We are approaching one of the last Big Events in CSGO of 2019, Champions Cup Finals. It is set to take place in the InterContinental Hotel, located in the city of St Julian's, Malta. The tournament will be running from 19 to 22 December, offering $300,000 of prize fund for its participants.
In total, eight teams from Europe, CIS, South America, and China were confirmed for this event. Three of them received direct invitations from the organizers. The first invite was sent to the Finnish five of ENCE, which occupies the 12th spot of HLTV’s World Ranking. The next invited lineup was G2, who recently placed second at cs_summit 5. In the end, the tournament organizer gave a spot to the Brazilians of FURIA. In Malta, Henrique "HEN1" Teles will return to the roster as earlier he missed the aforementioned tournament of Beyond The Summit due to visa issues.
Other five slots were played off in the regional qualifiers. In the European qualifier, four squads came out on top: BIG, Hard Legion, Movistar Riders, and Team Spirit. It’s worth noting that BIG and Movistar took part in DreamHack Open Sevilla 2019 last week. There, the German roster took the last 7-8th place, while the Spanish one placed 5-6th. On the other hand, the Chinese qualifier was conquered by TYLOO.
The team list and group stage draw
|Group A||Group B|
According to the draw, ENCE Esports found themselves in one group with FURIA, Movistar Riders, and TYLOO. In their first match, the Finnish team will play against Movistar. On the other side of the bracket, G2 are slated to compete with Hard Legion, Berlin International Gaming, and Spirit. At the beginning of the tournament, the French-Serbian lineup will face off against BIG.
The event begins with a group stage, where the organizers plan to use the GSL format. Opening matches are Best of 1, while the rest of them are Best of 3. Upon its completion, one half of participants advance to the Playoffs, whilst all other teams are eliminated. In the decisive stage of the championship, remaining squads are set to fight within a single-elimination bracket. Aside from the grand-final, it will feature a third-place decider with $30,000 at stake.
Schedule and results of matches
CET is stated
Day One, December 19:
- 10:00 — FURIA 16-14 TYLOO | Mirage
- 11:30 — Hard Legion 16-14 Spirit | Train
- 13:00 — ENCE 7-16 Movistar Riders | Overpass
- 14:30 — G2 16-12 BIG | Inferno
- 16:00 — FURIA 2-0 Movistar Riders | Winners Match | Group A
- 19:30 — G2 2-0 Hard Legion | Winners Match | Group B
Day Two, December 20:
- 10:00 — TYLOO 0-2 ENCE | Elimination Match | Group A
- 13:30 — Spirit 2-1 BIG | Elimination Match | Group B
- 17:00 — Movistar Riders 0-2 ENCE | Decider Match | Group A
- 20:30 — Hard Legion 0-2 Spirit | Decider Match | Group B
Day Three, December 21:
- 16:30 — G2 2-1 ENCE | Semifinals
- 20:00 — FURIA 0-2 Spirit | Semifinals
Day Four, December 22:
- 13:00 — Showmatch
- 18:00 — G2 2-0 Spirit | Grand-final
You can watch Champions Cup Finals on our website. On the event’s page, you can find the stream, schedule and results of matches, team and player statistics. Stay with us on the broadcast, complete our quests, and enjoy high-quality Counter-Strike!
The analyst desk of the official stream will be hosted by James BanKs Banks. Analyzing the action will be two former professional players, Maniac and natu, on the Eden Esports Twitch channel. A full list of the talent crew can be found below:
- Tres stunna Saranthus
- James BanKs Banks
- Mathieu Maniac Quiquerez
- Joona natu Leppänen
- Henry HenryG Greer
- Alex Machine Richardson
- Adam Dinko Hawthorne
- Mitch MitchMan McBride
Participants of the Malta event will battle it out for a $300,000 prize pool. Half of this sum ($150,000) is awaiting to be grabbed by a team that seizes the first place. Other than that, a runner-up earns $50,000, and a squad that comes third takes home $30,000. You can familiarize yourself with the complete distribution of prize money by the following list:
- 1. G2 ($150,000)
- 2. Spirit ($50,000)
- 3-4. ENCE, FURIA ($25,000 each)
- 5-6. Movistar Riders, Hard Legion ($15,000 each)
- 7-8. TYLOO, BIG ($10,000 each)
It’s not the first CSGO tournament in Malta that is organized by Eden Esports. In the past, this TO hosted the SuperNova CSGO event, which was held on November 29 - December 2 in 2018. Back then, the victory was taken by Team Liquid, with Keith "NAF" Markovic claiming the MVP award for his outstanding performance. There, the Canadian rifler scored a 1.31 rating in 8 maps.