ELEAGUE was one of the best things to happen to CS:GO as an eSport in a while. It gave the scene some legitimacy in the mainstream society and provided the fans of eSports some thrilling games. It did have some controversy, though, most notably in the case of the whole Luminosity Gaming/SK Gaming debacle.
Settling on a lineup for Season 2, the top 8 squads from Season 1 were automatically invited, so it was known that Virtus.pro, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Fnatic, EnVyUs, Astralis, Cloud9, and Ninjas in Pyjamas would already play in the group stage, leaving some great teams to fight for a chance to make it there as well in preliminary rounds.
Who ultimately made it into Season 2 of ELEAGUE? From EU, ALTERNATE aTTaX, Team Dignitas, FaZe Clan, and G2 Esports, while Echo Fox, Immortals, OpTic Gaming, and SK Gaming made it from NA. Out of all the teams qualified through the preliminaries, only some of them should be strong enough to challenge the Top 8 competitors of the previous season, namely, G2 Esports, SK Gaming, and MAYBE FaZe Clan. The rest… They will try, but it probably won’t go according to their desires when playing giants like Na’Vi, NiP, Virtus.pro, C9, or SK.
While the tournament has some teams which don’t really have a snowball’s chance in hell to win the season, it would be a boring league indeed if only the absolute best teams played, short too. Nobody wants that. Yeah, we will have to sit through some boring matches between teams, which aren’t the strongest, however, CS:GO is a great game, which allows for comebacks and upsets to happen. You can never sleep on your laurels on the server.
If I was a betting man, I would put my money on SK Gaming, surprising nobody. That team is just so damn good. The organization should be able to keep their roster for this season too, meaning that the players won’t get disqualified as they did in Season 1. Them making top 8 is a foregone conclusion, so the Season 2 Playoffs of ELEAGUE will finally deliver what was taken from us, Competitive CS:GO fans in Season 1. I can’t wait.
Meanwhile, we have to watch through several weeks of competition. Fortunately, there should be some hyped up matches, where we will finally be able to see how the teams do after the summer of roster swaps and improvements. Can the best Ukrainian CS:GO player on the best Ukrainian team stand against the might of the Brazilian SK Gaming, for example? I don’t know about you, but I certainly hope that Na’Vi and SK are seeded into the same group. That would be amazing.