ESL announces IEM Katowice Major format and seeding method

ESL has announced an expanded format for the IEM Katowice Major and the seeding method that will be in place for the competition.

The first Major of 2019 will continue using a Swiss stage in the New Challengers and the New Legends stages, but a best-of-three format will be used for all progression (2-0 and 2-1 pools) and elimination matches, rather than just the fifth round matches (featuring the teams from the 2-2 pool).

This means that the Swiss stages in Katowice will have 26 best-of-three series, 20 more than the FACEIT Major. To accommodate the heavier schedule, the opening two days of the new Challengers and the New Legends stages will have concurrent streams running.

As a baseline seeding for both Swiss stages, ESL will be using the "Player-Selected Seeding" method introduced at IEM Chicago, which sees the participating teams create their own ranking of the opposing squads who will partake in the competition. The scores are added up to create a ranking, with the votes that are the farthest away from the final average removed to prevent anomalies and team collusion.

The IEM Katowice Major will feature a new seeding method

The biggest seeding change from FACEIT Major is the introduction of live seeding after every Swiss round using the ELO rating system, which replaces the Buchholz system that was used for rounds 3-5 in London.

After the starting seeding is done, the teams will be assigned ELO ratings matching their seed. Each team's ELO will be adjusted after every encounter - the winners taking a portion of the losers' points -, with the following round's match-ups being determined accordingly.

The IEM Katowice Major will kick off February 13 with the New Challengers Stage, featuring the teams who placed 9th-14th at the FACEIT Major, the top two sides of each of the four regional Minors, and the two teams coming out of the Minor Play-in.

The top eight sides of the New Challengers stage will progress to the New Legends stage, kicking off February 20, in which they will be joined by the Returning Legends, the top eight sides from the FACEIT Major.

It will be the best major ELO rating system so OP
2019-01-21 16:03
49 replies
#11
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Finland k6s
ez4ence
2019-01-21 16:04
9 replies
ok now this is epic
2019-01-21 16:38
8 replies
expected
2019-01-21 17:28
Problem is, there will be real snowball, after 1 loss you could keep meeting top teams only
2019-01-21 18:00
6 replies
So if you’re an underdog you have to earn your spot The idea of the major is to have the 8 best teams make playoffs. This is the best way to do si
2019-01-21 19:09
1 reply
#300
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Portugal MS_
+1
2019-01-22 21:13
#227
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Costa Rica Gomezio
The seeding system should help with that, if I’m reading this right. Should generally keep the best teams in each bracket from playing each other.
2019-01-21 20:04
3 replies
From what I understood, it's the quite opposite
2019-01-21 20:53
2 replies
#235
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Norway Scrotimus
Nope he is right, but say after the first round, you will still play a winner from the first round. It issent that big of a different. In my opinion the Swiss system wil always open up for underdogs. Watch thooorins video on the matter, where he says csgo should look at dota2’s international. So the 2:0 matches will be wild!!
2019-01-21 22:40
1 reply
Csgo daed geme
2019-01-22 07:12
Papi <3
2019-01-21 16:05
a lot of teams are debuting rosters that seem to be stronger, and this format is excellent
2019-01-21 16:08
How does it work?
2019-01-21 16:12
1 reply
After the starting seeding is done, the teams will be assigned ELO ratings matching their seed. Each team's ELO will be adjusted after every encounter - the winners taking a portion of the losers' points -, with the following round's match-ups being determined accordingly.
2019-01-21 16:27
#48
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China KoreanFan
FaZe ----> IEM Katowice 2019 = Win?
2019-01-21 16:14
29 replies
Pray
2019-01-21 16:31
20 replies
Uk cs omega lul
2019-01-21 17:10
19 replies
Ikr lmfao, good thing I support FaZe instead
2019-01-21 17:12
18 replies
Who lost to a banned player and his ragtag gang of washed up NA players and youngsters. TWICE.
