At the end of the Group Stage, two teams defended their title and six teams emerged as newly-crowned Legends. They’ll battle this weekend as the ELEAGUE Major enters the Playoffs!
Watch live coverage from Boston’s Agganis Arena beginning Friday at 10:00am ET (4:00pm CET) on the official Twitch stream (or in game on GOTV) to see which team will become the next CS:GO Major Champions!
Don’t forget to make your Playoff picks now in the Pick’Em Challenge before the matches begin tomorrow.
With 8 teams left, legends old and new will battle on the road to the Finals.
Can the home crowd rally Virtus.pro to victory over North? Will Gambit continue their dominance from the group stage or will Fnatic stop them in their tracks? Who will survive the epic matchup between SK Gaming and Astralis? Immortals and BIG clash to see who can advance in their first Major. Watch all the action starting Friday at 6am EST (12:00 AM CEST) on the official Twitch stream.
And remember to make your Playoff picks for the Pick’Em Challenge before the matches begin on Friday.
Professional Counter-Strike is very important to us and to our community. The audience’s trust in the integrity of the sport has allowed it to grow to the point where it entertains millions of fans. To ensure that the highest level of competition continues to entertain, that integrity can never be called into question.
Back in January and early February 2015 we took action after we discovered that a small number of professional CS:GO players were engaged in match-fixing. Our decision was to ban these players indefinitely from involvement in Valve-sponsored events. To clarify, the bans for these players are permanent, and players proven to have taken part in match-fixing will be permanently banned.
As the scene grows, it’s an unfortunate reality that some individuals will seek opportunities to take advantage of their fans. We will continue to take whatever action we think is necessary to protect the entertainment value created by professional Counter-Strike, including, on occasion, terminating our relationship with individuals who have demonstrated a willingness to exploit their fans’ faith in the integrity of the sport.
While bans can be disruptive and painful to some members of the community, they are sometimes necessary. We sincerely hope that we won’t have to issue more in the future.
Recently, allegations of match fixing in the Cevo Season 5 match between iBUYPOWER and NetCodeGuides.com came to our attention. The details are in this DailyDot article: http://www.dailydot.com/esports/match-fixing-counter-strike-ibuypower-netcode-guides/
We can confirm, by investigating the historical activity of relevant accounts, that a substantial number of high valued items won from that match by Duc “cud” Pham were transferred ( via Derek “dboorn” Boorn ) to iBUYPOWER players and NetCodeGuides founder, Casey Foster.
All together, the information we have collected and received makes us uncomfortable continuing any involvement with these individuals. Therefore we will be directing our CS:GO event partners to not allow any of the following individuals’ participation in any capacity in Valve-sponsored events:
Duc “cud” Pham
Derek “dboorn” Boorn
Sam “Dazed” Marine
Braxton “swag” Pierce
Keven “AZK” Larivière
Joshua “Steel” Nissan
Professional players, their managers, and teams’ organization staff, should under no circumstances gamble on CS:GO matches, associate with high volume CS:GO gamblers, or deliver information to others that might influence their CS:GO bets.
In 2014 we witnessed the explosive growth of CS:GO as a competitive eSport, and 2015 has already started strong. But as CS:GO grows, it’s important to consider the substantial impact an individual professional Counter-Strike player has on the health and stability of their sport. Performing before an audience of millions of fans, they are ambassadors for their game – the strength of professional Counter-Strike comes from the integrity of its players and teams.
Looking for the world’s best CS:GO teams? They’re competing at the 2014 Electronic Sports World Cup, which is marching toward the Grand Final this weekend.
All of the details, previous results, schedules and streams can be found here. Who will rise to the top? Tune in to find out!