The ESL One: New York 2019 is upon us with the event all set to start tomorrow at the Barclays Center in New York City. The $200,000 event will be held from 26th-29th with eight teams going up against each other to hoist the cup in New York and walk away with a lions share of the prize pool.
The event will be a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season - 3 and will also be featuring the world premiere of the reworked Cache map, which will be a part of the showmatch.
Also, more information about the ESL Pro Tour can be expected. As per the statement made by the organizers they had stated that more information will be given on 28th September as part of the media briefing at ESL One New York.
The eight participating teams have been divided into two groups of four teams each. Both these groups will be following a best-of-three, double-elimination GSL group format, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the playoffs.
Group - A
Group - B
The playoffs will witness a best-of-three, single-elimination semifinal match-up, followed by a best-of-five grand finale.
This will be the first big event after the recently concluded StarLadder Berlin Major, where Astralis won their third consecutive Major and fourth overall. This gives rise to a few interesting storylines.
Liquid Strikes Back
One of the heavy favourites to win the Berlin Major, Liquid faced a quarterfinal exit following a ‘2-0’ defeat against Astralis. The NA squad still retain their number one position on the HLTV global rank list but with Astralis on the hunt to reclaim the throne, a victory on their home turf is a necessity for the boys in blue.
Astralis - Towards The Number One Spot
After having a bad season following their victory at Katowice, the Danish squad swung some mighty strong punches to falter multiple strong opponents to claim the trophy in Berlin. Now with their eyes set upon reclaiming the number one rank, it will be great to see the Danish team fight and make a mark by starting off the season with a victory.
A New Phase
With teams like ENCE, G2 Esports and FaZe Clan undergoing a few changes in their roster post the clash in Berlin. It will be a good testing ground for the teams to see how these changes work for them and how well do the teammates gel together while playing in a LAN setup.
ENCE will be playing with Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi who came in place of Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen in an effort to yield better results. G2 Esports will also be playing along with Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey who will be replacing Richard ‘shox’ Papillon. And finally, FaZe Clan will be introducing the youngster Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants with another unannounced player.
The matches will be broadcasted live on multiple mediums like Twitch, YouTube and Facebook in both English and Russian languages.
ESL One: New York 2019 is turning up to be quite a competitive event with loads of new lineups and an intense rivalry between Astralis and Liquid. Let’s see how the group stage plays out and which four teams make their way through to the playoffs.