Esports event organiser Beyond The Summit has announced details of its third CS: GO event. CS_summit 3 will take place on November 1st and include eight participants. Originally scheduled for early October, the event had to be postponed due to clashes with Starladder.
The Summit events are a very casual approach to the game and are quite different when it comes to competitive Counter-Strike. The new event dates range from November 1st to November 4th, 2018.
The teams that will participate in CS_Summit 3 are:
The tournament will feature a prize pool of $150,000. All the matches will be Best of Three matches with the Grand finals as a Best of Five match-ups. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of Best of Five matches for Grand finals. There are varying opinions on the feasibility of Best of Five matches in Grand finals. While some believe that it is ia great way to test the team’s preparedness for the Grand finals, some others believe it limits the wide range of the team’s firepower.
On the first day of November, 8 teams will be competing in a game of life and death at #cs_summit 3. Be ready! @G2esports @BIGCLANgg @NRGgg @GhostGaming @heroicgg @compLexity @OpTicGaming @teamkinguin pic.twitter.com/TltdJlD1sm
— BTS Dota (@BTSdota) October 16, 2018
CS_Summit 3 will also take place at the Summit House, Los Angeles.
The lack of top-level teams.
The invite list for CS_Summit 3 does not present the best teams forth. We can see some strong teams such as G2, BIG and NRG. However, it does not include teams like Liquid, MiBr etc.
All three of those teams were invited originally, but unfortunately, they had to decline. I believe Liquid wanted a week to rest after Epicenter, and C9/MIBR are committed to BLAST Copenhagen.
Between EPL, ECS, & the endless slog of LANs, the whole year is insanely crowded in the CS: GO calendar. We were originally scheduled for the same week Starladder ended up on, but we ended up having to move due to the conflict.
Would we love to have the top 5 HLTV ranked teams at every one of our events? Sure! But scheduling them is pretty difficult because they prioritize the major online leagues and usually have direct invites to every other LAN.
The nice thing is it gives lesser known teams an opportunity to shine, and for our event, it’s not purely about having the biggest names, it’s about creating funny/memorable moments for the viewers. We’re feeling confident that we’ll get great stuff out of the players/teams we’ve invited both in terms of content + casting.
When asked about the lack of top-tier teams, LD mentioned the packed CS: GO calendar. Most of the top North American teams will not be attending in order to take a break or due to prior commitments.