Two teams often regarded as being underdogs will be hoping to have a positive start at IEM Beijing. 2019 has had successes for team but whoever losses here could find themselves eliminated in group stage.
Well, it’s time for the storyline to be built for this team. They formerly player under Renegades but were recently acquired by the fast-growing 100 Thieves. The roster has had glimpses of success this year, including quarter-final and semi-final appearances. However, they have failed to bring home a Championship.
News reports and announcement videos have revealed the roster was keen to join the 100 Thieves organisation. You can’t blame them; 100 Thieves have been storming through the esports industry the past year or two and offer the platform the team need to get to the next level. They’ll be hoping to start things off as best as possible in their first event for the Thieves.
The underdogs that became a dominate team and have since fallen off, what happened to them? Early 2019 was an amazing journey for Finnish CS:GO and their fans. ENCE made waves at IEM Katowice and continued the success picking up multiple event wins and high place finishes.
This success didn’t last long, they quickly found themselves making regular mistakes and struggling at all events. Prior to the player break, they decided to make roster changes and will be hoping the time off has helped to repair the core of the roster. IEM Beijing will be a great test to see what position ENCE are in to finish off the 2019 season.
I loved the ENCE underdog story and success when it was happening, but I’m not hopeful that it will return. With 100 Thieves acquiring a roster filled with potential, I think they will see success. I recommend going with the 100 Thieves outright win in this series at 1.80 odds.