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FACEIT Major: The New Challengers Stage viewer's guide

The first stage of FACEIT Major 2018, The New Challengers Stage, will be running from 5 to 9 September. During this phase of the competition, the winners of Minors will be playing against the teams that were eliminated in the group stage of ELEAGUE Major: Boston. And we are inviting you to follow the main CS:GO event of this fall with StarLadder!

Astralis CS:GO

The main favorites of the event, Astralis, will start their performance with a match against compLexity

Sixteen teams are about to fight their way through The New Challengers Stage. They will be competing for eight spots in the next stage of the championship — The New Legends Stage. The opening part of FACEIT Major will run by the rules of the Swiss System but with some innovations: the Buchholz System will be used to seed matches from Rounds 3-5, while the deciders will be played in Best of 3.

Schedule of matches for FACEIT Major: The New Challengers Stage
(CEST is stated)

5 September, Day One:

  • • 11:00 — Space Soldiers 10-16 Rogue | Inferno | Round 1
  • • 12:30 — Virtus.pro 5-16 Ninjas in Pyjamas | Mirage | Round 1
  • • 14:00 — Gambit Esports 17-19 TyLoo | Inferno | Round 1
  • • 15:30 — BIG 16-6 Renegades | Overpass | Round 1
  • • 17:00 — Vega Squadron 16-14 Team Spirit | Mirage | Round 1
  • • 18:30 — North 17-19 HellRaisers | Overpass | Round 1
  • • 20:00 — Team Liquid 16-4 OpTic Gaming | Mirage | Round 1


6 September, Day Two:

  • • 11:00 — Astralis 16-4 compLexity Gaming | Inferno | Round 1 
  • • 12:30 — Ninjas in Pyjamas 16-12 TyLoo | Train | Round 2
  • • 14:00 — BIG 16-19 Vega Squadron | Train | Round 2 
  • • 15:30 — Team Liquid 16-9 HellRaisers | Inferno | Round 2
  • • 17:00 — Rogue 13-16 Astralis | Inferno | Round 2 
  • • 18:30 — Renegades 10-16 Gambit Esports | Train | Round 2 
  • • 20:00 — North 13-16 Team Spirit | Nuke | Round 2 
  • • 21:30 — OpTic Gaming 16-13 Virtus.pro | Mirage | Round 2
  • • 23:00 — Space Soldiers 11-16 compLexity Gaming | Inferno | Round 2


7 September, Day Three:

  • • 11:00 — Team Liquid 19-17 Vega Squadron | Cache | Round 3
  • • 12:30 — Astralis 26-28 Ninjas in Pyjamas | Mirage | Round 3
  • • 14:00 — compLexity Gaming 16-12 BIG | Inferno | Round 3
  • • 15:30 — Team Spirit 16-4 Rogue | Overpass | Round 3 
  • • 17:00 — Gambit Esports 14-16 HellRaisers | Overpass | Round 3 
  • • 18:30 — TyLoo 26-28 OpTic Gaming | Inferno | Round 3 
  • • 20:00 — Renegades 19-15 Space Soldiers | Inferno | Round 3 
  • • 21:30 — North 16-6 Virtus.pro | Mirage | Round 3 


8 September, Day Four:

  • • 12:00 — Astralis 16-3 Team Spirit | Dust II | Round 4 
  • • 13:30 — TyLoo 16-10 Renegades | Inferno | Round 4 
  • • 15:00 — HellRaisers 25-23 OpTic Gaming | Train | Round 4 
  • • 16:30 — BIG 16-8 Gambit Esports | Nuke | Round 4 
  • • 18:00 — Vega Squadron 15-19 compLexity Gaming | Inferno | Round 4 
  • • 19:30 — North 25-23 Rogue | Inferno | Round 4 


9 September, Day Five:

  • • 11:00 — Team Spirit 0-2 TyLoo | Round 5 | Best of 3
  • • 15:30 — OpTic Gaming 0-2 BIG | Round 5 | Best of 3
  • • 20:00 — Vega Squadron 2-0 North | Round 5 | Best of 3


FACEIT gathered a great group of commentators and analysts who will be working on the official English stream. Just like at the previous Majors, you can earn CS:GO souvenirs by watching FACEIT Major on Twitch (if you link your Steam account), Steam.tv, and GOTV in CS:GO. 


Here is the list of talents who will be working on the broadcast of FACEIT Major: London 2018:

  • • Alex "Machine" Richardson — Dest Host
  • • Freya "Freya" Spiers — Stage Host
  • • Pala "Pala" Gilroy Sen — Interviewer
  • • Björn "THREAT" Pers — Analyst
  • • Sean "[email protected]" Gares — Analyst
  • • Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill — Analyst
  • • Damian "daps" Steele — Analyst
  • • Jacob "Pimp" Winneche — Analyst
  • • Daniel "ddk" Kapadia — Commentator
  • • James Bardolph — Commentator
  • • Anders "Anders" Blume — Commentator
  • • Jason "moses" O'Toole — Commentator
  • • Henry "HenryG" Greer — Commentator
  • • Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett — Commentator


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