ESL have revealed the prize distribution and initial matchups for the $250,000 event.

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The eight team tournament taking place in New York, US will start on September 30 and will move on to Barclays Center on October 1. The Big Apple will bear witness to SK and Liquid’s returns to LAN as well as the revamped fnatic’s LAN debut.

The format of the tournament has already been revealed as ESL announced they will be using the Swiss system in the eight-team group stage in which teams with the same win-loss record will play each other. Teams who manage to get three wins will advance to the single-elimination, best-of-three playoffs while three losses will get you eliminated.

NEO & co. will face fnatic in their first match
NEO & co. will face fnatic in their first match

The initial matchups will see Virtus.pro play fnatic while Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev’s Natus Vincere will face his old team Liquid.SK, the #1 team in our ranking, will face the winner of the North American qualifier which is still ongoing.

Here are the first matchups at ESL One New York:

Virtus.pro vs fnatic
G2 vs Astralis
SK vs NA qual. winner
Natus Vincere vs Liquid

The prize pool distribution has also been unveiled:

1. – $125,000
2. – $50,000
3-4. – $25,000
3-4. – $25,000
5. – $10,000
6. – $7,000
7. – $5,000
8. – $3,000