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CS:GO 2018-2019 Season Details

We're back with another year of CS:GO. Last year was fantastic and we hope to build on our success and create an awesome experience for the players. We spent the summer talking to players and coordinators alike, collecting valuable feedback, and preparing for the new year. As such, we're making a few changes to our format that we hope players will enjoy. 

Important Changes

  1. "The fall semester games are meaningless because they don't impact playoff seeding." We wanted to address this concern and make sure that there is an incentive to perform at the highest level in the Fall Semester! To do this, we're doing two things: (1) top finishers from the first half of the season will advance directly to the winner bracket of the playoffs; (2) we'll host a special invitational tournament for the top teams, played during the second half of the season, with a bonus prize pool.
  2. We're also making the playoff bracket double elimination. This way we can better ensure that the best teams make the finals. This also will help rectify possible seeding issues, and gives teams two chances in the playoffs. 
  3. Better match reporting! We're working with CEVO again and through our partnership we will be automating the match reporting process to directly feed results to the CSL website. This solves a big complaint last year we had from coordinators who had to manually input results on CSL despite games being automated through CEVO. Huge shoutouts to CEVO for their help with our dev team on this issue!
  4. Player Movement: we've added a few new rules regarding player movement to provide some teams with a bit more roster flexibility.

Season Details 

Varsity League

Our Varsity League allows one premiere team from each school to compete. The prize pool is $30,000, distributed to the top 16 teams in the league. The top teams at the end of the season will earn an expenses paid trip to the CSL Finals! The entry fee for Varsity is $100 per team. The number of teams in the playoffs and the number of teams that will advance directly to the playoffs from the first half are TBD based on the total number of teams that participate. Finally, there will be an additional $1,000 prize for the Winter Invitational that the top performers in the first half qualify for! 

As soon as registration ends, we will make sure to update the rules to reflect the final numbers! 

Junior Varsity League

Our Junior Varsity League allows multiple teams from each school to compete. We provide product prizing for our JV league: the 1st place team will receive 5 Keyboards and the 2nd place team will receive 5 Headsets. The entry fee for Varsity is $25 per team. The number of teams in the playoffs and the number of teams that will advance directly to the playoffs from the first half are TBD based on the total number of teams that participate. As soon as registration ends, we will make sure to update the rules to reflect the final numbers! The Winter Invitational winner will receive 5 Mice, while the 2nd place finisher will receive 5 Mousepads.

Winter Invitational Explained

The top teams from our Varsity and Junior Varsity leagues will earn automatic top seeded spots in the winner bracket of the playoffs after the conclusion of the first half games (Week 7 in the regular season). In addition to earning top seeds in the playoff brackets, the teams will be placed into the Winter Invitational bracket. This tournament will be played early in the Spring semester and provide additional prizing! This allows us to incentivize play for the first half of the season while providing more opportunities for teams to make the playoffs, as well as giving out some extra loot along the way.

Notes for New Teams/Players/Organizations

If you're returning to CSL again, read this over as a refresher. Alternatively, if you are new to CSL as a player, coordinator, coach, or faculty, these are helpful bits of information for you. For complete details, please read the rules page linked below as well! For any additional questions, you can reach us at [email protected]

READ THE RULES HERE

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