MLG have announced the groups for the MLG World Finals – the upcoming LAN scheduled to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Center in New Orleans, LA, between October 16-18. Six invited teams – MVP.Phoenix, Team Secret, CDEC Gaming, LGD Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Virtus.Pro – and two qualified ones from the European and North-American regions – (monkey)Business and Cloud 9 – will compete for a +$250,000 prize pool and the championship title.
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The TI5 champions, Evil Geniuses – who started off the new season on the wrong foot by getting knocked out of the ESL One New York LAN from the very first round – will go up against (monkey) Business, LGD Gaming and Virtus.Pro, in Group A. (monkey) Business are clearly the group’s underdog, as they will make their LAN debut at the MLG World Finals, after having secured their spot through the European qualifiers.
Group B will pit Team Secret, CDEC, Cloud 9 and MVP.Phoenix against each other. Cloud 9 are coming from the NA regional qualifiers and the MLG World Finals will be the first LAN for their newly reformed roster.
MLG World Finals groups
- Evil Geniuses
- (monkey) Business
- LGD Gaming
- CDEC Gaming
- Cloud 9
- Team Secret
MLG World Finals format
The MLG World Finals format will be a 2-Group Dual-Tournament Phase followed by a 4-Team Single Elimination Bracket.
- Participating teams: 8
- Six Direct Invites: Team Secret, CDEC, LGD, Virtus.Pro, Evil Geniuses, MVP.Phoenix
- One EU Qualifier Winner: (monkey) Business
- One NA Qualifier Winner: Cloud 9
- Best-of-three Dual-Tournament Group Play (double elimination groups of four)
- Single Elimination Bracket for the top four (best-of-three semifinals, best-of-five grand finals)
MLG World Finals casters and talent
The three-day online broadcasts on MLG.tv will be hosted by top talent and casters.
- Toby “Tobiwan” Dawson
- Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen
- Austin “Capitalist” Walsh
- William “Blitz” Lee
- Ben “Merlini” Wu
- Charles “Nahaz” Bester
- Dakota “KotlGuy” Cox
- Soe “Soembie“ Gschwind
MLG World Finals
The MLG World Finals, Major League Gaming’s 100th event, will take place between October 16-18, at the Ernest N. Morial Center in New Orleans, LA. Six invited teams – MVP.Phoenix, Team Secret, CDEC Gaming, LGD Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Virtus.Pro – and two qualified ones from the European and North-American regions – (monkey)Business and Cloud 9 – will compete for a +$250,000 prize pool and the championship title.
Tickets are available for prices ranging from $49 to $249.
MLG concluded their most recent event – the MLG Pro League Season 2 LAN finals hosted at X-Games 2015 – on June 8th. Ninjas in Pyjamas won the title and $66,899 prize money, after defeating Alliance in the Grand Finals, 2:1.
Major League Gaming
Major League Gaming (MLG) is a North American professional esports organization founded in 2002 and headquartered in New York. Pioneer of the competitive gaming industry, MLG has held many tournaments throughout the United States and Canada, awarding over $13.5 million in prize money. Major League Gaming competitions have been broadcast on television, ESPN.com and other broadband sites. The MLG World Finals will be the organization’s 100th gaming event.