This past week in Katowice fans got to watch the CS:GO Challengers stage play out. Filled with upsets and thrills, with some of the favourites disappointing. The Challengers stage consisted of 16 teams, the eight that qualified are:
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- G2 Esports
- ENCE Esports
- NRG Esports
Teams on form
Both NRG and Renegades stormed their way through the Challengers Stage. They were using a Swiss format in Challengers. For a team to progress, they needed to win three games. On the flip side, if a team lost three games, they would be eliminated. NRG and Renegades both finished with 3-0 records, and NRG is close to becoming firm favourites to win the event with some bookmakers.
Although their 3-1 record may make it look at if G2 didn’t have too much difficulty qualifying for the Legends stage, this isn’t the case at all. The team was horribly inconsistent. After winning their first game 16-14 against Vega Squadron, they found themselves losing to both ENCE and Avangar.
This loss smacked them into Elimination Round 2 where they faced off against Fnatic. The loser of this game would be going home. This shocked many as both teams were favourites to advance. G2 took the series 2-1 however none of the maps were particularly close.
Their final game was against Tyloo where they need to win to progress. Things didn’t start great for the French squad. They found themselves 1-0 down in the series after a 16-12 loss on Mirage. The team finally found their groove as they demolished Tyloo and the other two maps 16-2 and 16-7.
The full list of teams competing in the Legends Stage are listed below:
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
Round 1 Match-Ups
Much like the Challengers Stage, the teams will be battling through a Swiss format in the Legends stage. The Round 1 schedule is listed below.
Wednesday, February 20
12:00 – Round 1 – ENCE vs. Renegades | BO1
12:00 – Round 1 – BIG vs. Vitality | BO1
13:10 – Round 1 – Natus Vincere vs. G2 | BO1
13:10 – Round 1 – FaZe vs. HellRaisers | BO1
14:20 – Round 1 – NRG vs. NiP | BO1
14:20 – Round 1 – Liquid vs. Avangar | BO1
15:30 – Round 1 – MiBR vs. Cloud9 | BO1
15:30 – Round 1 – Astralis vs. Complexity | BO1