For the world of CS:GO, Majors are the celebrations of the skill unclear sentence . These events are the opportunity to watch the best teams in the world battling one against the other for the title of the “Ultimate Champions”. These tournaments are a great way to improve your personal skills and strategies by following and analyzing great plays and valiant comebacks. In addition, the major CS:GO tournaments are a perfect opportunity to get some exclusive stickers and souvenir skins, out of which some may reach unexpectedly high prices.
One of the two majors, we are so excited about has ended this month. In IEM Katowice 2019 grand finale Astralis beat ENCE eSports becoming the best team in the CS:GO world showing exceptional high level of skills that we do not remember to have seen before.
The Danish Champions lost only one map on the way to the championship completely dominating over their rivals. Moreover, Astrali’s Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif was awarded the Major’s MVP title with an average rating of 1.37. It is his second MVP title, after winning the first one during BLAST Pro Series in Lisbon. Magisk is also the third player titled with MVP among Astralis players, which shows how good the team really is.
Although the IEM Katowice 2019 had already ended and the second major of this year StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 (Aug 27th – Sep 8th, 2019) is a few months away we still have some interesting competitions in this second quarter of 2019.
What to expect in April 2019
Among countless tournaments and league playoffs, we believe the below four events are the most exciting. April is the middle of the season for most leagues and being right after Major in Katowice may bring some unexpected changes and new tactics for many teams in preparation for August’s Berlin Major.
BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019
Date: Apr 12th – Apr 13th
Prize pool: $250,000
Miami edition of BLAST Pro Series e-sport tournament series will host 6 top-level teams from all around the world: Astralis, Cloud9, FaZe, Liquid MIBR and Natus Vincere. We’re very interested to see Astralis performance after the IEM Katowice 2019.As we write this article, tickets are still available here, but taking into consideration the high popularity of these tournaments that can change anytime.
Date: Apr 12th – 14th 2019
Prize pool: $113,000
This completely new tournament will stage 8 top-notch teams. It is structured around four invited teams – G2, LDLC, Virtus.pro, and Vitality. These teams will battle with Sprout: German team that won the 1st European Qualifiers. The winners of the 2nd European Qualifiers and the Asian Qualifiers are yet to be announced. Likewise, there is still one unoccupied invitation spot.
DreamHack Open Rio 2019
Date: Apr 19th – Apr 21st
Prize pool: $100,000
The DreamHack tournaments are more than just a LANs – they are a celebration of CS:GO gaming community including various activities such as shooting ranges and visits from well-known YouTubers and CS:GO streamers. During the Rio event, 8 teams will fight for a prize pool of $100,000. For now, we know the first 4 attending teams (AVANGAR, FURIA, Luminosity, and Sharks) and the winners of North American qualifiers – eUnited. Two outstanding invitations, in addition to the winners of the South American qualifiers, are yet to be announced.
IEM Sydney 2019
Date: Apr 30th – May 5th
Prize pool: $250,000
The biggest CS:GO tournament in Australia will stage eight world-renowned teams for the third year in a row. With the whooping pool prize of $250,000, it is the second biggest tournament in April/The second prize pool in April. Although the games itself will take place between 3rd and 5th of May, the event is planned to start on Apr the 30th. The teams who will battle for the top prize were announced: BIG, FaZe, Liquid, MIBR, NiP, Renegades, mousesports and Swole Patrol. As we write this article, tickets are still available and you can get them here.
These are our four picks for the upcoming month. Let us know what are your favorite CS:GO April events!