ELEAGUE’s CSGO Invitational 2019 is finally set in stone. The invite-only tournament is scheduled for January 25-27, featuring a double-elimination bracket and a $150,000 prize pool.
ELEAGUE first teased the CSGO Invitational 2019 at the end of the CSGO Premiere tournament last Summer. They followed it up with another teaser over the holidays. Now, after much anticipation, Turner and IMG has finally confirmed that the tournament is happening.
Unlike previous tournaments, the 2019 opener of the prominent organizer will be much smaller in scale. For starters, the prize pool is “only” going to be $150,000. Also, only 4 teams received an invite to the event. However, make no mistake, it should remain a must-watch tournament. The caliber of teams present — FaZe Clan, Cloud9, compLexity Gaming, and BIG — and the production quality we have come to expect from Turner and IMG will ensure that this a tournament you shouldn’t miss.
The ELEAGUE CSGO Invitational 2019 will take place at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta from January 25-27.
Fans can watch the CSGO Invitational 2019 live through Twitch, B/R Live, as well as ELEAGUE.com. Unfortunately, the tournament will not have a live TV broadcast. Instead, fans can watch a miniseries, similar to the one posted right after the Boston Major, after the event.
ELEAGUE Opens The Year with CSGO Invitational 2019
ELEAGUE certainly didn’t hold back on drafting some of the biggest talents in CS:GO. The tournament will feature many prominent community figures. This includes Alex ‘Goldenboy‘ Mendez as the host; Jason ‘Moses‘ O’Toole and Sean Gares as analysts; James Bardolph and Daniel ‘DDK‘ Kapadia as the casters; and finally, rounding out the talent lineup is Sue ‘Smix‘ Lee as the one in charge of hosting and interviews.
Format-wise, the CSGO Invitational will feature a double-elimination bracket. The tournament will kick things off with the opening rounds on January 25 (Friday). This will be followed by the upper bracket finals and the first lower bracket round on January 26 (Saturday). Finally, the lower bracket finals and the Grand Finals will both take place on January 27 (Sunday).
ELEAGUE will announce the full schedule of the event sometime later this month before the start of the event.
The CSGO Invitational 2019 may be a short tournament, but it’s full of storylines. For example, it’ll be interesting to see how BIG will do on their first LAN together after the acquisition of longtime Space Soldiers player İsmailcan ‘XANTARES‘ Dörtkardes. At the same time, this tournament will also serve as FaZe Clan’s second LAN together with their current lineup, following an appearance at the IBUYPOWER Masters 2019 just a week prior. Finally, hometown favourites, Cloud9 and compLexity Gaming, will also attend the event, both with the potential to serve as spoilers.
Who do you think will win the CSGO Invitational 2019? Will FaZe Clan win it as expected? Or will BIG turn a lot of heads with a stand-out performance from the latest addition to their CSGO roster? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.