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.
SK Gaming is among the favorites to win ELEAGUE Major Boston. It’s not only among the favorites, it is THE favorite, with FaZe Clan coming in close second. At least in our opinion.
SK Gaming’s excellence in CS:GO starts even before their first Major victory at MLG Columbus. Even though some people weren’t completely onboard after SK’s first win, everyone had to admit that the Brazilians are for real when they won their second Major in a row at ESL One Cologne 2016.
Since then, SK Gaming has consistently stayed in the Top 5 of the best CS:GO teams in the world, taking up the #1 spot more often than not. The team’s success stems from the almost unique combination of firepower and leadership from their leader, Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo.
SK Gaming has gone through some roster changes over the year but not as many as some other top teams like FaZe Clan, for example. The core of FalleN, Marcelo “coldzera” David, Fernando “fer” Alvarenga and Epitácio “TACO” de Melo has stayed the same for years now. It’s only the fifth player who changes.
The team rose to prominence with current member of 100 Thieves, Lincoln “fnx” Lau, but the team and the player parted ways. João “felps” Vasconcellos was brought in soon after and it was going well for SK but then an opportunity SK couldn’t ignore came up.
The second major Brazilian CS:GO team, Immortals, crumbled, leaving two players, Ricardo “boltz” Prass and Lucas “steel” Lopes stranded. While steel went to Team Liquid, boltz was loaned to SK Gaming and is now playing for them. The problem is that the player won’t be available for ELEAGUE Major, leading SK to fall back to felps.
That is not such a bad thing. Who knows, it might actually turn out better than it would have if boltz had played. After all, SK spent more time playing with him than with boltz and in tournaments of such importance as the Major, comfort is very important.
While the change could make SK a little bit weaker because there was sure to be a reason why the team made the roster swap in the first place, it’s not a disaster by any means in our opinion. Felps is still a good replacement for boltz.