FACEIT Major opening match-ups revealed
FACEIT has revealed the match-ups for the first round of the upcoming Major's New Challengers Stage.
Space Soldiers and Rogue will open up the action in London on September 5, with the first round of matches pitting the bottom eight sides from ELEAGUE Major Boston's New Legends Stage against the teams coming out of the regional Minors.
The first round of matches will feature an exciting clash between two former Major champions, Virtus.pro and NiP, as well as an all-CIS encounter between Vega Squadron and Spirit. Astralis and Liquid, the two highest-ranked teams at this stage of the Major, have been drawn with Complexity and OpTic, respectively.
The top eight sides of the New Challengers Stage will advance to the New Legends Stage, joining the eight-best teams of the previous Major. These first two stages will feature a Swiss format, with the Buchholz system being used as a seeding tool from rounds 3-5.
In both stages, the Swiss phase will culminate with a best-of-three fifth round, which, according to FACEIT, "will add value to both the competition and the storylines" of the tournament.
Below you can find the match-ups for the first round of the New Challengers Stage, which will run from September 5-9:
11:00 - Space Soldiers vs. Rogue
12:30 - Virtus.pro vs. NiP
14:00 - Gambit vs. TYLOO
15:30 - BIG vs. Renegades
17:00 - Vega Squadron vs. Spirit
18:30 - North vs. HellRaisers
20:00 - Liquid vs. OpTic
21:30 - Astralis vs. Complexity