ESEA finals format for CS:GO

February 12th, 2013 12:45

ESEA has published the tournament format for its season 13 finals event where the top four European and North American teams will go head-to-head for a $36,000 prize purse.

ESEA finals will be played, as usual, in a best-of-three double elimination bracket, with the winner of the consolidation final having to win two separate best-of-three series in the grand final to become the champion.

To separate European and North American seeds from each other, in a case where e.g. the European second seed would face the North American second seed, ESEA has decided to follow MLB in their footsteps and allow the all-stars match to determine that.

Each continent will have at least one and a maximum of two players from each team representing themselves in a best-of-one all-stars match on a pre-determined map at the beginning of the finals. Community will get to vote for the players on ESEA's website.

Europeans will face off against North Americans for the first time in ESEA

The winning continent will win the first, third, fifth and seventh seeds, while the loser will have to settle for second, fourth, sixth and eighth. First round of bracket play will begin with number one seeded team facing number four from the other continent, number two facing number three, and so on.

Furthermore, as ESEA continues to have a map pool of eight maps, they have decided that the higher seed will have two options; either to become the home team and get to pick starting sides on first and third map, or become the away team and remove more maps.

The away team gets to remove a total of three maps from the eight in play as well as pick the starting side on the second map, while the home team will have to settle for removing just two of the eight maps.

ESEA finals will take place in North America in the coming months, although the exact date and location are yet to be announced. will keep you updated and will provide you with full coverage of ESEA Invite Season 13 finals.

