Of the 16 team participant's list, half were directly invited to the event. These eight teams are in the two upper pools in terms of seeding. The remaining eight teams have qualified to the tournament, and have therefore been placed in the two bottom seeding pools.
The opening round of the Swiss group stage has been drawn so that teams from the top seed play against teams from the bottom seed, as well as seed pool 2 teams face opponents from seed pool 3.
Pool 1 Astralis device, dupreeh, gla1ve, Kjaerbye, Xyp9x
Natus Vincere Edwards, flamie, GuardiaN, s1mple, seized
Virtus.pro byali, NEO, pasha, Snax, TaZ SK Gaming coldzera, FalleN, felps, fer, TACO Pool 2 NiP Gaming draken, f0rest, friberg, GeT_RiGhT, Xizt North aizy, cajunb, k0nfig, Magisk, MSL Gambit Esports AdreN, Dosia, HObbit, mou, Zeus FaZe Clan allu, karrigan, kioShiMa, NiKo, rain Pool 3 Fnatic dennis, flusha, JW, krimz, olofmeister G2 Esports apEX, bodyy, kennyS, NBK, shox HellRaisers ANGE1, bondik, DeadFox, STYKO, Zero
Immortals boltz, fnx, HEN1, LUCAS1, steel Pool 4
Counter Logic Gaming FNS, koosta, nahtE, reltuC, Rickeh TyLoo DD, HZ, Mo, somebody, zhokiNg UYA
(f.d. 5Power Club) forget, Not7, QKA, shuadapai, Stevie MVP Project Argency, HSK, kAyle, rindA, XigN
The Swiss format
As previously mentioned, the tournament will be using the so-called Swiss format. This means the participating teams get between three and five rounds to prove their worth. Teams who have gathered three wins advance, while teams with three losses are eliminated. In detail, teams will always play against opponents with the same win/loss-ratio.
In the first round, all teams have 0-0 in games, and after the first round the losers will meet, while the winners play each other. In the third round, teams with 0-2 will play against each other, fighting for their tournament lives. Teams with 2-0 will face each other for the first spots in the playoffs. This leaves teams with 1-1 in matches, who will face each other as well.
In the fourth round, teams with 2-1 fight for advancement, while teams with 1-2 fight for survival. In the fifth and final rounds, all teams left with a 2-2 result go head-to-head, where winners go through to the playoffs while losers will pack their bags and go home.
The first round has been drawn based on four seed groups, and looks as follows.