The 2019 edition of EPICENTER will offer its highest prize yet and host eight of Counter-Strike’s best teams.

Moscow-based event organizer Epic Esports Events has announced EPICENTER 2019 will take place in December. The group stage of the tournament will be held from December 17 to 19, and the final will be held on December 21 and 22.

Eight teams will take part in the tournament, five of which will receive direct invitations to the group stage. Three EPICENTER participants will be determined by the results of regional qualifications in Europe, the CIS and China.

Natus Vincere, AVANGAR, Vitality, and Evil Geniuses are all set to travel to Russia for the event come mid-December

The first invited team was Na’Vi – the legendary team from the CIS, whose players won many trophies and have long been the favorites of the public. Evil Geniuses, who recently signed the NRG team, will also be involved. The third team is AVANGAR, regularly demonstrating the highest level of the game, including at the final of the last major. The fourth team is Team Vitality, for which Mathieu “ZywOo” Erbo – the MVP of the recent DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 tournament plays.

The remaining three slots will be filled via qualifiers from the European, CIS, and Chinese regions.

The open qualification will be held from October 28 to 29 in Europe, and for the CIS from November 21 to 22. Closed qualifiers will be held from October 30 to October 31 in Europe and from November 23 to 24 in the CIS. Qualification dates for China will be announced later.

The competition will be held by tournament operator Epic Esports Events and company ESforce Holding

EPICENTER 2019 LAN finals will be held from December 21 to 22 in Moscow, Russia, at the Crocus Expo. 8 teams will compete for a total prize pool of $ 500,000.

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