Into the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 - The Defenders [OPINION]

Posted by Paulo "paulorbarros" Barros at 11 January 2018 20:45

The major is about to start and we couldn't miss our review from the bottom teams from PGL Major Kraków 2017, they will be defending their spot as the last challengers and won't make it easy for anyone who is trying to become the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 champion:


Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham
Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip
Timothy "autimatic" Ta
Will "RUSH" Wierzba
Tarik "tarik" Celik
Soham "valens" Chowdhury - Coach

Cloud9 is a very popular team and they have been on great form last year, it looks like the team still can't find the way to beat some of the favorite teams in the scene, but that doesn't mean they can't do it. All five players from this team are very good and with the correct motivation they could easily end up on the top eight and have a great showing on the final stage. This is the biggest hope for USA to have a great run and with the crowd support we know they can get fired up. Lets hope they are hungry to show us what they have prepared for this major.
First match against: EnVyUs
Opinion: Cloud9 will qualify with a 3:1 win/loss score.
Last three tournament standings:
ECS Season 4 Finals - 5/6th
CyberPowerPC Extreme Gaming Series Winter 2017 - 1st
IEM Oakland 2017 - 1st
FaZe Clan
Håvard "rain" Nygaard 
Finn "karrigan" Andersen
Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström - Coach
FaZe is undoubtedly one of the most talented lineups we have seen playing together, for those who have been seeing CS:GO we know the talent and skills that players like NiKo, GuardiaN, olofmeister, rain can show us. Those players are all lead by karrigan who is known by his great team leading and skills. This is a dangerous mix and they have all on their favor to reach the next stage of this major. One thing that goes against FaZe is that sometimes they have a slow start to tournaments but I am sure they have worked this out and they are ready to avoid 0:3 win/loss score like happened on the last major. On our recent quickpoll 90% said FaZe roster is ready for 2018 and we will confirm if this is correct very shortly. 
First match against: Liquid
Opinion: FaZe will qualify with a 3:1 win/loss score.
Last three tournament standings:
ECS Season 4 Finals - 1st
ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals - 2nd
BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2017 - 3rd
FlipSid3 Tactics
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodensky
Georgy "WorldEdit" Yaskin
Yegor "markeloff" Markelov
Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen
Denis "seized" Kostin
In all CS:GO major history FlipSid3 Tactics has not missed one single event and now that all 24 teams at this stage are officially part of the major it means they have kept their status of participating in all editions. FlipSid3 is a team that takes a different approach to the game, they are methodical, they play slow, they play to force you to make a mistake, they play to win, they don't want to deliver the best CS in the world and it works perfectly for them. All players from the team are very experienced and despite having a very quiet 2017 they should compensate it delevering us some of their CS play style. 
First match against: Misfits
Opinion: FlipSid3 will qualify with a 3:2 win/loss score.
Last three tournament standings:
WCA 2017 Europe Main Qualifier - 5/8th
DreamHack Open Winter 2017 Europe Closed Qualifier - 9/16th
EPICENTER 2017 CIS Closed Qualifier - 5/6th
G2 Esports
Richard "shox" Papillon
Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux - Coach
The best squad of France, this is the weight G2 will carry, and to prove this is right the entire team will need to play their best at this major. G2 had a rough 2017 with some ups but lots of downs and this is the time to start delivering and forget about last year, specially the second semester. Many of the team hopes will rest on the talents of shox and kennyS but the entire team can play great CS. The biggest problem for G2 is that sometimes they look frustated during a match and when they finally get reorganized, it is already to late to recover from a big disadvantage, if they are capable of dealing with that they will have no problems to reach the next stage.
First match against: Flash
Opinion: G2 will qualify with a 3:0 win/loss score.
Last three tournament standings:
BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2017 - 5th
IEM Oakland 2017 - 9/10th
