ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018

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[e][h]ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
League Information
USA Atlanta
USA Boston
Prize pool:
$1,000,000 USD
Start Date:
End Date:
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Following their success with the ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017, Valve announced that ELEAGUE shall return to host the third CS:GO Major Championship in North America, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts. The event is to feature an expected prize pool of $1,000,000 USD, to be fought over by 24 teams.

A partially new format was announced by ELEAGUE & Valve on December 13th, 2017, which brought in the Offline Qualifier as now part of the Major Championship and rebranded all the stages of the tournament. The offline qualifier was named The New Challengers Stage, the group stage was re-named to The New Legends Stage and the playoffs to The New Champions Stage. This increased the number of teams at the Major Championships from 16 to 24, with all 24 teams receiving stickers. [1]

The New Challengers Stage (formerly the Offline Qualifier), lasting from January 12th to 15th, is to be held at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, but will be closed to spectators. The New Legends Stage, taking place from January 19th to 22nd, is to also be held at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The New Champions Stage are to be held later at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, starting on January 26th, and concluding with the Grand finals on January 28th, 2018.[2][3]

Broadcast talent[edit]

  • Stage Host:
  • Analysts:
    • USA moses (Jason O'Toole)
    • Serbia YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • USA n0thing (Jordan Gilbert)
  • Observers:

Note: The Analysts & Commentators occasionally rotated roles.
Note: n0thing joined the analyst desk for the New Legends stage onwards. [4]


A graphical explanation of the Swiss System format
  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th - 15th, 2018 in USA Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
      • Due to 100 Thieves not being able to attend the Major, a team that goes out with a record of 2-3 in
        will still qualify for The New Legends Stage. More information can be found below.
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th - 22nd, 2018 in USA Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th - 28th, 2018 in USA Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

Prize Pool[edit]

$1,000,000 (USD) are spread among the teams as seen below:

Note: No prize money is awarded to teams eliminated in the New Challengers Stage.


The Current Legends[edit]

For notes on the "Current Legends" Click here.

1 August 9th - Natus Vincere acquire Ukraine Zeus and Ukraine kane from Gambit Esports. [5]
2 August 15th - Gambit Esports acquire Kazakhstan fitch on a trial basis. [6]
3 August 21st - North replace Denmark Magisk with Denmark valde. [7] [8]
4 August 21st - Sweden Golden is promoted to Fnatic's main roster replacing Sweden olofmeister and Fnatic swap Sweden dennis with Sweden Lekr0 from GODSENT. [9] [10]
5 September 20th - Brazil kNgV- leaves Immortals followed by Brazil HEN1 and Brazil LUCAS1 being benched. [11] [12]
6 October 4th - Gambit Esports sign Ukraine Andi as a coach. [13]
7 December 12th - 100 Thieves announce their acquisition of the ex-Immortals roster. [14] [15]
8 January 12th - 100 Thieves announce their withdrawal from the Major due to "immigration issues". A replacement team will proceed to the New Legends Stage from the team(s) with the best 2-3 record(s) at the New Challengers Stage. [16][17]

The New Challengers[edit]

Kraków's Fallen[edit]

The Minors' Champions[edit]

For notes on the "New Challengers" Click here.

1 July 28th - Natus Vincere bench Russia seized and Slovakia GuardiaN. [18]
2 August 3rd - FaZe Clan replace Finland allu with Slovakia GuardiaN. [19]
3 August 4th - 8th - mousesports replace Spain loWel and Germany denis with Finland suNny and Slovakia STYKO. [20] [21] [22]
4 August 9th - Natus Vincere acquire Ukraine Zeus and Ukraine kane from Gambit Esports, Russia seized returns to the active roster and Ukraine Andi leaves. [5]
5 August 15th - Cloud9 acquire USA RUSH and USA tarik from OpTic Gaming, USA n0thing and Canada shroud are benched. [23]
6 August 20th - FaZe Clan acquire Sweden olofmeister, replacing France kioShiMa. [24]
7 August 21st - OpTic Gaming acquire Estonia HS from PENTA Sports. [25]
8 September 16th - Vega Squadron sign Russia Fierce as coach. [26]
9 October 4th - Finland naSu is acquired by GODSENT. PENTA Sports also later announce that they have terminated the remaining player's contracts, who now go under the name of Seed. [27] [28]
10 October 17th - Natus Vincere bench Russia seized for a second time. [29]
11 November 6th - Natus Vincere sign Russia electronic, while Russia seized joins FlipSid3 Tactics on loan. [30]
12 November 9th - Brazil peacemaker parts ways on mutual terms with TyLoo and is signed to Heroic as coach. [31]
13 November 26th - Brazil zews must play for Team Liquid due to Brazil steel being transferred to replace Canada stanislaw, but not being able to participate due to playing with Immortals in the Americas Minor Qualifier.
14 November 26th - Seed is acquired by Sprout, Germany Spiidi is also bought out of his contract from mousesports. [32] [33]
15 December 13th - Indonesia BnTeT is unable to acquire a US visa and will miss the event. [34]
16 December 15th - Brazil peacemaker stands in for TyLoo as he was originally included in the roster before the November 10th cut-off date. [35]
17 December 15th - Kazakhstan Buster is unable to acquire a US visa and will miss the Major, Kazakhstan dastan will stand in. [36]
18 January 1st - Kazakhstan Buster applies a second time and is granted a United States visa to attend the Major. [37]
19 January 2nd - TyLoo declare that they will not be attending the ELEAGUE Major, due to earlier visa issues with Indonesia BnTeT and disagreements with Brazil peacemaker. Flash Gaming are likely to replace them. [38] [39]
20 January 4th - Flash Gaming are confirmed to replace TyLoo at the major. [40]
21 January 15th - France RpK is unable to play for Team EnVyUs due to illness, coach France maLeK stands in. [41]


