PGL Major Krakow: Preview


PGL Major Krakow is the second and concluding major of the year, which will be held on July 16-23. Following ESL One Cologne 2017 and a short bootcamp in Germany, CIS Na`Vi G2A have finally arrived in Poland and have since been gearing up for their Sunday’s match against France G2


As usual, the group stage will be played behind the closed doors without spactators. It will last four days from July 16 to 19 and decide eight teams who will be moving further in the tournament. Next, the participants will be enjoying a one-day rest on July 20 only to meet again on July 21-23 in the major's playoffs, staged by the 15,000-seat Tauron Arena Krakow.  




The Krakow event retains the format of the previous major, using a Swiss system for the group stage instead of GSL. 16 teams will play five Bo1 rounds with the first match-ups being predetermined teams. Every match-up after that is chosen randomly depending on the score the team has.




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The team scoring three wins advances straight into the quarterfinals, while three losses get it eliminated from the event. All in all, it is going to be eight teams reaching the playoffs to compete in a traditional single-elimination Bo3 format. 

Pick ban changes

The topic of PGL Major Krakow’s veto changes has been highly discussed in the recent days. We are going to take a closer look at it and compare it to the one witnessed at the ELEAGUE Major 2017.


  • PGL Major Krakow: team A vetoes two maps; team B vetoes three; team A picks one of the two remaining maps; team B then picks the side.


  • ELEAGUE Major 2017: team A vetoes one map; team B vetoes one map; team A vetoes one map; team B vetoes one map; team A vetoes one map; finally, the map is picked randomly; team B gets to pick the side.
One thing to note is that Legends receive higher seeding for the first round and can choose whether to veto first and then pick a map or to veto three maps and then choose the side. In all the following matches the team with the higher seeding will be decided by the coin toss. This format change provides the teams with a chance to outplay their opponents strategically right in the veto stage. 
  • The veto system for the playoffs, on the other hand, remains unchanged: team A vetoes one map; team B vetoes one map; team A picks one map; team B picks one map; team B vetoes one map; team A then picks the map for the decider from the two maps left. 


The team with the better result in the group stage receives higher seeding in playoffs and so chooses the team to begin the veto process. In semis and finals, the team having the first veto is decided through the playoff bracket.

The first opponent - G2


We will be kicking off our major run with a match-up versus France G2. Our latest game against this team was a little over a week ago and saw CIS Na`Vi take a solid 2:0 victory. We started off slow in both games but were able to come back into the fight and then close out each of the two maps in our favor. First comeback occured on de_overpass, where we fought back from 2:11 deficit to win 19:17 in overtime. The second map, which was de_nuke, saw G2 secure the lead anew, as they were winning 13:9 and had full economy control, but Na`Vi were able to bounce back again and secure a map with a 16:13 score.


We now will be trying to predict the course of the upcoming match starting from a new veto process. Natus Vincere have secured the “Legend” status in the previous major and therefore have higher seeding and the right to choose the order of vetoes in tomorrow's game. 
It seems more probable that our players will go for the option of two vetoes and one map pick. This way, they will be able to dispose of cache and, most likely, cobblestone, the latter being one of the most successful maps for the French over the past three months (12 wins, 1 loss). G2 will then ban mirage, train and overpass, leaving Na`Vi to choose between nuke and inferno. The choice will depend on the confidence our players would have coming into each of the maps, since G2 are known to have been displaying some strong performances on both: nuke – 8 wins and 3 losses; inferno – 8 wins and 4 losses. One way or another,  we hope to witness some great Counter-Strike action tomorrow night and see our boys begin the tournament on the right foot with a confident win. #gonavi


PGL Major Krakow video teaser

Participating teams


CIS Natus Vincere G2A


Denmark Astralis


Sweden fnatic


Kazakhstan Gambit Gaming

 ua Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
 ua Ioann "EdwardSuharev
 Slovakia Ladislav "GuardianKovacs
 ru Denis "seizedKostin
 Russian Federation Egor "flamieVasiliev
dk Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
dk Nicolai "device" Reedtz
dk Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjaerbye
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman
ru Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Kazakhstan Rustem "mou" Tlepov
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Ukraine Daniil "ZeusTeslenko 
Kazakhstan Abay "HObbit" Khasenov

Poland G2A


CIS FlipSid3 Tactics


Brazil SK Gaming


International mousesports

PolandPaweł "byali" Bieliński
PolandFilip "Neo" Kubski
PolandJarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski
PolandJanusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
PolandWiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Russian Federation Denis "electronic" Sharipov 
ua Andrew "B1ad3" Gorodensky
Russian FederationGeorgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
 ua Egor "markeloff" Markelov
Finland Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen

Brazil Joao "felps" Cabral

br Epitacio "TACO" Pessoa 
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo

Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga

Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David

Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool
Netherlands Chris “chrisJ” de Jong
Germany Denis "denis" Howell
Czech Republic Tomáš "Oskar" Šťastný
Spain Christian"loWel" Antoran 

International FaZe Clan


Brazil Immortals


France G2 Esports


Denmark North

 fr Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
 dk Finn "karrigan" Andersen
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli
 Bosnia and Herzegovina  Nikola "NiKo” Kovač

Brazil Vito "kNg" Giuseppe

Brazil Ricardo "Boltz" Prass

Brazil Henrique "hen1" Teles
Brazil Lucas "Lucas" Teles
Brazil Lucas "Steel" Lopes
France  Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro
FranceRichard "shox" Papillon
fr Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
fr Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
France Nathan "NBK" Schmitt
 dk  Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen
dk René "cajunb" Borg
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup
 Denmark Emil "Magiskb0Y" Reif

International PENTA Sports


Germany BiG


Russian Federation Vega Squadron


United States Cloud9

Poland Paweł "innocent" Mocek
fi Jesse "zehN" Linjala
Estonia  Kevin "hs" Tarn
fi Miikka "suNny" Kemppi
Luxembourg Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend
Turkey Fatih “gob b” Dayik
Germany Johannes "nex" Maget
de Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus
Germany Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz
Serbia and Montenegro Nikola “LEGIJA" Ninić
Ukraine Dmitriy "jR" Chervak
Russian Federation Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov 
Russian Federation Sergey "keshandr" Nikishin 
Russian Federation Nikolay "mir" Bityukov
Russian Federation Pavel "hutji" Lashkov 
us Jake "Stewie2k" Yip
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek
United States Tyler "Skadoodle” Latham
us Timothy "autimatic" Ta


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