Who will win ESL: One New York 2016?
The famous Barclays Center in New York will be host to one of the most exciting CSGO tournaments since the Cologne Major. Eight of the greatest CSGO teams in the world are participating and fighting for their share of the $250,000 prize pool. Starting 30th September and not stopping until 2nd October, you’ll be able to watch and bet on some of the best CSGO matches this year.
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Among the teams participating, we have Fnatic, Astralis, G2, Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, SK Gaming and Virtus.Pro. Glancing at recent results for each team you’ll quickly notice why this is going to be a thrilling tournament.
Looking at the recent Starladder Tournament, we saw G2 finishing 2nd, losing to NiP who isn’t participating in ESL: New York 2016. Astralis finished 5-8th, also losing to NiP, meanwhile Virtus.Pro and Natus Vincere finished dead last not making it out of their groups.
Virtus.Pro did impress earlier this week when they won Dreamhack Bucharest, but it was a small tournament with only eight teams, and none of the other teams will be participating in this tournament. Hence Bucharest is not a very good tournament to draw any conclusions from.
Natus Vincere recently acquired legendary AWPer s1mple, but their first LAN performance ended in disappointment as mentioned earlier. Taking a look at the standings in the ESL Pro League, we can see that they are currently 3rd with an 11 – 3 record. They beat both Astralis and G2 2-0, but these were only BO1 matches and were played weeks ago.
SK Gaming who were once the best team in the world by far, have been looking quite shaky as of lately. In ESL Pro League they are currently sitting at the 8th place with an 8 – 6 record, and this is in the NA division. We haven’t seen them play in any LAN tournament since the last Major, they did, however, participate in the online tournament iBUYPOWER Invitational just a few days ago where they lost to Optic Gaming in the semifinals.
Fnatic is perhaps the most interesting team to attend this tournament with their recent changes. After losing three players in August, we haven’t seen them at a single LAN tournament, the only results we can look at is ESL Pro League where they currently hold the 8th place. Not too shabby considering they started playing without much preparation. While Fnatic’s performance online has been mediocre at best, there’s no telling how they will perform at their first LAN with the new roster.
It’s very hard to predict who will this tournament, SK Gaming are still ranked 1st in the world, but their recent performance tells a different story. Looking at recent results and rosters the top 4 will most likely be Navi, G2, SK, and Virtus.Pro. Fnatic may be a contender, but right now nothing is showing that they can contend with any of these teams.
One thing we can say for sure is that this will be one of the most electrifying tournaments of the year and if you are a fan of CSGO you won’t want to miss it. If you are new to betting on CSGO, then be sure to sign up at a CSGO betting site before the tournament starts!