A recent stumble in the Grand Finals of Dreamhack Masters Stockholm does not mean the team is any lesser. The clear-cut favorite to lift the trophy at the end of the month should have no problems in the Qualifier. Device and company should breeze by the competition and fully expect them to come into the New Legends stage warmed up and ready to destroy the competition.
Fresh off a surprise victory at Dreamhack Masters Stockholm, North have finally silenced the critics, after upsetting Astralis (twice), Navi, and mousesports. North is riding into the Major Qualifier hot which will be pivotal for MSL and co to make it into the New Legends stage.
A top 4 finish in Stockholm from the Ninjas was not as hard as many would think, only taking off the heads of NRG, Ghost Gaming and Heroic is far from top competition, but with the Major qualifier fielding weaker teams than usual, the likes of REZ and f0rest will look to continue the form they displayed at Dreamhack.
North America’s best hope at this Major is looking to make noise this week. Opting to skip Stockholm could turn out to be a good decision for Liquid as they will not be jet lagged and coming into the event fresh with the option to watch opposing team’s demos. It is hard to put them as a 3-0 team as they may come in rusty but other than that it should not be much of a challenge.
Without their star player w0xic for most the tournament, not much was expected for the International squad. However, coming into the Major w0xic will be in full form right from the start and with few awpers on his caliber at the qualifier it should be target practice for the Turkish star.
Although coming up short in Stockholm capped off a disappointing start to the new season, the raw skill on this lineup will prevail at the qualifier. All eyes will be on the Snappi led team to see if they can put the past behind them and write a new chapter in OpTic Gaming CS history.
Forcing Astralis to a third map in the playoff decider was not enough for TYLOO to make it to playoffs at Stockholm, however this Major is perhaps Chinas best chance to make a big splash in the world. We have seen this TYLOO squad cause major upsets before, but with a strong showing at the Major they can be something more than simply an upset team.
A Major is not complete without a Cinderella story and this time around it is Complexity’s time. With a roster that has shown steady improvements throughout their tenure with this lineup, teams will not be as prepared for Complexity due to their lack of appearances at tier 1 events.
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