FACEIT Major: London 2018

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[e][h]FACEIT Major: London 2018
League Information
Series:
FACEIT Major FACEIT Major
Organizer:
Type:
Offline
Location:
United Kingdom London
Venue:
Twickenham Stadium
(The New Challengers Stage)
(The New Legends Stage)

SSE Arena, Wembley
(The New Champions Stage)
Teams:
24
Prize Pool:
$1,000,000 USD
Start Date:
2018-09-05
End Date:
2018-09-23
Liquipedia Tier:
Links
Maps
Cache • Dust II • Inferno • Mirage • Nuke • Overpass • Train
Chronology

FACEIT Major: London 2018 is the 13th Valve-sponsored Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship and the second Major of 2018. The prize pool is once again $1,000,000 and the 24-team format introduced at the previous Major will be used again. This is the first Major to be held by FACEIT.

About[edit]

Broadcast Talent[edit]

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • United Kingdom Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)
  • Observer:
  • Replays Observer:
  • Content Host:

Format[edit]

A graphical explanation of the Swiss System format
  • The New Challengers Stage: September 5th - 9th, 2018
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
    • Round 5 matches are Bo3
    • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated

  • The New Legends Stage: September 12th - 16th, 2018
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
    • Round 5 matches are Bo3
    • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated

  • The New Champions Stage: September 20th - 23rd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • The Buchholz system is used to seed the Quarterfinals' matches
    • All matches (including the Grand Final) are Bo3

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.
Note: 15-16th place teams are no longer invited to the next Major Championship. [1]

Participants[edit]

The Legends[edit]

For notes on the "Legends" Click here.

1 March 9th - G2 Esports announce the addition of Spain mixwell, who will be replacing France shox on trial starting after his run in WESG 2017. France SmithZz also steps down as coach, after expressing his desire to return to playing, resulting in manager France NiaK taking over. Both France SmithZz and France shox move to the bench. [2]
2 March 22nd - Brazil TACO steps down from SK Gaming. [3]
3 March 30th - USA Skadoodle announced his inactivity and stepped down from Cloud9. [4] He later announced on April 11th that he was returning to the active roster. [5]
4 March 30th - USA Stewie2K leaves Cloud9 and joins SK Gaming. [6]
5 April 2nd - Cloud9 sign Canada FNS. [7]
6 May 25th - Fnatic sign Sweden Xizt to replace Sweden Lekr0. [8]
7 May 26th - Cloud9 bench Canada FNS. [9]
8 May 28th - G2 Esports bench Spain mixwell. [10]
9 June 4th - France shox and France SmithZz return to the active roster, while France NBK- and France apEX are benched. [11]
10 June 17th - Fnatic replace Sweden Golden with Sweden draken. [12]
11 June 20th - Winstrike Team acquire Quantum Bellator Fire's roster. [13]
12 June 23rd - MIBR sign the former roster of SK Gaming. [14]
13 June 27th - mousesports replace Slovakia STYKO with Poland Snax. [15]
14 July 13th - Cloud9 and USA tarik part ways. [16]
15 July 14th - MIBR sign USA tarik to replace Brazil boltz. [17]
16 August 1st - MIBR sign Serbia YNk as their new coach. [18]
17 August 8th - Cloud9 sign Sweden Golden. [19]
18 August 9th - Cloud9 announces that Slovakia STYKO will be playing for them until end of September. [20]

The Returning Challengers[edit]

The Minor Challengers[edit]

For notes on the "Challengers" Click here.

1 January 26th - North part ways with Denmark ruggah and promote Denmark ave to coach the main squad. [21]
2 January 29th - North promotes Denmark mertz to the main roster, replacing Denmark cajunb. [22]
3 February 2nd - Denmark Kjaerbye transfers from Astralis to North, Denmark k0nfig leaves the active North lineup. [23] [24]
4 February 5th - BIG bench Germany keev and move Germany LEGIJA to the position of Head of CS:GO. [25]
5 February 5th - Team Liquid sign Canada NAF to replace USA jdm64. [26]
6 February 6th - Gambit Esports sign Russia seized on trial to replace Kazakhstan fitch, who is benched. [27]
7 February 6th - Virtus.pro bench Poland TaZ. [28]
8 February 7th - Astralis sign Denmark Magisk. [29]
9 February 11th - BIG sign Germany tiziaN. [30]
10 March 22nd - Virtus.pro officially sign Poland MICHU. [31]
11 April 6th - Team Liquid sign Brazil TACO as Brazil steel steps down. [32]
12 April 9th - Vega Squadron bench Russia mir and Russia keshandr and are made available for transfer. [33]
13 April 18th - Vega Squadron buyout Ukraine crush from pro100. It is announced the next day that Russia Fierce will be temporarily acting as their fifth player, taking over captaining from jR. [34]
14 April 21st - BIG sign United Kingdom smooya. [35]
15 May 10th - Vega Squadron announce that Russia kibaken has joined as their fifth player. Russia Fierce returns to the coach role. [36]
16 May 27th - Gambit Esports replace Russia seized with Russia mir. [37]
17 June 10th - Ukraine Andi resigns as head coach from Gambit Esports. [38]
18 June 27th - Poland Snax leaves Virtus.pro to join mousesports. [15]
19 July 24th - Ukraine B1ad3 joins Gambit Esports as a coach on loan from FlipSid3 Tactics. [39]
20 August 6th - Virtus.pro sign Poland snatchie. [40]
21 August 8th - North sign Denmark niko as a stand-in, replacing Denmark mertz. [41]
22 September 4th - Turkey ngiN will miss the Major, Space Soldiers' coach Turkey hardstyle will stand-in. [42]

