European Champions Cup set to start

The European Champions Cup is about to kick off, with 16 teams set to duke it out for $60,000 in prize money and four spots at the LAN Finals in Malta.

The first edition of the European Champions Cup, hosted by Eden Esports, the Malta-based company that ran the SuperNova CS:GO Malta, will run from September 16-23 and feature a unique – and rather complex – system with six different stages, all of which with best-of-three matches.

The 16 teams have been split into four double-elimination groups in the first stage of the tournament. The top two teams will advance to the Group Playoffs, while the bottom two sides will battle for survival in the Last Chance Groups.

The Group Playoffs will consist of a single round of matches, the winners of which will secure the top four seeds in the Final Stage. The losing sides, on the other hand, will be placed in a double-elimination bracket called Runners-up Playoffs, determining the fifth and sixth seeds in the Final Stage.

BIG will take on AVANGAR in the first match of the tournament

Meanwhile, the eight teams competing in the Last Chance Groups will be split into two double-elimination groups. The group winners will be joined by the two teams eliminated in the Runners-up Playoffs in a single-elimination bracket called Last Chance Playoffs. which will be used to determine the last two teams in the Final Stage.

The Final Stage features a single-elimination bracket but with a couple of twists. In the opening round, the top four seeds will face off for spots at the LAN event and in the last-four stage of the bracket, with the losers going on to face the winner of a match between the bottom seeds. Both the semi-finals and the grand final will be played only for seeding purposes.

The top four teams will secure spots at the Champions Cup, which will be held in Malta in December with an as-yet unannounced separate prize pool.

Below you can find the groups for the first stage of the tournament:

StarLadder Major runners-up AVANGAR will open the action against BIG at 14:00, with Gambit Youngsters – who replaced Tricked on the team list for tournament – facing Illuminar in the next encounter of the day.

The schedule for the first round of matches is the following:

Monday, September 16

14:00 Kazakhstan AVANGAR vs. Germany BIG
16:00 Russia Gambit Youngsters vs. Poland Illuminar

Tuesday, September 17

19:00 Denmark OpTic vs. Germany Sprout

Wednesday, September 18

19:00 Russia DreamEaters vs. Spain Movistar Riders

Friday, September 20

13:00 Denmark Heroic vs. Sweden GamerLegion
16:00 Russia forZe vs. France Heretics

Saturday, September 21

19:00 CIS Syman vs. Russia Spirit

Sunday, September 22

13:00 Europe Windigo vs. Europe SMASH

Eden Esports unveiled over the weekend the talent team for the tournament, headlined by James "BanKs" Banks as the host and Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez as one of the two resident analysts. The complete on-air team is as follows:

United Kingdom James Banks - Host

Switzerland Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez- Analyst
Ireland Mitch "MitchMan" McBride - Analyst

United Kingdom Harvey "Skriv" Rodgers - Commentator
United Kingdom Adam "Dinko" Hawthorne - Commentator
United Kingdom Alex "Hawka" Hawkins - Commentator
Ireland Dean Brown - Commentator

Below you can find the prize distribution for the European Champions Cup:

1-4. - Champions Cup spots
5-6. - $10,500
7-8. - $8,000
9-10. - $4,000
11-12. - $3,500
13-14. - $2,500
15-16. - $1,500

United Kingdom James 'BanKs' Banks
James 'BanKs' Banks
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
noice
2019-09-16 13:19
Cool!
2019-09-16 13:19
SO FUCKING EASY FOR BIG CLAN THE GOATEST TEAM IN THE WORLD #RunBIG
2019-09-16 13:20
#9
gla1ve | 
Australia oce 
+1 kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-09-16 13:29
Oli Pocher!!!!
2019-09-16 16:20
#17
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United States FrothaIPBan 
EZ semens))
2019-09-16 13:59
Okey
2019-09-16 13:19
#3
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Netherlands aniiejiii 
Letsgo
2019-09-16 13:19
#4
oof | 
Luxembourg HLTVPolice 
of
2019-09-16 13:19
#7
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Switzerland x676 
Ez4Riders
2019-09-16 13:23
#8
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
ez for Jame
2019-09-16 13:28
ez 4 big and sprout :o
2019-09-16 13:37
Walk in the park for gamerlegion
2019-09-16 13:41
#12
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Germany Longhammer 
BIG on top againnn!!
2019-09-16 13:42
noone caraes
2019-09-16 13:48
#14
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
Ez riders
2019-09-16 13:52
ez optic
2019-09-16 13:55
#16
shox | 
India iejesus 
another ez event for avangar
2019-09-16 13:58
The link to the "unique and complex format" doesn't give any information about the unique and complex format. I'm at a loss here.
2019-09-16 15:02
Click on the arrows on Instagram to check the next pictures. But an explanation about the format is included in this article
2019-09-16 16:29
Haha! Crap, maybe next time I should actually read what follows the link (which I still think is unclear, though). Thanks for the reply mate, have a good one.
2019-09-16 18:45
Jame Time again :)
2019-09-16 15:37
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