2019-01-21 17:20
17 replies
The thing about supporting a team, is that you're supposed to support them despite their losses, not only when they're winning. As a Liquid fan, I'm sure you can relate
2019-01-21 17:30
16 replies
#199
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Europe xvideos69
uk cs omegalul
2019-01-21 17:31
7 replies
Yes I know - just because I'm from the UK doesn't mean I think they're good, so there's no need to keep bringing them up
2019-01-21 17:32
6 replies
Dude you tottally rekt 'em all congratz
2019-01-21 18:18
3 replies
Thanks man
2019-01-21 19:11
2 replies
uk cs omegalul :----)
2019-01-22 02:02
1 reply
omegalul uk cs lmaoooo
2019-01-22 07:57
Just for you I'm gonna join the rain fanclub
2019-01-22 03:30
1 reply
Thanks b
2019-01-22 07:57
+1 your comeback can be compared with Luminosity against Liquid on mirage, MLG Columbus 2016
2019-01-21 19:13
1 reply
Why thank you
2019-01-22 07:58
I'm trying to tell you they're not a good team anymore. Like they WILL NOT compete for anything again. If they do completely bounce back then I was wrong but I don't see this as particularly surprising.
2019-01-21 20:47
5 replies
They have 3 of HLTV's top 20 players of 2018. ANY team with that has a chance of doing well and coming back. If GuardiaN can start performing well again, and either AdreN does great or he gets replaced by a proper IGL. Both of those could result in a big improvement in FaZe's performance
2019-01-21 20:59
4 replies
And still can’t win a premier ps uk cs omega lul
2019-01-22 15:34
3 replies
But they CAN come back.
2019-01-22 18:08
2 replies
They haven’t shown they can they got rid of there igl when Olof was the problem leaving saying he’s coming back and making them lose there groove at the middle of the year ps uk cs omega lul
2019-01-22 23:54
1 reply
Here's an idea: wait until we've actually seen some stuff from them before judging. They've played 3 Bo1s for the whole year and are a 1-2 record. Ok. Does this mean they are going to be a permanently shit team? No, not necessarily. Equally, just because Liquid won a title over Astralis for the first time in ages, doesn't mean they are now better than them
2019-01-23 08:02
#93
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Chile strong221
VoteNay
2019-01-21 16:34
#111
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Denmark Dy_Arceus
Lost to ghost twice.
2019-01-21 16:44
6 replies
Bo1, who gives a fuck?
2019-01-21 16:56
1 reply
#249
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Denmark Dy_Arceus
Faze not winning major case and point.
2019-01-22 07:18
And tbh ghost are the bo1 kings. Not defending faze but ghost seem to always perform in bo1s
2019-01-21 17:13
3 replies
True - NiKo was something like 33-15 the first time and they still lost
2019-01-21 17:31
2 replies
Cuz teamate suck
2019-01-22 07:15
1 reply
AdreN was okay tbf, which was reassuring
2019-01-22 07:57
#77
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Poland Unluko
Nice
2019-01-21 16:24
#126
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Denmark Cleandog
+1
2019-01-21 16:53
#149
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North America Tic0
Best major ever!
2019-01-21 17:12
Great so thoorin is running the show how nice.... NOT
2019-01-21 17:23
Fucking bullshit
2019-01-21 17:51
omg
2019-01-21 16:02
17 replies
#56
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Europe _EpiC_
First problem is that to accurately use ELO and get 95% confidence level you need to play 30 times against opponents. Giving starting elo based on initial seeding is also stupid. They should all start with the same rating. If their ranking will be updated based on bo1 results and then bo3 then it's silly. All ratings should reflect win/lose on a map to make it accurate.
2019-01-21 16:16
13 replies
ok ok mr i know everything at the end it is gonna be best major ever and so
2019-01-21 16:21
11 replies
#75
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Romania NotSpidi
I like this guy!
2019-01-21 16:24
#83
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Europe _EpiC_
It's even more idiotic when you think about it longer than 10 seconds. So they let players to vote for seeding and teams get ELO points based on that. To get or lose points you need ELO point difference to estimate how many points you lose/win based on K factor. We need more info.
2019-01-21 16:27
9 replies
I won't gonna argue with you at this points because i dont really need it for my life so im gonna say quick: everything has bad and good things, so you need always to improvisee to test out things. And if this major won't work with this system, then we gonna get something new, and again and again. ;)
2019-01-21 16:30
Can anyone explain why ELO is required there? Why they just not seed the teams according to HLTV rating?
2019-01-21 16:38
7 replies
#102
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Europe _EpiC_
That's also a good point. Or if you really want to play with ELO make sure you give them flat ratings, you let people know what's the K factor so anyone can verify the outcome. I think random seeding would have been better.
