StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 is the biggest upcoming event in CS:GO. Some of the best teams in the world such as FaZe, Fnatic, NaVi, and so on will take part in this tournament. In this article, we go over the tournament as well as what to expect.
StarLadder i-League StarSeries history
The first StarLadder i-League StarSeries event was held in May 2016. It was an invitational tournament that had eight teams competing for the main prize of $50,000. The winner of the first StarLadder i-League StarSeries tournament was Virtus.pro who defeated Natus Vincere in the finals. The first and following five StarSeries & i-League CS:GO events took place in the capital city of Ukraine, Kiev.
The next StarLadder i-League StarSeries event featured more CS:GO teams, and had a different format. Also, there were much stronger teams playing against each other in Kiev and the prize pool was bigger. The winner of StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 earned $130,000. The Swedish team, Ninjas in Pyjamas secured the first place at that event among 16 teams. They beat G2 Esports in the Grand Final.
In 2017, there was only one StarSeries & i-League tournament. FaZe Clan clinched the trophy that year, beating Astralis in the final. In the following year, we had three StarSeries & i-League events and three different champions: mousesports, NaVi, ENCE.
This year is going to be very important for StarLadder i-League StarSeries organizers as they will have an opportunity to organize the second Major this year in Germany. Also, some significant changes will happen when it comes to the prize pool and location of StarSeries & i-League CS:GO events.
StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 – new location and bigger prize pool
This year, the first StarSeries event is going to take place in Shanghai, China. Furthermore, organizers will increase the prize pool to $500,000. Therefore, instead of $130,000, the winner of the tournament will get $250,000. Second place will earn $80,000, and 3rd-4th place teams will take home $30,000.
When it comes to format and rules of competition, it will be the same as at the previous events. Sixteen teams are going to play the Swiss System Group Stage. Thirteen of them are invited, and three of them came to the event through qualifiers. The goal is to win at least three out of five matches in order to proceed further. Top 8 teams advance to the Play-Offs, and Bottom 8 teams drop out from the event. All matches are Best of 3 including Group Stage rounds. Two teams that will reach the Grand Final will face each other in Best of 5 duel.
So, as you can see, the Star Series & i-League CS:GO Season 7 is going to use almost the same format as the first Major, IEM Katowice 2019. In addition to the regular competition, there is going to be one Showmatch between young talents, guests and invited players.
Where to watch?
This event is going to be played from March 30th to April 7th in Baoshan Sports Center Venue. As this is a big tournament, fans will have an opportunity to listen to the best Broadcast crew featuring SPUNJ, Pimp, Maniac, Scrawny and others. Of course, Frankie Ward will have a job to provide you with the fresh thoughts and opinions of players, coaches, and other participants.
What to expect from the event?
When there is no Astralis at the event, it’s not easy to predict the champion. There are top CS:GO teams in the world such as ENCE, Fnatic, FaZe, NaVi, NiP and so on. Any of them can easily clinch the trophy on April 7th at the Baoshan Sports Center. However, it is going to be interesting to see if Fnatic’s bad run at WESG was just a bad day at the office, or there are some real problems behind their poor form.
The biggest favorites at this moment are probably Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan, and ENCE. These teams performed decently at the first Major, and ENCE almost made it to the final of BLAST Pro event in Brazil. Nevertheless, we cannot write off teams such as Renegades, BIG, North, NiP, and NRG. They have quality teams and they will definitely give their best to take the main prize in China.
Also, Team Vitality is another team to watch. They have big potential, and we will see how ZywOo is going to play at the big stage once again. This is a good chance for him to prove himself on a big stage. This can easily be his breakthrough event.
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