Eight teams will face off on October 26 – November 1 during the second Elisa Invitational, where the likes of Heroic, ENCE, MAD Lions and GODSENT will fight to emerge victorious and earn a ticket to the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.
The Elisa Invitational will feature a GSL group stage followed by a single-elimination playoff bracket for the top four seeds, with the opening round and winners’ matches of the group stage to be played on a single map before giving way to best-of-three series for the remainder of the event.
The highest ranked team in the tournament, Heroic, will headline Group A, where the other two invites went to GODSENT and the renewed Dignitas, who now have Haris “H4RR3” Hadzic and Ludvig “HEAP” Alonso on the roster, while HAVU earned the last spot through Finnish qualifier.
Group B has ENCE and MAD Lions as the strongest contenders for the two playoff spots according to their No. 20 and No. 25 spots in the world ranking, respectively, but they will have to go through Apeks and the winners of the Dust2.dk League Cup, AGF, if they wish to secure passage to the semi-finals.
The Elisa Invitational schedule is:
Monday, October 26
Tuesday, October 27
Wednesday, October 28
10:00 – Group A elimination match (BO3)
13:00 – Group B elimination match (BO3)
Thursday, October 29
10:00 – Group A decider match (BO3)
13:00 – Group B decider match (BO3)
Sunday, November 1
11:00 – Semi-final #1 (BO3)
14:00 – Semi-final #2 (BO3)
19:00 – Grand Final (BO3)