2019-01-21 16:39
6 replies
I believe they are trying to adjust the format in order to avoid situations when NAVI play vs MIBR and NRG vs VEGA in the 2-1 or 2-2 stage. If you use random you can not completely avoid that.
2019-01-21 16:44
5 replies
#112
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Europe _EpiC_
yeah so that's why you think seeding weak with strong is fun to watch? let mibr play astralis in round 1 I don't care really. If they are good they will show.
2019-01-21 16:45
4 replies
Yes, I agree - seeding isn't required to determine the BEST team, but seeding definitely required in order to accurately determine all teams below of the best. Just imagine MIBR can face Astralis - NAVI- Liquid on their road for example, that would be ridiculous!
2019-01-21 16:50
3 replies
#141
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Czech Republic PaYaB
That's what determined mousesports playing minors, they played 8th, 4th and 3rd ranked team at the time and went 0-3 :( One win and they would be there..
2019-01-21 17:08
2 replies
#236
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Germany grabke
+1 yes that was a joke or not and on top the rule change that you have to go through the minors if you go 0-3.
2019-01-21 22:42
1 reply
#256
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Czech Republic PaYaB
Indeed great timing, meanwhile Tyloo are still there, what a joke. 2 solutions: give those 2 extra spots to EU, or do international minors with 10 spots up for grabs
2019-01-22 08:29
epic made a right point about ELO convergency. it looks strange
2019-01-21 17:40
Are you more shocked at how fucking incredible this tournament is going to be? Or the fact that Valve actually listened.
2019-01-21 16:25
2 replies
Valve lets tournament organizers pick what they do, that is not vAlve.
2019-01-21 16:43
Valve lets tournament organizers pick what they do, that is not vAlve.
2019-01-21 16:43
#3
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Austria mitsaras
nice - nice - nice
2019-01-21 16:03
#4
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Singapore FallBlade
o.o
2019-01-21 16:03
#5
Hedje | 
Netherlands PATOZR
Astralis vs Liquid final gonna be good, Astralis to win there 3rd major! Congratz boys. This major is gonna be good, nice format.
2019-01-21 16:07
14 replies
#95
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Chile strong221
liquid already win against astralis :)
2019-01-21 16:35
12 replies
C9 won a major aswell.. :p doesn't say anything
2019-01-21 16:44
11 replies
#113
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Chile strong221
it says astralis era it's over you fan guy
2019-01-21 16:45
10 replies
Cause they won 1 shitty event? lmao you have no clue. not even a fan btw just facts!
2019-01-21 16:50
9 replies
#125
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Chile strong221
i know :( xd i just want to see that deenmarks pos loosing all the tournaments, i hate them
2019-01-21 16:53
2 replies
well it might happen this year! gonna be a good major :D
2019-01-21 16:58
1 reply
#136
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Chile strong221
thats for sure, so competitive, crem dela créme
2019-01-21 17:00
correction: the shittest event in years FLASHBACKS TO GAMING FUCKING PARADISE
2019-01-21 17:29
5 replies
Gaming paradise was in 2015, we can excuse them (almost). But we are in 2019 and they still managed to fuck up their LAN like in 2015 or before
2019-01-21 19:33
3 replies
that's why I said this IBP Masters was the shittest event in years, from every perspective it looked like an event from 2013 or even before that: the stream was shit, delays after delays, so many tech pauses, 50 people crowd, shit stage... like WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!
2019-01-21 20:03
2 replies
Oh I thought you writted "worst event this year"
2019-01-21 20:04
1 reply
I mean, it probably will be the worst of 2019, and we are barely started...
2019-01-22 04:10
I think you mean Astralis vs. ENCE final, EZ major for ENCE.
2019-01-21 17:43
ez for ence
2019-01-21 16:03
1 reply
#24
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Finland L1NErV
+1
2019-01-21 16:06
Xd
2019-01-21 16:03
#8
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Portugal tuwie
nice
2019-01-21 16:03
nice
2019-01-21 16:04
#10
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Norway Phancy11
POGGERS
2019-01-21 16:04
Thats sick!
2019-01-21 16:04
Yeps
2019-01-21 16:04
Nice
2019-01-21 16:04
#15
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Hungary Corc
Ok this is epic
2019-01-21 16:04
#16
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Turkey CHAMPTZ
Much much better system.
