StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 Event Format | Schedule | Viewer’s Guide


by in CS:GO | Jul, 30th 2019

Even though there are still three weeks to go until the Berlin CS:GO spectacle, we’d like to get this StarLadder Major Viewer’s Guide out early. After all, the format and event schedule have been announced a long time ago so there’s no point in waiting for the very last moment. In fact, the final three participants have been decided on the 3rd Place Play-in, meaning we finally have the names of all 24 StarLadder Berlin Major teams. However, we won’t be talking much about the teams in this post. No worries, though, we’ll have a lot more StarLadder Major content in the coming weeks, some of which will be heavily focused on competing teams.

As far as this StarLadder Major Viewer’s Guide is concerned, let’s start off with the most important dates before digging deeper into the technicalities of all three phases of the event!

StarLadder Berlin Major Schedule| Important Dates

If you’re like me, then you must have a busy schedule that makes fitting pastime next to impossible. Well, since there’s still so much time to go before the start of this event, perhaps this important dates section helps you plan ahead. That way you’ll get to enjoy more CS:GO action cometh late August.

  • New Challengers Stage
    • Start Date: August 23rd
    • End Date: August 26th
  • New Legends Stage
    • Start Date: August 28th
    • End Date: September 1st
  • New Champions Stage
    • Start Date: September 5th
    • End Date: September 8th

Unfortunately, match start times haven’t been announced yet. However, since Berlin is in the exact same time zone as Katowice, we can expect the matches to start at roughly the same time. For NA viewers, we’re talking early morning starts and, in the later stages, afternoon finishes. If you’re a working-class citizen with a 9 to 5 job, you might want to take a vacation. Just saying…

StarLadder Major Viewer’s Guide | Event Format

CS:GO Major Championships have been using three-phase format ever since ELEAGUE Major Boston in January 2018. It boosted the team count from 16 to 24 with the offline qualifications rebranded as the New Challengers Stage, group stage as New Legends Stage, and playoffs as New Champions Stage.

This event format proved to be a huge success and delivered thrilling contests throughout all three states that left the live crowd (and everyone watching at home) at the edge of their seat. For those of you not familiar with these three phases and their structure, here’s everything you need to know about them:

New Challengers Stage

Our StarLadder Major Viewer’s Guide, just like the event itself, starts with the New Challengers Stage. Once again, this is the rebranded closed quals which are now considered as a part of the main event. They feature sixteen teams, five of which are returning Challengers from the previous Major (IEM Katowice). The remaining eleven names found their way through the regional qualifiers. As far as the format goes, we’re talking about a 16-team Swiss system with a mixture of Bo1 and Bo3 series. In fact, the first two stages of StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 are identical format.wise. Elimination and Advancement matches are Bo3, all remaining matches are Bo1. Lastly, the eight best teams advance to the New Legends Stage where they’ll square off against The Current Legends.

Here are the StarLadder Berlin Major Returning Challengers:

  • Vitality
  • Avangar
  • HellRaisers
  • G2
  • Complexity

Here are the StarLadder Berlin Major Minors Challengers:

  • Mousesports
  • NRG
  • ForZe
  • Grayhound
  • CR4ZY
  • FURIA
  • Syman
  • TYLOO
  • North
  • DreamEaters
  • INTZ

New Legends Stage

As stated earlier, the first two stages are identical as far as format is concerned. The only difference is the set of teams competing. The New Challengers Stage features five returning challenges (usually six but C9’s roster alteration rendered them ineligible) and eleven Minor Challengers. Teams who’ve either qualified through the Minors or the 3rd Place Play-In event. The New Legends Stage, on the other hand, features Current Legends (eight teams) and pins the best eight New Challengers Stage teams against them. The eight best teams advance to the New Champions Stage.

Here are the StarLadder Berlin Major Returning Legends:

  • Astralis
  • ENCE
  • Natus Vincere
  • MIBR
  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Liquid
  • Renegades
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas

New Champions Stage

And finally, we’ve reached the final stage of CS:GO Major Championship, the New Champions Stage. You’ve guessed it, this stage used to be the playoffs. And, as is the case with all other playoffs systems out there, this one features a bracket. Single-elimination bracket, to be more precise. There are just eight teams left in the competition at this point, meaning the brackets kick off with quarterfinals. Both quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Bo3 series while the grand finals fixture will, traditionally, be played as a thrilling best of five contest.

Where to Watch StarLadder Berlin Major 2019?

Let’s wrap this StarLadder Major Viewer’s Guide up by checking out the official StarLadder Twitch livestream. You can find the channel for English audiences right down below but there are additional options available. Right now, Russian, French, and Chinese are up and running, with the latter being hosted on Douyu instead of Twitch. We can expect a ton of additional languages pop up as the event gets closer

As always, there will be a ton of Major-based activities and items in CS:GO. All Pick’Em and sticker-lovers out there will finally get their share of the fun. CS:GO Major Championship Pick’Em is a great supporting pastime during the Majors, one that I always find myself spending countless hours on. That said, make sure you check it out; if not for the prizes than at least entertainment-wise.

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