Posted 16th November 2017 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
As the Oracle Arena in Oakland roared during the opening of the Intel Extreme Masters 2017 where Counter-Strike: Global Offensive(CS:GO) and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) joined forces to create a two-day esports event filled with the hottest and strongest players competing to be called as the IEM Champion. Although, CS:GO pro team Immortals officially withdrew from the tournament because of Visa issues preventing players from entering the United States.
The Immortals team was automatically invited to IEM as they topped the North America rankings. The players who were supposed to join in the tournament were, boltz, steel, qkS, horvy, and destiny. It is currently unclear which player had ‘visa issues’ but Immortals stated that they could only field two players out of the five. According to the IEM rules, three of the five players are required to be able to join the tournament. The organizer filled Immortals’ spot with the Renegades.
CS:GO team Renegades has been taking the competitive scene in a storm. The Australian team took the championship home for the Asia Minor and the StarLadder i-League Invitational in Shanghai just this month. Could this give the hot-gunning Renegades a shot to win the IEM title this year?
The Renegades will run with the same lineup they fielded in the past tournaments. Aaron Ward/ AZR, Justin Savage/jks, Karlo Pivac/USTILO, Noah Francis/Nifty, and Keith Markovic/NAF.
Currently, Ninjas in Pyjamas leads the Group A with a 4-1 win-loss record. Followed by Cloud9 with 3-2. SK Gaming with 3-2, Astralis 3-2, EnVy with 2-3, and ending this group with Mongolz having yet to earn a win in this tournament, 0-5 record. In the Group B however, FaZe edges the group with a 4-1 record but the group seems to be more balanced as Gambit, Renegades, and Liquid all have 2-3 records following with Optic and G2 having 2-2 records. This means that NiP and Faze will immediately head to the playoff rounds but their opponents from their respective groups are yet to be determined. We’re almost down to the final four teams. Who do you think will take this year’s IEM title?
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