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’re looking at all teams set to take part in the event, starting with the Minors’ Champions, teams which will play in the new Play-In stage of the event.
Out of all non-Tier 1 Challenger teams, Space Soldiers is on the shortlist to make it to the Major proper. While it’s definitely not up to facing giants like SK Gaming on equal footing, they can win against B-tier teams, which puts them in a better situation than most of the opponents they have to avoid the culling from 24 to 16 teams.
This Turkish team has one of the more stable rosters in the scene. In fact, their last roster change took place on Feb. 13, 2017, when Buğra “Calyx” Arkın joined as the sixth man.
Aside from Calyx, the team also uses Can “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş, Çağatay “DESPE” Sedef, Engin “ngiN” Kor, Ahmet “paz” Karahoca, and Engin “MAJ3R” Kupeli.
It might not have the stars of FaZe Clan or even Team Liquid, but what it does have is a roster where players are used to playing with each other.
To reiterate, we’re not saying that Space Soldiers will miraculously upset their way into the Playoffs of ELEAGUE Major Boston a la Albus NoX Luna from League of Legends. All we’re saying is that they have a decent chance of making it into the Top 16, especially with Team Liquid having to play their coach instead of Lucas “steel” Lopes.
The team has played 287 maps in 2017, winning 196, having a draw, and losing 90. Over all of these maps, they took 26,801 kills to 23,584 deaths, making for a K/D ratio of 1.14, the best out of all teams we’ve covered so far.
Cache is their most played map and could be called their speciality. They’ve played it 61 times and won 51 of these games, which is a mind-boggling win rate, even when you consider that their usual opponent is much weaker than the good team’s they will face in Atlanta.
Mirage, Cobblestone, Train and Overpass are their next most played maps, all hovering between 40 and 50 times played. On all of them, they have great win rates above 60%. They also have a 71% win rate on Inferno out of 31 times played. Nuke, however, is a weaker map for them. The team tries to dodge playing it. They were unsuccessful 8 times this year and only won 3 of these matches.
While Space Soldiers can’t seem to put up the results necessary to become part of the European elite, they manage to win matches against big name European CS:GO teams like Fnatic, Virtus.pro, Team EnVyUs, North, and mousesports.
That means that there’s some hope of making a decent run when playing at their best, they still have a way to go before they are consistent in their results in a field populated by entirely world-class teams. Unfortunately, the talent pool in Turkey isn’t the greatest, so roster changes are out of the question, which is probably why the team has stayed with the same roster for a long time, similar to Virtus.pro.
If the players can improve consistently, they might actually crack their limit. Who knows, ELEAGUE Major Boston might be just the place where they do it.