Its gonna be funny when the 4th best team in the eu smashes the number one team in us
2013-02-12 12:47
Germany Dok1 
we'll see :D
2013-02-12 12:54
Have they released the prize money breakdown yet?
2013-02-12 14:53
Global Invite Division, Prize Pot: $36,000 1st place: $17,500 2nd place: $7,000 3rd place: $4,000 4th place: $2,500 5th place: $1,500 6th place: $1,500 7th place: $1,000 8th place: $1,000
2013-02-12 18:53
when is the actual date? it doesn't say in the article
2013-02-13 09:15
" Strongly eyeing April 19 - 21 or possibly (but unlikely) April 26 - 28. Exact location TBD. "
2013-02-13 15:00
yes sir, for other games/divisions than cs:go global which aluminati posted above
2013-02-12 20:50
its gonna be funny when TD end up being the first team to beat NiP on lan.
2013-02-12 12:55
2013-02-12 13:05
Germany xlex 
2013-02-12 13:06
2013-02-12 13:06
common son be realistic here...
2013-02-12 13:19
it's funny already because you're the joke
2013-02-12 13:35
Dude, even you that wrote these words can't believe that
2013-02-12 14:52
Norway billson 
Are you serious? :D
2013-02-12 15:01
I don't think this is as unrealistic as everyone assumes. I'm hoping you mean Team Dynamic and not Target Down though.
2013-02-12 15:51
2013-02-12 16:31
Or Quantic Gaming
2013-02-12 16:25
2013-02-12 16:28
Lithuania alon9 
Quantic Gaming > Team Dynamic anyway US teams won't beat the swedes yet
2013-02-12 17:21
rofl you know nothing about na cs dynamic > quantic
2013-02-12 19:06
Go home whuderE, you're drunk.
2013-02-12 19:33
gonna be nip, vg, dynamic then the other 2 euros then the other 3 na i think
2013-02-12 16:47
us teams = joke
2013-02-12 16:57
2013-02-12 12:49
hmm... interesting finals will be :)
2013-02-12 12:51
Poland mhl_ 
2013-02-12 12:52
Lithuania alon9 
i wouldn't be so sure for VP. Currently they're tied with n!faculty for 4th place after 12 matches played. Also Absolute Legends are near with only 1 victory trailing (have played 11 matches).
2013-02-12 17:24
Flarich | 
Latvia G3kONs 
really interesting format :) will be nice to watch :D
2013-02-12 12:53
Europe hest1 
great stuff with a double elim B03 bracket, will be less random
2013-02-12 12:55
but more difficult to stop nip from winning the tournament
2013-02-12 13:15
dat magician conclusions
2013-02-12 16:39
Belgium Nouti 
Looking forward to the allstar match
2013-02-12 12:56
2013-02-12 13:04
Germany xlex 
Europe >>>>> american in terms of counter strike
2013-02-12 13:07
dv | 
United Kingdom dv-_- 
in terms of everything*
2013-02-12 13:34
baseball ??
2013-02-12 15:52
dv | 
United Kingdom dv-_- 
Only 'merica play baseball lol. It's like saying "Wow Austrailians are the best at riding kangaroos", when they are the only country that ride them.
2013-02-12 16:07
great comparison.
2013-02-12 18:54
you'd have to exclude the UK from this comparison europe(-UK) > america in some ways
2013-02-12 16:33
dv | 
United Kingdom dv-_- 
You're right. It's a bit unfair if we include UK with Europe, we wouldn't want to embarrass you!
2013-02-12 16:43
Germany xlex 
yes we all know that i just wanted to be kind
2013-02-12 20:04
Yes thats why Europes borders are being crossed by millions.... We have an awful President and everyone still wants to live hear. Congrats on being better at soccer. Miss me with all of your inaccurate opinions though. No need for replies.
2013-02-13 00:06
dv | 
United Kingdom dv-_- 
'no need for replies' then you reply yourself. So mad lol.
2013-02-13 01:02
There are these games called the Olypmics. Check them out.
2013-02-13 00:07
1.6ers >>>>> saucers in terms of counter strike saucer
2013-02-12 17:25
who said that im a saucer
2013-02-13 14:05
youre not? ok sorry then
2013-02-13 18:19
European all star team Gr forest kennys (awp) Taz (igl) Dosia
2013-02-12 13:30
EDIT now that i said that, i'm not sure whether kenny and dosia speak english well enough
2013-02-12 13:37
probably not, and Xizt>>>>>TaZ
2013-02-12 14:09
max 2 players from 1 team, bro ;) So probably him/Neo/psh.
2013-02-12 15:26
Oh, it seems like i forgot to read the fucking rules, as there are none you moron. Even if that rule would be in place, there are a lot of players that are better than everyone from ESC, so if not Xizt i would go with ScreaM/Kirby.
2013-02-12 15:31
u mad kid? esc is top 3 atm
2013-02-12 15:46
mad? no lol Indeed, they are good, top4(VP/ESC for 3rd.) But there is no big individual skill, Neo, TaZ, pasha are all really good, but not on the top5 players level.
2013-02-12 15:49
"Each continent will have at least one and a maximum of two players from each team representing themselves in a best-of-one all-stars match on a pre-determined map at the beginning of the finals. Community will get to vote for the players on ESEA's website." Calm the fuck down, damn.. Ontopic, my favorite AST GTR f0rp ScreaM KennyS TaZ cheers.
2013-02-12 21:34
United States Few there is how the all-star game works :)
2013-02-13 21:47
Germany ayyy 
what makes you think that one of esc is in european all star team? there are plenty of better individual players around...
2013-02-12 16:40
2013-02-12 16:57
All Starz lineup of Europe GeT_RiGht Xizt - IGL kennyS Dosia TaZ Perfect to beat shit out of USA :P
2013-02-12 13:34
GR Xizt ScreaM Nico Dosia
2013-02-12 13:46
nobody from esc ? there has to be at least one
2013-02-12 13:49
Nico??? definitely not, for several reasons. 1. there are better awps 2. all- star game only for Player of the teams in the lan final 3. anexis is shit
2013-02-12 13:59
GR Taz Scream Nico Dosia xizt playing shit lately
2013-02-12 14:01
