ELEAGUE has released the groups and initial match-ups for the event just a few days before the start of its Premier tournament. 

​​The tournament features seven of the current top eight teams and could shape up to be one of the best Counter-Strike tournaments of the year. ELEAGUE Premier will be broadcast on Twitch as part of their agreement, a deal that has led them to break records for highest concurrent viewership on the platform.

The tournament comes at a time of chaos for many rosters. FaZe Clan will play their first event with Olof "Olofmeister" Kajbjer since he left for personal reasons. Cloud9 appear to be trying out two new players, Maikil "Golden" Selim and Martin "STYKO" Styk, who played with the team at ESL ONE Cologne. Mousesports will also debut their lineup featuring Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski, a recent acquisition the team made. It has also been rumored that Marcelo "coldzera" David would like to leave MiBR, putting pressure on the team to perform at this event.

The full set of groups is as follows:

Group A

  • Astralis
  • Cloud9
  • Team Liquid
  • MIBR

Group B

  • Natus Vincere
  • Fnatic
  • FaZe Clan
  • Mousesports

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