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Viewer's guide: PGL Major Krakow

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The time we've all been waiting for is now upon us. A new major is on the verge as sixteen of the World's greatest teams make their way to the Polish town of Krakow. One million dollars are on the line as the participants are getting ready for what could be considered the most prestigious event of the year.
The competition certainly looks fierce, making the answer for the true winner more uncertain than ever.
We'll see the reigning champions of Astralis return with the hopes high of clinching their second major title in a row. Attempting to tie it with Fnatic and SK Gaming, who both have won two majors in a row before.

SK Gaming, who are considered the biggest title contenders, have recently shown great form as they conquered ESL One Cologne in a dominant fashion. Fnatic, on the other hand, has yet to win on offline grounds as IEM Katowice 2016 marked an abrupt end to their dominating offline era.

Should the above-mentioned teams fail, a completely new major champion will be crowned. This changes the field of play significantly as there will be more teams eager to contest the title of dreams.

The tournament kicks off on Sunday, July 16, and concludes a week later on the July 23. More information on the format and schedule can be found further down in the viewer's guide. Also, make sure to take a look at the related articles on the bottom of the guide, with plenty of interesting information about the event.

Participating teams

An interesting set of teams that have secured their places in Krakow. Sharpened to contend in the upcoming week, this tournament will be marked as the first PGL CS:GO Major ever to be hosted.

By making it to playoffs in the previous major, the current "Legends" teams guaranteed their places in the major to be played.
The other eight teams on the participating end, have brought themselves to Krakow through the minor tournaments followed by the major qualifier.

Worth noticing is that only three of these teams competed in the latest major tournament. G2 Esports, Mousesports, and Flipsid3 Tactics are the only teams with such experience as the other teams have never played a major before, or, been absent from the most prestigious of CS:GO tournaments for a lengthy period.

Legends

Denmark Astralis (Reigning champions)
device, dupreeh, gla1ve, Kjaerbye, Xyp9x, zonic (coach)

Poland Virtus.pro
byali, NEO, pasha, Snax, TaZ, kuben (coach)

Brazil SK Gaming
coldzera, FalleN, felps, fer, TACO

Sweden Fnatic
dennis, flusha, krimz, JW, olofmeister, Jumpy (coach)

Kazakhstan Gambit Esport
AdreN, Dosia, HObbit, mou, Zeus, kane (coach)

Cis Natus Vincere
Edward, flamie, GuardiaN, s1mple, seized, Andi (coach)

Europe FaZe Clan
allu, karrigan, kioShiMa, NiKo, rain, RobbaN (coach)

Denmark North
aizy, cajunb, k0nfig, Magisk, MSL, ruggah (coach)

Challengers

France G2 Esports
apEX, bodyy, kennyS, NBK, shox, SmithZz (coach)

Europe Mousesports
chrisJ, denis, loWel, oskar, ropz, lmbt (coach)

Ukraine Flipsid3 Tactics
B1ad3, electronic, markeloff, wayLander, WorldEdit

Usa Cloud9
autimatic, n0thing, shroud, Skadoodle, Stewie2k, valens (coach)

Brazil Immortals
boltz, HEN1, kNg, LUCACS1, steel, zakk (coach)

Russia Vega Squadron
chopper, hutji, jR, Keshandr, mir

Germany BIG
gob b, keev, LEGIJA, nex, tabseN, kakafu (coach)

Europe Penta Sports
HS, innocent, kRYSTAL, suNny, zehN

Schedule and structure

The PGL Major Krakow is using the Swiss-system to determine the eight teams that will proceed to the playoffs. Throughout the first group round, each "Legends" team will face off one "Challengers" team respectively.

In the opening match, we'll see the challenging side of Mousesports as they take on the East-European quintet of Gambit Gaming. Closing out the first group day will be none other than Astralis as they are set to take on the Brazilian talents of Immortals.

A total of four days will be set aside for the group stage as it follows the same structure as in the previous major. Thursday will be a day off, as teams will prepare themselves for the tournament playoffs, set to begin on Friday.

Three quarterfinals will be played on Friday with the last quarterfinal to take place on Saturday. Not only will the last quarter-final be played on Saturday, the semifinals are also set to take place the same day, leaving Sunday aside for a show match and the grand final.