EPICENTER 2017 - 3rd
Chris "chrisJ" de Jong
Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný
Robin "ropz" Kool
Miikka "suNny" Kemppi
Martin "STYKO" Styk
Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov - Coach
This roster has had some of the most surprising results in the scene lately, after nearly winning a final against FaZe on ECS Season 4 Finals, they have won LOOT.BET Cup 2. If you have seen any of these tournaments you know mousesports are more than ready for this major, the team is playing well together, the clutches are happening with STYKO (best 1-v-5 play of 2017 - in my opinion of course), suNny, ropz, oskar, chrisJ, you really can't count anyone out even if they are left alone. On top of all that add their experience on big events and playing against very strong opponents and you know they have it all to be part of the top eight on this stage. 
First match against: AVANGAR
Opinion: mousesports will qualify with a 3:1 win/loss score.
Last three tournament standings:
LOOT.BET Cup 2 - cs_summit 2 Qualifier - 1st
ECS Season 4 Finals - 2nd
DramHack Open Winter 2017 - 2nd
Natus Vincere
Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
Egor "flamie" Vasilyev
Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko
Denis "electronic" Sharipov
Mykhailo "kane" Blagin - Coach
If the major had happened two months ago NaVi would suffer a lot to make top eight, but the team has changed a lot and there is a big expectative to see how the duo s1mple and electronic will play together. With the leading skill of Zeus, who will be defending his title from last major which he won with Gambit, and the likes of flamie and Edward, NaVi has everything to make it to top eight because they are very talented and experienced. The recents results from the team shows they are in clear ascencion and if they can bring this good form to the major they will easily secure a spot on the next stage.
First match against: Quantum Bellator Fire
Opinion: Natus Vincere will qualify with a 3:0 win/loss score.
Last three tournament standings:
DreamHack Open Winter 2017 - 1st
WCA 2017 Europe Main Qualifier - 4th
ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier - 9/12th
Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend
Denis "denis" Howell
Timo "Spiidi" Richter
Jesse "zehN" Linjala
Paweł "innocent" Mocek
Tobias "tow b" Herberhold - Coach
This team is a big question mark, they were playing for Seed and were recently acquired by Sprout, but a major is a major and they have very good names on their lineup. The five players on this roster haven't played many tournaments together as Spiidi and Denis have been recently added to the roster and that could be a problem. It is hard to say how they have prepared and what Sprout will deliver, sometimes it is better to be an underdog and deliver the new strats and all you trained at the right moment, if they want to be on the top eight this will be the time to deliver what they have prepared.
First match against: Space Soldiers
Opinion: Sprout will be eliminated with a 0:3 win/loss score.
Last two tournament standings:
LOOT.BET Cup 2 - cs_summit 2 Qualifier - 5/8th
Legend Series #4 - 3/4th
Vega Squadron
Dmitriy "jR" Chervak
Nikolay "mir" Bityukov
Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov
Pavel "hutji" Lashkov
Sergey "keshandr" Nikishin
Artem "Fierce" Ivanov - Coach
It looks like last year Vega Squadron decided to dedicate it to be part of the Asian scene, and they were able to get some great results there, but the lack of experience on the current USA/Europe tournaments could be a defining factor to their chances to reach top eight. The lineup is very talented and skilled, even if they can't win their matches, they should be able to deliver great games.
First match against: Renegades
Opinion: Vega Squadron will be eliminated with a 1:3 win/loss score.
Last three tournament standings:
LOOT.BET Cup 2 - cs_summit 2 Qualifier - 3/4th
ROG MASTERS 2017 Grand Finals - 3/4th
China Top 2017 Shenzhen - 1st
Congratulations to all teams that have reached the major, it is a long road to make it this far and you all have done it, you are all part of CS:GO history and we will all expected great plays and lots of fun during the matches. Be proud of what you have achieved players! Losing or winning is part of the game and all I can do is wish the best of luck to all participating teams. Fans will be mad, favorites will lose, surprises will happen! Get ready everyone! The CS:GO ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 is ready to get started!

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