The FACEIT London Major is the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament this year with almost all of the best teams in attendance.
The first Major to ever be held in London will have some of the most anticipated and exciting CS:GO action in a long time, and to make sure no one misses a minute of the action, this is how fans should watch.
When does it start and end?
There are three stages for the FACEIT Major, the first one being the Challenger Stage and taking place from Sept. 5-9 at the Twickenham Stadium. During that stage, 16 teams competed for eight spots to advance to the next round.
In the Legends Stage, eight teams that qualified from the Challengers Stage joined the top eight teams from the previous Major to fight for eight spots in the quarterfinals. This stage takes place from Wednesday to Sunday and will also be played at the Twickenham Stadium.
The Champions Stage is the final challenge for the eight remaining teams as they compete in a single-elimination bracket onstage at the SSE Arena at Wembley to try to win the Major. This stage will take place from Sept. 20-23.
The first quarterfinal will start at 3:15 p.m. BST while the second will start at 6:45 p.m. BST. On Sept. 21, the last two quarterfinals will be played starting at 4:15 p.m. BST while the second will start at 7:45 p.m. BST.
Where can it be watched?
The FACEIT Major can be watched live on the official FACEIT Twitch stream, as well as its YouTube
Which teams are playing?
There are 24 teams at the tournament, with eight of them already qualified for the Legends Stage.
These are the eight teams who will compete in the Challenger Stage because of qualifying through the Minors:
Here are the eight teams who will compete in the Challenger Stage, for which they qualified by making it to the Legends Stage at the ELEAGUE Boston Major in January:
These are the eight Legends from the Boston Major:
The event will be hosted by Alex "Machine" Richardson, with assistance on-stage from Pala Gilroy Sen and interviews by Freya Spiers. On commentary, viewers will see Daniel "ddk" Kapadia, James Bardolph, Anders Blume, Jason "Moses" O'Toole, Henry "HenryG" Greer and Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett.
Will this tournament have any viewing incentive?
Yes, as is the case with every Major, fans who link their Steam account with their Twitch will be eligible for exclusive case drops, which will depend on what map is being played.
YouTube viewers will receive FACEIT Points.
What are the storylines to watch?
The biggest storyline for the Major is to see who will win, and with many of the best teams competing, it will be a great fight to see who will take home the trophy.
Another storyline is to see which of the teams in the Legends Stage will have to requalify for the next Major. Valve recently changed the rules to say that whichever two teams get three losses without a win will not get an automatic invite to IEM Katowice Major.
What are the matchups to watch in the opening round of the New Legends Stage?
In the first round of the New Legends Stage, Cloud9 will play against Vega Squadron, MIBR against TyLoo, FaZe against BIG, Na'Vi against Astralis, G2 against HellRaisers, Fnatic against compLexity, Winstrike against Liquid, and mousesports against NiP.
How does the in-game Pick'em Challenge work?
To play the Pick'em Challenge, fans buy stickers, which Valve released on Thursday, and use them to pick which teams they think will win each matchup.
Updated Sept. 17
The final eight teams have been decided as compLexity Gaming and Team Liquid comes in as the No. 1 and 2 seed respectively.
Sept. 20 (BST):
3:15 p.m. BIG vs. Natus Vincere
6:45 p.m. compLexity vs. MIBR
Sept. 21 (BST):
4:15 p.m. Team Liquid vs. HellRaisers
7:45 p.m. Astralis vs. FaZe Clan
Photo courtesy of FACEIT