Jan 21 2015 - 8:59 am

MLG X Games Aspen: FAQ

Everything you need to know about the CS:GO Invitational at X Games.
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The first X Games CS:GO tournament will take place this weekend at Buttermilk Mountain - 38700 Highway 82, Aspen, Colorado. The tournament will run from Jan. 23-25 and eight teams will be competing for a pool of $50,000 and X Games medals. The following information is from MLG’s competition page for the tournament.

Prize Breakdown:

1st place: $25,000 and Gold Medal

2nd place: $12,500 and Silver Medal

3rd place: $7,500 and Bronze Medal

4th place: $5,000

Maps:

  • de_dust2
  • de_inferno
  • de_nuke
  • de_mirage
  • de_cache
  • de_overpass
  • de_cobblestone

A Coin Toss will be conducted prior to the start of all matches to decide who chooses the first map.

Settings:

  • Roundtime: 1:45 minutes
  • Buytime: 15 seconds
  • C4 Timer: 35 seconds
  • Overtime Money: $10,000
  • Overtime Rounds: 3 Rounds per half

Teams:

Top three Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams:

Five qualified teams from the recent MLG/CEVO X Games qualifiers:

Format of matches:

According to MLG’s website, the format of the tournament will go as follows.

  1. The Tournament will support 8 Teams and will be separated into Pool Play and a Single Elimination Bracket.
  2. In Pool Play, the Teams will be divided into 2 Pools of 4 Teams each, with the Europe Teams divided evenly among the 2 Pools and the Americas Teams divided evenly among the 2 Pools.
  3. 3. Teams will play one Game against each of the other Teams in their Pool.
  4. Teams finishing their Pool in 1st and 2nd place will be placed in the Single Elimination Bracket. Teams finishing their Pool in 3rd and 4th place will be eliminated from the Tournament.
  5. 5. In the Semi-final Matches of the Bracket, the Pool A 1st Place Team will be scheduled to play the Pool B 2nd Place Team and the Pool B 1st Place Team will be scheduled to play the Pool A 2nd Place Team.
  6. Teams that lose a Semi-final Match will play in the Bronze Medal Match. Teams that win a Semi-final Match will play in the Gold Medal Match. The Team that wins the Bronze Medal Match will win Bronze Medals.  The Team that loses the Gold Medal Match will win Silver Medals.  The Team that wins the Gold Medal Match will win Gold Medals.
  7. All Bracket Matches will be Best of 3 Games.

Pools:

Group A: NiP, Cloud 9, Kabum TD, Dignitas

Group B: FNATIC, LDLC, Team Liquid, CLG

Format of Pool Play Ranking & Tiebreakers:

According to MLG’s website, pool play ranks and tiebreakers will be decided by the following rules:

  1. Pool Play Ranking (1st-4th) will be determined using each Team’s Record of Games won and lost.
  2. Pool Play Standings ties will be broken using Head to Head Games Winning Percentage (Pool Play Games Won vs. Tied Teams / Pool Play Games Played vs. Tied Teams).
  3. If Head to Head Games Winning Percentage can’t break a tie, Head to Head Rounds Winning Percentage (Pool Play Rounds Won vs. Tied Teams / Pool Play Rounds Played vs. Tied Teams) will be used to break the tie.
  4. If Head to Head Rounds Winning Percentage can’t break a tie, Overall Rounds Winning Percentage (Pool Play Rounds Won / Pool Play Rounds Played) will be used to break the tie.
  5. If there is a tie involving more than two Teams and one of the above Tiebreakers resolves the tie for a Team(s), but leaves at least two Teams tied, the tie(s) that remains will be broken by starting over with the Head to Head Games Winning Percentage Tiebreaker.
  6. If Overall Rounds Winning Percentage can’t break a tie, a Round Robin of Overtime Games will be scheduled to break the tie. The order of Games will be determined randomly by MLG. Each Team will Ban 1 Map and then the Map that will be used for the Round Robin of Overtime Games will be chosen randomly, from the 4 that remain, by the client. The order of Bans will be determined randomly by MLG.  After each Team has played all other tied Teams in an Overtime Game, “Pool Play Ranking & Tiebreakers” #1-5 will be used to break the tie using only the results of the Overtime Games. If there is still a tie that can’t be broken by the aforementioned tiebreakers an additional Round Robin of Overtime Games will be scheduled using a different, randomly chosen, Map from the 4 that weren’t banned.
  7. The higher number will win all of the aforementioned tiebreakers.

Schedule:

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All times are in MST, due to the event being in Colorado.

Friday

  • 10:30 AM Pregame Show
  • 11:00 AM Pool B – Team Liquid vs. Fnatic
  • 12:00 PM Pool B - CLG vs. Team LDLC
  • 1:00 PM Pool A - Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Team Dignitas
  • 2:00 PM Pool A - KaBuM.TD vs. Cloud 9
  • 3:30 PM Pool B - Team LDLC vs. Fnatic
  • 4:30 PM Pool B - CLG vs. Team Liquid
  • 5:30 PM Pool A - Cloud 9 vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • 6:30 PM Pool A - Team Dignitas vs. KaBuM.TD

Saturday

  • 11:00 AM Pool B - Fnatic vs. CLG
  • 12:00 PM Pool B – Team Liquid vs. Team LDLC
  • 1:00 PM Pool A - Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. KaBuM.TD
  • 2:00 PM Pool A - Cloud 9 vs. Team Dignitas
  • 3:30 PM Semi-final #1
  • 5:30 PM Semi-final #2

Sunday

  • 10:00 AM Bronze Medal Match
  • 12:30 PM Gold Medal Match


 

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