Sixteen top Counter-Strike teams will be in action during the New Legends stage of the IEM Katowice Major 2019 major in Poland starting this Wednesday.
Two British players will compete in the New Legends stage, marking only the second time that players from the UK have made it to the top sixteen at a major.
Rory “dephh” Jackson’s Complexity Gaming side caused a stir at the last major by upsetting G2 and Fnatic en route to a surprise quarter-final finish. Their strong performance in London secured an invite to Katowice, but they enter this stage ranked last. As a result, the American side will begin their campaign against number tournament favourites Astralis.
Alex “ALEX” McMeekin will also feature in the Legends Stage after Team Vitality successfully navigated the Challengers Stage. ALEX, who is playing in his first major, and his team qualified with relative ease despite some scrappy performances on day one of the tournament. The French squad will face celebrated tactician Fatih “gob b” Dayik’s BIG side.
Elsewhere, the three-time runners-up Natus Vincere will battle fallen French super-team G2 Esports while the top American hope, Team Liquid, will meet Kazakhstani upstarts AVANGAR.
See the full list of round one match-ups below:
#8 ENCE (FIN) vs #9 Renegades (AUS)
#7 BIG (GER) vs #10 Team Vitality (FRA)
#3 NaVi (UKR) vs #14 G2 (FRA)
#5 FaZe (EU) vs #12 HellRaisers (CIS)
#6 NRG (USA) vs #11 Ninjas in Pyjamas (SWE)
#2 Team Liquid (USA) vs #15 AVANGAR (KAZ)
#4 MIBR (BRA) vs #13 Cloud9 (USA)
#1 Astralis (DEN) vs #16 Complexity (USA)
Round two will be drawn immediately after the end of round one and will commence at 1705 GMT.