StarLadder & i-League Berlin Major 2019

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StarLadder Major 2019
StarLadder Major 2019 logo.png
The StarLadder Major 2019 logo
Tournament information
SportCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
LocationBerlin, Germany
DatesAugust 20–September 8, 2019
Administrator(s)Valve Corporation
Two 16 team swiss-system group stages
8 team single-elimination playoff
VenueVerti Music Hall
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Teams24 teams
Purse$1,000,000 USD

The StarLadder & i-League Berlin Major 2019, also known as StarLadder Major 2019 or Berlin 2019, will be the fifteenth Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship. It will be held in Berlin, Germany from August 20 to September 8, 2019.[1][2] Fourteen teams will qualify for this Major based on their top fourteen placements from the last Major, the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII – World Championship Major, while another ten teams would qualify from their respective regional qualifiers.[3] It features a $1,000,000 USD prize pool and twenty-four professional teams from around the world as with previous Majors. It is also the first time the Ukrainian-based organization StarLadder will be hosting a Major along with its long-term Chinese partner ImbaTV. The Berlin Major will be the eighth consecutive major with a prize pool of $1,000,000 since Valve announced the prize pool increase from $250,000 at MLG Columbus 2016.[4]


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. It is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series. In competitive play, the game pits two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides are tasked with eliminating the other while also completing separate objectives. The Terrorists must either plant a bomb or kill the entire Counter-Terrorist team, while the Counter-Terrorists must either prevent the bomb from being planted by killing the entire Terrorist team or defusing the bomb. Once the bomb is planted, counter-terrorists have forty seconds to defuse the bomb; under normal circumstances, it takes ten seconds to defuse the bomb, but purchasing a defuse kit reduces the defuse time to five seconds. At the end of each round, players are rewarded based on their individual performance with in-game currency to spend on more powerful weapons in subsequent rounds. Winning rounds results in more money than losing, and completing objectives such as killing enemy players gives cash bonuses. However, the more consecutive rounds a team loses, the more money the losing team earns, with the loss bonus capping after five rounds; once that team wins a round, the loss round bonus resets to the minimum amount each player could earn after a round.

The current defending champions are Astralis, after winning their third major championship at the IEM Katowice Major 2019. Both Astralis and Fnatic have the most Major titles with 3.


There are four regional qualifiers – Americas, Asia, CIS, and Europe. Two teams from each qualifier will move on to the New Challengers stage. Each Minor will feature eight teams. In addition, the teams that placed third in their respective Minors will have another shot at the Major as since Valve Corporation reduced the number of direct invites from sixteen to fourteen, the last two spots will be decided through a third place qualifier, in which the teams that placed third at each Minor will play until two teams remain.

Map Pool[edit]

The map pool was changed for this Major. Cache was taken out of the map pool as Valve announced it would be undergoing renovations. Rather than debuting a new Cobblestone, which is normally in the map pool, Valve introduced Vertigo for the first time as part of its competitive map pool.[5]

  • Dust II
  • Mirage
  • Inferno
  • Nuke
  • Train
  • Overpass
  • Vertigo


Each regional qualifier, called "Minors", featured eight teams. Each Minor also had a US$50,000 prize pool, with first place receiving US$30,000, second place taking in US$15,000, and third place raking in the last US$5,000. Like past recent Minors, no teams was directly invited to the Minors.[6] There is no prize pool for the third place play in. The Europe and Americas Minors will start on July 17th and last until July 21st. The CIS and Asia Minors will start on July 24th and last until July 28th; the third place play in will take place on July 29th.

Each Minor will feature two groups of four teams in a standard, GSL format group stage. The highest and lowest seed of the group and then other two teams will play in a best of one. The winners will play in a best of three and then the losers will play in a best of three. The winner of the winner's match will qualify for the bracket stage while the loser of the loser's match will be eliminated. The last two teams in the group will play in a best of three; the winner will move on to the bracket stage and the loser will be eliminated. The bracket stage will be a four team, best of three, double elimination bracket. The top two teams will qualify for the New Champions stage of the Major, the third place team will have another shot in the third place play-in, while the fourth place team will be eliminated.

The third place play-in will be a four team, double elimination bracket. The initial and winner's match will be a best of one while the elimination matches will be a best of three. The top two teams move on to the Major.

