Since its entrance to the esports scene and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in particular, ELEAGUE has been simply outstanding in delivering top-notch CS:GO events. Their ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, a tournament, where 16 teams started off trying to win $500,000, is no exception. The Group Stage is over and we have had the Quarterfinals over and done with as well.
After a surprising 2-0 victory against G2 Esports, Cloud9 was the first team to make it into the Top 4 of the event, followed by Astralis, after they defeated the Swedish Fnatic roster. Then, FaZe Clan played against Team EnVyUs and defeated them 2-0, followed by the match between North and Heroic, which was obviously won by North.
Due to the specific Semifinals pairings in this event, it is possible that we will have an all-Danish Final for this tournament held in the United States.
Normally, Astralis would be heavily favored to win this match, however, the Danish team has been struggling a little bit, in the Quarterfinals showing of Overpass, the map they themselves picked, included. It’s a fact that you can’t keep playing at your best level forever and Astralis seems to be going through a bit of a dip in form right now.
Cloud9, on the other hand, are on the rise. They have made the Top 4 of events like ESL One Cologne 2017, DreamHack Montreal 2017, ESL One New York 2017, and, now, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017. This latest achievement of theirs is even more important because they had to go through G2 Esports to get there.
In this Semifinals match, both teams have a real shot to win, however, we think that Cloud9 is more likely to do it in the end. Where Astralis played against the “lobotomized” Fnatic and had real trouble on the second map, C9 overcame G2 Esports, a team that’s objectively stronger.
The second match of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 will pit FaZe Clan and North up against each other. Both teams have been mainstays at the top of the CS:GO world, especially after they made certain changes to their rosters.
FaZe Clan followed The Way of Real Madrid F.C. after signing Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer and Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács. Together with Finn “karrigan” Andersen, Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and Håvard “rain” Nygaard, this is an All-Star European CS:GO team. It seems like when they find a way to play together, it gets quite hard for them to lose. On the other hand, four of five players on the team are used to being _the_ stars of the roster. When they don’t gel, they can lose quite easily.
North also had a bit of a roster change recently, though it wasn’t as significant by any means. They simply let go Emil “Magisk” Reif, replacing him with Valdemar “valde” Bjørn. When the roster change was introduced, many analysts scratched their heads with only one question on their mind—why? As it turns out, it seems like North did know what they were doing after all because the team started performing better after Magisk’s departure.
While North can definitely win against FaZe Clan if the circumstances are right, they still have things to prove. FaZe Clan’s skill ceiling is probably a little bit higher than North’s so we consider them more like to advance to the Finals. Their Quarterfinals opponent, Team EnVyUs, is objectively stronger than North’s Heroic. While the logic is a bit warped, it does make it FaZe Clan more deserving of advancing in our eyes.
Thankfully, no matter which two of the four teams make it into the Finals, the event will be exciting. No matter if it pits Astralis against FaZe Clan or North, or Cloud9 against either of the two others, the Finals of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 will be worth the ELEAGUE brand. Hopefully, nobody’s late to the matches.