Legends Stage First Round matchups and initial seeding announced

Legends Stage First Round matchups and initial seeding announced

The first matches of the Legends Stage at the Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice CS:GO Major 2019 are set! Find out how the teams ranked each other and whom they’ll face in the first round.

As previously explained, this year’s IEM Katowice Major will introduce a crowdsourced initial seeding system with each participating team ranking their 15 rivals. We then tallied the results, discarded votes that fell too far outside the expected range of the spread, and assigned each team an average ranking. The no. 1 seed got paired with no. 16, no. 2 with no. 15 and so on…

The matchups

Before we reveal some interesting insights into how the teams ranked each other, these are the matches for the First Round of the Legends Stage of the Major:

ENCE eSports (#8) vs Renegades (#9)
BIG (#7) vs Team Vitality (#10)
Natus Vincere (#3) vs G2 Esports (#14)
FaZe Clan (#5) vs HellRaisers (#12)
NRG Esports (#6) vs Ninjas in Pyjamas (#11)
Team Liquid (#2) vs AVANGAR (#15)
MIBR (#4) vs Cloud9 (#13)
Astralis (#1) vs compLexity Gaming (#16)

The initial seeding for each team will also grant them an ELO score that will change based on results as the competition moves forward. This will be used to determine the matchups of the following rounds as part of our new live seeding procedure.

Click here to see the breakdown of how each team voted!

How the teams ranked each other

Without going into too much detail, we learned some pretty interesting things based on how the teams ranked each other for the Legends Stage:

-Six of the eight Returning Legends were ranked in the top eight: Astralis (#1), Team Liquid (#2), Natus Vincere (#3), MIBR (#4), FaZe Clan (#5), BIG (#7)

-NRG Esports (#6) was the highest-ranked team from those who qualified from the Challengers Stage, followed by ENCE eSports (#8) and Renegades (#9)

-Curiously enough, Renegades were also ranked at #9 by their rivals in the Challengers Stage.

-MIBR (#4), FaZe (#5) and BIG (#7) were the only teams without any discarded votes.

-Astralis were almost unanimously voted at #1, with only Ninjas in Pyjamas putting Team Liquid over the Danish powerhouse.

-AVANGAR (#15, 3-1 in the Challengers Stage) were ranked below all three teams with a 3-2 record, including G2 (#14), whom they played against and defeated.

-The top five seeds at the Legends Stage (Astralis, Liquid, NaVi, MIBR and FaZe) are also in the top five of the ESL CS:GO World Ranking.

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