Sometimes the organizer will test out new concepts and formats. Therefore always check the tournament page if you would like to study a specific tournament.
All the matches that take place during the regular season are played according to the swiss-system, with 16 teams participating. It leads to 8 teams getting eliminated and 8 proceeding to the Playoffs. All matches are BO3.
The Playoffs are played in the traditional way. A single-elimination format is used and again the matches are played as Bo3. This will, in the end, determine the winner of the 2 months-long competition.
Whats special about United Masters League
Every year since 2018, The United Masters League has opened up its servers to professional CS:GO teams, to provide entertainment for the passionate fans of the game. 16 of the best European teams play against each other while their fans at home hold high expectations from their supported teams. The primary goal of the players is to make sure that after the tournament, their fans can keep their heads high and tell others that the team which they were supporting had won the whole competition.
To further motivate them, the organizers also have a cash pool of $90,000 USD out of which, $50,000 would be rewarded to the winning team of United Masters League. The tournament, even though held online, provides the fans with continuous entertainment for 2 straight months.
United Masters League's first event
The first season of the United Masters League took place from 19th Nov 2018-26th Feb 2019. The online tournament was set up by its organizers for the first time and teams were interested in trying to conquer a new tournament. It had gotten a good response as 14 respectable European teams took part in the tournament to fight for their honor and finally end up as the champions of the United Masters League Season 1.
The prize pool at the time was at a $100,000 USD and names such as – Valiance, GamerLegion, Sprout, and Windigo were a few of the teams going against each other in the Playoffs. It came down to the final two and them being Valiance and Windigo. After some very close matches, it was Valiance’s time to celebrate their 1st place victory and receive $50,000 USD.