Eight teams make their way to the Barclays Center in New York City for the 250,000 USD ESL One. The event will play through until Sunday.
ESL One: New York 2018 is currently on its way, featuring eight teams fighting for a piece of the 250,000 USD prize pool. The playoffs this coming weekend, set to happen in the Barclays Center, will be open to the public.
Six teams were directly invited into this tournament, while two teams had to go through open qualifiers. These teams were seeded based on their ESL CS:GO World Rankings, and will have to play best-of-three GSL (double-elimination) style groups. The top two teams from each group advance to the playoffs.
From there, it will be a single-elimination tournament with the semifinals being best-of-three, and the grand finals best-of-five. Tickets for the event are still available at ESL's website.
Natus Vincere, fresh off a runner-up finish in the FACEIT Major: London 2018, is the favorite in this event. They also have three titles in the last quarter, including the latest ESL installment before this that happened in Cologne, Germany. Meanwhile, Team Liquid will most likely be the homecrowd favorite as they are featuring American players nitr0 and EliGE.
Four teams in this event have a running stake in the Intel Grand Slam Series, a circuit which rewards 1M USD for a team winning four within ten events. FaZe currently has three wins to their name, but the first would have been already more than ten tournaments ago should they win this event. Despite that, their two is still the closest to the bonus. Natus Vincere and Fnatic have one apiece.
This event has a $250,000 prize pool, the minimum purse in the Intel Grand Slam Series. It is also one of the only three eight-team tournaments in the installment. The next tournament in the series is the massive 750,000 USD ESL Pro League Season 8 - Finals in Odense, Denmark this coming December.
This is the third ESL One CS:GO event in New York City, with installments also happening the past two years. Natus Vincere won the 2016 event, while FaZe won the 2017 installment. Those two teams are also the winners of the three most recent ESL One events (Cologne, Belo Horizonte, and New York 2017).
You can watch the English stream via Facebook live, ESL's streaming partner.
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