cs_summit kicks off Thursday, April 20th in sunny Los Angeles. There will be eight teams competing in the tournament featuring a $150,000 prize pool.
The format differs a bit from other events; the entire tournament will contain bo3 matches, instead of the usual setup with a bo1 group-stage. This will decrease the chances of seeing upsets, but we have sick games to look forward to anyway.
Plenty of familiar teams will participate in cs_summit; there are however a few names that stand out a bit. One of them is the Brazilian squad SK Gaming, which is entering the competition as clear favorites. Having gone through a rough patch lately, they’re looking to become a winning team again. They have been improving tremendously with the recent addition of the young talent Felps.
The second team we want to highlight is Ninjas in Pyjamas, who finally have a dedicated AWP player. As most of you already know: Pyth got the boot and Draken were given a chance to complete the ninja roster. We really think they can go far this time; it feels like they have the tools they need now. Joining SK and NiP are; GODSENT, EnVyUs, OpTic, Cloud9, Gambit, and Liquid.
Most of the matches will be so close that it’s hard to predict any winners. But our preview of the favorites to win outright will hopefully be helpful.
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Cs_summit 2017 outright winners
It feels like this is an excellent opportunity for SK to claim another title. However, the other teams should still be considered a threat. Both NiP and Gambit can go all the way if all of their players are on point.
April 20th Schedule
SK vs EnVyUs (bo3)
Gambit vs GODSENT (bo3)
OpTic vs Cloud9 (bo3)
NiP vs Liquid (bo3)
The former world champions have thus far not been looking that great. The number one spot doesn’t last forever, which we’ve seen witnessed with NiP and fnatic. Lately, it’s been the Danish team Astralis that have been dominating the scene, with FaZe as runner-ups. And because those teams won’t be attending cs_summit, SK’s chances of winning are looking promising. Plus, the fact that they’ve had the time to play more with Felps makes it even more likely that they will bring home the trophy.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
This year has so far been a struggle for the Swedes in Ninjas in Pyjamas. After a few disappointing placements, they brought in draken instead of pyth. They didn’t even manage to qualify for the Major back in January. And their bad form continued as they went out in group stages at several tournaments. With that said, they have shown a glimpse of hope last couple of weeks, beating Astralis in an online match for example. Our conclusion is that NiP is a team to look out for in Los Angeles.
We don’t think the bo3 format is to Gambit’s advantage, quick best of 1’s is where they really get to shine. But, despite the format, they’re still one of the favorites to win the entire tournament. Ever since they brought in Zeus as an IGL they’ve been looking sharp. Their biggest achievement so far is the quarter-final placing at the last Major. So, Gambit definitely has it in them to beat teams such as SK and Ninjas in Pyjamas; it will be interesting to see just how far they’ll reach in cs_summit.