How hot will Liquid be coming off their Major run?
ESL have revealed the first round matchups for their upcoming ESL One New York event, set to kick off on September 26th and running until September 30th. All teams in attendance, with the exception of NRG, will be travelling directly from the Major in London, leaving themselves a 3-day travel window.
The $250,000 event will see two groups of four clash in a best-of-three double elimination GSL bracket during the group stage before progressing to the Barclays Center for the playoffs. The event will culminate with a best-of-five grand final showdown, which will be preceded by the MSI MGA best-of-one grand final on stage.
With the Major coming to a close mere days before the start of New York, it seemed unlikely that any rosters would make changes so soon; however, the Swedish side of fnatic have already announced that they plan to field Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom in place of long-time member Robin "flusha" Rönnquist. The event is also likely to be Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov's final tournament with Gambit as the Kazakhstani player was listed for transfer earlier this week.
The first round matchups and complete schedule for ESL One New York, with times in EDT, is as follows:
|Wednesday, September 26th|
|11:00 AM||Na`Vi vs. Gambit||BO3|
|11:00 AM||fnatic vs. mousesports||BO3|
|~2:50 PM||FaZe vs. G2||BO3|
|~2:50 PM||NRG vs. Liquid||BO3|
|~6:40 PM||Group A - Elimination match||BO3|
|Thursday, September 27th|
|11:00 AM||Group B - Elimination match||BO3|
|~2:30 PM||Group A - Winners' match||BO3|
|~6:00 PM||Group B - Winners' match||BO3|
|Friday, September 28th|
|11:00 AM||Group A - Decider match||BO3|
|~2:30 PM||Group B - Decider match||BO3|
|Saturday, September 29th|
|~1:00 PM||Semifinal #1||BO3|
|~4:50 PM||Semifinal #2||BO3|
|Sunday, September 30th|
|11:00 AM||MSI MGA Grand Final||BO1|
|~1:00 PM||ESL One New York Grand Final||BO5|
ESL One New York will kick off on September 26th with the CIS sides of Gambit and Na`Vi facing off, while the new-look fnatic will simultaneously take on mousesports.