living in Ukraine?! U could go easily there! Comparing with us, it will take longer than ur road.
2018-01-17 11:10
#25
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Paraguay imjustmau 
YES!
2018-01-16 23:00
WOWWWWWWWWW
2018-01-16 23:00
Yay no bo1s for once
2018-01-16 23:00
Epicenter did this before and work fantastic
2018-01-16 23:02
#39
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Finland Smoonah 
fk bo1 tournaments
2018-01-16 23:04
But not epicenter ain’t Swiss system
2018-01-16 23:05
+1
2018-01-16 23:06
#49
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Brazil Raphzzz 
it was gsl bo3 tough, but it was fantastisc i agree.
2018-01-16 23:09
#160
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Europe lalt 
Enough group stage matches for VP to wake up XD
2018-01-17 17:57
#28
FalleN | 
Indonesia aveenaf 
lul
2018-01-16 23:00
#29
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Brazil hugoooo 
GREAT!
2018-01-16 23:00
NOICE!
2018-01-16 23:01
THANK YOU
2018-01-16 23:02
#35
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Poland cebulae 
too long imo
2018-01-16 23:02
Starladder start the revolution!
2018-01-16 23:03
#42
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
THANK YOU SO MUCH
2018-01-16 23:07
Holy fuck, that's a loooooot of matches, gonna be interesting to see how is that is played out.
2018-01-16 23:07
FINALLY
2018-01-16 23:07
#46
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Australia aucs 
gj starladder
2018-01-16 23:08
bo3 >>>>>> bo1 pls
2018-01-16 23:09
#50
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Poland vzk 
FINALLY yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
2018-01-16 23:09
#51
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Israel Encryp7eD 
WP starladder!
2018-01-16 23:11
bo3 swiss good fucking format
2018-01-16 23:17
#55
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Argentina M4estre 
BO3 group stage ---- BO5 Playoffs
2018-01-16 23:19
Why not BO5 swiss stage in the groups? And BO7 in the playoffs, and BO9 (+ dust2, + aztec) in the grand finals?
2018-01-16 23:19
kek
2018-01-16 23:23
why not just a BO9 cobblestone only at the major
2018-01-17 00:18
Most watched major confirmed.
2018-01-17 08:55
#144
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Canada _Dark__ 
Wouldn’t that break the market for cobble cases?
2018-01-17 13:41
well it will go down a bit but shouldnt be that much
2018-01-17 14:39
#57
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United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
Sounds like fun, looking forward to it. First ESL, now Starladder; time to up your game other TOs
2018-01-16 23:23
#58
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
cool
2018-01-16 23:23
#60
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Denmark Kridooo 
Nothing important
2018-01-16 23:26
Nice. Time to show the Bo1s the door.
2018-01-16 23:27
thank mr starladder
2018-01-16 23:28
#64
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France Kabby 
Rip bo1 teams, good news !
2018-01-16 23:31
#65
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
OH YEAH!! FINALLY
2018-01-16 23:37
nice
2018-01-16 23:42
#68
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Croatia Netkov 
I approve,
2018-01-16 23:42
#69
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Russia v1p3rrr 
rofl pretty interesting
2018-01-16 23:43
#70
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United States pieceofpi 
Thank you Starladder!
2018-01-16 23:44
#71
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Argentina roulettesoad 
that's not the main problem! they need a fair seed system to avoid games like avangar vs qbf happen
2018-01-16 23:44
we would never be in that position with best of threes anyway
2018-01-17 01:08
#72
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
Nice
2018-01-16 23:45
F*cking awesome! I want this for the Major too! Make CSGO great again!
2018-01-16 23:46
#74
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Spain akproxx 
THANKS
2018-01-16 23:53
#75
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Indonesia DezfanzeR 
Ez BnTeT <3
2018-01-16 23:59
#77
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
+SK +FaZe +C9 +Luminosity +Avangar +QBF +NaVi And more teams.
2018-01-17 00:10
Maybe Optic, NiP and North Don't see QB there but Avangar showed some potential at the Major Qualifier.
2018-01-17 00:51
#111
jks | 
Australia nomitycs 
Avangar will be like Tyloo, good because no one has really played them but will fall off
2018-01-17 06:34
But Tyloo is Tyloo. The org is crap so you can't expect them to be good xD But you're right there is barely any material about them to prepare for them, one of the reasons why the made it so far in the Major. Same with QB and Vega.
2018-01-17 06:53
100t bit1 said in a tweet, that 100t will attend the next starladder ...
2018-01-17 13:04
#158
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Ok, nice i guess. First time we see them on LAN.
2018-01-17 16:57
#78
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Great
2018-01-17 00:14
#79
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Slovakia TatKo 
Very noice
2018-01-17 00:16
#81
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Poland Hell2k 
Why not BO5 and final BO7 we have time
2018-01-17 00:32
Better.
2018-01-17 00:34
#83
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Brazil Sukitay 
Finally! gj Starladder.
2018-01-17 00:49
now instead of pros complaining about randomness, theyre gonna complain about length
2018-01-17 00:52
Kids love to complain
2018-01-17 06:29
:D
2018-01-17 07:38
They will still play one match a day, so length doesn't really make a difference. Only the 2-2 teams might play 2 matches a day, that's their fault.
