StarSeries i-League Season 8 with $500,000 prize pool to take place in Belek, Turkey
StarLadder's upcoming tournament will be held in Turkey on October 21-27, with an updated format set to feature a double-elimination playoff bracket.
The tournament organizer revealed that they aimed to change up their product for the eighth season of StarSeries i-League, which resulted in a new location and updated format. The event will take place in Turkey's province of Antalya, with "participants able to pleasantly spend some time on the beach of Belek and enjoy the beauty of Turkey" between matches.
In terms of the format, the Swiss system has been scrapped in favor of two eight-team double-elimination groups followed by double-elimination playoffs. The two best teams from each group will advance to the upper-bracket of the tournament, while the third and fourth-placed teams will fight through the lower-bracket. All of the matches at StarSeries i-League Season 8 will be played as BO3.
Out of the sixteen teams that will be competing in Turkey, twelve will be directly invited, while the last four will be decided through regional qualifiers in Europe, Brazil, and China. While the names of the invited teams haven't been confirmed yet, StarLadder revealed that seven of the HLTV.org Top 10 teams will be in attendance.