Posted 28th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The newly rebranded StarSeries i-League returns today for its 5th Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) season featuring a $300,000 USD prize pool. From this perspective, let us take into account the participating teams, the possible outcomes of the event, and the three story lines you need to watch out for.
The two leading CS:GO teams in the world are Astralis and Faze Clan. But since the masters are not around to claim the thrones, we are down to the next best candidates: Natus Vincere, Mousesports, and Team Liquid. Which of the three top-tier teams can claim the title this year?
Natus Vincere has been a power team ever since Denis “electronic” Sharipov joined their roster, bagging the fourth place at all five events they recently played. Their MVP, Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, is also responsible for their victorious debut at DreamHack Open Winter 2017, DreamHack Masters Marseille, and ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals. Meanwhile, Natus Vincere’s current rival, Mousesports, is also a possible candidate for they have recently claimed first places at the previous StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 and V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest 2018. Following the two teams’ track records is Team Liquid. They had an impressive performance at ESL Pro League S7 Finals, and despite being defeated by Astralis, they ranked second place.
One of the best things in international esports tournaments is the competition between neighboring regions. Teams and players from the same country make the game even more exciting as they competing for the top spot in homeland. StarSeries i-League S5 brought the most popular CS:GO domestic rivalries of all time: the Polish teams Virtus.pro and AGO Gaming. The two teams faced each other three times in online tournaments and AGO claimed all three victories. The offline environment of StarSeries might test the two teams’ abilities in a new, exciting manner.
This season will only feature a handful of elite teams and a Swiss BO3 system. The viewers and critics are not yet sure if something exciting is waiting in store for them unless an underdog breakout initiates. Many predict that the current teams in the bottom rank of other major tournaments like IEM Sydney and ESL Pro League might turn the tables and level up their rankings. Three of these teams with the biggest potential are VG.Flash, AVANGAR, GODSENT.
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