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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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