Counter-Strike returns after summer break – A summary of upcoming events

Counter-Strike returns after summer break

Counter-Strike returns this Friday with the Playoffs for ZOTAC Cup Masters. Out of the eight participants, none are necessarily considered top teams, but the event is followed up soon by Stockholm’s DreamHack Masters. At Masters, we’ll Astralis, FaZe, as well as Mousesports. After a well-deserved break, the schedule picks up instantly, and below you’ll find a summary of what to expect from this Friday till the end of September. Not every event has confirmed all details yet, so we’ll follow up with updates later.


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ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 Playoffs

ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018


Eight teams will fight for 300,000 dollars from August 24th till the 26th in Hong Kong. This prize pool is the biggest ever in the history of the event. Participants are MIBROpTic GamingTyLooVirtus.proFlash GamingMVP PKGhost Gaming and Team Kinguin. Initially it was hinted that one of North America’s best teams, Team Liquid, would compete in the tournament, but after they withdrawed, OpTic was invited in their place.


DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018

DreamHack Masters Stockholm


At the latest, you should be excited about this event, since almost all the top teams will compete in Stockholm from August 29th to Sep 2nd. $250,000 is on the line between 16 teams. It’s not about the money though, it’s about the fact that the teams have surely tweaked their strategies over the summer break, and this is the first time that even the best teams are able to show them off.

The tournament starts next Wednesday with a familiar group stage format, which is followed by Saturday’s quarterfinals. Frontrunners AstralisFaZeNaVi and Mouseports have all been placed in different groups, so we’ll have to be patient before we’ll see them play against each other.

You can find the groups below. Denmark is represented by four whole teams, as between AstralisNorthOpTic ja Heroic, only Herpoc has any non-Danish players.


Group A

  • Astralis
  • TyLoo
  • North
  • Grayhound

Group B

  • Natus Vincere
  • NiP
  • Ghost
  • NRG

Group C

  • FaZe Clan
  • Fnatic
  • OpTic
  • Heroic

Group D

  • Mousesports
  • HellRaisers
  • MIBR
  • Gambit

DreamHack Open Montreal 2018

DreamHack Open Montreal


DH Open Montreal takes place September 7th – 9th in Montreal, Canada. The Finnish championship team, ENCE, are the frontrunners for this event, and they were the first to get invited. There’s another Finn in Heroic’s roster, who just signed a former ENCE player, Niko “naSu” Kovanen, as their temporary coach. Other participants are AGO EsportseUnited, The Imperial, Team KinguinLuminosity Gaming and Red Reserve.

FACEIT Major: London 2018

The highlights of every season are, of course, the Valve sponsored million-dollar Majors events. The previous Major was the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 played in the beginning of the year. The eight best teams of the Boston event are now waiting for new challengers to qualify for the London Major scheduled for September 12th – 23rd. All in all, the main event will host 16 teams, the final eight being decided at the main qualifier from September 5th to 9th.

The 16 challenger teams of the main qualifier are teams from the Boston Major, who placed outside the top 8, as well as the best teams of this summer’s regional qualifiers. Eight best teams of the main qualifier will advance to New Legends Stage of the main event, where they’ll face the best of the Boston Major: Cloud9FaZe ClanNatus VincereSK GamingMousesportsWinstrike TeamMIBRG2 Esports ja Fnatic. When the playoffs kick off on September 20th, only eight teams will be left to fight for the first prize of $500,000.

Even after the Major, there’s no time to rest for longer than three days. FaZe, Team LiquidNaViGambitMousesportsNRG, Fnatic sekä G2 Esports have to be in the US in time for the ESL One New York tournament. At the same time, at least Astralis and MIBR will be playing at the BLAST Pro Series Istanbul 2018 in Instanbul, Turkey.

Source: HLTV, Liquidpedia

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