Two days into ESG Tour Mykonos 2017, and we’re seeing the excitement ramp up as teams battle it out for the €200,000 prize pool. While the recent DreamHack Masters contained quite a few upsets and surprise wins, ESG Tour Mykonos 2017 has giants clashing for the title, and walking over – or through – all comers.
So let’s take a look at the teams participating, and how they’ve done this year. There were two groups of eight teams. Some have already been eliminated, and it’ll only be a little while now before the last survivors clash in the Finals.
Dominating Teams in ESG Tour Mykonos 2017
SK Gaming have participated in 16 events this year, of which they won 7. They came 2nd in 3 events, while in two others they stood 3rd and 5th. There were also two other events that saw them standing 9th.
Their most recent encounter was with G2 Esports in DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017, in which SK Gaming were defeated by G2 Esports in BO3 matches.This is bound to rankle, and the team seems to be out for blood in this event.
The current team roster for SK Gaming includes coldzera, FalleN, felps, TACO, and fer. That’s a combination of talents that is quite lethal. With 7 wins in 16 events, this team is certainly in reasonably good form.
Virtus.pro is known for breaking any winning streak that Ninjas in Pyjamas begin to show. In their last LAN encounter, Virtus.pro won hands down, with a final score of 87-0.
They’re a good team, and one of the few that have a dedicated and unchanged roster. It seems their contract even specifies no roster changes until 2020. They have to be careful, though. There’s a word for a team that doesn’t change their roster at all.
Unless, of course, they win all the time!
Their roster includes pashaBiceps, byali, TaZ, Snax, and NEO. This year didn’t seem to be all that good a one for Virtus.pro. The team participated in 14 events and managed to rank 1st in just 3 of them. They also stood 2nd once and 3rd twice. They came 4th in one of the qualifier events, with their performances in the rest of the events being below-average.
Teams battling into the Semi Finals
Mousesports took part in 18 events this year. They took 1st spot in qualifier events, managing to hold 2nd place in one event, and ranked 3rd and 4th on other occasions. They were recently seen at EPICENTER 2017 – Europe Open Qualifier #1, where they managed to reach the Finals only to be defeated by Space Soldiers, who ended the encounter 2-0.
In spite of being one of the oldest Esports organizations, mousesports somehow seem to lack consistency. However, they recently revamped their roster, and seem to be doing very well at the moment, so perhaps this is the beginning of a comeback.
Their current roster includes – sunny, oskar, STYKO, ropz, and chrisJ.
Team Liquid and BIG
These teams will face each other today for a chance at the Semi Finals.
Team Liquid is one of the best North American teams. They participated in 17 events this year, but managed to win just one. They did finish 2nd and 3rd at a few events.
This team does seem to be losing steam; being defeated in certain events by teams far below their standards. We might even see a roster change towards the end of this year, or the beginning of 2018.
Their current team includes Stanislaw, nitr0, jdm6, Twistzz, and EliGE.
BIG is a newly founded team brought together by signing up former NRG players. The team has competed in 25 events in the space of just 8 months. They managed to rank 1st and 2nd in 5 events.
Their biggest mistake this year was to abandon the ESL Meisterschaft Semi Finals to participate in the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier, where they didn’t even qualify for the Finals. In fact, they finished 16th. Of course, every team does make mistakes, so perhaps BIG have learned from theirs.
Their current roster holds LEGIJA, nex, gob b, keev, and tabseN.
Teams that have already been crushed at Mykonos
Gambit Esports entered the CS:GO arenas last year in January. This year they participated in 14 events and won 2 of them. They finished 2nd in 3 events, and ranked 3rd on two occasions. They also managed to rank 5th to 9th in 3 other events.
Gambit Esports were also recently seen at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017. However, North wiped them out in BO3 matches by winning the first 2 matches in succession.
Currently mou, fitch, HObbit, AdreN, and Dosia are part of the Gambit Esports CS:GO roster. Gambit was crushed by mousesports in the most recent matches at ESG Tour Mykonos, and are out of the event.
Heroic is a very active team, having participated in 19 events this year. They managed to rank 1st or 2nd in 5 of these events, and 3rd or 4th in another 6.
Heroic seems to be doing pretty well in most events, and have a very active fan following.
Their current CS:GO roster includes JUGi, Snappi, es3tag, niko, and MODDII. Like Gambit, their team was also wiped out by mousesports in recent matches at ESG Tour Mykonos.
Team EnVyUs is the only uninvited team at this event. They’ve been through very challenging qualifier rounds to place themselves in various main events, and as such, have participated in a good many of these this year.
Out of the 20 events they took part in this year, they ranked 1st in 5. But they aren’t a consistent team, often taking the lowest rankings in events.
They have gone through a huge roster change since the start of the year. Their current roster includes xms, SIXER, ScreaM, Happy, and RpK.
EnVyUs have already been eliminated from ESG Tour Mykonos.
Some of the best matches in this event
Mousesports vs SK Gaming (15-19 – Inferno)
This was one of the most fascinating matches at ESG Tour Mykonos. It ended in a rather surprising tie between mousesports and SK Gaming. This match started off with SK Gaming as Counter Terrorists and mousesports as Terrorists.
The first half was completely dominated by mousesports, with them scoring 10-5. It seemed as if mousesports were determined to win the match.
However, SK Gaming are smarting from recent losses at other events, and are here to make a fight of it. They returned to the game with better tactics and focus, and won the second half by 10 rounds.
With the match ending in a tie, a tie breaker was declared to decide on a winner. The winner had to win 4 out of 6 rounds of the tie breaker in order to win the match.
SK Gaming ended the match in a decisive victory.
They won the first 3 rounds as Terrorists, and quickly ended the tie breaker and the match itself by also winning the very first round of the second half as Counter Terrorists. This led to SK Gaming winning this Upper Bracket match 19-15.
Team Liquid vs BIG (16-14 – Overpass)
This was an extremely exciting match. These teams fought to the last round, and Team Liquid only won by 1 round.
In the first half, Team Liquid (as Counter Terrorists) won 9 rounds, while BIG won 6. BIG fought ferociously in the second half. They won 8 rounds as Counter Terrorists, giving away 7 wins to Team Liquid.
However, to their misfortune, Team Liquid just about managed to skip overtime.
Team Liquid vs Virtus.pro (10-16 – Mirage)
Team Liquid once again started off as Counter Terrorists and won 8 out of 15 rounds in the first half.
Virtus.pro immediately responded to this in the second half by winning 9 rounds while losing just 2.
Virtus.pro thus pushed forward into the Semi Finals.
SK Gaming vs Gambit Esports (16-12 – Overpass)
The first half of this set was completely dominated by SK Gaming with a 10-5 score as Terrorists.
Gambit Esports tried for a comeback in the second half with 7 wins, but SK Gaming is fighting this event with utter dedication and determination. They are here to win, and Gambit soon found themselves ground into the dust.
SK Gaming won the match, and their place in the Semi Finals.
The Finals are due on Sunday. Whichever team may win or lose, we’ll be reporting the Finals in real time. Stay tuned.