StarLadder and ImbaTV will once again join efforts in the third season of the SL i-League StarSeries, with LAN finals in Ukraine. To kick the show off, StarLadder announced the first two out of a total of eight invites, which were given to Astralis and Virtus.pro.
There will be a total of 16 teams participating in the tournament. Starseries events have been marginalised in the CSGO Calendar with ESL , Dreamhack and now Eleague occupying the majority of the spots. Considering the business model for most of the esports companies revolves around them hosting as many events as possible, this will be a very important event for Starseries. We definitely do not want an iconic esports company as starseries to go bust.
The LAN finals will be held at the Palace “Ukraine”—the same venue where NiP were crowned champions in SL i-League’s second season—on April 4-9. As of now only Virtus Pro and Astralis have been invited. We can definitely expect NIP, the champions of SL I League’s second season to be invited as well