Star Series has just released their new tournament Starladder I-League Invitational #1 which will be held in the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Arena, May 19 to 22. This is a arena with over 70.000 seats – yes, it’s crazy!
Top teams in the world will fight for the total prize pool of 100 000 US dollars. The tournament starts offline with 8 teams. The four winners from the offline matches will qualify to the LAN and additionally four more teams will be invited to the arena final.
Of the four invited teams three have already been published. Invited teams from Europe are the home favorites NAVI (Natus Vincere) and polish Virtus.pro. From the american continent Brazilian Luminosity assigned an invitation. This is the full scheduele for the tournament:
- SL I-League Invitational # 1 Finals
- Ukraine Natus Vincere
- Poland Virtus.pro
- Brazil Luminosity
- Earth Invite
- Europe European qualification # 1
- Europe European qualification # 2
- Europe European qualification # 3
- China Chinese quialification
The qualifying for the three European slots will start with four pre-qualifications, played in single-elimination brackets. The winner of each pre-qualify round goes to the online-bracket where they’ll together with the invited teams fight in two groups for the advancement. The winner of each group goes to the finals, and the third spot will be decided after a fight between the second places of the groups.
Below is the matchups for the first European bracket:
- HellRaisers (EU) vs. Arcade (RUS)
- Enso (RUS) vs. ALTERNATE aTTaX (GER)
- Empire (UNKOWN) vs. AGG (POL)
- eXplosive (UKR) vs. Ancient (SWE)
Below is the scheduele for the four European brackets:
- Bracket #1 – March 21-22
- Bracket #2 – March 23-24
- Bracket #3 – March 25-26
- Bracket #4 – March 27-28
We don’t have any information regarding the Chinese SL I-League Invitational division but will update it as soon we got the information.
We are very excited about this tournament – you should aswell!