Americas Minor[edit]

The Americas Minor will feature six teams from North America and two teams from South America. The North American closed qualifier featured sixteen teams, with eight teams being invited and another eight teams coming from four open qualifiers. Like the Europe Minor closed qualifier, the North America qualifier was a sixteen team, double elimination, best of three bracket. Notable teams such as Luminosity Gaming, Team Envy, and Boston 2018 champions Cloud9 failed to make it to the Minor. The South America qualifier initially had eight invited teams, but DETONA Gaming's Vinicius "v$m" Moreira had a VAC ban, forcing the team to withdraw from the qualifier. The last spot was filled in by a last chance qualifier.[7]

  • United States eUnited (NA Closed #1-4)
  • Brazil FURIA Esports (NA Closed #1-4)
  • United States NRG Esports (NA Closed #1-4)
  • Brazil Team One (NA Closed #5-6)
  • United States Team Singularity (NA Closed #5-6)
  • Brazil Luminosity Gaming (NA Closed #7-8)[Note 1][8]
  • Brazil Sharks Esports (SA Closed #1)
  • Brazil INTZ eSports (SA Closed #2)
  1. ^ Lazarus Gaming decide to withdraw from the Minor due to roster issues involving Braxton "swag" Pierce, who was permanently banned by Valve Corporation due to his involvement in the iBUYPOWER and match fixing scandal. StarLadder decided to replace the team with the two teams that placed 7th in the closed qualifier: Team Envy and Luminosity Gaming. However, Envy decided not to have a chance to attend the Major and attend Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV - Chicago, giving the spot to Luminosity.

  First round Semifinals StarLadder Berlin 2019
B1 Brazil INTZ eSports 2  
A2 Brazil Sharks Esports 0  
  Brazil INTZ eSports 0  
  United States NRG Esports 2  
A1 United States NRG Esports 2
B2 Brazil FURIA Esports 0  
  United States NRG Esports Q
  Brazil FURIA Esports Q
Brazil Sharks Esports 0  
Brazil FURIA Esports 2  
  Brazil INTZ eSports 1
  Brazil FURIA Esports 2  
Americas Minor summary; Berlin, Germany

NRG Esports started off the Berlin Minors with an easy win over Team One. Sharks Esports was able to take advantage of Team Singularity's inexperience and had a relatively easy time closing out the game. INTZ eSports kicked off group B with an upset over the red hot FURIA Esports in a close game, as INTZ's team effort, with all the players getting at least 20 kills, proved to be the difference. eUnited vs Luminosity Gaming was a battle between inexperience versus inconsistency, but Luminosity's new acquisition of João "felps" Vasconcellos was the impact factor, as felps had 33 kills. NRG was barely able to take a 2-0 win over Sharks as Jhonatan "jnt" Silva's 46 kills gave NRG a scare. INTZ booked a spot in the bracket by taking a very close three game set over Luminosity. Team One was the first team to be eliminated after a fairly close three game series with Singularity. The two favorites of group B met in the loser's match, and FURIA came out on top over eUnited. Sharks looked to continue the streak of underdog Brazilian teams making an impact and it did so as Sharks eliminated Singularity 2-1 behind Raphael "exit" Lacerda's 55 kills. FURIA took a close one over Luminosity and then had an easy second half on the second map, allowing just two rounds and FURIA stayed alive and eliminated Luminosity

Europe Minor[edit]

The Europe Minor closed qualifier featured sixteen teams. No teams were invited to the Minor, but eight teams were invited to the closed qualifier while another eight teams came from four open qualifiers. The closed qualifier was a sixteen team, double elimination, best of three bracket. Notable teams such as, OpTic Gaming, Heroic, and Windigo Gaming did not qualify for the Minor.[10]

  • Serbia CR4ZY (Closed #1-4)
  • Sweden Fnatic (Closed #1-4)
  • European Union mousesports (Closed #1-4)
  • Denmark North (Closed #1-4)
  • Germany BIG (Closed #5-8)
  • European Union NoChance (Closed #5-8)
  • Germany Sprout Esports (Closed #5-8)
  • Sweden Team Ancient (Closed #5-8)
  First round Semifinals StarLadder Berlin 2019
B1 Sweden Fnatic 0  
A2 Europe mousesports 2  
  Europe mousesports 2  
  Denmark North 0  
A1 Serbia CR4ZY 0
B2 Denmark North 2  
  Europe mousesports Q
  Serbia CR4ZY Q
Sweden Fnatic 0  
Serbia CR4ZY 2  
  Denmark North 0
  Serbia CR4ZY 2  
Europe Minor summary; Berlin, Germany

NoChance kicked off the Europe Minor with an upset over mousesports, barely edging out the Germany-based team; four of the five NoChance players had at least 20 kills each. CR4ZY, formerly called Valiance & Co, was able to hold off Sprout Esports, which won six unanswered rounds to start off the second half. Nemanja "huNter" Kovač was able to outduel Nils "k1to" Gruhne in the win. In group B, North had almost no trouble taking down BIG while Fnatic were able to take a 13-2 halftime lead over Team Ancient and did not look back. In the group A winner's match, CR4ZY was able to take down NoChance without too much trouble as Nestor "LETN1" Tanić had 46 kills in the two game sweep. Fnatic dismantled North in the first map of group B's winner's matchup and then limited the Danish offense in the second half of the second map as Jesper "JW" Wecksell put on a vintage performance with 25 kills. After making a comeback in the first map and taking a 12-3 lead in the second map, Sprout looked to close things out. However, Finn "karrigan" Andersen rallied his team and completely overran the Sprout defense in the second half. Sprout took a small lead into the third map halftime, but, once again, mousesports rallied back and only allowed one round and Sprout was eliminated. Group B's loser's match had Ancient and BIG splitting the first two maps and the third map went to overtime. Lead by Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz, BIG was able to squeeze out the win 19-17 over Ancient. mousesports took revenge on NoChance after taking the three game series with Özgür "woxic" Eker leading the server. BIG tried to take revenge on North, but North was able to hold the Germans off with Philip "aizy" Aistrup's 48 kills and Nicklas "gade" Gade's 46 leading the way.