New Challengers Stage[edit]

Replacement Team Determination


  • Teams with a 2-3 record will be ranked against each other using
    the following criteria (in order until no team is ranked equally):
    1. Sum of the their opponents' total match wins
    2. Head-to-Head match results
    3. Random Draws
  • The 2nd & 3rd ranked teams will compete against each other in a Bo1
  • The winner will face the 1st ranked team in another Bo1
  • The team left standing proceeds to The New Legends Stage

2nd vs 3rd Match
January 15, 2018 - 21:25 EST
Qualification Match
  Team Liquid
January 15, 2018 - 22:35 EST

 Click here for detailed results of The New Challengers Stage matches

New Champions Stage[edit]

FaZe Clan
January 26, 2018 - 10:00 EST
Natus Vincere
January 26, 2018 - 12:30 EST
Quantum Bellator Fire
G2 Esports
January 26, 2018 - 15:00 EST
SK Gaming
January 27, 2018 - 10:00 EST
January 27, 2018 - 10:00 EST
January 27, 2018 - 12:30 EST
January 28, 2018 - 10:00 EST




Broadcast Talent[edit]

  • Commentator:
    • TBA
  • Observer:
    • TBA



Prize Pool[edit]

Additional Content[edit]




New Challengers Stage[edit]
New Legends Stage[edit]
New Champions Stage[edit]

Videos and Photos[edit]



Player Spotlights[edit]


New Challengers Stage[edit]
New Legends Stage[edit]
Champions Stage[edit]


New Challengers Stage[edit]
New Legends Stage[edit]
Champions Stage[edit]

Other Coverage[edit]

Country Representation[edit]

# Country/Region #P Players
1 Russia Russia 14 Dosia, WorldEdit, seized, flamie, electronic, mir, chopper, keshandr, hutji, Jame, balblna, jmqa, waterfaLLZ, Boombl4
2 USA USA 12 Skadoodle, Stewie2K, autimatic, RUSH, tarik, nitr0, EliGE, jdm64, Nifty, seang@res, SicK, ShahZaM
3 France France 11 shox, bodyy, NBK-, kennyS, apEX, Happy, SIXER, RpK, xms, AmaNEk, devoduvek
3 Denmark Denmark 11 device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, Kjaerbye, gla1ve, MSL, k0nfig, cajunb, aizy, valde, karrigan
5 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 8 AdreN, mou, HObbit, fitch, Buster, KrizzeN, Qikert, dimasick
6 Germany Germany 7 gob b, tabseN, nex, keev, kRYSTAL, denis, Spiidi
7 Brazil Brazil 6 FalleN, fer, coldzera, TACO, felps, zews
7 Ukraine Ukraine 6 B1ad3, markeloff, Edward, s1mple, Zeus, jR
7 Sweden Sweden 6 KRIMZ, JW, flusha, Golden, Lekr0, olofmeister
7 Poland Poland 6 TaZ, NEO, pashaBiceps, Snax, byali, innocent
11 Turkey Turkey 5 XANTARES, paz, ngiN, MAJ3R, Calyx
12 China China 4 Summer, Karsa, LOVEYY, Attacker
13 Australia Australia 3 AZR, jks, USTILO
13 Finland Finland 3 wayLander, suNny, zehN
15 Canada Canada 2 Twistzz, NAF
15 Slovakia Slovak Republic 2 STYKO, GuardiaN
17 Lithuania Lithuania 1 Kvik
17 Belgium Belgium 1 ScreaM
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 NiKo
17 Norway Norway 1 rain
17 Estonia Estonia 1 ropz
17 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 oskar
17 Netherlands Netherlands 1 chrisJ
17 Serbia Serbia 1 LEGIJA
17 Malaysia Malaysia 1 kaze


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