For the first time since 2019, the top teams in “CS: GO” come together again in one place and fight for the major title – and a total prize pool of 2 million US dollars (approx. 1.7 million euros). Half of this pile of money goes to the winning team, which consequently can take home a bulging winners’ wallet. The tournament in the Swedish capital starts now and will lead to a grand final on November 7th in the Avicii Arena, the former Ericsson Globe.
CS: GO: Major Stockholm 2021 – format
The competition is divided into three phases: New Challengers Stage, New Legends Stage and Champions Stage.
Initially, the New Challengers Stage will run until October 29th, and its initial games will be played in the Best-of-1 (Bo1). When it comes to progressing later, the games take place in the best-of-3 (Bo3). While the pairings of the first two rounds are set using the teams’ “Regional Major Rankings” (RMR), the Buchholz system determines the remaining duels. Who competes against whom depends on the previous performance of the participants. 16 teams try their luck in this tournament phase, only eight advance to the New Legends Stage.
The New Legends Stage is scheduled from October 30th to November 2nd and works on the same principle. Eight teams have already qualified for this phase based on their RMR points, they are waiting for the eight surviving teams of the New Challengers Stage. Again, half of the teams will be screened out, while the crème de la crème of the “CS: GO” world can move into the play-offs – the Champions Stage.
The eight remaining teams will compete against each other from November 4th to 7th in a typical single-elimination bracket with Bo3 series and ultimately choose the champion.
CS: GO: Major Stockholm 2021 – Live Streams
CS: GO: Major Stockholm 2021 – Teams
The 16 teams of the New Challengers Stage are:
- Movistar Riders
- paiN Gaming
- Team spirit
- Copenhagen Flames
- FaZe Clan
- Sharks Esports
The eight teams already qualified for the New Legends Stage are:
- Ninjas in pajamas
- Team vitality
- G2 esports
- FURIA Esports
- Team Liquid
- Evil Geniuses
- Natus Vincere
- Gambit Esports