WESG (World Electronic Sports Games) 2016 is over. The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive portion of the event had the biggest first place prize in the game’s history and two teams heavily favored to win it. One of them, Team EnVyUs, did just that, taking home $800,000 USD, while the tournament favorites, Virtus.pro, had to be satisfied with the measly $200k after losing to their Polish brothers, Team Kinguin, in the Semifinals and losing their chance to fight in the Grand Final.
With such an unexpected loss and with so much on the line, it’s interesting to consider how it is to affect Virtus.pro’s performance in the upcoming ELEAGUE Major. They might not even admit it to themselves, but the players from Virtus.pro are conscious of the fact that they’ve been considered one of the best CS:GO teams in the world. As a result, they probably considered the first place prize all but guaranteed. After losing to Team Kinguin 0:2 in the Semifinals, Virtus.pro had to get back to the ground. Depending on how hard they landed, they will either be very determined to not fail at the Major, or crumble, performing much worse in the tournament and falling below expectations.
On the other hand, Team EnVyUs should be over the moon with the outcome of the tournament. If not for Virtus.pro’s hubris, they probably wouldn’t have had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the tournament, at least not with a 2-0 they had in the Finals against Team Kinguin. With the team’s CS:GO roster experiencing some hard times in 2016 due to their fall from grace as one of the best CS:GO teams in the world, they certainly needed the boost in confidence that is sure to be provided by the team’s win at WESG 2016. Now, they have to try and use the momentum gained from this victory to prepare to fight their first opponent at the ELEAGUE Major—Team Liquid. With the vacuum of a true in-game leader and no Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, Team Liquid should be a beatable team for EnVyUs, especially if the Europeans manage to internalize the confidence boost they gained from WESG.
World Electronic Sports Games 2016, taking place in 2017, had four groups of six team each and yet only two of them were truly considered favorites to win. The stronger of the two, through their own arrogance or some other means, let go the chance to win the biggest prize pool in their game’s history, the other team took full advantage and achieved something their fans are no longer used to. It’s now time to see how the story of Team EnVyUs and Virtus.pro enfolds in the ELEAGUE Major. The tournament starts in six days, on the 22nd of January.