The CSGO PGL Major Krakow 2017 will be the eleventh CSGO major tournament to occur, and will be held in the TAURON arena in Krakow, Poland between the 16th and 23rd July 2017. Sixteen teams will compete, with eight being awarded their place based on their results in the ELEAGUE Major 2017. Another eight teams will earn their place by competing in an Offline Major Qualifier.
Once the sixteen teams have been determined, they will be split into two groups of eight and will compete in Counter-Strike group matches. The winners of these matches will advance to quarter finals, those winners will advance to semi-finals and the remaining two teams will play in a final to determine the champion.
Teams and Players
So far eight legend teams have been selected for the PGL Major Krakow 2017. Here are the standings so far:
These teams have earned their position in the tournament based on their previous results in the EL Major Atlanta 2017. Another eight teams will join the legends in the tournament, and these will be known as challengers. The challengers are awarded their place in the Krakow tournament because of their performances in a regional qualifier.
There are four regional qualifiers in total, the Asian Minor, the CIS Minor, the Americas Minor and the Europe Minor.
Two teams from the Asia Minor, Two from the CIS Minor, Two from the Americas Minor and three from the Europe Minor will join already decided upon teams in a Swiss tournament to determine who will join the legend teams in the PGL Major Krakow. The teams already in the regional qualifiers are:
Many eyes will be on Fnatic in the competition, who have recently received $7m in investment. They also of course have one of the best all-rounders in the game olofmeisteR who is looking to add to his impressive win record of 380 matches.
Astralis also has an incredible record coming into this tournament. The Danish team has already won the Intel Extreme Masters, the Esports Championship Series Season 2 and also the qualifier for this the cgso PGL Major Krakow 2017, the ELEAGUE Major in a hard-fought battle against Virtus.Pro.
Game Results and Prizes
The tournament has one of the biggest prize pools in the esports industry with $1,000,000 to be shared between the competing teams. The victors receive half of the spoils, a $500,000 kitty to boost the player’s bank accounts.
Games will be available to watch on Twitch and VODs available on Reddit so you can keep up with the action easily. This is the eleventh Major tournament, coming hot on the heels of the ELEAGUE Major, held in Atlanta. Over a million people watched Astralis crush the Russian team Virtus.Pro on Twitch in January, smashing the viewership records. The Krakow tournament is expected to see even bigger surges in viewership, so be sure to check out all the exciting CSGO action online.