2019-01-21 16:04
Navi hungry for one
2019-01-21 16:05
4 replies
Nah Zeus is happy for one ady
2019-01-22 07:22
3 replies
Talking about NAVI here , not only Zeus Zeus is legend bro his igl skills can never be replaced by anyone else
2019-02-01 13:39
2 replies
Lost to north who lost to vici lmao
2019-02-08 06:01
1 reply
Yeah zeus was not good but in my reply i didnt talk about his mechanics i talked about his igl skills
2019-02-09 10:23
#19
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Hungary StraYzie
ELO is good BO3s are good 2 streams at the same time not so good
2019-01-21 16:05
17 replies
#49
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India MihirX27
Well, that's the price for a good game.
2019-01-21 16:14
well the event is already 2 weeks long so, if you want all those BO3s, that is the price to pay :(
2019-01-21 16:20
would u rather have 5 bo1 rounds? nah. i agree tho , with the previous system there was a hype in every game , now there wont be so much hype but im not saying its bad , esl did a great fucking job to convince valve for this fomat , it took 6 fucking long years
2019-01-21 16:29
1 reply
I agree with my Paki friend Love from UAE/INDIA.
2019-01-21 17:22
#91
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Brazil CaioOlive
But then it would take a hell of time. Main Qualifier would have to begin Feb 11 so it wouldn't be in a rush, cause bo3 can take a looooot of time, plus tech issues that always take a good time to solve wouldn't affect so much. And Major would have to be 20 to 27, which would give playoff teams little time to practice. It could be that way but I think it would be too exausting.
2019-01-21 16:31
11 replies
#108
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Hungary StraYzie
ofc I understand the problem, but still, I don't want to watch 2 streams at the same time
2019-01-21 16:43
4 replies
#114
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Brazil CaioOlive
Dunno if it's a problem. They should make it longer and open to the public, even more now that's bo3.
2019-01-21 16:46
Men, just support one team and watch those matches. Problem solved!
2019-01-21 16:59
2 replies
#143
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Hungary StraYzie
I always watched every game of every Major, like the World Cup, The Champion's League etc. It's not about favorite teams, it's about entertainment for me
2019-01-21 17:09
1 reply
Fair enough.
2019-01-21 17:37
M8 the only thing this exhausting format would do is eliminate the weaker teams which don't have a deeper map pool in the first place. The teams that can fluke out the strong ones have a chance to revive themselves by facing a decent opponent in their 3rd game Moreover the fluke teams that do get past 2 rounds (either by 2-0/2-1) would not have a cake walk towards the quarter finals. This will be a survival of the fittest. Thanks valve. PS : who gives a fook about 2 streams, as long as we get the best teams on the champions stage. It would be 1 stream, a million viewers and a slap on the face of these Rainbow 6 Seige mormies monkaS
2019-01-21 17:24
1 reply
#216
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Brazil CaioOlive
Maybe not for me. But let's imagine vitality, for example, become legends, passing both stages 3-2. That's a hell lot of games. Even if you go 3-0 in both stages you played at least 12 maps. I think it's awesome, the level will be super high on playoffs, but I got to admit it's going to be exausting. Also, already answering your #188, I firmly agree with you. I even think they should play all matches open to the public, with crowd etc. Pretty sure our polish mates can do a good show, and now bo3 it's more interesting. Even if somedays it's almost empty, it's not like they play with crowds on group stage...
2019-01-21 18:43
Adding on... The Faceit Major took place in a FOOKIN football stadium and a shady SSE arena. The weather sucked then. There were power outages and the crowd was dead AF. Katowice has been the best (after Cologne ofc) and they treat things professionally, rather than renting a third party stadium for god sakes.
2019-01-21 17:21
3 replies
Katowice will still be @ Spodek, and every tournament has been there since what, 2014?, haha, but shows that both parties(ESL and the venue owners) are commited to give the best to the public.
2019-01-21 17:36
2 replies
That's true my Brazilian friend. Best for the public = Best for the game and hence the community. Thanks for understanding my point of view. Peeps just love to clickbait their shit anyways (no hate tho)
2019-01-21 17:49
1 reply
Indeed, and with "stamples" such Kato and Cologne, where we're guaranteed to have an event there each and every year, the Arena owners, ESL and its team can work harder and harder to make sure everything works properly (unlike this very recent IBP Masters shitshow)
2019-01-21 17:53
#124
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Slovakia harek
I vote for all matches BO3.
