Last Minute Update!!!
OpTic Gaming, Immortals and Misfits have withdrawn from the competition and have been replaced with L4Org, Rise Nation, and Tempo Storm!
This summer has been packed with CS:GO tournaments ranging from DreamHack Open Atlanta, the PGL Major in Krakow and ESL One: Cologne. But now, it’s the turn of ESL One 2017; with the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn, New York hosting the event.
Eight world-class teams will travel to the Big Apple for ESL One New York, to battle it out for the prestigious crown and the biggest slice of the $250,000 prize money between September 14th and September 17th. Of those eight teams, six were invited directly, with the remaining two slots to be filled by the teams who successfully emerge from the European and North American qualifiers. These closed qualifiers will take place on the weekend of August 19th and 20th, with eight teams competing in each qualifier. Currently, the European qualifier is comprised of seven invited teams, which are G2 Esports, Gambit Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, HellRaisers, Team EnVyUs, BIG, FlipSid3 Tactics and Pride Gaming who made their way from the open qualifiers.
On the other hand, the North American qualifier has seen some fearsome teams invited to the event; the likes of Cloud9, Immortals, OpTic Gaming, Counter Logic Gaming, Misfits, NRG eSports and Renegades. Joining them is compLexity Gaming who progressed from the North American open qualifier, will compete for the final two spots at ESL One New York 2017. Moreover, the LAN finals of ESL One New York 2017 will so far feature the star-studded rosters of Danish organisation Astralis, North American squad Team Liquid and the Brazilian SK Gaming, who are fresh from their 1st place finish at the ESL One Cologne tournament. Plus, ESL One New York 2017 will also welcome Natus Vincere, European Faze Clan, who finished 3rd and 4th respectively at the ESL One Cologne competition, as well as the Polish outfit Virtus.pro. It will be intriguing to discover who will claim the final two spots from the qualifiers, as the ESL One New York 2017 is set to be a fiercely competitive event yet again.
Quality of competition
There is so much pedigree here with these teams, below is a table of recent wins from 2017. Note, tournament classification is based on Liquipedia’s notation:
Premier Tournaments: offer a significantly large prize pool, are frequently played offline, and typically feature the best players around the world. They are commonly held by established franchises and are considered prestigious amongst the community
Major Tournaments: feature a large prize pool and a good number of top-tier teams and events may take place offline, online or online with an offline playoff.
|Region||Team name||Major/Premier Contests won in 2017|
|EU||BIG||PGL Minors [Major]
ESL Meisterschaft: Spring [Major]
|EU||Team EnVyUs||DreamHack Atlanta [Major]
World Electronic Sports Games [Premier]
|EU||FlipSid3 Tactics||DreamHack Leipzig [Major]|
|EU||G2 Esports||ESL Pro League S5 [Premier]
Dreamhack Tours [Major]
|EU||Gambit Esports||PGL Major [Premier]
DreamHack Austin [Major]
|EU||HellRaisers||No major/premier wins in 2017|
|EU||Ninjas in Pyjamas||DreamHack Valencia [Major]|
|EU||Pride Gaming||Polska Liga Esportowa [Major]|
|US||Cloud9||Americas Minor championship [Major]|
|US||Counter Logic Gaming||No major/premier wins in 2017|
|US||Immortals||No major/premier wins in 2017|
|US||Misfits||No major/premier wins in 2017|
|US||NRG eSports||No major/premier wins in 2017|
|US||OpTic Gaming||No major/premier wins in 2017|
|US||Renegades||Asia Minor Championships [Major]|
|US||compLexity Gaming||No major/premier wins in 2017|
As it stands
The brackets are not yet set, but the last two teams are accounted for and we’re ready for the qualifiers!
Arguably, Pride Gaming had a tough route to the qualifiers having to fend for themselves in a pool of 32 teams. They might have swept the BO3 in the final, but they had a few rough rounds in the preceding BO1’s, notably their 16-14 win over an unnamed team! Prior to that quarter-final they had an easy run of things, winning 16:4, 16:7, 16:14 (quarter-final mentioned above), 16:8 and finishing with the 2 map sweep in the final versus Binary Dragons, winning 16:11 on Inferno and going to OT with a 22:20 win on Train.
Contrast that to compLexity Gaming’s (coL) route to the final. They had one match less to play and started off with a sketchy 16:13 win over Sizzle Gaming. They went on to win the quarter-finals 16:9, 16:4 in the semi-final and dropped Rise Nation 2 maps to 1 in the final with coL winning map 1 22-20 in OT on Cobblestone, only for Rise Nation to win on Inferno 16-11. In the final map, on Train, coL won convincingly 16-6, securing their place in the qualifiers.
|Invitation Status||North American Qualifiers||European Qualifiers|
|Invited||Counter Logic Gaming||Team EnVyUs|
|Invited||NRG eSports||Gambit Esports|
|Invited||Renegades||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|Qualified||compLexity Gaming||Pride Gaming|
Ones to watch
Although the highly anticipated event is fast approaching, there are still a multitude of features still to be decided on, such as the host, commentators and analysts, but more importantly the format of the tournament. However, you would imagine that the format will replicate that of the ESL One Cologne event earlier this year; that competition adopted the respected Swiss System for the group stage, and then the playoffs were comprised of a single-elimination bracket, best of three quarter-finals & semi-finals, and then crucial best of five grand final. It would make complete sense to stick with that same schedule as it flowed well last time, but we’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled and our ears to the ground until they announce it formally.
Lately, there has been quite a bit of transition for some teams, with big signings being made and existing players dropped to the bench. Cloud9 have attempted to bolster their squad by adding tarik and RUSH to their roster, with long-term members’ n0thing and shroud being sacrificed. Elsewhere, Faze Clan has potentially made the best acquisition in the build up to ESL One New York by securing the services of legendary AWPer, GuardiaN, with allu making way. Gambit secured HObbitt, one of their star players previously on loan from Tengri, by buying him out for $100,000. Will these movements amongst squads pay dividends come September?
Going into the tournament in Brooklyn, SK Gaming could be the most dangerous opponents to come up against, as they should be flying high with confidence after three 1st place finishes in their last 4 LAN competitions, plus the win in the grand-final at ESL One Cologne. SK Gaming’s star-studded line-up of coldzera, FalleN, fer, TACO and felps have forged a dominant force on the CS:GO esports scene.
Others to watch out for will be Faze Clan who despite having an early exit in PGL Majors, has had decent form going into the tournament. Their two successive 2nd places at the IEM XII Sydney and the ECS S3 Finals plus a marquee signing in GuardiaN, and Astralis, who are always putting in good performances and have most recently won the ELEAGUE Clash for cash tournament.
All in all, tune in on September 14th to see eight incredible CS:GO teams attempt to gain first place and a share of the $250,000 prize pool!