As we approach the starting time of ELEAGUE Premier 2018, we have put together a viewer's guide with everything you need to know about this tournament, which will have a whopping $1 million prize fund.
The G-FUEL ELEAGUE Arena, located in Atlanta, will stage yet another edition of ELEAGUE Premier in what will be the second Counter-Strike competition hosted by Turner Sports in 2018, after the Boston Major.
The current top six teams in the world plus fnatic (8th) and Cloud9 (14th) will square off over the next nine days, with a best-of-three double-elimination group stage leading up to the single-elimination playoffs.
Tarik "tarik" Celik's debut for MIBR and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's return to FaZe are two of the biggest storylines heading into the event, which will also feature a Cloud9 side in attendance with two stand-ins, Maikil "Golden" Selim and Martin "STYKO" Styk.
Below you can find the group draw in full:
The group stage will run until Wednesday, July 25, with the playoffs being held over the second weekend of the event, after a two-day break in the action. The complete tournament schedule looks as follows:
Monday, July 23
20:00 - Group A winners' match | BO3
~23:00 - Group B winners' match | BO3
Tuesday, July 24
20:00 - Group A elimination match | BO3
~23:00 - Group B elimination match | BO3
Wednesday, July 25
20:00 - Group A decider |BO3
~23:00 - Group B decider | BO3
Saturday, July 28
20:00 - Semi-final #1 | BO3
~23:00 - Semi-final #2 | BO3
Sunday, July 29
20:00 Grand final | BO3
Alex "Machine" Richardson will be hosting the show, while Sue "Smix" Lee will be in charge of conducting interviews in between the matches. Janko "YNk" Paunović will be the main analyst, while two casting duos will be providing live commentary on the action.
The complete English language broadcast team looks as follows:
Alex "Machine" Richardson - Host
Sue "Smix" Lee - Reporter
Janko "YNk" Paunovic - Analyst
James Bardolph - Caster / Analyst
Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Caster / Analyst
Anders Blume - Caster / Analyst
Jason "moses" O'Toole - Caster / Analyst
Finally, the prize money breakdown for the event is the following:
1. - $500,000
2. - $200,000
3-4. - $80,000
5-6. - $40,000
7-8. - $30,000