The most prestigious Counter-Strike event of the summer has hit the halfway point, and it’s time for a quick reset after the PGL Major group stage.
Disaster for FaZe
Missing the playoffs in any capacity is a letdown for FaZe Clan, but going winless is inexcusable. I had them as the third best team in the world leading up to the Major and even picked them to go 3-0 in the group stage. In each match, players looked uncoordinated and out-skilled. Fabien “KioShiMa” Fiey had his worst event since DreamHack Winter 2015, leaving FaZe without his consistent presence. The Swiss system is an upset breeding ground, but FaZe wasn’t even upset. They were outplayed.
AdreN set for the MVP award
Even though Marcelo “coldzera” David has been godlike this week, he hasn’t been the best. Gambit stormed through the group stage without losing, and Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev wreaked havoc on anyone in his path. With solid play on Inferno against mousesports, he then exploded against G2 on Cache with 104.4 ADR and 1.14 KPR. To top that off, he took it to an additional level when his team beat Virtus.pro on Train, posting 125.9 ADR and 1.19 KPR. If he can continue to frag this well, the MVP is his for the taking. It won’t be easy though, as Gambit plays Fnatic in the quarterfinal, and a win would mean a semifinal matchup against either SK Gaming or Astralis.
Fuck the Swiss System
I’m not alone here. The best-of one group stage with no seeding has run its course, and we need change. For example, a shaky North team made legend status by beating Penta, Mouseports and Virtus.pro, while G2 drew Natus Vincere, Gambit, Cloud9, Astralis and Fnatic in going 2-3. Seeding should be used throughout the event in the future with this format. Even better would be playing only best-of three matches the entire event. I think the rest of the community is up in arms about this as well, so I’m hopeful changes will be made. To top it off, SK and Astralis meet in the quarterfinal. You can’t make this shit up.
Someone save s1mple
Na’Vi’s performance this week is a guarantee it will make a roster move in the near future. Failing to make legend status is an all time low for this team, and it’s time to do something about it. Na’Vi needs to add a legitimate in-game leader like Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow, or a team like Gambit should break the bank for Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev. S1mple was among the best in the tournament even though his team only pocketed one win. I want him on the main AWP and whichever team he plays on to build around him entirely. He carried a North American team to a Major final, and you have to capitalize on that kind of talent while you have it.
BIG upsets in Krakow
All jumps aside, BIG made it to the playoffs with an impressive 3-0 performance. For reasons unknown, teams repeatedly chose to play Inferno against BIG. While some teams have yet to figure the map out on T-side, Fatih “gob b” Dayik has it nailed. When I discussed this team previously, I explained someone would have to step up with Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz, which is exactly what Johannes “nex” Maget did thus far. Nex provided serious firepower and is having a career best performance. I’m impressed by this team and it’s a joy to watch. My only question is, what other maps can they win on? Can their Cobblestone and Train match that of Immortals or Virtus.pro? We’ll just have to wait and see.