StarLadder Major New Champions Stage viewer's guide

With the New Champions Stage of the StarLadder Berlin Major set to kick off on Thursday, we have compiled all the information you need into a comprehensive viewer's guide.

Following the conclusion of the first two stages of the Major, the initial 24 participants have been cut down to the final eight contenders after two spectacular weeks of intense matchups. The remaining teams, who have now guaranteed direct invites to the last-16-phase of the next Major after securing Legends status, will continue their run at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where the playoffs will be held.

NRG look to continue their red-hot form in Berlin

The New Champions stage sees the return of many established squads from the previous Major in Katowice, including Astralis, Liquid and ENCE. Joining these teams are three sides making their first appearances in Major playoffs: Vitality, NRG, and AVANGAR.

Below are the final eight contenders in the New Champions stage:

The matches will run from Thursday to Sunday featuring two best-of-threes a day in a cut-throat single-elimination bracket. The event will culminate with a best-of-three grand final on Sunday, which will determine the team to claim half the $1,000,000 prize and the prestigious trophy.

The complete playoff schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 5
15:00 - Finland ENCE vs. Australia Renegades | BO3
18:30 - France Vitality vs. Kazakhstan AVANGAR | BO3

Friday, September 6
15:00 - United States NRG vs. Russia Natus Vincere | BO3
18:30 - Denmark Astralis vs. United States Liquid | BO3

Saturday, September 7
15:00 - Semi-final #1 | BO3
18:30 - Semi-final #2 | BO3

Sunday, September 8
17:30 - Grand Final | BO3

The on-air talent for the playoffs is:

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Stage Host

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk Host

Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
United States Sean "seang@res" Gares - Analyst
United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields - Analyst

Denmark Anders Blume - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator
United Kingdom James Bardolph - Commentator

United States Sue "Smix" Lee - Interviewer
United Kingdom James "BanKs" Banks - Interviewer/Content Maker

The prize pool for the $1,000,000 event will be distributed in the following way:

1. $500,000 + Legends status
2. $150,000 + Legends status
3-4. $70,000 + Legends status
5-8. $35,000 + Legends status
9-11. Serbia CR4ZY - $8,750 + Challengers status
9-11. France G2 - $8,750 + Challengers status
9-11. Europe mousesports - $8,750 + Challengers status
12-14. Brazil MIBR - $8,750 + Challengers status
12-14. Europe FaZe - $8,750 + Challengers status
12-14. Denmark North - $8,750 + Challengers status
15-16. Sweden NiP - $8,750
15-16. Russia DreamEaters - $8,750

