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StarLadder has hosted a lot of events over the years with different formats. But they still have a format that is used for the majority of their tournaments, including a group stage and playoffs.
- The group stage is played according to the SWISS system format, with 16 teams participating.
- Elimination and advancement matches are BO3.
- All other matches are BO1.
- The 8 best teams advance to the playoffs.
- The playoffs are played according to the single-elimination bracket format.
- All matches are BO3, including the final.
Whats special about StarLadder
Every year, StarLadder organizes their tournaments, with the purpose of delivering the best entertainment possible for their fans. The CS:GO fans in Kiev most of the time get to witness the best teams in the world giving it their all, and tear each other apart during the matches. The arenas are filled with dedicated fans who make the environment electrifying, eager to see which team will lift the trophy and take their share of the big prize pool.
StarLadder is known for its high standards, which has resulted in them hosting the acclaimed Major back in 2019. This is a testament to how great StarLadder is as an organizer and sets them as one of the best out there.
StarLadder's first event
The first-ever tournament that StarLadder hosted, was back in the year 2012. It was known as “StarSeries” only, and it was held in Kiev, Ukraine. It happened during the 20th of December till the 23rd of December. 16 teams arrived in the city, all of them having one goal – and that was to lift the championship trophy.
The tournament was played using the Round-Robin format, which meant that each team had to face off against each other. A few famous names such as mousesports and NAVI were part of this tournament. However, the teams which reached the playoffs were - ESC , Virtus.pro, Imaginary, and zNation.
In the finals, ESC Gaming was able to grab a 2:0 win over Virtus.pro and take home $6000 USD along with the 1st ever StarLadder’s trophy.