We have talked about the League of Legends portion of Intel Extreme Master Oakland, which will feature a pitiful lineup and shouldn’t be a very exciting event overall, however, the CS:GO portion of the whole thing is much, much better, featuring some of the best teams in the world as well as $300,000 in prize money.
The event will feature twelve teams, sorted into two Groups of six. Out of all of them, only two, Heroic and TyLoo jump out as somewhat weak. The rest are some of the best in the world, so it should be an exciting event, full of great Counter-Strike.
Group A, consisting of Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Astralis, Immortals, and TyLoo, as well as Group B, where SK Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, mousesports, Heroic, Cloud9, and FaZe Clan will play best of ones against each other, should definitely provide some exciting action. Most of these teams wouldn’t look out of place in a $1M Major, after all.
Starting with Group A, the Winner will move to the Semifinals, while the other two top three teams will go on to fight in the Round of 6 to earn the right to fight against the number 1 seed from one of the two groups. Looking at both Groups, the Natus Vincere lineup should be the one to get a ticket straight to the Semifinals, however, this is complicated by the recent results from ELEAGUE, where, in a group with Na’Vi, Astralis, and SK Gaming, Astralis won the Group and SK Gaming eliminated the CIS superstars. While it is likely that Natus Vincere will win, there could be surprises. Who knows what the delicate situation around Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and his new teammates is following the bitter disappointment in Atlanta. On the other side of the Group Stage, SK Gaming should be the ones to claim the first seed in Group B, unless NiP is revitalized after their starter, Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi, came back following carpal tunnel problems. Of course, the guy hasn’t played that much for a couple of months. Who knows what the team is going to look like?
No matter what, the CS:GO side of Intel Extreme Masters Oakland should be a very interesting event. The League of Legends portion, however, just got a whole lot more boring, if that was even possible for a tournament of 6 teams. You see, according to a report by Preston Dozsa at thescoreesports.com, the event will actually be played on patch 6.21. For those who don’t understand the significance, the preseason patch, which included the Assassin rework, the new jungle and everything else, 6.22, was released on November 10th and won’t be used for this tournament. Reportedly. So, instead of having the pleasure of watching some decent players trying to figure out what’s good in the new upcoming meta, we will have to watch irrelevant games, played by… boring teams. It is sad, boys and girls. Sad.