PGL Esports To Host Next CSGO Major in Krakow, Poland

by Steven Cropley

PGL has been selected to host the next Major of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

This is the first ever Valve-sponsored event hosted by tournament organiser PGL.

The event is set to take place at the TAURON Arena, the largest multifunctional arena in Poland located in Krakow. Kicking off with the group stage on July 16, the main event will begin on July 21 and run through July 23 live from the TAURON Arena.

The third Major to take place in Poland, this will be the first to not take place in Katowice.

As per the usual qualification system, there will be seven Minor Championships as a part of the Major Circuit that will allow teams to earn a spot in the offline qualifier.  

  • June 1-4: PGL Asia Minor Championship
  • June 8-11: PGL Americas Minor Championship
  • June 8-11: PGL CIS Minor Championship
  • June 15-18: PGL Europe Minor Championship
  • June 29 - July 2: Major Offline Qualifier
  • July 16-19: PGL Krakow Major Group Stage
  • July 21-23: PGL Krakow Major Main event

Legends team list:

 No. 1 Astralis  No. 2
 No. 11 fnatic  No. 3 SK Gaming
 No. 4 Natus Vincere  No. 12 Gambit Esports
 No. 6 North  No. 5 FaZe Clan


Teams with a direct invite to offline qualifier due to bottom eight placement at the ELEAGUE Major:

 No. 13 EnVyUs  No. 14 GODSENT
 No. 17 Liquid  No. 15 G2 Esports
 No. 16 mousesports  No. 8 OpTic Gaming
 No. 21 FlipSid3 HellRaisers

About Krakow, Poland provided by PGL:

Deemed “one of the most attractive cities in Eastern Europe” by the Financial Times, Krakow will host the 11th CS:GO Major Championship. The former Royal capital is currently the second largest city in Poland and one of the country’s leading economic, cultural and academic centres.

Krakow is served by John Paul II International Airport Krakow–Balice located 11 km west of the city. The Polish city is also part of a well developed railway network, that connects it to major European capitals such as Vienna, Prague, Berlin or Budapest.

The city’s Old Town, along with Wawel Castle and the Kazimierz district, were placed on the First World Heritage List, created by UNESCO in 1978.