As the Katowice Major rages on, we now know the next hosts for the following CSGO Major. StarLadder will be holding the next Major in Berlin, Germany at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The main event will take place from 5th to 8th September 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
— StarLadder CS:GO (@StarLadderCSGO) February 18, 2019
Alexander Chegrinez, the Head of Business Development at StarLadder, would state in a press release:
Our company was founded out of an immense passion for Counter-Strike. Our very first tournaments many years ago started with CS. This game was and remains as a critical part of who we are, we grew up with it, and couldn’t be more excited. It is a great honor for us to host the 15th anniversary Major in such a stunning venue, and for such an incredible community! We will do our best to impress the fans and deliver a truly memorable Major!
Additionally, this will be their first time hosting a CSGO Major in their history. StarLadder has been hosting multiple CSGO tournaments over the past few years, like StarSeries and i-League.
When will the next Major take place?
According to StarLadder, the next Major will be playing out on the 5th to 8th of September this year. We are still watching the latest Major over in Katowice with Intel Extreme Masters, but it is pretty easy to infer which teams could possibly be attending in around seven months time. The entire schedule of the StarLadder Major is as follows:
- 17-21 July – Europe & Americas Minors
- 24-28 July – CIS & Asia Minors
- 29 July – Minor Play-in
- August 20-25 – Challengers Stage
- August 27-September 1 – Legends Stage
- September 5-8 – Champions Stage
As you can see, the Minors will be playing out in July, and are also going to be all held in Germany. This way, when the main portion of the Major begins, there aren’t any problems with entry visas. Teams who make it to the Major will only have to worry about preparing for the tournament. After the Play-ins, teams will get a month break before the actual Major begins. Then, the Challenger Stage kicks off on the 20th of August and continues for five days. After a one day break, the Legends Stage begins and plays out for three days. Finally, the Champions Stage starts four days after the end of the Legends. After three more days of competition, a champion will be crowned.
The prize pool will also stay unchanged, equaling out to $1 million. Also, the prize pools for each of the Minors will be set at $50,000. All the details for the European, American, CIS and Asian Minors will be given at a later date. However, tickets for the actual Major will be going on sale in April of this year.
It will be exciting to see how StarLadder will handle the upcoming Major. However, all eyes are still set on this ongoing Major over in Katowice. Which teams will be strong when the StarLadder Major kicks off in September? Will Astralis still be the best team in the world? Or will there be fresh faces that will take over the CSGO scene in the coming months? Can some of the big name teams like Cloud9, Fnatic and FaZe Clan find some success in the meantime? We will have to wait and see.
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