Flashpoint Phase 1 groups determined
The participating teams in Flashpoint 1 have learned their first-round opponents following the group selection process.
The group selection process began with the top three seeds according to HLTV.org's ranking - MAD Lions, FunPlus Phoenix and Gen.G - being split into separate double-elimination groups. The captains of each team, Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen, Casper "cadiaN" Møller and Sam "s0m" Oh, proceeded to pick their first-round opponent.
The subsequent selection rounds saw the captains of the teams who were most recently assigned choosing a team into their groups - a process that was repeated until all groups were complete.
The teams who were selected last then had the option to swap teams between two groups (subject to veto) or to swap the positions of two teams within their group, this way changing the match-up of a first round.
Luka "emi" Vuković passed his team's opportunity to swap, while Richard "Xizt" Landström brought Orgless over from Group A, sending HAVU in the opposite direction. Finally, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo decided to swap Chaos from Group B to C in order to avoid an early clash with Cloud9, a team the Brazilian wants to face in the playoffs.
Below you can find the groups in full:
Note: Flashpoint has announced that it has swapped Groups B and C.
The match-ups for the first round are the following:
All matches in Flashpoint 1 will be played in a best-of-three format. After the end of the first phase, the teams will compete in another double-elimination group stage which will feature the same selection process.
The eight teams with the most points accumulated over the course of the two group phases will progress to the double-elimination playoffs, which will run from April 9-19. The complete schedule can be found here: