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ESL One New York format, groups and initial matchups revealed

The ESL One New York format and groups were announced
The groups, format and initial matchups for ESL One New York 2017 were announced. Photo by Patrick Strack/ESL.

ESL announced Wednesday the format, groups, and first matchups for next week’s ESL One New York Counter-Strike event.

The eight-team tournament will consist of two groups of four, which will be played in GSL format after a vote by the participating teams. The opening and winners matches will be played in a best-of-one. Elimination and decider matches will be played in a best-of-three, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the playoffs. The semifinals will be played in a best-of-three, and the finals will be determined in a best-of-five.

The groups were determined according to the CS:GO World Ranking, and the seeding has been aligned the current rosters after the player break. Group A will contain SK Gaming, Cloud9, Natus Vincere, and Team EnVyUs, while Group B will have FaZe Clan, Astralis, Team Liquid, and Virtus.Pro.

The first matches of the tournament are: SK Gaming vs. EnVyUs, Cloud9 vs. Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan vs. Virtus.pro and Astralis vs. Team Liquid.

The $250,000 tournament, which returns to Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the second year, will run Sept. 15-17. It will also include the Brooklyn Beatdown, a 256-player Street Fighter V event.

Cover photo by Patrick Strack/ESL, eslgaming.com

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