4 August 2016 - 02:27

ESL One New York goes Swiss

ESL has chosen a Swiss-style format for group stages at ESL One New York in October.
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ESL has announced that the Counter-Strike:Gobal Offensive tournament at ESL One New York taking place from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Barclays Center will use the Swiss format.

The first two days of the tournament will be played with the Swiss system to decide which team will make it to the semifinals. Teams will be eliminated once they meet three losses. The first four teams who obtain three wins will move on.

As for which teams play against each other, teams will be randomly assigned a match against another team who has the same number of wins as them and who they have not yet played against. The first round, however, will be pre-chosen by ESL.

After the top four teams move on, the tournament will be played as normal with best-of-three semifinals.

It will be interesting to see which teams make it to the semifinals with this Swiss-style format. Since it will be at least somewhat random, it should make for interesting matchups. 

Only SK Gaming, G2 Esports and Team Liquid Pro have been announced as participants so far. As the tournament draws closer, more teams will be announced and surely there will be qualifiers. 

The first day of ESL One New York will not be open to the public, but fans can watch it on Twitch. On Oct. 1 and 2, the final two days of the event, the Barclays Center will open at 10 a.m. for spectators and will close after the final match of the day. Of course, matches will be streamed as well.

If you would like to see the event schedule in detail, ESL has made it available on the event's website.

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