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.
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