As 2018 starts Eleague is set to present the first Major of the year at Boston. A gap of six months provides enough time to build stories to follow at this year’s Major at Boston. Here are some of our picks-
THE CURRENT LEGENDS
Was Gambit’s success momentary or long-term?
Source - Gambit Facebook Page
Following internal conflicts in the team, Zeus, an elementary part of the Krakow Major winning squad had to part ways with the team. After Zeus’ departure, Gambit has brought in fitch from Kazakh team Tengri. Gambit havehad multiple top 4 finishes but fitch’s performance has been exceptional recently and he puts up a KDR of 1+ with ease. With Dosia leading the team it will be very interesting to see if they can repeat their success
New legend amidst old ones
Source - 100Thieves Facebook Page
After the Immortal roster fiasco, HEN1, LUCAS1, kNgV- and, benched player,fnx were signed by 100 Thieves, getting them the “legend” team spot in the Eleague Major Boston. The team hasn’t attended a LAN in the last 3 months raising questions about their performance. One may, however, look forward to the performances by bit, the South American veteran, and the returning Fnx. Fnx was one of the core members of the victory run of SK but went inactive due to undisclosed reasons. Now that he is coming back, we hope that he has been able to retain his glory days’ form.
Back to square one.
Astralis employed a psychologist to help with team building, which did seem to have paid off during the Eleague Major Atlanta, but the situation soon reversed and the squad was back to square one. The team has had a tough time finishing higher than 4th
place for a while now. Dev1ce’s return, wielding his big green gun, is expected to brighten things up for the squad.
New blood for Virtus.Pro?
VP can be summarised in one word and that is “inconsistent”. They show flickers of top class Counter Strike but again slump back. 2017 was quite tough for them but they still manage to hold their Legend status, which is commendable. In-game leading is shifting hands and everything is tremulous within the team, so will they be able to make it back or is this the last major for VP? Only time will tell.
Fnatic still to find the golden squad
Fnatic’s start has been really shaky after the roster change. After many early exits, Fnatic has made some progress and they are looking muchstronger considering their recent performances against SK and FaZe.
Can SK adapt back with Felps?
Source- Turtle Entertainment; ESL
SK has been at their usual best with a sizeable portion of the year’s titles under their belt. But the biggest story will be Felps’ return to the active squad. Felps has been inactive since October and Boltz from Immortals had been subbing for him for majority of the events. He has not played with SK for quite some time and SK have built chemistry with Boltz; so if this Major goes south for the team, we can expect Boltz securing a permanent slot in the squad and Felps being benched or released.
Krakow’s Fallen (Challengers)
NA still lagging behind
Source- Turtle Entertainment; RSL
n0thing and shroud’s departure from active squad made space for RUSH and Tarik to be acquired from OpTic Gaming and the new squad looks quite promising with some top four finishes in major tournaments of 2017.But NA Counter Strike always lacked the extra edge that South America and European CS has enjoyed. Tarik’s in-game leadership and RUSH’s impact fragging have garnered some good results but their performance against the top EU teams will show where they stand.
Is Zeus the solution?
NaVi fans can agree that 2017 was quite tough for them. The early exit curse followed them almost everywhere right from the first major of 2017 - the Eleague Major Atlanta. With Zeus as IGL and s1mple and electronic in good form after the DH Winter 2017, Navi are expected to make it through the group stages at the very least.
Can FaZe Up their game?
FaZe, after the addition of Niko, Olofmeister and Guardian, have been very consistent in their performance guaranteeing a top 2 finish at least. The only hurdle between them and the trophy is SK Gaming, whom they’ve never won a LAN match against. If Karrigan manages to tackle SK, FaZeis expected to sail through the tournament like a boss.
The Minors’ Champions
TyLoo’s problem turned out to be a boon for Flash. TyLoo forfeited the tournament due to BnTet’s never ending visa issues and Flash was called upon to take up their spot. Flash’s squad is profound with Asian experience but their international action has been limited. While they carry the burden of representing the entire Asian scene, this event is most likely just and opportunity for them to gain experience and improve.