A CIS showdown is kicking off on June 5th, featuring eight CS:GO teams and a $5,000 prize pool! Read on for team information, event format, and how to watch.

The Rivalry CIS Invitational features eight exciting teams from the CIS region. This event aims to give fans an insight into the exciting potential of some of the players and teams from this region, spotlighting rising talent. The prize pool is $5000, with first place taking away a cool $3,500, and the remaining $1,500 reserved for second place.

The Rivalry CIS Invitational Teams

The eight competing teams:

  • DreamEaters
  • 5balls
  • Evolution
  • HEY
  • WINside
  • GoodJob
  • K1ck Esports

The Rivalry CIS Invitational Event Format

The Rivalry CIS Invitational will use a single-group BO3 Swiss System, with each team requiring two wins to progress through to the playoffs. The Swiss System results in teams playing against opponents with identical records to themselves, to produce fair matchups. If a teams goes 1-1, they’ll face off against another team with a 1-1 record. Two wins, and you qualify for the playoffs. Two losses, and you’re out.

The four teams who successfully achieve two wins will progress to the semi-final playoffs, which are a single-elimination BO3. The Grand Final will be a BO3/5, with the winner being crowned the champion of the Rivalry CIS Invitational and taking home the $$$.

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When and Where to Watch the Rivalry CIS Invitational

The action kicks off on June 5th and will continue through June 25th.

The Rivalry CIS Invitational will be broadcast in both English and Russian on Twitch.

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Rivalry CIS Invitational - The Teams to Watch

  • k1ck Esports recently picked up a CIS roster that mixes experience with young and hungry firepower, and this event will be their first test. Captain Starix has played at the highest tier of Counter Strike, and will hope he can lead his men to a victory here.
  • 5balls have recently posted strong results over the likes of FlipSid3, HOLLYWOOD, and WinSide, with the latter two teams attending this event. This strong form validates that the Russian squad are big contenders for the title.
  • WINside have had a tough month, posting losses to 5balls, HEY, and HOLLYWOOD. The Russian team need to rekindle their April form if they wish to challenge for the title.

Will the well known teams above advance through the group stages and towards the prize money? Or will we see GoodJob, DreamEaters, Evolution, HEY, or HOLLYWOOD surprise us?