2019-01-21 16:51
Best major ever and ez for G2 BTW KennyS #1
2019-01-21 16:06
1 reply
+1
2019-01-21 17:52
#21
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Brazil Broodht
Is elo system good ?
2019-01-21 16:06
2 replies
Yes
2019-01-21 16:54
1 reply
#129
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Brazil Broodht
ty friend
2019-01-21 16:54
#22
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Argentina lucas_7_94
ok this is epic.
2019-01-21 16:06
#23
Torti | 
Spain Torti
Finally a decent format
2019-01-21 16:06
#25
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Canada Matomoto
This is full of improvements, especially the addition of more Bo3s. This may shape up to be the best major ever!
2019-01-21 16:07
5 replies
Add a polish team to it then yeah man wouldve been amazing hope navi wins tho s1mple deserves that W :D
2019-01-21 16:16
3 replies
#94
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Brazil CaioOlive
I guess no polish team have a good chance of making to the playoffs. But if it's such a long tournament they should play groupstage already open for the public, even more in bo3 groupstage
2019-01-21 16:35
2 replies
Is there any polish team in the major ?
2019-01-21 19:33
1 reply
#241
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Brazil CaioOlive
No. I'm saying that I don't think any polish team would be able to go to playoffs
2019-01-22 01:00
Only if Mouz hadn't gotten overconfident and rekt by poggers, it might have been even more competitive.
2019-01-22 01:41
probably going to be the BEST major to date. ESL best organizer
2019-01-21 16:07
10 replies
eleague besterest
2019-01-21 16:10
9 replies
nt EL is boring + always in NA with biased crowd
2019-01-21 16:12
8 replies
as organization. not event
2019-01-21 16:14
#53
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India MihirX27
You could make the same case for EU, CIS or Asia/Oceania to be fair.
2019-01-21 16:15
2 replies
USA chants are getting boring
2019-01-21 16:24
1 reply
#185
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India MihirX27
For a Change, I'd love if we heard Denmark or Sweden Chants during their respective team's games, but they don't, cuz EU has a very good idea of Professionalism, and they know that Astralis =/= Denmark and stuff. Same case with other teams too. It's just an NA thing.
2019-01-21 17:18
+1
2019-01-21 16:22
Tbh I’ve seen really biased crowds in Europe, usually NA fans cheer everyone for the sake of the show and are really interested into the game! Unless there’s Liquid of course and it’s a lot of “USA USA”. (take for example the Fnatic - SK semi & Mouz - FaZe quarter in Boston, was really noisy, and even tho there are only 8000 seats mostly composed of US & CA people, there were a lot of support)
2019-01-21 16:23
1 reply
Giving away info to the players is shit, I don't mind usa chants
2019-01-21 16:40
+1
2019-01-21 16:47
This major may be the best major in history.
2019-01-21 16:07
1 reply
+1
2019-01-21 16:12
#28
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Latvia tibr0
Best org. Ever IEM Will be great plz navi take our 2010
2019-01-21 16:07
Linking Wikipedia. LUL
2019-01-21 16:09
3 replies
That’s the link ESL provided?
2019-01-21 16:09
2 replies
Lets shame ESL!
2019-01-21 16:15
#59
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India MihirX27
Yep. The ELO rating link takes you to its Wikipedia page, which could be sophisticated for everyday users of HLTV, especially the ones that have destroyed the comment section with their childishness.
2019-01-21 16:17
#31
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North America lawt0n^B
Sounds great on paper hopes it works in excecution
2019-01-21 16:09
EZ playoffs for vega and avangar
2019-01-21 16:09
#35
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United Kingdom Frasee
IEM/ESL know how to run a fucking major, this is going to be good!
2019-01-21 16:10
oy
2019-01-21 16:11
more bo3s, nice
2019-01-21 16:11
bo3 PogChamp elo SeemsGood 2 streams at same time NotLikeThis
2019-01-21 16:11
8 replies
I know right FeelsBadMan
2019-01-21 16:12
#57
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Finland Alko^
if they have bo3 groupstage ofc they have to use 2 streams
2019-01-21 16:17
6 replies
but is possible watch both and get drops from both matches?
2019-01-21 16:19
5 replies
#68
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Finland Alko^
and?