Results[edit]

New Challengers Stage[edit]

#TeamMatchesRoundsRDRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5
1. Team Liquid3 - 051 - 30+21
Mirage

Inferno

Cache
1. Ninjas in Pyjamas3 - 060 - 43+17
Mirage

Train

Mirage
3. Astralis3 - 174 - 48+26
Inferno

Inferno

Mirage

Dust II
3. compLexity Gaming3 - 155 - 54+1
Inferno

Inferno

Inferno

Inferno
3. HellRaisers3 - 169 - 70-1
Overpass

Inferno

Overpass

Train
6. BIG3 - 292 - 69+23
Overpass

Train

Inferno

Nuke

2:0
6. Vega Squadron3 - 299 - 89+10
Mirage

Train

Cache

Inferno

2:0
6. TyLoo3 - 2114 - 106+8
Inferno

Train

Inferno

Inferno

2:0
9. North2 - 392 - 96-4
Overpass

Nuke

Mirage

Inferno

0:2
9. Team Spirit2 - 384 - 90-6
Mirage

Nuke

Overpass

Dust II

0:2
9. OpTic Gaming2 - 391 - 112-21
Mirage

Mirage

Inferno

Train

0:2
12. Gambit Esports1 - 355 - 61-6
Inferno

Train

Overpass

Nuke
12. Rogue1 - 356 - 67-11
Inferno

Inferno

Overpass

Inferno
12. Renegades1 - 345 - 63-18
Overpass

Train

Inferno

Inferno
15. Space Soldiers0 - 336 - 51-15
Inferno

Inferno

Inferno
15. Virtus.pro0 - 324 - 48-24
Mirage

Mirage

Mirage

 Click here for detailed results of The New Challengers Stage matches

New Legends Stage[edit]

#TeamMatchesRoundsRDRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5
1. compLexity Gaming3 - 048 - 23+25
Inferno

Cache

Nuke
1. Team Liquid3 - 051 - 32+19
Mirage

Mirage

Inferno
3. Astralis3 - 163 - 37+26
Inferno

Inferno

Inferno

Dust II
3. Natus Vincere3 - 162 - 43+19
Inferno

Overpass

Train

Mirage
3. BIG3 - 156 - 37+19
Dust II

Train

Nuke

Train
6. FaZe Clan3 - 290 - 68+22
Dust II

Overpass

Mirage

Mirage

2:0
6. HellRaisers3 - 2113 - 94+19
Dust II

Overpass

Overpass

Train

2:1
6. MIBR3 - 290 - 84+6
Inferno

Dust II

Inferno

Dust II

2:1
9. Ninjas in Pyjamas2 - 390 - 100-10
Mirage

Mirage

Train

Train

1:2
9. Fnatic2 - 375 - 102-27
Inferno

Inferno

Inferno

Mirage

1:2
9. G2 Esports2 - 383 - 112-29
Dust II

Cache

Inferno

Inferno

0:2
12. Vega Squadron1 - 345 - 52-7
Mirage

Inferno

Inferno

Train
12. Cloud91 - 358 - 73-15
Mirage

Overpass

Inferno

Inferno
12. TyLoo1 - 337 - 61-24
Inferno

Train

Overpass

Mirage
15. Winstrike Team0 - 330 - 51-21
Mirage

Inferno

Inferno
15. mousesports0 - 326 - 48-22
Mirage

Dust II

Mirage

 Click here for detailed results of The New Legends Stage matches

New Champions Stage[edit]