or + pasha, scream instead of their teamates. their is no need for a good caller since its an allstar game, just rushing and shooting heads :)))
2013-02-12 14:08
how can you write "All stars" of a CS game whitout mention to f0rest??? maybe being a saucer please people..
2013-02-12 15:23
FUCK OFF! I never even played that fuck-all game ever, SAUCE! The reason why f0rest was not included because the team needed and IGL and who is better than Xizt when it comes to calling? and GTR is better as a player in CS:GO lately..
2013-02-12 18:08
-dosia +angel,-get_right +f0rest ..
2013-02-12 16:40
dv | 
United Kingdom dv-_- 
I really like that all-stars idea, and we should see more of it :D
2013-02-12 13:34
EU; GeT_RiGhT ScreaM Xizt Neo KennyS US; AZK DaZeD hiko n0thing Skadoodle
2013-02-12 14:00
this US team looks wicked ! could really be a tight game, though the american team has the language advantage.
2013-02-12 14:13
Volcano over online superstar Skadoodle
2013-02-12 16:28
online superstar? you realize skadoodle has attended 3 events already vs the top of na / european CS and has performed.... considering hes been playing this game for 6-8 months (compared to the people hes playing vs who have literally years if not decades of more CS experience than him) and considering csgo is way different online and on lan, id say thats more than enough to consider him a lan player.
2013-02-12 19:17
its okay to protect your teamate but rofl hes no way near as good on lan as he is online and everybody on esea know that
2013-02-12 19:26
He didn't performed in DH Winter. Don't know about the next ones except Ryu LAN where people said he did alright
2013-02-12 19:34
i realize you're his teammate but let's be real here, skadoodle (for reason or another, i have no idea why) hasn't been good at all on lan, yet people who play against him constantly say he's amazing online. there's a disconnect.
2013-02-12 20:55
Why yes. Online superstar.
2013-02-13 00:09
bro you have to pick 1 players from all the playoff team so that mean they are only 1 team of 2 players from the same team
2013-02-12 19:17
European All-Star lineup should be: ScreaM GeT_RiGht f0rest kennyS TaZ
2013-02-12 14:07
Pretty much this.
2013-02-12 14:15
Xizt forest Dosia Angel1 Get_Right
2013-02-12 14:30
Funny how everyone is underestimating the american teams. We've seen on ESCW that they're not bad. Even though it's been a long time already.
2013-02-12 14:49
Germany xlex 
but europeans were and will be better
2013-02-12 15:14
you cant really say that until the tournament is over so please stfu already.
2013-02-12 17:43
India transformer 
All stars \m/
2013-02-12 15:02
Xizt-IGL GTR Scream Taz Dosia is best possible
2013-02-12 15:11
An awper is missing
2013-02-12 16:06
Forest Gtr Scream Kennys Ange1 / taz
2013-02-12 15:08
I wonder if these people underestimating Team Dynamic have even seen them playing recently.
2013-02-12 15:16
I thought they were good, watched them play, and realized theyre crap compared to the European top10
2013-02-12 15:57
Russia @sL4Mtv 
Scream ANGE1 f0rest GTR Neo :P
2013-02-12 15:30
GTR f0rest Scream Dosia Xizt/Taz/Neo/Kennys
2013-02-12 15:36
omg ppl read entire thread there has to be at least 1 player from each 4 top teams from EU/USA something like Scream,GR,Xizt,Dosia,Pasha
2013-02-12 15:44
poor NA teams... :(
2013-02-12 15:51
Xizt NIP Scream VG Taz ESC Fox(AWP) VP final guy Getright or f0rest. since they would need 1 from each team and 1 final guy.
2013-02-12 16:01
Realistically, none of these teams can work since neither kennys nor scream speak english ... there's only NBK who does in VG. What about the VP guys ? We will surely end up with 2 nip guys : gr + forest / xizt nbk Taz/Neo one vp guy. It would be great if it is fox since he is an awper
2013-02-12 16:13
EU allstar team: get_right f0rest scream nbk kennyS NA allstar team: n0thing swag dazed hiko azk
2013-02-12 16:31
And you claim that you re a fan of fifflaren ?? ^^
2013-02-12 16:37
yes why not :))
2013-02-12 16:59
Sweden BenneDoT 
EU all-star: NiP nuff' said ^^
2013-02-12 16:32
gonna be nip, vg, dynamic then the other 2 euros then the other 3 na i think
2013-02-12 16:47
2013-02-12 18:28
Lithuania alon9 
i think ScreaM, f0rest and GTR should be enough to represent Europe in a match.
2013-02-12 18:30
Nice with an allstar match. But come on, clearly the EU scene is more skilled
2013-02-12 19:35
well then they should have no problem proving it right?
2013-02-12 20:27
gtr f0rest screaM kennyS neo vs swag n0thing azk dazed semphis
2013-02-12 19:37
Didnt quantic gaming then known as area. Place 3rd at eswc? So for those thinkin NA doesnt stand a chance its funny that they dunced pretty much all those teams except VG and NiP. I believe the LAN will be very interesting. Dynamic didnt fair well at Dreamhack but they have been playing solid since nothings pick up. top 4 a mix up of NiP VG TD and Quan!
2013-02-13 03:03
Troll me if needed but plz bring some substance to the trash talk. To say NA stands no chance against EU is completely crazy.
2013-02-13 03:04
Only morons with no clue would say that so don't worry
2013-02-13 14:14
i bet an NA team wins it and starts fresh global competitive cs like never before....and then eg will swoop in and sign the team and destroy the scene
2013-02-13 04:43
yeah maybe on mars
2013-02-13 13:39
there won't be any french players in the all star team because french refuse to l2english, apart from NBK who seems to be the only one who can speak a LITTLE english
2013-02-20 15:36
a "LITTLE"? he speaks english pretty damn well tbh
2013-02-20 16:16
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