ESL One New York 2019: Teams, Schedule & Where to Watch the upcoming CS:GO S-tier tournament

The next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major is nearly upon us. ESL One New York 2019 kicks off tomorrow and will feature the cream of the competitive CS:GO teams crop battling across four days for the top share of the $200,000 prize pool. Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York, NY will open its doors this weekend, as it has for four years, for the premiere CS:GO event on the east coast.

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The Teams


Let's take a look at the eight teams competing at ESL One NY. Coaches and In-Game Leaders have been labeled as such on the respective rosters of each team:


Astralis

Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander (IGL)
Emil "Magisk" Reif 
(Coach) Danny "zonic" Sørensen


ENCE

Aleksi "allu" Jalli (IGL)
Jere "sergej" Salo
Jani "Aerial" Jussila
Sami "xseveN" Laasanen
Miikka "suNny" Kemppi
(Coach)  Slaava "Twista" Räsänen


FaZe Clan

Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Nikola "Niko" Kovač
Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer Gustafsson
Helvijs "broky" Saukants
Marcelo "coldzera" David

(Coach) Janko "YNK" Paunović


Team Liquid

Nicholas "nitr0" Cannella (IGL)
Jonathan "EliGe" Jablonowski
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
Keith "NAF" Markovic
Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip
(Coach) Eric "adreN" Hoag


NRG Esports

Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte
Cvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov
Ethan "Ethan" Arnold
Tarik "tarik" Celik
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz (IGL)
(Coach) Chet "ImAPet" Singh


OpTic Gaming

Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Mathias "MSL" Sommer Lauridsen (IGL)
Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen
René "TeSeS" Madsen 
René "cajunb" Borg 
(Coach) Casper "ruggah" Due


G2 Esports

Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
Lucas "Lucky" Chastang
Audric "JaCkz" Jug
François "AmaNEk Delaunay (IGL)
(Coach) Damien "maLeK" Marcel


eUnited

Austin "Cooper-" Abadir (IGL)
Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado
Victor "food" Wong
Anthony "vanity" Malaspina
Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir
(Coach) Armeen "a2z" Toussi

 

EUnited qualified for ESL One: New York 2019 through winning the North American Qualifier for the event at the end of June. G2 Esports followed suit at the European Qualifier in early July, andOpTic Gaming qualified for ESL One New York through winning the GG.Bet Invitational, which took place in Europe in the beginning of August. 

It should be noted that while FaZe Clan's current roster only consist of three members, several leaks leading ESL ONE NY point towards FaZe acquiring the contract of coldzera  from Immortals Gaming Club. Coldzera is currently sitting on the bench for MiBR, and was a starter for hte team previously, including under the coaching of current FaZe coach YNK for the last five months of 2018.

Coldzera should be locked and loaded with FaZe for the event, but no official announcement has been made by FaZe Clan, ESL, or Immortals. However, coldzera is not an In-Game Leader, leaving FaZe's known roster as the only team without an active IGL. Broky is is a trial player on FaZe's roster, but his IGL potential is currently unkown.

Other notable roster annotations are OpTic Gaming's TeSes and cajunb, both of whom are currently uncontracted, and kioShiMA will be playing as a stand-in for G2 veteran Richard "shox" Papillon as he did throughout the European Invitiational. 

Update: FaZe Clan announced that the team had officially added coldzera as their new 5th for CS:GO. Coldzera will be eligible to play for FaZe at ESL One NY 2019. 

 



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Tournament Schedule


*all times are in local time*


Day 1 — Thursday, September 26th

10:30am - Pre-Show
11:00am - Group A Match #1; Group A Match #2
2:50pm - Group B Match #1; Group B Match #2 
18:10 PM - Group A Winners' Match; Group A Elimination Match


Day 2 — Friday, September 27th

10:30am - Pre-Show
11:00am - Group B Winners' Match; Group B Elimination Match
2:50pm - Group A Decider Match 
6:25pm - Group B Decider Match 


Day 3 — Saturday, September 28th

12:55pm - Pre-Show
01:30pm - Semi Final #2
05:20pm - Semi Final #1


Day 4 — Sunday, September 29th

12:40pm  - Pre-Show
01:30pm - Grand Final 

 

The Group Stage will take place on Thursday and Friday and be played backstage at the venue. For the Semi Finals and Finals during the weekend, Barclays Center will open its doors to the public to watch the top four teams compete on the big stage. All tournament matches will be in the Best-of-Three format sans the Grand Finals, which will be a Best-of-Five series. 

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Weekend Fanfare and Special Events


The matches in Barclays Center will be played at 1:30pm local time on both days of the weekend, but the doors open four hours prior to match start. On Saturday at 10:30am, fans who arrive before the matches will be treated to the Finals of the second season of the 2019 ESL Mobile Open. The ESL Mobile Open 2019's second season began on June 24, and features the top competition for mobile titles PUBG Mobile, Clash of Clans, and Asphalt 9: Legends.

Fans who show up early will be treated to quite the appetizer for the ESL One Grand Finals. MSI has teamed up with ESL to host the MSI Gaming Arena CS:GO Grand Finals at 10:10am. The match will be a Best-Of-One, and the winner will take home the lion's share of the $60,000 prize pool. 

Following the match, the remake of the CS:GO map Cache will be revealed to the public for the first time at 11:20am. A Best-Of-One showmatch will then be played on the new Cache fifteen minutes later, and should last until the start of the Pre-Show at 12:55pm.

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Where, How, and Who to Watch


ESL One New York 2019 will be streamed primarily on ESL's official site stream. In addition, the event will have streams on Twitch in English, Russian, and Spanish; English and Russian broadcasts will also have will also have secondary streams. Youtube and Facebook will both have streams for the event streams in English.

The favorites for the event are Astralis and Team Liquid. Team Liquid enjoyed the most dominant run in CS:GO history this summer, winning seven straight events from June 2nd-September 6th, including the first four consecutive Major titles ever.

However, Astralis took the opportunity earlier this month at the Starladder Berlin Major to remind everyone why it is considered the greatest CS:GO team of all-time, reclaiming their throne by winning the event and sweeping TL out of quarterfinals on its way. If both teams are to play at their respective peaks, ESL One New York should be a proper decider for who will end 2019 as the best team in CS:GO 

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