London will be hosting for the first time the FACEIT CSGO Major with the organisers who are also the sponsors of the event. Many Counter-Strike fans will be in attendance watching all the action at the Twickenham Stadium between the 5th until the 16th September 2018. The FACEIT League Playoffs will take place at the SSE Arena Wembley Arena between the 20th till 23rd September. The gaming festival will gather the best CS teams from around the world, competing for their chance to win a share from the prize pool of a staggering $1 million.
FACEIT is a leading esports platform that focuses on competitive games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. Players who become members have access to play electronic games at all levels and compete in online tournaments where they have the chance to win rewards. Records have shown that over 8 million subscribers make use of the website watching over 12 million gaming sessions every month and will continue to grow as the event takes place.
Around forty thousand esports spectators are expected to attend the Wembley Arena for the FACEIT Major London, to see the best eight CS teams compete against each other. Aside from watching the tournament, you have the opportunity to meet and greet your favourite teams and players as well as signing autographs.
The FACEIT League will be broadcast live through online channels like Twitch, YouTube and Steam.tv available for you to view from anywhere you are in the world. Tune in to witness all the live Counter-Strike action while you can place your best Counter-Strike betting on some of the top tier CSGO teams.
The FACEIT CSGO format will start with the New Challengers Stage with sixteen teams fighting for their spot in the next set of games. The winning eight units will proceed to the New Legends matches, while the remaining will automatically be out of the event. The top eight teams will need to prove their worth in New Legendary stage for their chance to participate in the New Champions Stage, while those squads that lose the majority of rounds will be out of the match. The crème de la crème of CS squads will advance to the New Champions Stage with a chance for two units to reach the grand finals to win the first prize of $500K. The first fourteen teams that rank at the FACEIT League will then qualify for their spot in next year’s Counter-Strike match held in February, the IEM Katowice 2019.
Going into the FACEIT CSGO Major, the eight legendary squads earned their invitation through the Eleague Major Boston 2018. The teams that will take part include Cloud9, MIBR, Winstrike, G2, Fnatic as well as the other favourites in this group.
At the moment, the Born to Win team is the second Counter-Strike team in the world according to HLTV.org. The Ukrainian squad, NaVi has recently won the title of ESL One Cologne 2018 and the CSGO Asia Championships. Going into the FACEIT League, CS bets will be on Natus Vincere for they are one of the favourites to win.
The European squad, FaZe is currently ranking in the top ten CSGO units in the world. Their latest great win was at ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018, defeating the German squad, Mousesports with a score of 3-2. With Olofmeister back in action, Faze Clan hope to win more matches at FACEIT Major London.
The professional German team, Mouz ranks in fifth among the best in the world according to HLTV.org. At DreamHack Masters Stockholm, Mousesports managed to reach the Semi-finals while at ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 they came close to winning but finished in second place. These results show that Mouz has the potential to succeed with some unpredictability on their side.
Sixteen New Challenger teams will compete in five rounds for their hopeful chance to play to the New Legends Stage. These professional CSGO teams include Complexity, Gambit, Hellraisers, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Optic, Renegades, Rogue, Space Soldiers, Team Spirit, Tyloo, Vega Squadron and Virtus.Pro. Below is a list of some other favourites going into the FACEIT Major London.
The Danish CSGO team, Astralis is the best CSGO squad in the world according to HLTV.org. The Danes have kept up their consistent performance, winning esports tournaments like Eleague Premier 2018, Esports Championship Series Season 5 and DreamHack Masters Marseille. The recent match DreamHack Masters Stockholm, Astralis lost to North, do you think they will overcome North this time around at the FACEIT League?
The German team have played their best in the past few months, ranking sixth among the top Counter-Strike units in the world. Although they are a squad that did not win any Championship titles recently, BIG still manage to place in the high four places in events. Berlin International Gaming great achievement was at ESL One Cologne 2018 reaching the finals, they lost to Natus Vincere, placing second to claim their highest prize yet of $50K.
The Danish team, North is famous for their partnership with Nordisk Film Company and F.C. Copenhagen. Due to their recent wins at the DreamHack Masters Stockholm, DreamHack Open Valencia and DH Open Tours, the team ranks among the top five CSGO units in the world. On seeing these results, the Northern squad have the strength to win matches, but how long will their winning streak last?
Which team will take the FACEIT CSGO Major title? Hard to say, at the moment but you can tune in to watch your favourite teams play and how they will fare to help give you an informed decision on which squad to place your Counter-Strike Bets.