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EPICENTER 2018: Competing Teams And Storylines

Posted 22nd October 2018 By: Derpina

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Esports News – Russian CSGO tournament EPICENTER is back for the 2018 season. The Wild Card Qualifier and the official tournament are set to culminate this October in Moscow and will feature eight teams competing for the $300,000 prize pool. The Wild Card will have four teams in a double-elimination playoff which will determine two spots in the main competition, while the qualifier will have two groups of 3 top teams each.

See the competing teams and key storylines below:

Wild Card Qualifier

  • Poland – Virtus.pro vs China – 5POWER
  • United States – Swole Patrol vs Other – HellRaisers

Main competition

Group A

  • Ukraine – Natus Vincere
  • Europe – FaZe
  • Finland – ENCE
  • Other – Wild Card Qualifier

Group B

  • North America – Liquid
  • Sweden – NiP
  • Kazakhstan – AVANGAR
  • Other – Wild Card Qualifier

Key storylines

Team Liquid and Natus Vincere will see each other in the CSGO arena once again. Three months have passed since Na’ Vi won a major event, the ESL One Cologne 2018. But since then, they have been unable to win any title at the five events they attended. Liquid, on the other hand, is soaring high in the power rankings. They won the 3rd-4th place at the Major and the 2nd place at ESL One New York. In the EPICENTER, Liquid and Na’ Vi both have an exciting opportunity to win the title. But the question is: who will be the underdog?

Faze Clan has been having a good run since Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer’s returned to the team last season. The team showed exemplary performances at the DreamHack Masters Stockholm and FACEIT Major, despite their BO3 losses at ESL One New York. They have yet to cement their names next to Astralis, Team Liquid, and Na’ Vi, so the EPICENTER is definitely the biggest opportunity for them. Will the team live up to the expectations?

One of the headlines in the CSGO tournament season was Ninjas in Pyjamas’ poor start at the ESL Pro League (4-12) and ECS (3-5). But they made average appearances at the Major and BLAST Pro Series Istanbul. As the EPICENTER approaches, can NiP makeup for their online losses?

Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, Faze Clan, and Ninjas in Pyjamas are just some of the teams you need to watch out for in EPICENTER 2018. Surprises and upsets are not common in major tournaments, but the probable impressive performances of the underdogs are still being anticipated by many.



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