ESL One New York starts this weekend, bringing Counterstrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) back to the Big Apple. This year, eight of the best CS:GO teams in the world will play their hearts out to take home part of the $200K prize pool.
There’s so much to see and do besides watching your favor esports teams and players. Below are all types of things to look out for during the two days.
Let’s start with the teams and how the competition is set up.
- Team Liquid
At first glance, Group A seems like an easy lock for Team Liquid and ENCE to move forward. This doesn’t mean that the two teams that fought their hardest to be here won’t do well either.
Hopefully, G2 doesn’t buckle under the pressure. Additionally, eUnited has tried their best in the Counterstrike scene since their inception but can waver under pressure. Going up against champs could turn their blood to water.
- FaZe Clan
- OpTic Gaming
Group B is a tad more unpredictable than Group A, especially in terms of predicting a second team to leave the group. Current Major titleholder, Astralis, will most likely make it through, but second place is a different beast altogether.
No one has seen the reworked FaZe Clan after losing GuardiaN, but no one should count them out. Seeing how Marcelo “coldzera” David and Helvijs “broky” Saukants sync up to the rest of the team will be interesting. Hopefully they both bring their absolute A-game.
Additionally, NRG is fresh off a semifinal run in Berlin where they looked strong and ready for this competition. OpTic Gaming might have the most trouble here, but as we’ve seen with past ESL One competitions, underdogs love to surprise us.
ESL One New York could be anyone’s game.
The teams and their rosters are important to us all. While we mentioned them briefly in their groups above, let’s take a look at who’s playing. Remember, roster changes may/can occur leading up to the event.
- Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz (Denmark)
- Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen (Denmark)
- Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth (Denmark)
- Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander (Denmark)
- Emil “Magisk” Reif (Denmark)
- Coach: Danny “zonic” Sørensen (Denmark)
- Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella (U.S.A.)
- Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski (U.S.A.)
- Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken (Canada)
- Keith “NAF” Markovic (Canada)
- Jacky “Stewie2k” Yip (U.S.A.)
- Coach: Eric “adreN” Hoag (U.S.A.)
- Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey (France)
- Kenny “kennyS” Schrub (France)
- Lucas “Lucky” Chastang (France)
- Audric “JaCkz” Jug (France)
- François “AmaNEk” Delaunay (France)
- Coach: Damien “maLeK” Marcel (France)
- Håvard “rain” Nygaard (Norway)
- Nikola “NiKo” Kovač (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (Sweden)
- Coach: Janko “YNk” Paunović (Serbia)
- Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte (U.S.A)
- Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
- Ethan “Ethan” Arnold (U.S.A)
- Tarik “Tarik” Celik (U.S.A)
- Peter “Stanislaw” Jarguz (Canada)
- Coach: Chet “ImAPet” Singh (U.S.A.)
- Aleksi “allu” Jalli (Finland)
- Jere “sergej” Salo (Finland)
- Jani “Aerial” Jussila (Finland)
- Sami “xseveN” Laasanen (Finland)
- Miikka “sunny” Kemppi (Finland)
- Coach: Slaava “Twista” Räsänen (Finland)
- Kaleb “moose” Jayne (Canada)
- Austin “Cooper-“ Abadir (U.S.A.)
- Edgar “MarKE” Maldonado (Canada)
- Victor “food” Wong (U.S.A.)
- Anthony “vanity” Malaspina (U.S.A.)
- Coach: Armeen “a2z” Toussi (Canada)
- Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke
- Mathias Sommer “MSL” Lauridsen
- Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen
- René “TeSeS” Madsen
- René “cajunb” Borg
- Coach: Casper “ruggah” Due
Want to know about some of the players that we’re excited to see play?
Check out the Top 6 Players To Watch At ESL One New York 2019.
ESL One New York will use a GSL best-of-three format. In the playoffs, the top two teams from each group will advance to a best-of-three semifinal, before the final two contenders participate in a best-of-five grand final. Saturday and Sunday are when doors are open to the public, so let’s give you the rundown for those two days.
Saturday, September 28th
- 09:00 AM ET - AT&T Early Entrance
- 09:30 AM ET - Public Entrance
- 10:30 AM ET - ESL Mobile Open Match #1, #2, #3
- 12:55 PM ET - Pre Show
- 01:30 PM ET - Liquid vs. Astralis
- 05:20 PM ET - Evil Geniuses vs. G2
Sunday, September 29th
- 09:00 AM ET - AT&T early entrance
- 09:30 AM - Public Entrance
- 10:10 AM - MSI MGA Grand Final
- 11:20 AM - Official Cache Reveal
- 11:35 AM - Cache Showmatch
- 12:40 PM - Pre Show
- 01:30 PM - Grand Final
ESL Mobile Open
The ESL Mobile Open, presented by AT&T, is a continental United States-based tournament where anyone and everyone can join the competition.
Think you have what it takes to show off your skills?
Then pre-register via the links below and enjoy the tournament!
Some of the top entries into the tournament will earn a shot at glory on the main stages of some of the biggest esports events in 2019, including Dreamhack Dallas, ESL One New York, and Dreamhack Atlanta. Which means you don’t have to give up on your dream of becoming an esports star after all!
The three games that you can sign up for are obviously on mobile. They will feature PUBG MOBILE, Asphalt Legends, and Clash of Clans. So if you love these games, you should give your talent a try.
- PUBG MOBILE - Pre-register only
- Asphalt Legends - Download and sign up in-game
- Clash of Clans - Pre-register only
de_cache Remake World Premiere
The CS:GO events are really about the fan experiences and getting closest to the players, like-minded fans, and of course, the game we all love so much.
Fans are going to get a peek at the exclusive world premiere of the new de_cache remake, witness the first-ever live match, explore it yourself at their ESEA booth, meet both creators, get all patch notes, and more. The official release date for the new de_cache will also be announced during the reveal on Sunday, September 29th live at ESL One New York.
Fans will be able to:
- Test the new map - Visit the ESEA booth on Sunday, September 29th between the grand final maps, and be one of the first CS:GO fans to explore and test the new de_cache.
- Meet the creators - FMPONE and Sal "Volcano" Garozzo will be there. They’ll be co-hosting various feedback sessions with fans to answer all your questions about the new de_cache.
- Watch the map tested live - Right after the official reveal live on stage, the pros will play the first-ever live match so that fans will get a first look on the maps' competitive side.
- Get the patch notes - All attendees will get their hands on the official patch notes for the new de_cache. The list can be picked up at the ESEA booth on Sunday, September 29th after the reveal.
AT&T Signing Sessions
Meet your favorite players during the event and get their autographs. The signing schedule will be published during the live event. So keep an eye out for when your favorite team will be there, and get in line way before.
You Vs. Pro
Ever wondered what it would feel like to play a match of CS:GO against a real pro? This is your once in a lifetime chance to prove your skill!
Most likely you’ll be playing against Team Liquid’s EliGE with the stipulation of “If you beat him, you meet him!” So best of luck to all that are trying.
Hope you’re all ready for this weekend. ESL One NY has put a lot of effort into fun and safety for the fans. For more information, you can always download the ESL Event app or check ESL One New York’s activities page.
What are you most excited to do at the event?
Tell us in the comments section below!
Top image via The Score esports
This article was written by John D. AKA SomeBeardy2Love. John has been gaming for 30 years, has a bow tie tattoo, and watches nothing but anime and Bob’s Burgers. He co-hosts a mostly weekly podcast and has a sponsored beard!