This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We have discussed all teams participating in the Qualifier and it’s now time to discuss the lucky few to go straight to the Main Event.
Giving credit where it’s due, BIG is not one of the teams we think of together with the words “worthy of Playoffs” but that’s precisely where this German team went in PGL Major Krakow. We can respect that. Their achievement at Krakow coupled with the fact that the team was set up by some of its players Astralis-style makes us respect them more.
We don’t consider it likely that BIG will be able to hold on to its Legend status when the last round in the ELEAGUE Major Boston concludes. While their roster is good, they don’t really have the… oomph necessary to truly challenge the top teams in the world on an even footing.
Speaking of that…
As a player-established organization, BIG doesn’t have the cash to change the roster excessively. That could be part of the reason why there were no roster changes in the organization since the team was established on Jan. 2, 2017. Of course, it’s just as likely that the players simply love playing together too much to mess with it.
No matter what the reason for it is, the fact stands that Fatih “gob b” Dayik, Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić, Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz, Johannes “nex” Maget and Kevin “keev” Bartholomäus are still the ones to represent BIG on the server.
Over the last year, BIG has played 224 maps, winning 124 with an overall K/D Ratio of 1.01 from 20,180 kills and 20,067 deaths.
Four maps, Train, Cobblestone, Overpass and Cache are the most played for this team with really similar numbers. Cache is their third most popular but the most successful map out of the four with a 57.9% win rate though Cobblestone is close behind, being the second most played with a win rate of 57.2%. In comparison the other maps, are less successful for the team, they have won Train 51.2% of the time and Overpass 48.7%.
Overpass misfortune from the BIG side pales in comparison to their performance on Nuke, however. Granted, they’ve only played that map 7 times over the last year, but they lost four times and won thrice.
Playing a whole year together often means that there are a lot of events to look at. That’s no different in the case of BIG. A big chunk of the events the team has played at were qualifiers, which is not unexpected when coming from a team of BIG’s level of success.
When they weren’t grinding qualifiers, however, they played at events like PGL Major Krakow (5-8th), ESG Tour Mykonos 2017 (5-6th), WESG 2017 Germany (1st), DreamHack Open Denver 2017 (2nd) and DreamHack Open Winter 2017 (5-6th)
As you can probably see, BIG isn’t known for winning tournaments. There is absolutely no reason to think that they will suddenly start now.