16 of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world are heading to Poland this July to fight for one of the biggest prizes in esports at the PGL Major Kraków 2017. Defending champions Astralis and the seven other Legends who made it to the knockout phase of the ELEAGUE Major in January will be joined by eight other qualifiers to compete for a sweet $1m prize pool. Here’s everything you need to know about the PGL Major Kraków 2017.
PGL Major Kraków Announcement Trailer
The official PGL Major Kraków announcement trailer was released on March 15th 2017 and you can watch it below:
PGL Major Kraków Dates, Format and Schedule
Like the previous majors, the PGL Major Kraków will consist of a Group Stage for 16 teams followed by a Main Event where the remaining eight teams fight their way to the Grand Finals. Everything will be taking place at the TAURON Arena Kraków on these dates:
- PGL Major Kraków Group Stage dates – July 16-19
- PGL Major Kraków Main Event dates – July 21-23
- PGL Major Kraków Grand Finals dates – July 23
The exact format of the PGL Major Kraków has yet to be announced, but given the success of the Swiss format at the ELEAGUE Major in January, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it return for the Group Stage. With that said, the Minors reverted to a GSL-style format with two groups, so who knows? Fans, teams and analysts all seemed to enjoy the Swiss format though, so we hope to see it again.
PGL Major Kraków Legends
Majors traditionally bestow Legends status on the eight teams who made it to the Main Event and the ELEAGUE Major was no exception, which means that the following teams are have Legends status and automatically qualify for the PGL Major Kraków Group Stage:
Several of the Legends at the PGL Major Kraków have undergone roster changes since the previous Major, but not enough to trigger Valve rules that would strip them of their status. Fnatic replaced twist and disco doplan with JW and flusha, felps joined SK Gaming, aizy replaced RUBINO on North, and NiKo from mousesports took aizy’s place in FaZe Clan.
PGL Major Kraków Qualifiers
The eight other teams competing at the PGL Major Kraków are known as the Challengers, and they are chosen through an offline qualifier that runs June 29 through July 2. Typically the offline qualifier features eight teams who got knocked out in groups at the last Major alongside eight who have qualified through the Minors, but due to the extensive French roster shuffle after Atlanta, Team EnVyUs have to requalify through the European Minor.
The Minors are tournaments that take place in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Each one sends two teams to the offline qualifier, except for Europe, which will send three this time to fill the gap left by NV.
The teams taking part in the PGL Major Kraków offline qualifier are:
The European Minor takes place June 15-18 and will determine the three remaining teams. The teams competing in the European Minor are Team EnVyUs, PENTA Sports, BIG, iGame.com, Team LDLC.com, Ballistix, Team Dignitas and Team Kinguin.
PGL Major Kraków Prize Pool
Valve puts up a cool $1 million for every CS:GO Major, so teams who make it to the PGL Major Kraków Main Event can look forward to taking home some decent prize money. When all’s said and done, the winning team will walk away with $500,000, while the runners-up will bag a not-too-shabby $150,000. Things get progressively less exciting further down the list.
It’s also worth reiterating that every team who makes it to the PGL Major Kraków Main Event will automatically acquire Legends status for the next Major, meaning they go straight into the Group Stage – providing they retain the core of their roster.
PGL Major Kraków Casters and Broadcast Talent
PGL has yet to announce the broadcast talent for the PGL Major Kraków 2017. We’ll update this section when they do.
PGL Major Kraków Tickets
Some tickets for the PGL Major Kraków are still available on the official PGL Major Kraków website priced 59 PLN per day ($15.85). That probably sounds cheap, but for most people the expense will come from getting to the TAURON Arena in Kraków, Poland, unless you’re lucky enough to live locally.
The TAURON Arena is located 4km from the Main Square and is connected via public transport to the Main Railway Station and Krakow Airport. There is also a car park with 1,300 parking spaces. Click on the map below to see more detailed information through Google Maps:
PGL Major Kraków Results
The PGL Major Kraków is not too far away, but obviously no matches have taken place yet. Once they do, we’ll update this section so that this page tells a detailed story of whatever goes down at the TAURON Arena in July 2017.