Your New Legends for the ELEAGUE Major
The storylines of the past four days at the
Oddly enough, only two of the prior eight legend teams didn’t defend their status for the next major. Despite
Here are your new
Since the addition of s1mple back in August, Na’Vi has made some huge strides but struggled
That is, until now. The storied CIS quintet all but decimated everyone in their path during groups. Even the reigning two-time Major champions SK Gaming were made short work of by the ferocity they brought. Na’Vi most definitely has the edge going into their quarter-final against
Going into this event
Astralis’ group stage performance was
Since the bout of Swedish roster shuffles that tore them apart last year, Fnatic has lacked that divinity their name once garnered. Their performance thus far in the event hasn’t been stellar, but considering they’re the B-side of your old favorite mix-tape, they did as well as anyone could have hoped for.
With their only loss being to G2 Esports—a likely semi-finalist in many people's eyes—Fnatic has shown that you don’t need an all-star line-up to get the job done. Although they’re coming off a three-game win streak, every game was actually quite close this week, which isn’t convincing when they had the easy route of North, Mousesports, and EnVyUs.
To some, Gambit was an underdog coming into this event. Although they haven’t acquired any prestigious titles, they have been plowing through the CIS competition as of late. Gambit has taken first at all three of the recent LANs they have attended, and let us not forget they did snag a Legends
Considering Gambit’s dominant performance against the likes of GODSENT and North, with a relatively close game vs Virtus.pro, I would have to say their semi-final against Fnatic is the most unpredictable in the playoffs. If Gambit’s performance is telling at all, I would call this 2-1 in the CIS squads favor, but the Swedes could be back on form.
A team that needs no introduction. Virtus.pro has had a solid run of making it to every
Although none of their victories were in dominant fashion, I don’t think it was too expected for them to make short work of any of the teams they had to face. Wins over Optic,
North, formerly Dignitas, has been on an upswing well before striking out on their own to forge a new name for themselves. With the deep veteran roots of
Although they were the only team to come back from a 0-2 start, North did struggle to complete the reverse sweep required to make it to playoffs. An oddly comfortable 16-9 against G2 was overshadowed by an uncharacteristic overtime against 0-3 Hellraisers, and a 19-17 overtime to knock out GODSENT from the major. No disrespect meant to the teams they had to overcome, but we’re talking about a team that has either won or taken 3rd in the last 5 LAN’s they’ve attended.
Even with the rocky start, North has the chops to take it to VP if they put this struggle behind them. Considering they’ve conquered the Poles in the last two best-of-threes they’ve met, we can expect a well-prepared match from both sides. Map vetoes will be everything here, but I predict this going to three maps as well.
FaZe, like North, is another team that is finally hitting their stride. Taking first place in the Major qualifier was a precursor to the story their group stage performance would tell. That, married with their three semi-final finishes at IEM Oakland, IBUYPOWER Masters, and
In groups, FaZe came within two rounds of toppling SK in
What more can be said about SK gaming? The Brazilians stormed through the scene like a freight train, and only of late have they seen resistance. As the team began to decline due to chemistry issues leading to the removal of