Two days before the Boston Major begins, Valve has publicly announced the group stage format for the coming tournament. The major will use the GSL format for group matches, where teams will play a series of bracketed matches to determine their seeding in the main event bracket. The 16 teams will be duking it out for $3 million in prizes and a claim to dominance in the first major of the 2016-17 season.
First-round match-ups, by group
Wings Gaming vs. Warriors Gaming Unity
Digital Chaos vs. LGD.Forever Young
Newbee vs. MVP Phoenix
Virtus.Pro vs. Team NP
Evil Geniuses vs. Complexity
Faceless vs. LGD Gaming
OG vs. IG Vitality
EHOME vs. Ad Finem
Each matchup will play a best-of-three, with the winners and losers moving on to play a second series. A final tiebreaker between each team that went 1-1 will decide the final results for the group. The top seed of each group will then have its choice of opponent from the bottom seed of another group, with the second seeds taking the unpicked teams.
Group stage play will commence at 9 a.m. EST Dec. 3 with group A and B's first round matches. Group C and D will take place Dec. 4, with the main stage event kicking off Dec. 7.