2019-01-21 16:20
tv+pc+tablet+laptop+phone seemsgood
2019-01-21 16:30
3 replies
#148
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Finland Tusku
dont have enough electronic devices PepeHands
2019-01-21 17:12
2 replies
#230
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Finland Alko^
köyhät kyykkyyn
2019-01-21 20:57
1 reply
#258
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Finland Tusku
oispa varaa käyä ees alkossa
2019-01-22 13:21
The more bo3s the better
2019-01-21 16:11
Awesome,in about 6 years into the game we finally got a format worthy of a major! This major will be the best one if the matches will be good
2019-01-21 16:12
Nice
2019-01-21 16:13
That is hot
2019-01-21 16:13
#47
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Europe LoookATme
<3
2019-01-21 16:14
first real major PogChamp
2019-01-21 16:15
can somebody explain more simplistic ples
2019-01-21 16:16
#58
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Brazil xpn :)
Katowice , Cologne > all other tourments
2019-01-21 16:17
#60
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Finland Alko^
finally no shit fluke teams to the playoffs only teams that deserve to be there
2019-01-21 16:18
3 replies
always have fluke teams, wait and you will see a CIS or a random brazilian team gonna be on playoffs
2019-01-21 16:20
2 replies
#71
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Finland Alko^
since mouz is out I think that ENCE has really a good chance to reach the playoffs Astralis, Liquid, NaVi, FaZe, mibr, NiP, fnatic, ENCE
2019-01-21 16:22
1 reply
I doubt ence fnatic and nip will all get playoffs, chance faze wont either, if nrg doesnt choke they probably will, c9 are only slightly worse than those teams so they have a shot, big have xantares now.
2019-01-21 16:49
hmm
2019-01-21 16:18
This is looking to be one of the best majors not only because it matches production quality with Eleague since its ESL, but because this is the first major in a long time with a very good format. Theyre doing everything right in terms of how things are played out, and its Katowice, one of the most iconic places in CS. This might be the greatest major ever in CSGO, I hope viewership is high for this event.
2019-01-21 16:20
2 replies
"because this is the first major in a long time with a very good format." when was there ever a good format m8?
2019-01-21 16:38
1 reply
Gsl was never a bad format
2019-01-21 16:47
Mouz not even in major top 4 btw xD
2019-01-21 16:20
Can someone give a tldr version of this?
2019-01-21 16:20
#69
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World shadow_11
Finally we wont see random teams getting the legend status by the bo1 luck. Only thing i dont really like is the concurrent streams. Its just like BLAST and i found it pretty annoying to not be able to watch all the matches i want, but it is what it is. Good changes besides that overall
2019-01-21 16:21
this is getting a bit complex
2019-01-21 16:24
#79
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Europe Dax1e
GJ ESL!
2019-01-21 16:25
How the ELO will be used? Highest elo vs lowest or close elo together? Because if they use ELO to set team with close ELO against each other it will end like : Liquid vs Astralis and Windstrike vs Hellraiser in the 1-0 round for exemple. The same way, the stronger opponent you beat the stronger opponent you get next.
2019-01-21 16:26
1 reply
#85
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World shadow_11
Most likely will be highest vs lowest.
2019-01-21 16:30
This system is more complex than quantum field theory.
2019-01-21 16:26
Ok this is epic
2019-01-21 16:30
#89
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Latvia kebab_b
swiss in 2019 O M E G A L U L at least "fixed" a little bit
2019-01-21 16:32
2 separate streams wtf that sucks
2019-01-21 16:33
So fucking good, no elim without BO3. Will be the best major ever, hope all the legendary teams turns up
2019-01-21 16:36
1 reply
#103
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Brazil CaioOlive
poor n0thing, will have to carry the shit out of coL in this bo3 swiss stage
2019-01-21 16:40
#97
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Brazil CaioOlive
mr mira very good article, love from brazil, tuga
2019-01-21 16:37
to ez for zywoo
2019-01-21 16:39
BO3 is great! Going to be a best Major so far. Excited!
2019-01-21 16:40
good stuff
2019-01-21 16:47
Pretty sick everything... at least each year 1 of the 2 majors should be done by ESL no matter what... we have had enough of shity scumy ebola tournament organizers as pgl,faceit,ibuypower,wesg and all the ching chang tournaments. make the cs{viewer experience} great again, thank me later.
