In just a few hours pashaBiceps will enter the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII – Katowice Major 2019 stage to announce the start of the playoffs, which promise to be colorful.
Indeed, thanks to the updated tournament format, there are no extra teams among the legends. Everyone had to give everything to get there. Everyone who made it this far deserves to be here. However, the most important test for all is yet to come.
The main favorite of the tournament
As for the lost map during the New Legends Stage against Renegades, here the situation can turn around in two ways. On one hand, a given map could become a good slap in the face for the Danes, which would bring them to their senses. Currently, the Danish team lost one map out of five they played, and then on overtime. For the remaining Astralis, they only lost 17 rounds, 11 of which went to the very same Australians.
It is worth noting that one of the key players of the Danes, device, fell ill with the flu before playing with Renegades, and
The second contender for the championship title, as well as the main rival of Astralis, are Team Liquid. At the end of 2018, there were two replacements in the team: the Brazilian legionnaire and coach went to Made in Brazil, and the Boston major champion Stewie2K and a new coach adreN joined Liquid. Like Astralis, the Americans ended the group stage 3-0, but their opponents were more serious. First, they beat
On the whole, the squad plays smoothly: there is no strong difference in
That is, a player, without many achievements, who has never trained a team before, comes immediately to Liquid, the second best team in the world. The credit of trust rendered to him, of course, is huge. Yes, he most likely has good relations with the majority of players, and for the first time this may be enough to maintain credibility, but will it be enough when the first problems begin? Do not forget that
Most likely, Liquid is now playing on their old tricks. So far this is bearing fruit, but is this enough for a champion title, and can
In theory, both Natus Vincere and MIBR can compete with Astralis and Liquid. Let’s start with the Ukrainian team. In 2018, they became the second
In addition to s1mple, none of
Judging by the Zeus’ vlogs, the situation in the team is not particularly changed. There are a number of differences that prevent the players from being on the same wavelength. In the post-match interview, they noted that sometimes they have problems with communication. In particular, this was noticeable in their second game in the tournament against
But the French did not even reach the final stage, and in
The situation with MIBR is also not unambiguous. On one hand, the team returned to the entire Brazilian line-up, with which they had already played in 2016.
At the same time, their performance on major began with the defeat against Cloud9 with a crushing 3:16 score. This was not expected by anyone. Either MIBR didn’t get enough sleep, or they didn’t understand that this is already a tournament, not a training session, but it was a failure. However, later they managed to rehabilitate themselves. They stomped compLexity, snatched the victory from G2 Esports and confidently played against NiP. Of all their rivals, only Ninjas looked competent, and even then they weren’t the strongest.
Whether they will be able to get in shape for the playoffs is unclear. Yes, they have an uncomfortable opponent: Renegades cannot boast famous players such as, for example,
And so, back to the Renegades, which have already become the main discovery and sensation of the tournament. They beat ENCE eSports, FaZe and Vitality, and were able to squeeze a map from Astralis. Looking at their way to the playoffs, it’s not easy to say that it was easy or they were just lucky. They deserve each of the victories. Renegades were able to show not only a high level of individual
In the meantime, to get to the semifinals, they need to prepare very well for MIBR. Disassemble their old demos, new ones, as well as the latest Liquid matches in 2018. It is unlikely that
As for ENCE, their ceiling is top-8. They didn’t manage to show their best game during the group stage: the absence of
If we consider that their opponent in the quarter-finals will be Liquid, one of the main favorites, the Finns have a very small chance to go further.
NiP was pleasantly surprising: not without problems, but the old men in f0rest and GeT_RiGhT again came out as legends. If you look at their way into the playoffs, you can say that it was very logical: they beat those whom they had to beat, and lost to stronger teams, although they were able to impose a fight there.
If they were in the playoffs against someone other than Astralis or Liquid, then one would be wondering how far they could go. Now it is obvious that they will be able to go to the semi-finals only if all the stars converge in a row. However, this semi-final is unlikely to become a kind of repetition of last year’s Boston major final.
By the way, the participants of that unfortunate match for them, FaZe at this tournament became the main disappointment. Yes, they went to the playoffs, but what they showed, even the faintest shadow of their own name, is a completely different team, and a few worse heads. FaZe lost to AVANGAR and Renegades,
Even in the latest confrontation against Cloud9, FaZe almost missed the victory on the first map. And knowing how the same
Despite the fact that FaZe is a team of stars, now they clearly have a period of eclipse. The team is looking for itself, but it seems that in the process it got lost between three Christmas trees. One of the best players in the world,
In FaZe obvious are problems with communication, the players “float” in psychological terms, and their skill drops. Of course, they still have ghostly chances of winning against
Anyway, very soon we will find out the name of the champion. And this time undeniable. Thanks to the updated format, the result of any team will be undeniable. In turn, this will clearly lead to a number of reshuffles in the teams after the tournament.
And in general, Katowice Major 2019 opens a new era of Counter-Strike, where the teams will no longer hope for “maybe”, and will begin to approach training and rearrangements in training more seriously.
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