The LOOT.BET/CS league is back after almost three months since season two finished. Just like the previous two instalments, season three will feature 16 teams, who will battle over 24 days for a US $30,000 prize pool.
The tournament will run from July 30 to August 22, with the long-awaited StarLadder Berlin Major to begin the day after LOOT.BET S3 finishes. This means the CS:GO schedule is now filled with high-profile matches until September 8, only to see BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019 start five days later.
Just like previous editions, LOOT.BET/CS Season 3 will be divided into a regular season and playoffs. The 16 teams will compete in a Bo3 Swiss format, out of which only the top eight sides will advance into playoffs. The knockout phase will feature a double-elimination bracket with all matches played in Bo3.
Thus far, eight teams have accepted invites to the tournament: Unique Team, ALTERNATE aTTax, DreamEters, OFFSET Esports, HAVU Gaming, Team LDLC, Illuminar Gaming and Winstrike Team.
Winstrike will be put under the spotlight as they enter the league with one of the most experienced CS:GO esports players in the world in Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev.
Out of the remaining eight spots in the field, six will be awarded to invited teams. The other two places are reserved for the top two teams in the LOOT.BET/CS Season 3 closed qualifier, which which will conclude on July 23.
One of youngsters and Team Heretic will book their ticket via the winners’ final, while the loser of that clash will have a second chance when they face the winner of SJ Gaming and CPH Flames.
Once the closed qualifiers are done, we can expect the LOOT.BET/CS organizers to send out the remaining six invitations and release the tournament schedule in a matter of days.