ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 Playoffs to Offer High Stakes Matches Thursday, Jul 26 2018 ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 Playoffs to Offer High Stakes Matches Featuring Elite Teams – Beginning Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m. ET on Twitch & B/R Live Final Two Teams to Compete for Title in Grand Final, Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. ET ELEAGUE’s Innovative Game Command Video Player to Provide Live Multi-Angle Coverage of Every Round Fans will be treated to a stacked slate of live Counter-Strike action when ELEAGUE hosts four of the world’s best CS:GO teams – Astralis, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid & mousesports – competing for a one-million-dollar purse in the final weekend of its CS:GO Premier 2018 from ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta. The event’s best-of-three, single-elimination playoffs will start when Astralis faces mousesports, Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m. ET, with live coverage continuing throughout the day via the ELEAGUETV Twitch channel and B/R Live, Turner’s premium live sports steaming service. The CS:GO Premier 2018 will culminate Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. with a single best-of-three match between the two teams to advance from the semifinals. The winning team will be crowned ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 Champion and receive the $500,000 first prize. Live coverage of this weekend’s playoffs will also be provided through ELEAGUE’s award-winning Game Command mosaic video player, which gives viewers access to thousands of in-game viewing angles. A multi-part feature series revisiting the tournament’s best moments will be televised beginning Friday, Aug. 24, on TBS. Tournament Storylines Era for the Taking Denmark’s Astralis has enjoyed a long run atop the world rankings alongside a cluster of notable tournament finishes. After a recent high-profile loss to Natus Vincere in the ESL One Cologne semifinals, the burden is once again theirs to prove they are still the best on the planet. An ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 title would help cement the past year as the “Astralis Era” of Counter-Strike. “S1mply” Born to Win Natus Vincere – whose team name translates to “born to win” – will look to 20-year-old Ukrainian prodigy Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev to ensure the storied team can stay relevant against the world’s best competition at ELEAGUE. Per RightEye, S1mple boasts an in-game reaction time of 299 milliseconds – more than 20 milliseconds faster than the average person. Liquid Horsepower Team Liquid and Cloud9 have traditionally traded the top spot in North American Counter-Strike. Cloud9 capped off an historic run with the ELEAGUE Major: Boston title in January, but has since entered a rebuilding phase – clearing the path for Team Liquid to become “best in the West” by collecting its first-ever ELEAGUE trophy at the 2018 Premier. About ELEAGUE 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.