ELEAGUE Premier viewer's guide

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.

Astralis will open up the action against C9

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:

Saturday, July 21
20:00 - Denmark Astralis vs. United States Cloud9| BO3
~23:00 - North America Liquid vs. Brazil MIBR | BO3

Sunday, July 22
20:00 - Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. Sweden fnatic | BO3
~23:00 - Europe FaZe vs. Europe MOUZ | BO3

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:

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Host
United States Sue "Smix" Lee - Reporter

Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunovic - Analyst

United Kingdom James Bardolph - Caster / Analyst
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Caster / Analyst
Denmark Anders Blume - Caster / Analyst
United States 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

Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
377
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
894
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
108
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
844
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
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LETS GO!
2018-07-21 01:24
2 replies
#8
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Bulgaria LARRATT
hey
2018-07-21 01:25
Let’s Gooo Na’Vi
2018-07-21 10:12
OLOF IS BACK <33333
2018-07-21 01:24
3 replies
#35
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United Kingdom C4Golden
+1 on that username
2018-07-21 01:49
2 replies
+1
2018-07-21 01:50
+1
2018-07-21 08:57
Nice
2018-07-21 01:25
1 reply
Expected
2018-07-21 01:26
Olof!
2018-07-21 01:25
Nice prizeee
2018-07-21 01:25
#9
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United States tzuyuXX
ez for clown9
2018-07-21 01:25
1 reply
#28
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Netherlands gertwily
last spot ez
2018-07-21 01:39
#12
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Bulgaria TryGam3s
Ez
2018-07-21 01:26
ez mibr
2018-07-21 01:29
#14
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Russia refrain
will it be streamed on twitch?
2018-07-21 01:29
1 reply
Yes!
2018-07-21 04:10
why grand final bo3, if on official website it's bo5 ?
2018-07-21 01:30
9 replies
From ELEAGUE website: Sunday Jul 29th Start time 2pm ET Day 7 Finals - Best of 3
2018-07-21 01:31
8 replies
ye but it's too from eleague website LINK: eleague.com/premier-2018
2018-07-21 01:35
6 replies
If you go here: eleague.com/premier-2018/schedule It says bo3. It's what I pasted. I'll message them and ask for clarification. Thanks!
2018-07-21 01:38
5 replies
thank u mate, waiting for response
2018-07-21 01:39
4 replies
#66
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Europe erhansol
bo3 grand finals are so lame
2018-07-21 09:10
3 replies
BO5 finals are lamer
2018-07-21 11:44
1 reply
#75
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Europe erhansol
bo3 finals are more lamererer
2018-07-21 11:47
#84
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Norway moev
i sink zis bo1 finals are te best
2018-07-21 16:19
GO NAVIIIIII
2018-07-21 01:32
#19
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Brazil excambaw
mibr will be destroyed
2018-07-21 01:34
#22
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Canada patO_P
NAVI all the way !!!
2018-07-21 01:36
Bo3 GSL with Eleague Production value and super NA-friendly timing? Kreygasm
2018-07-21 01:42
GO GO NAVI
2018-07-21 01:43
#33
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United States jackstaV
Does anybody know if this will be on tbs?
2018-07-21 01:46
1 reply
#92
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United States HEUGO1
I would also like to know bc I may be on tv
2018-07-28 04:14
#34
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Albania Mamluku
So no thorin? who doesnt invite the soul of esports?
2018-07-21 01:46
12 replies
I love these low quality baits
2018-07-21 01:55
11 replies
Are u mad at him that he roasts your top team and he is always right ? Hahahahah
2018-07-21 01:58
9 replies
Bro, no mad at all! It doesnt matter who he roasts, for real.. if I support a team, be it cs or soccer, I couldnt care less if the others flame it. I just think he's an asshole that understands shit of cs. Great self-advertiser nonetheless.
2018-07-21 02:06
pakistan cs
2018-07-21 10:33
7 replies
German cs
2018-07-21 13:20
6 replies
yh BIG numba 7 in da world?
2018-07-22 14:03
5 replies
Inflated cuz major and esl one colonge...
2018-07-22 23:20
4 replies
Bosnian cs tho. Only good player is niko
2018-07-23 00:09
3 replies
Who cares... Just don't go insulting other cs regions when yours is as equally shit.
2018-07-23 00:29
2 replies
oh so Pakistan cs > German cs FUNNY HAHAHA
2018-07-23 13:57
1 reply
"As equally shit" I don't think you understand the meaning.
2018-07-23 21:32
#72
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Albania Mamluku
it was pure sarcasm xP
2018-07-21 11:26
Easy AF for Astralis the greatest team of all time.
2018-07-21 02:07
#44
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Ukraine extezy10
NaVi DaVi
2018-07-21 02:14
#46
Ax1Le | 
China fu22Y
c9 + me = ez 1st place
2018-07-21 02:18
mibr in another t1 tournament OMEGALUL what excuse will be this time? the roster changes?
2018-07-21 02:22
2 replies
What about cloud9 in another t1 tournament?
2018-07-21 07:51
1 reply
expect they don’t have any stupid excuses
2018-07-21 10:34
#49
NAF | 
United States moshua
Astralis over NAVI grand final
2018-07-21 02:34
ez for smix (?)
2018-07-21 02:47
only 2 games per day is kinda bad for my boring life
2018-07-21 03:12
mibr plz
2018-07-21 03:29
Go mouz! Ez for them
2018-07-21 03:30
#54
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Brazil m4ri
ez for mibr
2018-07-21 03:34
YouTube or Twitch?
2018-07-21 07:14
2 replies
Twitch
2018-07-21 07:37
1 reply
Thanks broski
2018-07-21 08:10
I want olof to be the MVP of the event..................
2018-07-21 07:16
#64
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Turkey CHAMPTZ
Group B is like group of death thou, IT WILL BE SO FUN TO WATCH
2018-07-21 08:18
#71
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Sweden skorpan
Lol! Nice groups .. Group A: ONE good team ... (astralis) Group B: ALL good teams, top5 teams all of them. How did they make these groups?! Haha
2018-07-21 10:43
First BO3 starts 21:00 then second one 00:00 yes nice
2018-07-21 11:47
1 reply
rip eu
2018-07-21 11:52
mibr wasted spot
2018-07-21 11:52
ez 4 faze
2018-07-21 11:55
Gogo mibr
2018-07-21 12:29
no semmler BibleThump
2018-07-21 12:30
well have to stay up late fuck
2018-07-21 12:37
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2018-07-21 13:33
EZ4SNAXSPORTS
2018-07-21 20:44
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