The Biggest CSGO Upsets of 2018
Posted 2nd January 2019 By: Derpina    304 Views
Esports News – 2018 highlighted some of the best CSGO tournaments the world had ever seen. Month after month, premier and major events are held at big stages, featuring this generation’s outstanding teams. However, it wasn’t the top-tier CSGO teams that concluded 2018 with a bang—it was the underdogs.
The Word Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2018 saw TeamOne defeat Cloud9 in a best-of-three LAN tournament. Surprisingly, TeamOne and other underdogs from the event have a mastery over the top team’s game styles and tendencies. In fact, TeamOne’s Caike “caike” Costa confirmed that they have been watching their opponent’s previous matches prior to WESG 2018: “For this game, we didn’t do anything special, but Cloud9 plays in a lot of really big tournaments and they are always at the top, so we are always watching them play”.
Some of the most popular tournaments Cloud9 attended last year include cs_summit 2, StarSeries i-League S4, IEM Katowice, and ESL Pro League. All these matches have given TeamOne a chance to evaluate the favorites’ strengths and weaknesses.
DreamHack Masters Stockholm
Similar to what happened at WESG, the Intel Grand Slam tournament led by DreamHack at Stockholm also shocked the viewers and analysts with some upsets. Natus Vincere, one of the top teams in the leaderboards, was defeated by Ghost Gaming, a North American Esports team that made their CSGO debut in April 2017. Ghost was then ranked 33rd in the leaderboards at the time of the tournament.
At the end of the day, Danish team North conquered DreamHack Masters Stockholm. They were one of the top ten teams at the tournament. Regardless of the result, it is evident that the lower-ranking teams are put in enough effort to pull off major upsets.
ESL One Cologne
ESL One Cologne 2018, the fifth ESL-headline event in Germany, was one of the biggest tournaments that witnessed the most upsets. As an anticipated event, many teams have thoroughly prepared for the competition—resulting in multiple shuffles and roster changes. Mousesports and Fnatic introduced new players; Ninjas in Pyjamas and G2 Esports; Faze and Cloud9 played with stand-ins.
Unfortunately, none of the top teams with new rosters were in form—not even Team Liquid. This gave the underdogs a chance to soar higher. According to the team’s current Rifler, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski, playing multiple international tournaments in a span of one month affected their performances: “I think we weren’t able to really develop during the four weeks and it’s one of the main problems when you go back-to-back-to-back in a bunch of tournaments”.