Over the last week, we had a lot of exciting upsets in esports. It just goes to show that you can never be certain about what will happen when two teams meet and there’s only their skill with a keyboard and mouse to determine which is ultimately stronger in that particular moment.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
In CS:GO, the biggest and most exciting event took place in Los Angeles, where Beyond the Summit ran their cs_summit 2, a homely LAN-party event with some of the strongest CS:GO teams in the world.
Before the tournament, the rivalry between SK Gaming and Cloud9 has been heating up for a while following their ELEAGUE Major Semifinals match and WESG 2017 North American Finals.
In the tournament, there were some results which… seemed strange to say the least. Ninjas in Pyjamas lost to Heroic in the Lower Bracket Round 1, with the score of 1-2. Heroic also went on to defeat North 2-0 in the second Round before finally getting knocked out by Team Liquid, which was dropped to the Lower Bracket after losing to Cloud9.
After SK Gaming lost to Cloud9 in the Upper Bracket Finals, Team liquid shocked the world by actually winning against the Brazilians 2-0 and making their way to the Grand Finals of the tournament, where they faced Cloud9.
That’s when weird stuff started happening.
Cloud9 started the series ahead 1-0 because they came to the Grand Finals from the Upper Bracket. Team Liquid had a long way to go. In the first map, Train, everyone who watched immediately got the idea that this was not destined to be a walk in the park for the Cloud9 team. The map went to Overtime. Liquid finally won 19-17 and reset the series.
Then, the two teams went to Mirage and Liquid once again proved to be stronger, winning the map 16-8 and pulling ahead in the series. Cloud9 rallied on Cache, winning it 16-11, staving off disaster, but the final map of the series, Overpass, did not go their way at all. Team Liquid won 16-10 and became the cs_summit 2 Champions, taking home $63,750.
League of Legends
On the League of Legends side of esports, teams played in their respective Spring Split matches all over the world. We find the NA LCS, LCK, and EU LCS the most interesting. Here are the upsets from these regions:
If the first match of the week in the NA LCS was any indication, we had a lot of upsets to look forwards to. Team SoloMid, the team with one of the strongest rosters in the league, lost to Houston Rockets-owned Clutch Gaming in a long match that took just over 57 minutes to come to an end.
Then, FlyQuest also surprised by winning against 100 Thieves in a truly dominating manner. Jason “WildTurtle” Tran popped off on Xayah, getting 8 kills and 4 assists when his team had only 12 kills in total. On the other side, the Thieves couldn’t do much to stop the veteran AD Carry.
There was also the match between Golden Guardians, the worst team in the league, and 100 Thieves. Golden Guardians finally picked up their first win, avoiding the fate of being known as Origen 2.0. Juan “Contractz” Garcia’s Camille in the jungle had a lot to do with their success, though the rest of his team also seemed to have stepped up against the Thieves. On the other side, there seemed to be a problem. 100 Thieves should really find out what went wrong and fix it because weeks like this are not really acceptable.
Over the pond called the Atlantic Ocean, in Europe, Team Vitality is still going strong with 7 wins and a loss. Fnatic, G2 Esports and Giants Gaming are still nipping at their heels with 5-3 records. FC Schalke 04, Misfits, Splyce and Team ROCCAT continue to wallow in mediocrity, while H2k-Gaming and Unicorns of Love are still simply bad with 1-7 records.
In the Mecca of League of Legends, South Korea’s LCK, all eyes are on the struggling best team in the history of League of Legends, SK Telecom T1. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and his four supports started the Spring Split disastrously. It seems, however, that SKT is slowly finding its stride.
The three-time world champions won against bbq Olivers 2-1 with their rookie lineup and then went on to defeat KSV eSports, the new team which runs the former Samsung Galaxy roster which won the 2017 World Championship.
In fact, this week seems to have been disastrous for the KSV lineup as they have also lost to ROX Tigers 2-1.
With all of that, we have Kingzone DragonX in 1st place with 7-1, Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster with 6-2, 5-3 KSV eSports, 4-4 ROX Tigers, 3-5 SK Telecom T1 and Jin Air Green Wings, 3-5 bbq Olivers, as well as the 2-6 KongDoo Monster and MVP bringing up the rear.
Will all of that said, do note that the Spring Split doesn’t really matter all that much.
In the Inaugural Season of the Overwatch League, Stage 1 has ended with London Spitfire, owned by Cloud9’s Jack Etienne, coming out as the victors, after defeating New York Excelsior for the title, even though the NY team has won the most matches throughout the stage with 9 wins and 1 loss.
With this win, London Spitfire got a $100,000 bonus and bragging rights, which can never be underestimated.
The action continues in Stage 2, starting on Feb. 21. The teams will have a short period of time to trade players, followed by the Free Agent signing window, set to begin on Feb. 21.