Coverage: MLG Major Columbus

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MLG Major Columbus with $1,000,000 in cash prizes takes place March 29 to April 3

March 29 to April 3, best teams of the world are gathering in Columbus, Ohio, to take part in the first Counter Strike: Global Offensive major of 2016 with a staggering $1 million - MLG Columbus. Here you will find all the necessary information about the event.

You can watch the MLG Columbus stream here:

MLG Columbus 2016 is set to start on Tuesday, March 29th, with the first two rounds of group stage matches. The groups will see a standard GSL format being played, with all matches barring the decider played in best-of-ones.

A peculiar veto format will be used in best-of-ones, where one team vetoes three maps, the other only two, and the map will be chosen randomly out of the remaining two in the pool. 

GROUPS

Group A Group B Group C Group D
 NiP
 FaZe
 EnVyUs
 Natus Vincere
 Luminosity
 fnatic
 Astralis
 Virtus.pro
 mousesports
 Splyce
 Gambit
 G2
 FlipSid3
 Liquid
 CLG
 Cloud9

The entire group stage on the first three days will be played without audience in the MLG Arena, for the three-day playoffs the competition will move on to the Nationwide Arena.

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, March 29th
16:00

 NiP vs.
 FlipSid3 [1:0]
17:10
 Luminosity vs.
 mousesports [1:0]
18:20
 FaZe vs.
 Liquid [0:1]
19:30
 fnatic vs.
 Splyce [1:0]
20:40
 EnVyUs vs.
 CLG [0:1]
21:50
 Astralis vs.
 Gambit [1:0]
23:00
 Natus Vincere vs.
 Cloud9 [1:0]
00:10
 Virtus.pro vs.
 G2 [1:0]

Wednesday, March 30th
16:00 Group A - elimination match - 
 FlipSid3 vs. 
 mousesports [0:1]
17:10 Group B - elimination match - 
 FaZe vs. 
 Splyce [1:0]
18:20 Group C - elimination match - 
 EnVyUs vs. 
 Gambit [0:1]
19:30 Group D - elimination match - 
 Cloud9 vs. 
 G2 [0:1]
20:40 Group A - winners' match - 
 NiP vs. 
 Luminosity 
[0:1]
21:50 Group B - winners' match - 
 Liquid vs. 
 
fnatic [1:0]
23:00 Group C - winners' match - 
 CLG vs. 
 Astralis
 [0:1]
00:10 Group D - winners' match - 
 Natus Vincere vs. 
 Virtus.pro [1:0]

Thursday, March 31st
16:00 Group A - decider - 
 NiP vs. 
 mousesports [2:1]
18:20 Group B - decider - 
 fnatic
vs. 
 FaZe [2:0]
20:40 Group C - decider - 
 Gambit vs. 
 CLG [1:2]
23:00 Group D - decider - 
 G2 vs. 
 Virtus.pro [1:2]

Friday, April 1st
16:00 Quarter-final #1

 Natus Vincere vs.
 NiP [2:0]
18:30 Quarter-final #2
 Astralis
 vs.
 
fnatic [2:0]
21:00 Quarter-final #3
 Liquid vs.
 CLG [2:0]

Saturday, April 2nd
16:00 Quarter-final #4
 Luminosity 
vs.
 Virtus.pro [2:1]
18:30 Semi-final #1 
 Natus Vincere vs.
 
Astralis [2:0]
21:00 Semi-final #2 
 Liquid vs.
 Luminosity
[0:2]

Sunday, April 3rd
18:00 All-Star match -
 Team NA vs. 
 Team EU [1:0] 
19:30 Grand final -
 Natus Vincere vs.
 Luminosity
[0:2]

The first North American major brings us the biggest prize purse yet - $1,000,000 - which will be distributed among the participants as such:

1. 

 Luminosity $500,000
2. 
 Natus Vincere $150,000
3-4. 
 Astralis / 
 Liquid $70,000
5-8. 
 NiP / 
 fnatic
 / 
 CLG /  
 Virtus.Pro / $35,000
Teams that took places 9 to 16 receive $8,750 each. 

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