Tom Bramwell, December 17, 2016

Featured Match: Cloud9 vs Renegades

NiP vs OpTic is also taking place in today's round of ELEAGUE Major qualifiers, and that's destined to be a good game, but with both teams at 1-1 in the Swiss format, neither can qualify or be eliminated by the outcome of that match. Elsewhere, though, at least one big team is teetering on a precipice.

So that's where we're looking for today's featured match.

Cloud9 vs Renegades at ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier

Less than two months after beating SK Gaming to win ESL Pro League Series 4 in São Paulo, Cloud9 are 0-2 in qualifiers for the next Major, having lost to FaZe and, slightly more inexplicably, Chinese squad TyLoo. Renegades find themselves in the same position, having thrown away a game they were leading 15-5 against CLG to lose 19-16 in overtime.

Both teams will be hurting. For one squad, this match offers a lifeline. For the other, the pain will only intensify.

Tom Bramwell

Tom is a British writer who used to work for Eurogamer and Riot Games. Increasingly obsessed with esports.