Jun 23, 2021
Jun 23, 2021

A guide to the Pinnacle Cup II

What is the Pinnacle Cup II?

Pinnacle Cup II - tournament format

Participating teams at the Pinnacle Cup II

Bet on the Pinnacle Cup

A guide to the Pinnacle Cup II

Pinnacle returns to CS:GO with the Pinnacle Cup II. Some of the best CS:GO teams from around the world will converge at the Pinnacle Cup II in June and July to battle it out for $100,000 in prize money. Find out more about the Pinnacle Cup II in our official event guide.

What is the Pinnacle Cup II?

Pinnacle Cup II is the second CS:GO event organised and hosted by Pinnacle in 2021. The tournament will see some of the best CS:GO teams from around the world compete for a $100,000 prize pool and earn the coveted title of Pinnacle Cup II champions.

In total, there will be 32 teams competing at the Pinnacle Cup II. 16 teams will be competing in the opening single-elimination Group stage for four spots in the Swiss stage. The Swiss stage will then see 16 teams in total competing in a Swiss-system format for eight spots in the Pinnacle Cup II Playoffs, where four additional teams have been directly invited and seeded into a single-elimination Quarter-final bracket.

The Pinnacle Cup II takes place between June 28 and July 16 and will be broadcast on Twitch.

Read the dedicated betting preview of the Pinnacle Cup II from our CS:GO expert, Adam Boothe, on the esports blog.

Pinnacle Cup II: Key dates

  • Group stage 28/06 - 29/06
  • Swiss stage: 01/07 - 13/07
  • Playoff stage: 14/07
  • Quarter-final: 15/07
  • Semi-final and Grand Final: 16/07

Pinnacle Cup II: Tournament format

The Pinnacle Cup II is structured in three stages: Group stage, Swiss stage, and Playoff stage.

During the Group stage, the teams are separated into four groups, with the initial matches taking place as a Best-of-One (Bo1) with the winner moving onto a Best-of-Three (Bo3) match for qualification into the Swiss stage. Each group will yield one team that will join the 12 teams waiting in the Swiss stage.

The Swiss stage will see 16 teams competing in a Swiss-system format, with each match taking place as a Bo3. The Swiss-system gives every team a fair chance to progress, placing teams on the same score against each other and not eliminating a team from Playoff contention after two losses, unlike other traditional tournament formats. By the end of the Swiss stage, four teams will have earned the opportunity to progress to the Playoff stage.

For the Playoff stage, the four teams progressing from the Swiss stage will have to do battle in a single-elimination, Bo3 bracket with four invited teams to earn a spot in the Quarter-finals alongside four more invited teams. After the Quarter-final teams are determined, the tournament enters its final stages with the remaining teams battling it out to reach the Semi-final and then the Grand Final with the hope of earning the title of Pinnacle Cup II champions.

Where you can watch the Pinnacle Cup II

The official broadcast of the Pinnacle Cup II will be live-streamed on in three different languages: English, Russian, and Brazilian-Portuguese.

Pinnacle Cup II - Prize distribution

Pinnacle Cup II will mirror the same prize pool distribution as its predecessor. The Pinnacle Cup II will feature a $100,000 prize pool split amongst the final two teams in the tournament. The team that wins Pinnacle Cup II will secure $80,0000 while the runners-up will leave the tournament with $20,000.

Pinnacle Cup II - Participating teams

There are 32 teams participating in the Pinnacle Cup II. Of these, 16 teams will compete in the Group stage, 12 teams are automatically invited into the Swiss stage, and four are invited to the Playoff stage.

Pinnacle Cup II 



NAVI Junior

Young Ninjas


100Ping Gods




VP Prodigy



Spirit Academy






DBL Poney






Copenhagen Flames


Mouz NXT






Get the best CS:GO odds for the Pinnacle Cup II

Throughout the Pinnacle Cup II, we will be offering the best CS:GO odds on the market. To view the latest odds for the Pinnacle Cup II, visit our dedicated esports section.

Want extra betting insight into the Pinnacle Cup II? Read our betting preview for the tournament by Adam Boothe on our esports blog.

About the Pinnacle Cup

The ‘Pinnacle Cup’ is the flagship esports tournament organised and hosted by Pinnacle in partnership with GRID and Relog Media.

There have been multiple Pinnacle Cup events in 2021 with the inaugural event taking place in CS:GO and the second event taking place in Dota 2.

Each event has seen a $100,000 prize pool offered for each tournament. The latest iteration of the tournament series is the ‘Pinnacle Cup II’ which will mirror the inaugural event by inviting some of the best CS:GO teams in the world to compete.

About Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a competitive, multiplayer First Person-shooter (FPS) game. Developed by Valve, CS:GO is the latest addition to the Counter-Strike series which spans back to 1999 with the original Counter-Strike (CS).

CS:GO is one of the biggest esports titles in the world, routinely attracting millions of viewers every year to watch the best players compete against each other for millions in prize money.

Want to learn how to bet on CS:GO? Read our beginners guide to CS:GO betting.

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About the author

Kristian Medina
Kristian is a writer & videographer for Pinnacle Esports having studied English Language & Media at De Montfort University. He's the go-to guy when it comes to League of Legends.
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