2018-01-17 08:57
#86
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Brazil SucessoEaLama 
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD
2018-01-17 00:58
#88
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Estonia VeTox 
took them long enough
2018-01-17 01:01
theoretically the best possible group stage
2018-01-17 01:07
is this the real sexhaver?
2018-01-17 08:21
didnt know I was famous
2018-01-17 15:20
what are the odds
2018-01-17 20:51
Who's dick do I gotta suck to get more bo3 group stages
2018-01-17 01:39
#92
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Portugal dracø 
Perfect No random matches plus teams will have to show that they are strong mentally to handle the length of the groups! Thank mr starseries <3
2018-01-17 02:02
Now THIS is perfect *Clap*
2018-01-17 02:17
NOICE
2018-01-17 02:41
#95
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United States ItsImpact 
Thank god. Hopefully all tournaments will start using this instead of shitty Swiss bo1 formats
2018-01-17 03:00
#97
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United States Freakmode 
Eyyyyyy somebody is getting it right
2018-01-17 03:12
I like the swiss system.bo1 this is going to be impossible to watch all matches now,
2018-01-17 03:38
You are never going to watch all bo1 matches anyways, not to mention that I would prefer to watch a Bo3 fnatic vs faze instead of bo1 fnatic vs faze and then being forced to watch fucking BIG vs TL because there is nothing else on...
2018-01-17 08:58
#99
ZywOo | 
Asia 7RU7H 
VERY NICE !!! Finally
2018-01-17 03:51
#100
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Germany JeanKanne 
swiss is shit
2018-01-17 04:02
#101
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Brazil cadik 
LUL group stage which will take months
2018-01-17 04:09
"The SL i-League StarSeries S4 event will run from February 17-25 at the Kiev Cybersport Arena, with the Swiss stage being played over the first five days of the event." 5 days of the event. > 5 days > months Pick one
2018-01-17 20:24
#102
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Malta jazhet 
Omg. No random bo1 anymore. Finally someone did it, thanks
2018-01-17 04:32
#103
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Luxembourg Hargreaves 
that's gonna take an eternity
2018-01-17 05:00
#104
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Nice. GG <3
2018-01-17 05:27
#105
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
Wat
2018-01-17 06:13
Finally no more lotto cs.
2018-01-17 06:55
IN SANE
2018-01-17 07:03
#121
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Sweden Kasidro 
The majors now features the shittiest format of pretty much all tournaments...
2018-01-17 08:20
BLAST waves in the background.
2018-01-17 08:59
lol i forgot about that
2018-01-17 10:20
Way to go. I just didnt expect Starladder to be first, but i have to give them credit, hopefully they will handle it well. I just hope there wont be many weak teams as it is not that much fun to watch C9, SK or whoever in bo3 vs some t2/3 teams. BO1 are way too random, one or two offgames and you are done. And yes.... major seems like tier2 tournament, compared to this :|
2018-01-17 09:40
More chances for other teams to exploit VPs map pool 4Head
2018-01-17 10:52
#132
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Denmark jkaemmeister 
this is dope... lots of cs, major format is sick imo, but this will be even better.
2018-01-17 11:04
worst format...
2018-01-17 11:47
#140
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Estonia teremartin 
no. good thing format in 2018
2018-01-17 12:36
#138
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Canada gritabit 
NICE
2018-01-17 12:12
#141
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Canada Matomoto 
How is this an 'experiment' when it used to be the standard?
2018-01-17 13:03
#175
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France StickyRice 
BO3 -> swiss <- stage has never been used before
2018-01-18 17:01
#145
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Turkey haram123 
$300,000 easy :/
2018-01-17 14:00
#149
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
So teams play up to 15 maps in group stage? Holy moly, how many streams will there be?
2018-01-17 14:50
Two games at the same time
2018-01-17 15:41
#150
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Netherlands FastSk1LLz 
finally good tournament.
2018-01-17 15:03
#152
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Other VeryGoodGuy 
good
2018-01-17 15:21
#153
shox | 
Slovakia Cr4XieZ 
GJ better than Bo1 SHIT
2018-01-17 15:40
#155
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China wordEXE 
ooooooooo nice format
2018-01-17 15:47
The tournament which you can fall asleep while watching.
2018-01-17 15:49
If you fall asleep while watching cs why even bother to do so in the first place?
2018-01-17 20:25
#157
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Finally a big tournament with a good format... thank mr Starladder
2018-01-17 15:57
#166
pronax | 
Europe ShaV 
yea , it will be the best weeknd in Kiev , nice)
2018-01-17 20:22
#171
fer | 
Brazil gabyzinhu 
Invite 100Thieves PLEASE
2018-01-18 06:18
it is going to take a lotta time but pretty sure it is better than bo 1 swiss system
2018-01-18 08:53
I know this is nothing about that but come with my mind : THINK ABOUT THE BEST TOURNAMENT WOULD BE BEST TOURNAMENT 16 TEAMS BO3 SWISS FORMAT 1 DAY COULD BE LIKE: Sk vs Virtus.Pro Faze vs Gambit Astralis vs Optic Nip vs Renegades G2 vs Hellraisers Cloud9 vs Liquid Mousesports vs Navi Fnatic vs North
2018-01-21 21:59
Nice
2018-01-25 21:56
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