All the matches in the group phase will be played in a best-of-one format. To keep it simple, the entire playoff stage will be played in a best-of-three format.


Sunday, July 16










Monday, July 17











Tuesday, July 18











Wednesday, July 19

Low




High




Round 5




Friday, July 21

Train (16 - 14) Inferno (16 - 12)

Cache (12 - 16) Overpass (6 - 16)

Cobblestone (19 - 17) Inferno (7 - 16) Train (14 - 16)


Saturday, July 22

Cobblestone (9 - 16) Nuke (10 - 16)

Overpass (16 - 10) Inferno (8 - 16) Train (16 - 12)

Inferno (16 - 5) Mirage (16 - 11)


Sunday, July 23

Showmatch

How the Swiss format works

The PGL Major Krakow will be utilizing the so-called Swiss format. Simply put, this means that teams will play between three to five rounds to prove themselves. The teams that gather three victories advance to the playoffs, while each team that acquires three losses are eliminated. Teams will only face opponents with an identical win-loss record.

In the first round, all teams will start off with a 0-0 record, and after the first round, the teams that lost their opening map will be facing off, just like all teams that won their first map will be facing each other as well.

Eight teams in total will be advancing to the playoffs, where they will be given the title of "Legends" and will be guaranteed a place at the upcoming major.

Swiss-format

Round 1: All teams have 0-0

Round 2: High vs. High (1-0)
Round 2: Low vs. Low (0-1)

Round 3: High vs. High (2-0) — Winners advance
Round 3: Mid vs. Mid (1-1)
Round 3: Low vs. Low (0-2) — Losers are eliminated

Round 4: High vs. High (2-1) — Winners advance
Round 4: Low vs. Low (1-2) — Losers are eliminated

Round 5: All teams have 2-2 — Winners advance, losers are eliminated

Final Standings & Prize distribution

Not only will the winners bring home the major title, they will also return with half of the prize pool, being $500,000.
For those who drop out in the group stage, a consolation prize of $8,750 will be paid out, while the teams that get through playoffs will have at least $35,000 waiting for them.

The total prize pool is set at $1,000,000 while the complete prize distribution can be seen below.

1. — $500,000 & Legends status
2. — $150,000 & Legends status
3-4. — $70,000 & Legends status
3-4. — $70,000 & Legends status
5-8. — $35,000 & Legends status
5-8. — $35,000 & Legends status
5-8. — $35,000 & Legends status
5-8. Sweden Fnatic — $35,000 & Legends status
9-11. Cis Flipsid3 Tactics — $8,750
9-11. Usa Cloud9 — $8,750
9-11. France G2 Esports — $8,750
12-14. Cis Natus Vincere — $8,750
12-14. Europe Mousesports — $8,750
12-14. Europe Penta Sports — $8,750
15-16. Europe Faze Clan — $8,750
15-16. Russia Vega Squadron — $8,750

Broadcasting team

Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner will be leading us through the entire major broadcast with the likes of other great personalities like Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson and Scott "SirScoots" Smith.

Among the experts, we find the recognizable faces of Jason "moses" O'Toole, Janko "YNk" Paunović and Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, among others.
The commentator list is filled with well-established duos that have been seen time and time again. With the likes of Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett and, amongst others, Anders Blume, the commentary team will undoubtedly ensure a great viewing experience at the major.

The entire broadcasting team can be viewed below.

Broadcasting team

Storbritannien Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner (Host)

Usa Scott "SirScoots" Smith (Reporter)
Storbritannien Pala "Mantrousse" Gilroy Sen (Reporter)

Sweden Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson (Expert)
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović (Expert)
Usa Jason "moses" O'Toole (Expert)
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill (Expert)
Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen (Expert)

Denmark Anders Blume (Commentator)
Usa Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat (Commentator)
Storbritannien Henry "HenryG" Greer (Commentator)
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett (Commentator)
Storbritannien Daniel "ddk" Kapadia (Commentator)
Storbritannien James "JZFB" Bardolph (Commentator)

The entire major tournament will be streamed on Fragbite's official Twitch channel, here!

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