The first round of the playoffs, featuring the runners-up and the third-placed finishers, will begin with a CIS derby between Natus Vincere and Gambit, two teams who last faced each other in the quarter-finals of IEM New York, four months ago. The winner of this clash will go on to face the red-hot Spirit, who still haven’t faced CIS opposition since they began their campaign in the tournament.
Later that day, Astralis and Virtus.pro will face off in a rematch of the StarLadder Major Final, when the CIS team still played under AVANGAR. The winner of that match will lock horns with Liquid, who haven’t faced Virtus.pro since last year’s IEM Katowice and Astralis since the IEM Global Challenge grand final.
Below you can find the complete schedule for the playoffs:
Friday, February 26
Saturday, February 27
Sunday, February 28
15:00 Grand final (BO5)