CS:GO PGL Major Kraków 2017 guide

16 of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world are heading to Poland this week 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 format will be a 16-team Swiss round tournament, with a seeded first round based on teams placing at the ELEAGUE Major and for newcomers, their placing at the Major Qualifiers.

Here is the schedule for the group stages so far, all times in CEST:

Sunday July 16 – Group Stage Day 1


Round 1

11:00 Gambit vs Mousesports
12:30 Fnatic v Flipsid3
14:00 Virtus.Pro vs Vega Squadron
15:30 Sk Gaming vs Penta Sports
17:00 Faze vs BIG
18:30 North vs Cloud9
20:00 Na’Vi vs G2 Esports
21:30 Astralis vs Immortals

Monday July 17 – Group Stage Day 2


Round 2

11:00 Match 1
12:30 Match 2
14:00 Match 3
15:30 Match 4
17:00 Match 5
18:30 Match 6
20:00 Match 7
21:30 Match 8

Tuesday July 18 – Group Stage Day 3


Round 3

11:00 Match 1
12:30 Match 2
14:00 Match 3
15:30 Match 4
17:00 Match 5
18:30 Match 6
20:00 Match 7
21:30 Match 8

Wednesday July 19 Group Stage Day 4


Round 4

10:00 Match 1
11:30 Match 2
13:00 Match 3
14:30 Match 4
16:00 Match 5
17:30 Match 6

Round 5

19:00 Match 1
20:30 Match 2
22:00 Match 3

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:

Astralis

Virtus Pro

Fnatic

SK Gaming

Astralis

Virtus Pro

Fnatic

SK Gaming

ELEAGUE Major Winner

ELEAGUE Major Runner-Up

ELEAGUE Major Semifinals

ELEAGUE Major Semifinals

Natus Vincere

Gambit Esports

North

FaZe Clan

Natus Vincere

Gambit Esports

North

FaZe Clan

ELEAGUE Major Quarterfinals

ELEAGUE Major Quarterfinals

ELEAGUE Major Quarterfinals

ELEAGUE Major Quarterfinals

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 Challengers

The eight other teams competing at the PGL Major Kraków are known as the Challengers, and they were chosen through an offline qualifier that ran 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 would need to requalify through the European Minor, which they ultimately failed to do.

The teams who qualified for the PGL Major Kraków through the offline qualifier are:

mousesports

G2 Esports

PENTA Sports

Cloud9

mousesports

G2 Esports

PENTA

Cloud9

ELEAGUE Major Participant

ELEAGUE Major Participant

Europe Minor 2nd Place

Americas Minor 1st Place

BIG

Immortals

Vega Squadron

FlipSid3 Tactics

BIG

Immortals

Vega Squadron

Flipsid3 Tactics

Europe Minor 1st Place

Americas Minor 2nd Place

CIS Minor 1st Place

ELEAGUE Major Participant

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.

Position

Prize

Seed

1st

$500,000

“Legend” status

2nd

$150,000

“Legend” status

3rd-4th

$70,000

“Legend” status

5th-8th

$35,000

“Legend” status

9th-16th

$8,750

Offline qualifier invite

PGL Major Kraków Casters and Broadcast Talent

Redeye

SirScoots

Pala Gilroy Sen

Fifflaren

Host

Interviewer

Fluff Interviewer

Analyst

Moses

natu

SPUNJ

YNk

Analyst

Analyst

Analyst

Analyst

Anders

Semmler

ddk

James Bardolph

Commentator

Commentator

Commentator

Commentator

HenryG

Sadokist

Prius

sapphiRe

Commentator

Commentator

Observer

Observer

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.

Friday July 21

Saturday July 22

Sunday July 23

Entry from 11:30

Entry from 11:30

Entry from 13:30

Event starts 12:30

Event starts 12:30

Event starts 14:30

Tickets from 59 PLN (approx $15.85)

Tickets from 59 PLN (approx $15.85)

Tickets from 59 PLN (approx $15.85)

BUY TICKET

BUY TICKET

BUY TICKET

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:

TAURON Arena in Krakow

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.