The groups for Counter Strike’s 1st $1 million Major, MLG Columbus, have been revealed.
The Major will be held in Columbus, Ohio in MLG Arena and Nationwide Arena from March 29 to April 3, 2016. It will feature 16 teams and a prize pool of $1,00,000. This is the first Major to be held in the United States of America, and to have a million dollar prize pool.
In Group A, It’s fair to say Luminosity will be heavily favoured to break through as first position. Apart from them, we’ve got Swedish favorites Ninjas In Pyjamas, the German Mousesports and CIS based squad Flipsid3.
For Group B, It will be FaZe, Team Liquid, Fnatic and Splyce. FaZe need to step up their game and improve their performance. Team Fnatic are fan favourites and surely will be hyped up each game. Splyce showed great gameplay throughout the qualifiers as well. As for Team Liquid, S1mple will be playing with them, making it his first Major.
Group C features North American teams Gambit Gaming along with Counter Logic Gaming. It also consists of Team EnVyUs and Astralis, who will be battling it out for a higher spot in the brackets for the main stage.
Lastly, in Group D, we have Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, Cloud 9 and G2 Esports. Many fans have Na’Vi as their betting options due to their consistently good performance over the last few months. Their battle with Virtus.pro will be one worth watching. Apart from that Cloud 9 and G2 will have to work hard to prove themselves.
These brackets may be warm-ups for certain teams and tough struggles for others. But what we know for sure is that MLG Columbus will be a great watch.