Quarterfinals
compLexity
0
September 20, 2018 - 18:05 BST
44
0
1116
5
128
4
716
9
 
 
 
 
MIBR
2
BIG
0
September 20, 2018 - 15:15 BST
22
0
1316
3
63
3
1216
4
 
 
 
 
Natus Vincere
2
Team Liquid
2
September 21, 2018 - 16:15 BST
1612
4
310
7
109
1
616
10
1610
6
58
3
HellRaisers
1
Astralis
2
September 21, 2018 - 20:05 BST
1611
5
414
10
165
11
1012
2
 
 
 
 
FaZe Clan
0
Semifinals
MIBR
0
September 22, 2018 - 16:15 BST
105
5
1016
6
55
0
1016
6
 
 
 
 
Natus Vincere
2
Team Liquid
0
September 22, 2018 - 20:05 BST
86
2
916
7
73
4
1216
4
 
 
 
 
Astralis
2
Grand Final
Natus Vincere
0
September 23, 2018 - 18:10 BST
64
2
1116
5
96
3
916
7
 
 
 
 
Astralis
2

Showmatch[edit]

Participants[edit]

Team rain
1
Norway rain 
2
USA ShahZaM 
3
France ZywOo 
4
United Kingdom ddk 
5
Australia SPUNJ 

Broadcast Talent[edit]

  • Interviewers:
    • United Kingdom Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)
    • United Kingdom Freya (Freya Spiers)
  • Observer:

Format[edit]

  • Showmatch:
  • Bo1 Showmatch
  • Teams chosen by FACEIT
  • Map veto is used

Results[edit]

Team smooya 1519 Team rain
September 23, 2018 - 15:00 BST
1570
80
3819
17

Prize Pool[edit]

Additional Content[edit]

Streams[edit]

LanguageEnglish SpeakingRussiaFranceGermanyPolandPortuguese SpeakingCzech RepublicRomaniaBulgariaHungaryChina
Twitch
YouTube
Douyu
SteamTV[edit]

Articles[edit]

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

Interviews[edit]

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

Videos and Photos[edit]

Galleries[edit]

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

Highlights[edit]

Player Spotlights[edit]

VODs[edit]

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

Country Representation[edit]

# Country/Region #P ΔPrev. Major Players
1 Denmark Denmark 17 +6 karrigan, device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, MSL, aizy, valde, Kjaerbye, niko, k0nfig, cajunb, gade, Snappi, JUGi, cadiaN
2 Russia Russia 14 0 flamie, electronic, balblna, jmqa, waterfaLLZ, Boombl4, Dosia, mir, chopper, hutji, tonyblack, S0tF1k, DavCost, Dima
3 USA USA 13 +1 Skadoodle, autimatic, RUSH, Stewie2K, tarik, nitr0, EliGE, yay, ShahZaM, vice, Hiko, SicK, Nifty
4 Sweden Sweden 12 +6 Golden, olofmeister, KRIMZ, JW, flusha, Xizt, draken, f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, REZ, dennis, Lekr0
5 Ukraine Ukraine 9 +3 Edward, s1mple, Zeus, jR, crush, ANGE1, bondik, COLDY, somedieyoung
6 Poland Poland 6 0 Snax, NEO, pashaBiceps, byali, MICHU, snatchie
6 Turkey Turkey 6 +1 XANTARES, paz, MAJ3R, Calyx, hardstyle, woxic
8 Australia Australia 4 +1 AZR, jks, USTILO, Rickeh
8 Brazil Brazil 4 -2 FalleN, fer, coldzera, TACO
8 Canada Canada 4 +2 Twistzz, NAF, ANDROID, stanislaw
8 France France 4 -7 shox, bodyy, kennyS, SmithZz
8 Germany Germany 4 -3 gob b, tabseN, nex, tiziaN
13 China China 3 -1 Mo, DD, somebody
13 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 3 -5 AdreN, mou, Hobbit
15 Indonesia Indonesia 2 +2 BnTeT, xccurate
15 Norway Norway 2 +1 rain, jkaem
15 Slovakia Slovakia 2 0 STYKO, GuardiaN
15 United Kingdom United Kingdom 2 +2 smooya, dephh
19 Belgium Belgium 1 0 Ex6TenZ
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 NiKo
19 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 0 oskar
19 Estonia Estonia 1 0 ropz
19 Finland Finland 1 -2 suNny
19 Hungary Hungary 1 +1 DeadFox
19 Jordan Jordan 1 +1 ISSAA
19 Lithuania Lithuania 1 0 Kvik
19 Netherlands Netherlands 1 0 chrisJ

References[edit]

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