New Legends Stage first match-ups revealed
StarLadder has revealed the match-ups for the first round of the New Legends Stage, kicking off Wednesday.
Defending Major champions Astralis have been pitted against DreamEaters, the surprise package of the New Challengers Stage, in the first round, while Liquid, the current No.1 team in the world, will be taking on CR4ZY.
Natus Vincere will play their first match in Berlin against G2 in one of the most interesting matches of the opening round. However, the clash that is sure to dominate headlines on Wednesday will be the one between mousesports and FaZe as it will provide Finn "karrigan" Andersen with yet another opportunity to exact revenge on his former team.
Just like for the New Challengers Stage, StarLadder used HLTV.org's rankings between March 4 and August 12 as a seeding tool for the first round, with Astralis earning the top seed and Liquid the second seed.
Each team has been assigned an ELO rating matching their seeding. After every match, the teams' ELO is adjusted and the match-ups for the following round are determined accordingly.
The New Legends Stage will run from Wednesday through Sunday and, just like the first phase of the Major, will feature a best-of-three format in all progression and elimination matches. The top eight sides will earn spots in the playoffs, which will be held from September 5-8 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Below you can find all the match-ups for the first round: