PGL Major Stockholm viewer's guide
Find out the schedule and format of the 2021 CS:GO Major and see which teams will be competing for the $2,000,000 prize with our viewer guide.
The first Counter-Strike Major in over two years, PGL Major Stockholm, will take place in Sweden's capital on October 26 - November 7 with a total of 24 teams competing for one of the largest prize pools in the game's history.
PGL Major Stockholm is split into three parts: the Challengers, Legends, and Champions stages. In the first one (October 26 - 29), previously known as the Main Qualifier, 16 teams will compete in a Swiss system format where the eight best teams will advance to the second stage. Underdogs such as TYLOO, Renegades, and Sharks will be playing in the Challengers stage, but so will some big names such as Astralis, Virtus.pro, and FaZe that didn't live up to their status in the Major-qualifying cycle.
Challengers stage teams
The Legends stage follows (October 30 - November 2), where eight teams that accumulated the most points qualifying for the Major will join the eight ones advancing from the Challengers stage, setting up another 16-team Swiss group. Natus Vincere, G2, and Liquid will start their tournaments at this point, and again, the eight best teams will advance further.
Legends stage teams
In the Swiss system, each team has to win three games to advance or lose three games to be eliminated. Matchups for each round are drawn shortly after the previous one is concluded, and teams with the same win-loss record are paired in every round. At the PGL Major, BO1 matches will be used for the initial games, until elimination or promotion games are reached — those will be BO3.
Finally, the playoffs will take place in the Avicii Arena on November 4-7, following a one-day tournament break. Eight teams will fight their way to the Major title through a single-elimination bracket, concluding with a BO3 grand final on Sunday, November 7 at 20:00 . All playoff matches will be played in front of a crowd, while the Challengers and Legends stages will take place in a studio environment.
Matches will be broadcasted on two streams on both Twitch and YouTube during the Challengers and Legends stages, with a 4K quality option being available for a Major for the first time. Details about community co-streaming the tournament can be found here, while the list of alternative-language broadcast partners is available here.
The Challengers (C) and Legends (L) schedule is available below:
Tuesday, October 26 (C) & Saturday, October 30 (L)
10:00 - Round 1 match #1 | BO1
10:00 - Round 1 match #2 | BO1
11:15 - Round 1 match #3 | BO1
11:15 - Round 1 match #4 | BO1
12:30 - Round 1 match #5 | BO1
12:30 - Round 1 match #6 | BO1
13:45 - Round 1 match #7 | BO1
13:45 - Round 1 match #8 | BO1
15:00 - Round 2 match #1 | BO1
15:00 - Round 2 match #2 | BO1
16:15 - Round 2 match #3 | BO1
16:15 - Round 2 match #4 | BO1
17:30 - Round 2 match #5 | BO1
17:30 - Round 2 match #6 | BO1
18:45 - Round 2 match #7 | BO1
18:45 - Round 2 match #8 | BO1
Wednesday, October 27 (C) & Sunday, October 31 (L)
10:00 - Round 3 match #3 | BO1
10:00 - Round 3 match #4 | BO1
11:15 - Round 3 match #5 | BO1
11:15 - Round 3 match #6 | BO1
12:30 - Round 3 match #1 | BO3
12:30 - Round 3 match #7 | BO3
16:15 - Round 3 match #2 | BO3
16:15 - Round 3 match #8 | BO3
Thursday, October 28 (C) & Monday, November 1 (L)
10:00 - Round 4 match #1 | BO3
10:00 - Round 4 match #2 | BO3
13:45 - Round 4 match #3 | BO3
13:45 - Round 4 match #4 | BO3
17:30 - Round 4 match #5 | BO3
17:30 - Round 4 match #6 | BO3
Friday, October 29 (C) & Tuesday, November 2 (L)
10:00 - Round 5 match #1 | BO3
13:45 - Round 5 match #2 | BO3
17:30 - Round 5 match #3 | BO3
After the eight best teams at the event are found, the action will move to the Avicii Arena where Counter-Strike will be played in front of a massive crowd for the first time since 2019.
Each arena day will feature two matches, following the schedule noted:
Thursday, November 4
16:30 Quarter-final #1 | BO3
20:00 Quarter-final #2 | BO3
Friday, November 5
16:30 Quarter-final #3 | BO3
20:00 Quarter-final #4 | BO3
Saturday, November 6
16:30 Semi-final #1 | BO3
20:00 Semi-final #2 | BO3
Sunday, November 7
18:00 Showmatch | BO1
20:00 Grand final | BO3
A total of 18 people will be broadcasting the Major on the main stream, ranging from Richard Lewis who will be hosting the desk to the observer team featuring Jake "Jak3y" Elton.
Aside from James "BanKs" Banks who will be conducting interviews with players in Sweden from day one, the broadcast team will work remotely from Bucharest, Romania until the final stage of the Major.
The PGL Stockholm Major on-air broadcast team is as follows:
Richard Lewis - Host
Freya "Freya" Spiers - Stage host
Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Caster
Alex "Machine" Richardson - Caster
Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Caster
James "BARDOLPH" Bardolph - Caster
Anders "Anders" Blume - Caster
Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat - Caster
Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Caster
Jason "moses" O'Toole - Caster
Efren Chuong - Observer
Jake "Jak3y" Elton - Observer
Ryan "ItsRandall" Randall - Observer
James "BanKs" Banks - Interviewer
The eventual winner of PGL Major Stockholm will claim a $1,000,000 prize, with the runners-up having to settle for less than a third of that.
The prize pool distribution is as follows: