MLG Columbus viewer’s guide


With the next major, first in North America and first to feature a staggering $1 million, starting in under two days, here is the viewer’s guide for MLG Columbus.

MLG Columbus 2016 is set to start on Tuesday, March 29th, with the first two rounds of group stage matches. The groups will see a standard GSL format being played, with all matches barring the decider played in best-of-ones.

A peculiar veto format will be used in best-of-ones, where one team vetoes three maps, the other only two, and the map will be chosen randomly out of the remaining two in the pool.

Groups are following:

Group A
1. NiP
2. Luminosity
3. mousesports
4. FlipSid3

Group B
1. FaZe
2. fnatic
3. Splyce
4. Liquid

Group C
1. EnVyUs
2. Astralis
3. Gambit
4. CLG

Group D
1. Natus Vincere
3. G2
4. Cloud9

The entire group stage on the first three days will be played without audience in the MLG Arena, for the three-day playoffs the competition will move on to the Nationwide Arena.

The full schedule looks as follows:

Tuesday, March 29th
16:00h   NiP vs. FlipSid3  –  BO1
17:10h   Luminosity vs. mousesports  –  BO1
18:20h   FaZe vs. Liquid  –  BO1
19:30h   fnatic vs. Splyce   –  BO1
20:40h   EnVyUs vs. CLG   –  BO1
21:50h   Astralis vs. Gambit   –  BO1
23:00h   Natus Vincere vs. Cloud9  –  BO1
00:10h vs. G2   –  BO1

Wednesday, March 30th
16:00h   Group A – elimination match   BO1
17:10h   Group B – elimination match   BO1
18:20h   Group C – elimination match   BO1
19:30h   Group D – elimination match   BO1
20:40h   Group A – winners’ match   BO1
21:50h   Group B – winners’ match   BO1
23:00h   Group C – winners’ match   BO1
00:10h   Group D – winners’ match   BO1

Thursday, March 31st
16:00h   Group A – decider   BO3
18:20h   Group B – decider   BO3
20:40h   Group C – decider   BO3
23:00h   Group D – decider   BO3

Friday, April 1st
16:00h   Quarter-final #1 (A1 vs. TBD)   BO3
18:30h   Quarter-final #2 (B1 vs. TBD)   BO3
21:00h   Quarter-final #3 (C1 vs. TBD)   BO3

Saturday, April 2nd
16:00h   Quarter-final #4 (D1 vs. TBD)   BO3
18:30h   Semi-final #1   BO3
21:00h   Semi-final #2   BO3

Sunday, April 3rd
18:00h   All-Star match   BO1
19:30h   Grand final   BO3

The official English broadcast will be streamed via both Twitch and The following 13-man lineup will take you through all the action in Columbus, Ohio:

Paul “Redeye” Chaloner – Stage Host
Chris Puckett – Interviewer
Scott “SirScoots” Smith – Desk Host
Duncan “Thorin” Shields – Analyst
Richard Lewis – Analyst
Jason “moses” O’Toole – Analyst
Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson – Analyst
Anders Blume – Commentator
Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat – Commentator
Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett – Commentator
Henry “HenryG” Greer – Commentator
Daniel “ddk” Kapadia – Commentator
James “JZFB” Bardolph – Commentator

There will also be an official Russian stream produced by SLTV, who promised to bring a massive production for Russian-speaking audience, with the following on-air team:

Antonina “Tonya” Predko – Host
Stepan “DonStepan” Shulga – Analyst
Alexey “xaoc” Kucherov – Analyst
Aleksandr “petr1k” Petrik – Analyst
Ivan “Johnta” Shevcov – Analyst
Stepan “DonStepan” Shulga – Analyst
Taufiq “Tafa” Khidri – Commentator
Igor “sL4M” Sopov – Commentator
Juriy “strike” Tereshenko – Commentator
Konstantin “leniniw” Sivko – Commentator
Fiodor “KvaN” Zakharov – Commentator
Aleksandr “HomeR” Lysenko – Commentator

As mentioned above, the first North American major will also bring the biggest prize purse yet, a staggering $1,000,000, which will be distributed among the participants as such:

1. $500,000
2. $150,000
3-4. $70,000
5-8. $35,000
9-12. $8,750
13-16. $8,750


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