In an extremely exciting turn of events, the next CS:GO Valve-sponsored Major Tournament will be held by ELEAGUE and televised on American TV. Joining Fnatic, Team Liquid, SK Gaming, Virtus.pro, Astralis, FlipSid3 Tactics, Gambit Esports and Natus Vincere, will be 8 more teams, which managed to find their way to the tournament via a lengthy Qualification process, which has ended with the Offline Qualifier, held in Atlanta recently. Who made it there and who will have to sit this historic ELEAGUE Major 2017 out? Read on to find out.
The Offline Qualifier was held in a Swiss format, where teams played matches against opponent with the same record as them, trying to get to three wins, which would give them a ticket to the Major. On the other hand, if a team lost three times, it was out of contention. With some extremely strong teams fighting for one of the eight spots in the ELEAGUE Major, the Offline Qualifier was promised to be an exciting affair. Some teams you wouldn’t have expected to make it through managed it, while others stumbled on even ground..
Two teams had the easiest time in the tournament, winning their ticket with three straight wins. GODSENT, the Swedish team, which had a couple of former Fnatic players, Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Robin “flusha” Rönnquist, had a very easy time, winning their matches against G2 Esports on Overpass, against Team Dignitas on Mirage and HellRaisers on Train. Following suit were FaZe Clan, which took down Cloud9 on Mirage, OpTic Gaming on Overpass and Immortals on Mirage.
Next up, three teams, mousesports, OpTic Gaming and Team Dignitas, qualified for the ELEAGUE Major with one loss. Mouz lost their first game against HellRaisers and then went 3-0 against Team Spirit, TyLoo and Immortals. OpTic won their first game against TyLoo, lost against FaZe, and then took down Ninjas in Pyjamas and HellRaisers, while DIG won against Team Secret, lost to GODSENT, and won against Counter Logic Gaming and G2 Esports.
The final three to qualify for the Major were Team EnVyUs, HellRaisers and G2 Esports, however, they had a very hard time of it, having to play five games before getting their ticket. EnVyUs lost their first two matches against Immortals and G2 Esports, winning against Team Secret, TyLoo Gaming and Vega Squadron. This kind of makes their invite… less valuable, because they lost to real contenders and won against teams that didn’t really have a chance. HellRaisers won their first two matches against mousesports and NiP, but then lost two in a row against GODSENT and OpTic Gaming. They only won the ticket to the Major after managing to win on Overpass, the same map they defeated NiP on, against Cloud9. The final team to qualify, G2 Esports, lost their first match on Overpass against GODSENT, then won against Team EnVyUs and Vega Squadron on Dust2, lost Nuke to Team Dignitas, and then won against Immortals on Cache.
Three or four real Major invite contenders, Cloud9, Immortals, Counter Logic Gaming, and Ninjas in Pyjamas didn’t manage to qualify. The tournament was probably most painful to Immortals because they won their first two matches and then lost to FaZe, mouz and G2. While Ninjas in Pyjamas not qualifying for the Major was also an upset, at least they didn’t really go on a roll, only winning against Renegades in Round 1, before simply losing against HellRaisers, OpTic Gaming, and Vega Squadron.