#1
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Romania vladcsgod 
N1-
2019-09-04 17:37
Guys don't be mean to spunj! This is exactly why he thinks the forums are a bad thing, and if you whine about it you're being a little bitch too!
2019-09-04 17:39
+5
2019-09-04 19:03
+5
2019-09-04 19:04
#4
shox | 
Poland JaspEer 
HenryG not commenting? POGCHAMP
2019-09-04 17:37
EZ4ENCE
2019-09-04 17:38
good bait
2019-09-04 17:39
G2 challengers status omegalul
2019-09-04 17:39
#8
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Germany MackyGee 
cool
2019-09-04 17:39
Ence has the easy route to the finals, and they are looking strong. I pick them to win it all.
2019-09-04 17:39
expected from best NA user <3
2019-09-04 18:26
ez4zeus
2019-09-04 17:40
#13
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
G2-3
2019-09-04 17:40
#14
tarik | 
India XCCUR8 
Sado?
2019-09-04 17:40
Avangar major win
2019-09-04 17:42
Ence Vitality NRG Astraliz
2019-09-04 17:42
Now i know for sure liquid and na'vi wins tomorrow :) gonna bet my house ty bro :)
2019-09-05 23:37
Yes cus this situation was so usual. I said such a crazy things right there. But go bet your barraco da favela.
2019-09-05 23:46
salty tears ;( i was kiddin bro, no one saw that coming chill out <3
2019-09-06 15:29
🦀 🦀 PIMP IS GONE 🦀 🦀
2019-09-04 17:43
+1
2019-09-04 18:32
#20
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Finland Faifainei 
Ddk and bardolph noooooooooooooooooo playoffs ruined
2019-09-04 17:45
#26
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Greece Michaelides 
Playoffs enhanced
2019-09-04 17:50
Better than henryG
2019-09-04 17:51
they are fun stfu
2019-09-04 18:20
#42
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
huh?
2019-09-04 18:31
#66
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Europe _jUNGLE 
They are not really enthusiastic, and hyped moments mixed with awkward silence makes an intellectual mind like me cringe so hard
2019-09-05 09:06
They are wicked you bot
2019-09-04 19:16
racism
2019-09-04 19:36
#21
shaGuar | 
United States jv$ 
ast vs liquid should not be happening this early
2019-09-04 17:45
Liquid did shit in the swiss round and finish in 3 - 2 and the highest seed in 3 - 1 ( astralis) fight the highest seed in 3 -2 so astralis liquid Logic But Ye sad To see this so early
2019-09-04 17:49
#48
shaGuar | 
United States jv$ 
Had an couple off games, Astralis didn't look the hottest either. I understand the seeding. Just sad to not see it one more round in at the very least.
2019-09-04 19:02
Ye I agree but it s like at the epl final I hope To see the same hot bo3
2019-09-04 22:37
#71
shaGuar | 
United States jv$ 
same here, who ya got coco?
2019-09-05 14:38
This is basically the finals. Ast vs Liquid. Whoever wins, wins the major.
2019-09-04 21:22
#65
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Canada herocoolzzz 
agree
2019-09-05 06:48
#70
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New Zealand Reubydoobydoo 
Except both have been shakey this tournament. One of these two will make the final imo but I could see them throwing it with one off game
2019-09-05 13:46
#22
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Ukraine twil 
Thanks God no HenryG
2019-09-04 17:46
EZ FOR NADESHOT
2019-09-04 17:47
#24
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Europe Skraj 
mibr, faze & north direct invitation to the major even tho they are shit
2019-09-04 17:47
faze worse than mibr
2019-09-04 17:51
no henryG BibleThump
2019-09-04 17:53
No HenryG and no pimp, seems good to me
2019-09-04 17:53
no henryG xD
2019-09-04 17:58
Good luck NRG!
2019-09-04 17:59
#33
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Let’s go liquid and NRG
2019-09-04 18:05
#35
kennyS | 
Russia yus1 
ez4nrg!!!
2019-09-04 18:13
#38
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United Kingdom epholliday 
Henry?
2019-09-04 18:27
NA has 2 teams there. NA > world.
2019-09-04 18:27
North Europe also got 2 teams.
2019-09-04 19:57
#40
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United Kingdom VOSSKI 
ez for liazz, jks & co
2019-09-04 18:27
#41
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Spain akproxx 
No henryg :(
2019-09-04 18:30
Thorin POG
2019-09-04 18:38
#45
Israel bzer 
In an event like Major the final should be BO5
2019-09-04 18:39
ez for astralis
2019-09-04 18:41
Lets go Vita
2019-09-04 18:44
#54
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Europe TheBucket 
Will be watching on national television :)
2019-09-04 19:17
#64
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Austria doMK0 
Cool, do you also have your own esports commentators on the danish sports channel? If i'd image austrian sports commentators covering a CSGO event.... unbareable i guess ;)
2019-09-05 04:22
#73
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Europe TheBucket 
Yes! We do have our own commentators!
2019-09-05 16:23
How lucky is ENCE to get the easiest line-up this major?
2019-09-04 21:21
#67
xseveN | 
Finland Wakues 
They werent exactly lucky they just got through the legends stage 3-0 which the arguably better teams astralis and liquid werent able to do.
2019-09-05 09:24
haha brackets so messed up
2019-09-05 00:19
#68
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
no spunj dont look its hltv
2019-09-05 09:26
#69
Edward | 
Moldova flymans 
Already miss HenryG + Sado
2019-09-05 09:31
Stardelayer Major?
2019-09-05 15:32
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