ESL One New York 2018 viewer's guide
With the first event after the FACEIT Major set to start tomorrow, we've gathered all the information you need regarding the New York tournament.
Taking place in the Barclays Center in the borough of Brooklyn, ESL One New York will run from September 26-30, where eight teams will fight for a part of the $250,000 prize pool and a chance to take an Intel Grand Slam win.
The event features two GSL-style double-elimination groups, where the top two teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination bracket playoffs. All matches played in New York will be best-of-three with the exception of the grand final, which will be a best-of-five.
As part of the Intel Grand Slam, which promises a $1,000,000 bonus for any team to win four out of ten consecutive Grand Slam events, the teams will give it their all to get closer to the big prize.
FaZe is the only participating squad currently sitting at two wins, as the European superteam missed their chance to take home the full prize at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, after which their win at last year's ESL One New York expired. fnatic and Natus Vincere, who are also in Brooklyn for the event, each have one Grand Slam victory under their belt, as the teams triumphed at IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne, respectively.
Taking place right after the FACEIT Major, ESL One New York features some of the best teams in the world, placed in two groups, with the initial matchups being seeded using ESL's own ranking system. You can find both groups below:
The full schedule for ESL One New York 2018 can be found below:
Thursday, September 27
17:00 - Group B Elimination Match| BO3
20:30 - Group A Winners Match| BO3
00:00 - Group B Winners Match| BO3
Friday, September 28
17:00 - Group A Decider Match | BO3
20:30 - Group B Decider Match | BO3
Saturday, September 29
19:00 - Semi-final #1| BO3
22:50 - Semi-final #2| BO3
Sunday, September 30
19:00 - Grand Final | BO5
To guide you through the action in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, ESL has put together the following list of hosts, analysts and commentators:
OJ Borg - Stage Host
Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk Host
Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez - Analyst
Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Duncan "Thorin" Shields - Analyst
Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Alex "Machine" Richardson - Commentator
Lauren "Pansy" Scott - Commentator