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How to Watch the FACEIT London CS:GO Major – Stream, Format, Matches and More

Published: 4/Sep/2018 9:34 Updated: 22/Sep/2018 15:32

by Matt Porter


It’s been 7 months since the ELEAGUE Boston Major, but finally CSGO fans have a major tournament to look forward to, as the FACEIT London Major kicks off in just a few days.

When is it?

Starting on Wednesday, September 5, 24 of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams in the world will descend on England’s capital city to compete for their share of the $1 million prize pool. The New Challengers Stage runs until September 9, with the New Legends Stage running September 12 -16. The Champions Stage will begin on September 20, with the grand final taking place on September 23.

Where is it?

The FACEIT Major is taking place in London, England. The New Challengers and New Legends Stages will take place at Twickenham Stadium, where the qualifying Minors took place over the summer. While the first two stages of the tournament are not open to the public, the Champions Stage is open to the public, and takes place at the SSE Arena at Wembley.

How can I watch?

The event will be streamed on FACEIT’s Twitch and YouTube channels. The event can also be viewed through the GOTV player built into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Viewers who watch on GOTV, along with those who watch on Twitch with a linked CSGO account, have a chance of receiving a collectible Souvenir Package.

Watch live video from FACEIT TV on

Can I buy tickets?

Single day tickets for Thursday September 20, and Friday September 21 of the Champions Stage are still available, but the Saturday and Sunday are now sold out. There are also no Premium or VIP tickets left. You can buy tickets for the Thursday and Friday here.

What is the format for the Major?

The Major is divided into three stages, The New Challengers Stage features 16 teams, made up of the 8 Minor winners from 4 different regions, along with teams who place in Top 16 at the Boston Major back in January. 8 teams will progress from this stage into the New Legends stage, where they will be joined by the Top 8 teams from the Boston Major. 

Both the New Challengers and New Legends Stage will use a 16 team Swiss format, with the first four rounds being best-of-one matches, and the fifth round being a best-of-three. Teams will be ranked using the Buchholz system in an attempt to avoid random matches. 

From that stage, 8 teams will progress to the single-elimination Champions Stage, where all matches will be best-of-three contests.

Who is competing at the FACEIT London Major?

The major is made up of 24 of the best CSGO teams from around the world. Included are favourites Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas, OpTic Gaming and more. The full list of teams can be found below.

The New Challengers The Minors’ Champions The Current Legends
Gambit Esports Ninjas in Pyjamas Cloud9
Vega Squadron compLexity Gaming FaZe Clan
Space Soldiers Hellraisers Natus Vincere
BIG Clan Renegades MIBR
Astralis OpTic Gaming mousesports
Team Liquid Rogue Winstrike Team
North Team Spirit G2 Esports
Virtus.Pro TyLoo Fnatic

Quarter Final Matchups

Round 4 Matchups

Round 3 Matchups

What are the Round 1 Matchups?

Round 1 matches begin on Wednesday, September 5, with coverage starting at 10am BST (2am PDT, 5am EDT, 7pm AEST). The full first round matches can be viewed below. 

Space Soldiers vs. Rogue vs.  Ninjas in Pyjamas
Gambit Esports vs.  TyLoo Gaming
BIG Clan vs.  Renegades
Vega Squadron vs.  Team Spirit
North vs.  Hellraisers
Team Liquid vs.  OpTic Gaming
Astralis vs.  compLexity Gaming

Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.