CIS Minor[edit]

The CIS Minor will feature eight teams. The CIS closed qualifier featured the same format as the other Minor qualifiers. Notable teams such as Vega Squadron, pro100, and Winstrike Team failed to make it to the Minor.[11]

  • Russia forZe (Closed #1-4)
  • Belarus Nemiga Gaming (Closed #1-4)
  • Commonwealth of Independent States Syman Gaming (Closed #1-4)
  • Russia Team Spirit (Closed #1-4)
  • Russia DreamEaters (Closed #5-8)
  • Russia Gambit Youngsters (Closed #5-8)
  • Russia Unique Team (Closed #5-8)
  • Russia Warthox Esport (Closed #5-8)
  First round Semifinals StarLadder Berlin 2019

Asia Minor[edit]

The Asia Minor will feature eight teams. Unlike the other Minors, the Asia Minor featured teams from six geographical regions. All qualifiers featured four invited teams with four more coming from two open qualifiers, except for the Greater China qualifier – which had sixteen teams, eight of which were invited – and the African qualifier – which had no invited teams. All qualifiers were a double elimination, best of three bracket.[12]

  • Australia Grayhound Gaming (Oceania #1)
  • Australia Avant Gaming (Oceania #2)
  • China TyLoo (Greater China #1)
  • China 5Power Gaming (Greater China #2)
  • South Korea MVP PK (East Asia)
  • Thailand ALPHA Red (Southeast Asia)
  • United Nations FFAmix (Middle East)
  • South Africa Energy Esports (Africa)
  First round Semifinals StarLadder Berlin 2019

Minor play-in[edit]

This qualifier featured the teams that placed third in their respective Minors. This phase was a four team, best of three, double elimination bracket. The opening matches were the Asia Minor representative against the Europe Minor representative and the CIS Minor team versus the Americans Minor team. After Cloud9 forfeited its spot by not fielding the majority of its lineup from the last Major, a third team would qualify from this qualifier.[13]

  • Denmark North (Europe #3)
  • Brazil INTZ eSports (Americas #3)
  • Commonwealth of Independent States CIS #3
  • United Nations Asia #3
  First round Semifinals StarLadder Berlin 2019
EU Denmark North  
AM Brazil INTZ eSports  

Teams competing[edit]


Katowice 2019 9th-14th

Regional Qualifiers
  • Commonwealth of Independent States TBD (CIS Minor #1)
  • Commonwealth of Independent States TBD (CIS Minor #2)
  • European Union mousesports (Europe Minor #1)
  • Serbia CR4ZY (Europe Minor #2)
  • United Nations TBD (Asia Minor #1)
  • United Nations TBD (Asia Minor #2)
  • United States NRG Esports (Americas Minor #1)
  • Brazil FURIA Esports (Americas Minor #2)
  • United Nations TBD (Play-in #1)
  • United Nations TBD (Play-in #2)
  • United Nations TBD (Play-in #3)[Note 3]

  1. ^ Coldzera had asked to be benched after the rosters were locked for the major. Originally, they would not have been allowed to compete due to roster move not being an emergency. However, after a rule change, MIBR will be allowed to use their coach Wilton "zews" Prado as a substitute. Coldzera wanted to play with MIBR at the major, but FalleN and fer were unwilling.
  2. ^ After HellRaisers placed in the top fourteen of the last Major, the team needed to keep the majority of its lineup to keep its spot for this Major. However, after Özgür "woxic" Eker was picked up by mousesports and HellRaisers released Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz and benched Abay "HObbit" Khasenov, HellRaisers no longer had a majority of its Katowice 2019 lineup, so it could not retain a spot. Deadfox or HObbit will need to play if Hellraisers wishes to keep a spot in the major.
    In June 20, the team has confirmed their spot in the championship, due to a change in the roster rules.
  3. ^ Like HellRaisers, Cloud9 needed to keep the majority of its lineup to retain a spot for this Major. However, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist stepped down from the team, Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro's trial period ended, and Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey was released, meaning Cloud9's would have to qualify via qualifiers. This spot was filled in via the Minor play-in.


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