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
ez4ence
2019-01-21 16:04
ok now this is epic
2019-01-21 16:38
#195
S3NSEY | 
Austria S3nsey 
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
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
#300
fox | 
Portugal MS_ 
+1
2019-01-22 21:13
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
From what I understood, it's the quite opposite
2019-01-21 20:53
#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
#247
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Korea ItsMeNow19 
Csgo daed geme
2019-01-22 07:12
#17
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Venezuela Playcalixto 
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
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
FaZe ----> IEM Katowice 2019 = Win?
2019-01-21 16:14
Pray
2019-01-21 16:31
#144
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United States Hubterbean 
Uk cs omega lul
2019-01-21 17:10
Ikr lmfao, good thing I support FaZe instead
2019-01-21 17:12
#187
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United States brentliu9 
Who lost to a banned player and his ragtag gang of washed up NA players and youngsters. TWICE.
2019-01-21 17:20
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
#199
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Europe xvideos69 
uk cs omegalul
2019-01-21 17:31
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
#215
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Dude you tottally rekt 'em all congratz
2019-01-21 18:18
Thanks man
2019-01-21 19:11
#243
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Czech Republic mitsorubi 
uk cs omegalul :----)
2019-01-22 02:02
omegalul uk cs lmaoooo
2019-01-22 07:57
Just for you I'm gonna join the rain fanclub
2019-01-22 03:30
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
Why thank you
2019-01-22 07:58
#228
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United States brentliu9 
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
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
#260
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United States Hubterbean 
And still can’t win a premier ps uk cs omega lul
2019-01-22 15:34
But they CAN come back.
2019-01-22 18:08
#301
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United States Hubterbean 
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
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
#131
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Canada Conscience 
Bo1, who gives a fuck?
2019-01-21 16:56
#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
True - NiKo was something like 33-15 the first time and they still lost
2019-01-21 17:31
#248
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Korea ItsMeNow19 
Cuz teamate suck
2019-01-22 07:15
AdreN was okay tbf, which was reassuring
2019-01-22 07:57
#77
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Sweden 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
#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
ok ok mr i know everything at the end it is gonna be best major ever and so
2019-01-21 16:21
#75
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Europe 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
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
#98
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Russia foggy54 
Can anyone explain why ELO is required there? Why they just not seed the teams according to HLTV rating?
2019-01-21 16:38
#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
#110
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Russia foggy54 
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
#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
#121
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Russia foggy54 
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
#141
oskar | 
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
#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
#256
oskar | 
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
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
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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
#95
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Chile strong221 
liquid already win against astralis :)
2019-01-21 16:35
#109
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Netherlands PATOZR 
C9 won a major aswell.. :p doesn't say anything
2019-01-21 16:44
#113
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Chile strong221 
it says astralis era it's over you fan guy
2019-01-21 16:45
#122
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Netherlands PATOZR 
Cause they won 1 shitty event? lmao you have no clue. not even a fan btw just facts!
2019-01-21 16:50
#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
#134
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Netherlands PATOZR 
well it might happen this year! gonna be a good major :D
2019-01-21 16:58
#136
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Chile strong221 
thats for sure, so competitive, crem dela créme
2019-01-21 17:00
#196
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
correction: the shittest event in years FLASHBACKS TO GAMING FUCKING PARADISE
2019-01-21 17:29
#224
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France Waiit 
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
#225
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
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
#226
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France Waiit 
Oh I thought you writted "worst event this year"
2019-01-21 20:04
#246
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
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
#6
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Canada rdss 
ez for ence
2019-01-21 16:03
#24
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Finland L1NErV 
+1
2019-01-21 16:06
#7
kennyS | 
Hungary ERiKb09 
Xd
2019-01-21 16:03
#8
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Portugal tuwie 
nice
2019-01-21 16:03
#9
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Poland kkkkkkkkkkkkk 
nice
2019-01-21 16:04
#10
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Norway Phancy11 
POGGERS
2019-01-21 16:04
#12
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Thats sick!
2019-01-21 16:04
Yeps
2019-01-21 16:04
#14
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United States AjAjCaptain 
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
#18
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India KNOX23 
Navi hungry for one
2019-01-21 16:05
Nah Zeus is happy for one ady
2019-01-22 07:22
#308
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India KNOX23 
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
Lost to north who lost to vici lmao
2019-02-08 06:01
#310
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India KNOX23 
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
#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
#84
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
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
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
#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
#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
#135
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
Men, just support one team and watch those matches. Problem solved!
