MLG Columbus CS:GO Major – Everything You Need To Know

With the MLG major fast approaching, this comprehensive guide will outline everything you need to know as a viewer of the Columbus MLG Major. Everything from the times and dates of games, to all the teams competing and the best way to watch the major (and get free case drops!) will be outlined below.

The event is the first CS:GO Valve Sponsored Major to boast a $1,000,000 prize pool, with $500,000 going to the winning team.

Dates and times

The action kicks off on Tuesday March 29th 2016, with games running every day through to the Bo3 final on Sunday. The first game is the Group A – Match 1; Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Flipsid3 Tactics which starts at 10:00 AM EDT, 15:00 BST, 16:00 CEST. The full schedule can be found on MLG’s website.

The MLG CS:GO Major final takes place at 1:30 PM EDT, on Sunday 3rd of April 2016.

Day 1 (Tuesday) & 2 (Wednesday) contain 8 Bo1 games. Day 3 (Thursday) consists of 4 bo3 Group Stage Final Matches. Day 4 (Friday) consists of 3 Quarterfinal Bo3 games. Day 5 (Saturday) contains the 4th Quarterfinal and two Bo3 Semifinals. The final day, Sunday April 3rd, contains an All-Star Game at 12:00 PM EDT and then goes on to the Bo3 Final at 1:30 PM EDT.

The games start at 10:00 AM EDT, 15:00 BST, 16:00 CEST every day except Sunday.

How to watch


The two main ways to watch the MLG Columbus major are; via the official MLG? Twitch channel (add link), or via launching CS:GO and watching the event via GOTV. The homepage of the CS:GO Client will have the events Twitch stream running, as well as a hub for the Major under the ‘Watch’ tab, where you can play the Columbus 2016 Fantasy Team Game, as well as play the Team Pick’Em, to earn various trophies. Watching via Twitch means that you don’t have to have the game running to watch the major, and you get full coverage and analysis from the talent attending the event, whilst the games aren’t running. Who doesn’t love a bit of Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, eh? As well as the other big names from the Esports CS:GO scene, more details on the talent attending the event can be seen below. With GOTV you can choose whether to listen to the casters, and control exactly who you spectate, however I prefer to watch via Twitch, to get the full experience. Can we get some KQLY’s in chat, please..!

Teams and Groups


The full list of teams is al follows:

Invited Teams 

  • Team EnVyUs
  • Natus Vincere
  • FaZe
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Fnatic
  • Astralis
  • Luminosity Gaming

Qualified Teams

  • G2 eSports
  • Mousesports
  • Splyce
  • Gambit Gaming
  • Flipsid3 Tactics
  • Team Liquid
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Cloud9

The groups are as follows:


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What are the drops? And how to get them

During the Major, case drops occur for a number of the viewers watching via GOTV or Twitch when your profile is linked to your steam account (details on how to link your Steam to Twitch here). In theory, if you watch every map of, of every game of the Major, you can potentially expect to receive 2-4 case drops in total, however it is entirely random so certainly don’t expect to be getting drops every game. The drops are based on collections from the Maps in the active competitive map pool, and correspond to the map that is being played in the game that you are watching. The drop’s occur at the end of every round, and have special stickers of the MVP of that round, the teams playing, and a skin from the collection of the map being played. I love my souvenir Get_RiGhT UMP Urban DDPAT..! If you’re watching via GOTV you will automatically be eligible to receive the drops, so keep an eye on your CS:GO inventory. To watch via Twitch, you’ll need to link your Twitch account the Steam account you would like the drops on, and then make sure you’re signed in when you’re watching the stream. Use this link to connect your Steam account to your Twitch.

We are certainly looking forward to covering all of the CS:GO action over these next 6 days. Keep up to date with us via our Twitter where we will be posting regular updates as the event unfolds.


Credit: MLG