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.
The first team out of the current Legends we’d like to talk about is North. While the team’s roster has been more or less stable for months, its performance hasn’t been the greatest. That’s not to say that North is a bad team by any means. In fact, their presence at ELEAGUE Major Boston is definitely deserved. They even stand a good chance in the Main Event against most of the teams that come out of the Qualifiers unscathed.
That doesn’t mean that they are favored to win the whole event, though.
After PGL Major Krakow, a single change was made to the North roster—Emil “Magisk” Reif was replaced by Valdemar “valde” Bjørn. At the time of the announcement of this roster change, many fans and analysts were flabbergasted because Magisk was considered to be one of the essential pillars of strength holding the Danish team up.
It was feared that the new roster would struggle to play to the same level of excellence fans came to expect out of North but these concerns turned out to be largely unfounded. North was just like we came to expect when they settled down after bursting to the top back when they used to play under the banner of Team Dignitas.
Aside from valde, the team still has Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen, Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, René “cajunb” Borg and Philip “aizy” Aistrup. There’s plenty of star power to root for on this team and plenty of skill to defeat all but the strongest opponents.
Looking at North’s stats, one might think that the Danish stars are taking a bit of a vacation. They only have 83 maps played as five. The win rate isn’t as good as one might expect as well. They have won 48 maps and lost 33 on a mediocre-at-best K/D Ratio of 1.02.
Just like many of the other teams, North seems to play Mirage a lot. Their 52% win rate on the map is not that impressive, however. Cobblestone, on the other hand, is an entirely different beast. There, North holds a 14-5 record. North also holds a doubtful honor of having two maps, Inferno and Nuke, with losing records, 6-7 and 2-6 respectively.
But then again, where some other teams with impressive win rates play against teams weaker than them, North faces teams stronger than them more often, which could be part of the reason why they lose more.
The best result for the current North roster came a while ago, at DreamHack Open Montreal 2017, where they took 1st place soon after finishing second at DreamHack Masters Malmo 2017. After that, the team struggled putting up huge numbers, though they did get to the Semifinals of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 and took 4th at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2017.