ELEAGUE’s comeback to high-stakes CS:GO, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, is now halfway through the Group Stage with two more weeks of play left before all eight Playoffs teams will be clear.
Four teams are already in the Playoffs, FaZe Clan as the #1 seed from Group A and G2 Esports as #2, as well as North as the #1 from Group B and Fnatic as the second-best. Notably under the cutoff point were Natus Vincere, Immortals, and mousesports. Na‘Vi failed to qualify after losing to G2 Esports in the decider matches. Immortals lost to Fnatic in the decider, while mouz got a bad start against Immortals in the Group opener and fell to Fnatic in the elimination match.
The battles in Group C will star on Friday, Sept. 22. Virtus.pro, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and Team EnVyUs will face off against each other for the two valuable spots in the Quarterfinals of the tournament. Normally, Virtus.pro would be shoe-in to make it, but the Polish juggernauts have been underperforming significantly for a very long time now. No matter how strange it is to say it, it’s possible that Virtus.pro will fall short of the Playoffs berth.
The Polish will play against Team EnVyUs. Even though their disastrously bad form makes it optimistic at best to expect them to make it into the Playoffs. With that said, recent matches showed that VP can at least beat Team EnVyUs, they’ve done it before in ESG Tour Mykonos and convincingly at that.
In the second opener, Cloud9 will face off against Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even though NiP did well in DreamHack Masters Malmö, Cloud9’s success at ESL One New York is more recent, leading us to give a cautious prediction that Cloud9 should be able to win this match.
Then, C9 would play against Virtus.pro, while Team EnVyUs plays against NiP. C9 and Ninjas in Pyjamas should emerge victorious from these matches, eliminating nV and giving Virtus.pro the last chance to make it by playing against Ninjas in Pyjamas, an opponent they are likely to be hard-pressed to beat in their weakened form.
So, C9 and NiP are out favorites to get out of Group C.
Group D will start on Sept. 29. Astralis, SK Gaming, Team Liquid, and Heroic will enter the server, seeking to make it to the Playoffs. Normally, Astralis and SK Gaming would be the teams favored to get out of groups but Liquid has had a very close game in the group opener at ESL One New York 2017 recently and also defeated them 2-1 to make it to the Playoffs of said tournament, so it’s entirely possible that Liquid will win the ELEAGUE opener as well, which would pit them against SK Gaming, which is almost certainly going to defeat Heroic in their own opener.
The interesting thing is that Team Liquid also won against SK Gaming in the Semifinals of ESL One New York, making it entirely possible that TL will be the team to go to the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 Quarterfinals as the first seed from Group D. The second seed is going to be a hard-fought contest between SK Gaming and Astralis in this scenario. While Astralis does have a chance, SK Gaming is a better team in our opinion, leading us to give the edge to the Brazilians.
If everything goes as expected, we expect the Playoffs, which are set to start on Oct. 10, to feature G2 Esports, FaZe Clan, North, Fnatic, Cloud9, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid, and SK Gaming, a truly impressive lineup. Of course, this is all speculation. We will see how it goes in reality. Check out or blog to find out how it goes.