2019-01-21 16:59
#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
#205
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
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
#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
#204
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
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
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
#213
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
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
czech | 
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
#212
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Moldova AJollyDoge 
+1
2019-01-21 17:52
Is elo system good ?
2019-01-21 16:06
#128
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United Kingdom EKersh 
Yes
2019-01-21 16:54
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
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
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
#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
#223
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France Waiit 
Is there any polish team in the major ?
2019-01-21 19:33
#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
eleague besterest
2019-01-21 16:10
nt EL is boring + always in NA with biased crowd
2019-01-21 16:12
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
USA chants are getting boring
2019-01-21 16:24
#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
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
#27
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
This major may be the best major in history.
2019-01-21 16:07
+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
That’s the link ESL provided?
2019-01-21 16:09
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
Snax | 
United Kingdom Frasee 
IEM/ESL know how to run a fucking major, this is going to be good!
2019-01-21 16:10
#36
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Europe gayzera 
oy
2019-01-21 16:11
more bo3s, nice
2019-01-21 16:11
#38
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Brazil Beckermonster 
bo3 PogChamp elo SeemsGood 2 streams at same time NotLikeThis
2019-01-21 16:11
#42
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
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
#62
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Brazil Beckermonster 
but is possible watch both and get drops from both matches?
2019-01-21 16:19
#68
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Finland Alko^ 
and?
2019-01-21 16:20
#86
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Poland trollorowy 
tv+pc+tablet+laptop+phone seemsgood
2019-01-21 16:30
#148
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Finland Tusku 
dont have enough electronic devices PepeHands
2019-01-21 17:12
#230
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Finland Alko^ 
köyhät kyykkyyn
2019-01-21 20:57
#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
#45
Blue | 
Sweden face_baby 
Nice
2019-01-21 16:13
#46
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Ukraine FaZe_UW0TM8 
That is hot
2019-01-21 16:13
<3
2019-01-21 16:14
#52
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Denmark Zorrondo 
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
#67
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Brazil Beckermonster 
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
#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
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
#61
zoneR | 
Russia Scorceze 
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
#99
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
"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
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
#66
s1mple | 
India se7eNNN 
Can someone give a tldr version of this?
2019-01-21 16:20
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
apEX | 
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
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
#88
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Poland Crai9Xen 
Ok this is epic
2019-01-21 16:30
#89
shox | 
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
#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
#101
ptr | 
Poland EvilMack 
to ez for zywoo
2019-01-21 16:39
#104
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Russia foggy54 
BO3 is great! Going to be a best Major so far. Excited!
2019-01-21 16:40
good stuff
2019-01-21 16:47
#118
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Hong Kong jes9s 
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
#127
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Hong Kong jes9s 
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
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-21 16:56
Ninjas in Pyjamas
2019-01-21 17:01
#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
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
Nice, but this should have been used much earlier, it srewed up alot of teams.
2019-01-21 16:57
ye ^v^
2019-01-23 06:41
#140
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
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
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
great
2019-01-21 17:12
#170
shox | 
India iejesus 
EZ4S1MPLE
2019-01-21 17:14
#183
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United Kingdom Lcheste3 
This is gunna be the best major
2019-01-21 17:16
#186
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Norway rogueplayer 
thank you valve very cool
2019-01-21 17:19
PASHA CONFIRMED FOR SHOWMATCH!!!! COME ON PAPITOS
2019-01-21 17:23
much better format, thank you so much esl, best major ever
2019-01-21 17:24
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
#307
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
+1 let's hope that other organizorsvwill use this system aswell :)
2019-01-23 10:28
#208
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
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
#222
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Russia VeryChokeGuy 
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
#239
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Canada herocoolzzz 
+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
second option
2019-01-22 10:27
ez4ence
2019-01-21 22:24
26 BO3’s pog
2019-01-21 23:18
#238
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Canada herocoolzzz 
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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Ukraine 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
Obviously lol
2019-01-22 17:47
so do you mean it have pickem challenge or what?
2019-01-23 02:19
Well its gonna lol
2019-01-23 05:27
#259
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Brazil Henrique18tn 
It will be the best major because mibr will win
2019-01-22 15:22
#306
oskar | 
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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