Get ready for an earthquake! The best CS:GO teams gather yet again in an exclusive tournament, this time at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. We are, of course, talking about EPICENTER 2017!
Despite there being no Majors until the next year, obviously there hasn’t been a shortage of tournaments. EPICENTER takes place this week, from Tuesday to Sunday. The prize pool doesn’t disappoint – a total prize pool of eye-watering $500,000 is motivation enough. The winners take home $250,000!
Six teams were invited, and two of them were wildcards that had to fight for their spot in the qualifiers. These are FaZe Clan and Team Liquid.
Both smoothly sailed through their matches. FaZe Clan beat TyLoo 16-9 in both maps, Inferno and Cache. Team Liquid went 16-9 in Inferno and 16-8 in Cache against Vega Squadron. This was nothing unexpected, as both teams were strong favourites in the qualifiers.
Faze Clan joins SK Gaming, Virtus.pro and Gambit Esports in Group A.
Group B is home to Astralis, G2 Esports, North and Team Liquid.
Predicting the results in both of these strong groups is a notoriously thankless job. Most teams are on their A game, which is great news for the spectators.
There are a few exceptions, though. Virtus.pro have been in a slump lately and we don’t expect them to advance, sadly. Their roster, though stable, has been in a rut and so far, they haven’t been able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
It could be just the opportunity FaZe Clan need to win the tournament. They’ve been in tremendous form lately and show no signs of stopping. A FaZe win wouldn’t be too unexpected.
Gambit Esports are perhaps the weakest team in the line-up, but they’re far from being true underdogs. There is a reasonable chance they can advance, even without Zeus. Andi, the former Na’Vi coach, could push the team in the right direction, but the competition simply looks too strong for anything but a group-stage exit.
SK Gaming’s strong start in their first game today against Virtus.pro could be a sign of remarkable things to come. Looks like going with boltz instead of felps was a great decision after all. Their results will depend on whether they will overcome their internal struggles.
Team Liquid’s strong performance in ESL One New York and consistent top placements means they have a good roster with a fine chance of advancing to quarter-finals – but probably not more than that. G2’s inconsistency could be their undoing if they fizzle yet again. There’s simply no room for mistakes when playing against teams of this calibre.
The Danish teams look good in this tournament. We give the edge to Astralis, who clinched 2nd place in ELEAGUE Premier 2017 – right behind FaZe. North have greatly improved after valde joined the team, and we will probably see them in the quarterfinals – if they manage to take down Team Liquid.
The playoffs will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Yubileyny Sports Palace.
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