On Feb. 8, cs_summit 2 will start at the Summit House in Los Angeles, CA. This will be one of the first LAN events after the ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018.
Eight teams will fight in a lengthy Double Elimination bracket battle for the bulk of the $150,000 prize pool, including Cloud9, SK Gaming, Team Liquid, North, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Vega Squadron, Heroic, and Torqued, replacing OpTic Gaming after the team announced that they would be unable to compete.
While the event has some decent teams, it’s going to take place in Los Angeles so there might be a little bit more partying than usual in LANs.
The two teams which are unlikely to be lax, however, are Cloud9 and SK Gaming because of their emerging rivalry as of late.
Don’t know what we’re talking about? Let us tell you.
In the ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 Semifinals, Cloud9 got matched against SK Gaming and were expected to lose despite the Brazilians playing with João “felps” Vasconcellos instead of Ricardo “boltz” Prass.
In a great turn of events, Cloud9 absolutely demolished SK Gaming on Mirage, the first map of the best of 3 series, 16-3. When the time came for SK to fight for their tournament life on Cobblestone, they improved and tied the series score after winning the map 16-8. Then, the time to play Inferno came and Cloud9 won 16-9, moving on to the Finals where they defeated FaZe Clan and became ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 Champions.
Soon after, the two teams met again at the WESG North American Finals. The teams played Inferno in the Group Stage and Cloud9 showed that they can beat SK with boltz as well as felps, crushing the Brazilians on Inferno, 16-2.
That wasn’t the end of it, though.
SK Gaming took the hit and rose from the pit Cloud9 pushed them into, coming back in the tournament, reaching the Finals, where their opponent was… yes, you guessed it, Cloud9.
The first map of the series was Train and SK Gaming won 16-9. When it came the time to play Overpass, one of SK’s best maps, Cloud9 surprised by winning it 16-10. Then, it was time to play Inferno. Remember, the last two times these teams played against each other on Inferno, Cloud9 crushed the Brazilians.
Here, SK Gaming showed their character, overcame their terrible experiences in the recent past and won 16-6.
Now, with a more even record, Cloud9 might get the chance to face SK Gaming once again at cs_summit 2. It is our biggest dream when it comes to this event that this match does happen. It’s not certain, but the tournament itself will become 10x more exciting if it does.
Aside from the rivalry between SK Gaming and Cloud9, there’s also a chance to look at Team Liquid and the lessons they might have taken from their experience at the ELEAGUE Major Boston, there’s the possibility of seeing Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye appear on North for the first time.
There is also the rare chance to see Ninjas in Pyjamas in action.
Still, C9 vs. SK. Will the two teams play each other? Who’s going to win if they do?