Twelve teams have been invited to the $250,000 Counter-Strike tournament at DreamHack Malmo, as revealed through a YouTube video titled “What Defines a Master.”
Astralis, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, Gambit, Immortals, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, Optic Gaming, SK Gaming, and Virtus.Pro were invited to the event. Three of the four qualifying spots are still open for two European qualifiers and one North American qualifier, with B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape taking the spot from the Asia-Oceanic qualifier.
The 16-team tournament will take place in the Malmö Arena in Malmö, Sweden, from Aug. 30-Sept. 3. The group stages will take place in four groups of four, in a double elimination format played by best-of-ones and best-of-three elimination matches. The top two teams of each group will proceed to the playoffs, which will be in a single elimination bracket in best-of-threes.
The tournament will be streamed in four languages: English, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The broadcast talent has not yet been announced.
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