Elite Counter-Strike Teams to Clash Live at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018, Beginning Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m. ET Across Twitch, B/R Live & ELEAGUE’s Game Command
Eight Team Field Highlighted by Past ELEAGUE Major Champions Astralis & Cloud9
Expert Commentary Team to Feature Former Professional Players & Popular CS:GO Voices


ELEAGUE, the premium esports content and live tournament brand from Turner and IMG, will feature a stacked field of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams in action for its fifth non-major CS:GO competition – the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018. Live tournament coverage will begin Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m. ET on the ELEAGUETV Twitch channel, and will also be available free of charge on B/R Live. In addition, live coverage will be available through ELEAGUE’s award-winning Game Command mosaic video player, which gives viewers access to thousands of different in-game viewing angles. A multi-part feature series revisiting the tournament’s best moments will be presented beginning Friday, Aug. 24, on TBS.

premier teams

During the Group Stage, held Saturday, July 21-Wednesday, July 25, the top eight-ranked teams in the world – according to their positions in the HLTV.org rankings from May 21, 2018 – will compete at ELEAGUE Arena for a one million dollar purse.

Team HLTV World Ranking (as of May 21) Country
Astralis No. 1 Denmark
FaZe Clan No. 2 E.U.
Natus Vincere No. 3 Ukraine
mousesports No. 4 Germany
FNATIC No. 5 Sweden
Liquid No. 6 U.S.A.
Cloud9 No. 7 U.S.A.
SK Gaming No. 8 Brazil

Teams will be split into two groups of four teams each, and will play best-of-three matches in a double elimination bracket. The top two performing teams from both groups will advance to the single elimination Playoffs, held Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29. The winning team will be crowned ELEAGUE Champion and receive the largest share of prize money.

CS:GO Premier 2018 Commentary Team to Include Former Counter-Strike Stars & Fan Favorites

Premier Casters


ELEAGUE’s coverage of the CS:GO Premier 2018 will be delivered by an enthusiastic team of seasoned Counter-Strike experts, including former professional players Jason “Moses” O’Toole and Janko “YNk” Paunovic. Anders Blume – widely known as the “Voice of Counter-Strike” – will return to ELEAGUE as a commentator, joined by James Bardolph and Daniel “DDK” Kapadia, who most recently appeared during coverage of the historic ELEAGUE Major: Boston. Alex “Machine” Richardson will make his ELEAGUE debut as host of the CS:GO Premier 2018, and Sue “Smix” Lee will provide the latest from the ELEAGUE Arena stage during the Playoffs (July 28-29).

CS:GO Premier 2018 Studio Audience Tickets Now Available
Fans interested in attending the live CS:GO Premier 2018 action at ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta on July 28-29 can get free studio audience tickets here. Ticketed attendees will have access to a CS:GO-themed fan experience with autograph sessions, concessions, raffles and giveaways. General admission seating will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Media Access
Media members interested in credentials to cover the CS:GO Premier 2018, beginning July 21 at ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta, can contact ELEAGUE PR at jake.moskowitz@turner.com or (404) 575-6765. Remote interviews to discuss the tournament with commentators and players will be available by request.

ELEAGUE – formed in partnership between Turner and IMG – is a premium esports content and live tournament brand that has aligned with some of the most popular esports titles in the business through its first two years: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – including having hosted two Major Championships – Overwatch®, Street Fighter® V: Arcade Edition, Dota 2, Injustice 2, Rocket League, Formula E and TEKKEN® 7. With a focus on innovative production capabilities, storytelling and exploring compelling narratives surrounding star teams and players, ELEAGUE has generated record levels of engagement with its content and positive reaction throughout the esports community since its launch in 2016.