2019-01-21 16:48
1 reply
The only thing left to make the perfect tournament is a proper adjustment to the Europe minor spots + bo5 final.
2019-01-21 16:53
#120
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Finland lasarus
I'm a time traveler from future and I saw the winner team of the major.. Their clothes were like brown-black and the final was super easy for them like 3-1.. Can't really remember the name but I think it was something about Greek mythology..
2019-01-21 16:50
3 replies
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-21 16:56
Ninjas in Pyjamas
2019-01-21 17:01
1 reply
#138
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Finland lasarus
+1
2019-01-21 17:02
Very easy for Finnish esports organisation ENCE
2019-01-21 16:51
Much better system. Good job ESL.
2019-01-21 16:56
#133
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Czech Republic PaYaB
Nice, but this should have been used much earlier, it srewed up alot of teams.
2019-01-21 16:57
1 reply
ye ^v^
2019-01-23 06:41
Bo5 grand final ?
2019-01-21 17:02
Rough but more competive. I believe this brings a lot of surprises.
2019-01-21 17:09
#145
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Australia SUNSPY
YES !! thank you Valve, ESL
2019-01-21 17:10
#150
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Europe trey_
great
2019-01-21 17:12
EZ4S1MPLE
2019-01-21 17:14
This is gunna be the best major
2019-01-21 17:16
thank you valve very cool
2019-01-21 17:19
PASHA CONFIRMED FOR SHOWMATCH!!!! COME ON PAPITOS
2019-01-21 17:23
#192
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Hong Kong freehk
much better format, thank you so much esl, best major ever
2019-01-21 17:24
#193
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Slovakia yozhko
If this comment section was shroud's twitch chat, we would now be seeing a spam of POGs. Because this format news is actually POG. Katovica 2019 best cs:go major INC. POG POG POG
2019-01-21 17:28
#197
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India otgps
esl coming in the clutch after fb mishap
2019-01-21 17:29
Just let esl/iem/dreamhack host every major bo3 in a swiss format is the best format ever
2019-01-21 17:37
1 reply
#307
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Czech Republic PaYaB
+1 let's hope that other organizorsvwill use this system aswell :)
2019-01-23 10:28
Best major to date confirmed. Well done Carmac & co.
2019-01-21 17:42
#217
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United States Freakmode
Eyyyy someone getting it right
2019-01-21 19:01
#218
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Finland f0pZ
lets fucking go, EZ 4 ENCE!!!!!
2019-01-21 19:05
Finally the tier 2-3 trash like ence, Winstrike or G2 won't make it out of groups. Thank God, ESL.
2019-01-21 19:17
1 reply
+1
2019-01-21 23:27
#232
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El Salvador Sp1x
Finally we get bo3 deciders. Good job ESL.
2019-01-21 21:47
i dont understand ""best-of-three format will be used for all progression (2-0 and 2-1 pools) and elimination matches"" so bo3 for 2-0/2-1/2-2 or bo3 for 2-0/2-1/2-2/1-2/0-2 or bo3 for all the swiss stage 0-0/1-0/0-1/1-1........... thanks
2019-01-21 22:18
1 reply
second option
2019-01-22 10:27
ez4ence
2019-01-21 22:24
26 BO3’s pog
2019-01-21 23:18
nice more souvenir incoming
2019-01-21 23:27
Very nice. I was going to post a major fix with making all decider and elimination matches BO3's myself.
2019-01-22 00:18
#244
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Austria zCainee
More souvenir drops! Maybe I will finally get 1 in my 3 years of csgo carrier.
2019-01-22 02:45
I wonder if IEM Katowice got Pick'em challenge? Thanks
2019-01-22 07:59
3 replies
Obviously lol
2019-01-22 17:47
2 replies
so do you mean it have pickem challenge or what?
2019-01-23 02:19
1 reply
Well its gonna lol
2019-01-23 05:27
It will be the best major because mibr will win
2019-01-22 15:22
#306
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Czech Republic PaYaB
Now stop inviting 14 teams, invite top8 or top4 and make proper qualifying path to the major. (EU-8 or 10 spots,CiS 6 or 4,NA 4 or 2(make SA qualifiers with 2 or 3 spots), asia 2 or 1 and finnaly aus+oce with 2 or 1 spot.
2019-01-23 10:07
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