The New Champions Stage of the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 begins Thursday, with the final eight teams battling for a share of the $1 million prize pool at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The field was whittled down from 24 teams, with the eight remaining teams competing in best-of-three, single-elimination matches.
They have each secured direct invites to the last-16 phase of the next Major, with the winner in Berlin also taking home $500,000.
Sept. 5: ENCE vs. Renegades, Vitality vs. AVANGAR
Sept. 6: NRG vs. Natus Vincere, Astralis vs. Liquid
Sept. 7: Semifinals
Sept. 8: Grand final
"I think NRG is a good opponent for us, we feel confident because we played eight or nine [practices] versus them and always won, maybe we only lost one or two times. It's a tournament, not practice, but I feel confident versus them. Na'Vi was always winning against NRG when they played with Edward. About Liquid and Astralis, when I came into the team I said that we would break Astralis, so I want to face Astralis in the semifinals. If you want to win the Major, you need to face the hardest team, so you don't need to think about weak teams in the playoffs. If you want to win the Major, you need to beat the best teams." -- Na'Vi's Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov, to HLTV.org.
"I think it is going to be down to who can fix their mistakes and start looking a little bit more in form. I think that it is going to be us, I think we are already looking a little bit more confident, we are hitting our shots more, we are a lot more talkative. In the first couple of days, we weren't really as talkative as we normally are, as we were when we were winning everything before. So it started to amp up in these last [best-of-threes] on an upward slope, and I think that is going to be the main difference-maker for us, to make sure we bring that into the Astralis game and into the playoffs." -- Liquid's Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, to HLTV.org.
This is the 15th Major in CS:GO history. ... The Mercedes-Benz Arena was also the venue for the 2015 League of Legends World Championship and the 2018 PUBG Global Invitational. ... This is the first Major to be hosted by StarLadder.
--Field Level Media