Majors are the most sought after prizes in esports and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is no exception. So, we are going to run through the youngest players to ever scoop one on the big stage.
CS:GO has one of the longest-standing competitive scenes and since the introduction of the Major Championships back in 2013, more than 50 players have had the pleasure of claiming the illustrious prize.
The average pro player age might be 23-years-old these days, although some have won the big one while being much younger than that.
Topping the list is Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, who you might have guessed already, as the Dane went down in history as the youngest ever player to pick up a grand prize as part of the Astralis team who won ELEAGUE Atlanta in 2017. He was just 18 years and 277 days old, and it was certainly a moment he, and his fans, will never forget.
Also making our list is one the most well-known faces in Counter-Strike, Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip. The Team Liquid star won possibly the biggest honor of all time as Cloud9 saw off FaZe Clan in overtime to win the Boston ELEAGUE title in 2018.
At the age of 21, he sent the home crowd into raptures after popping off to help seal victory on that famous night, one of the event’s most memorable moments.
Other big names that feature on the list include Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist, Paweł ‘byali’ Bieliński, and Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell – With flusha and JW picking up the honor in the first Major, Dreamhack Winter 2013.
Organizers have revealed the new schedule for Flashpoint Season 2, which will see teams competing for the largest CSGO prize pool of 2020 at $1 million.
The competition has been held completely online since March, due to the ongoing concern surrounding the global health situation, and that will continue for Season 2 as well.
This tournament venture between B Site Inc. and FACEIT kicks off its second season on November 10, 2020, with participating teams and the schedule released in the days leading up to the start.
So, let’s take a look at which teams are playing when, and how you can catch all the action.
Opening matches for Flashpoint Season 2.
The matches will all be streamed on FLASHPOINT’s Twitch channel, and with no in-person attendance and all games being held completely remotely, this will be the only way to watch the matches.
Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who is participating in the leadership of FLASHPOINT’s creative direction, has predicted Group C will definitely be the one to watch, with OG (who are favored by many to win it all) and potential dark horses Cloud9 battling it out, along with Virtus.Pro in the mix as well, who finally seem to be getting in the swing of online play.
In Group B, BIG emerges as a clear favorite, but Thorin added “there will be heavy competition for the second-best team.” Finally, all eyes in Group A will be focused on taking down MAD Lions, who came out on top in first place following Flashpoint Season 1.
How Flashpoints Season 2 will work, from Group stages all the way to the Grand Final.
Flashpoint Season 2 format & schedule
FLASHPOINT Season 2 will start off with a Group Stage where 12 teams will compete in three different Groups. The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Playoffs.