After being removed from the Brazilian team during the largest period of growth which a South American side had ever seen, Ricardo “boltz” Prass has reunited with his old team, filling a gap left by João “felps” Vasconcellos. With their squad reunited, is there anything out of the reach of this world-dominating team in the immediate future? Let us take a look at recent events at the Blast Pro Series.
An Uplifting Victory
SK Gaming’s victory in the BLAST series in Copenhagen is an important one for both the Brazilian side’s morale and roster. This is crucial to them, as their reputation was more or less in shreds to their disappointing performance in Oakland a week ago, dropping games to both Cloud9 and an admittedly improved Ninjas in Pyjamas. With serious contention for the world number one spot as of late in the form of Astralis and FaZe, SK truly needed to solidify at the top. This performance did just that, as well as fill a big gap in the roster. The victory should prop up SK’s confidence going into the month of December, which holds two $750,000 LANs, leading up to the million dollar major in early 2018.
Boltz Rejoins SK
Adding boltz back into the SK roster has the potential to do wonders for the Brazilian squad. Since reaching the elite level of play, SK has always struggled to fill the fifth slot reliably. Bringing boltz back to the squad following a removal shows the faith which SK have in him, which, should he turn into a reliable and solid fifth as shown in Copenhagen, could make SK the undisputed champions once more.
SK fires on all cylinders when the stars of the team are spread, meaning that top performers on a game by game basis can come from anywhere within the roster. Boltz’s performances in his three LANs back with SK show exactly that potential, with an average showing in each event rivaling that of Fernando “fer” Alvarenga and Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, two of SK’s main stars. Should boltz continue in this fashion, the major will be well within SK’s reach.
Threats to SK Minimal in December
SK are attending one of the two 750k events in the month of December, one of which holds all of the elite teams. Despite competition for the top spot being tough, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz’s decision to take the rest of the year off significantly increases SK’s chances. As the #3 ranked team will be missing a key component, one should look forward to a potential clash between SK and FaZe to determine top spot going into the major.