In addition to the exciting fixtures in the Columbus Major for Counter Strike: Global-Offensive, Major League Gaming has announced an all-star game on the last day of the tournament.
MLG announced that since for the first time in CS:GO Major history, 5 team from the Americas had qualified; therefore they would like to build on a little friendly intercontinental rivalry.
The top five vote-getters in each region will square off in a winner take all game at 12pm EDT on April 3rd, live from the Nationwide Arena, where the Columbus Majors take place.
Everyone can now vote for the players they would like to see playing in this battle royale. The only rules are that there could be no two players from the same team, and a player will be taken as ineligible for the match-up should they are playing in the finals.
Regional talent would not be a talent even if it was a case of Team America vs Team Europe, since five teams –Team Liquid, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Luminosity Gaming and Team EnVyUs – are from the Americas.
MLG’s Adam Apicella announced that more than 300,000 votes were made within 24 hours of voting. Even then, voting would only close on the 24th this month at 6pm EDT.
For Europe, Fnatic star Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer is unsurprisingly leading the poll by a strong margin over second place Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács from Na`Vi—though both those teams may be strong bets to make the final.
Ninjas in Pyjamas ace Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund, rising star Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, and EnVyUs AWPer Kenny “kennyS” Schrub make up the rest of the current top five.
For the Americas, Luminosity captain Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo has a narrow lead ahead of Team Liquid’s Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev—Kostyliev’s eligibility for the Americas being set by his team’s region rather than his own (he’s originally from the Ukraine).
They’re followed by Mike “shroud” Grzesiek of Cloud9, lone American Spencer “Hiko” Martin of Liquid and Toledo’s team mate Marcelo “coldzera” David.