ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals Preview: The much awaited games are just around the corner. The groups have just been announced with a ton of exciting match-ups for viewers to watch. Here is a look at the CSGO pro league teams that advanced to finals from their respective regions. We will also be breaking down how these teams have been performing and what to expect after the group stages.
ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals Preview – Group A
Record – 18-6 (1st NA)
SK Gaming just came off from a dominating finish to IEM Sydney. They are a team that performs at their peak when it comes to premier events. It is hard to tell how these top tier teams would perform judging from their recent games alone. They will be facing the tougher leg in this group stage. They will face the previous and defending ESL CSGO Pro League Season 4 champion, Cloud9 right off the bat. As good as SK Gaming are, I expect them to drop at least a single game whether it is against G2 Esports or the upstart Fnatic.
Group Stages Record 4-1 (Loss to fnatic)
Record – 16-10 (2nd EU)
G2 Esports has been on fire lately. They gave a remarkable end to the ESL CSGO Pro League Season 5 Europe finishing the last 8 games with a 6-2 record. What is more impressive is that they were able to convincingly win against strong teams like FaZe, Astralis and fnatic. Two of which failed to make it to the finals. They are still finding themselves and have the potential to kick it up another gear.
Group Stages Record 4-1 (Loss to SK)
Record – 17-7 (3rd NA)
Immortals has already been known as a strong NA team. They still have a lot to prove if they would fare well against strong teams from EU. They did pull off some decent wins in IEM Katowice and perform a lot better in bigger events. I expect them to win against C9 and Team EnVyUs. With fnatic playing like a powerhouse, it would be hard to take a game from the remaining teams.
Group Stages Record 2-3 (Losses to SK, G2, EnVyUs)
Record – 15-11 (5th EU)
Fnatic is on a tear lately with their golden age lineup. They managed to reach the finals with tough match ups like mousesports and Astralis. They finished strong enough to end up with the 5th seed after a horrible first half. I expect them to lose one game against Team EnVyUs, Cloud9 or Immortals and pull off one game against G2 Esports or SK Gaming.
Group Stages Record 3-2 (Losses to Immortals and G2)
Record – 15-9 (5th NA)
It is surprising to see how the defending champions would drop off this low and most likely be the underdog in every match up. Like Season 4, where they won and upset SK Gaming, it would take a miracle to see it again with how they are currently playing. I don’t see them taking a single match with their best chance for an upset would be against SK Gaming and fnatic given their history.
Group Stages Record 0-5
Record – 14-12 (6th EU)
Team EnVyUs is a fairly average EU team with great players. They are what was left when G2 Esports was formed. They haven’t shown anything bright for the future lately but have shown glimpses of how they are still great individually. Maybe getting to a big stage like this could get them motivated as a lot of powerhouse teams failed to reach this point.
Group Stages Record 2-3 (Losses to G2, SK and Fnatic)
- SK Gaming vs Cloud9 – Winner SK Gaming
- G2 Esports vs Team EnVyUs – Winner G2 Esports
- G2 Esports vs Cloud9 – Winner G2 Esports
- Fnatic vs Immortals – Winner Immortals
- Fnatic vs Team EnVyUs – Winner Fnatic
- SK Gaming vs Immortals – Winner SK Gaming
- Fnatic vs SK Gaming – Winner Fnatic
- Team EnVyUs vs Cloud9 – Winner Team EnVyUs
- Fnatic vs Cloud9 – Winner Fnatic
- G2 Esports vs Immortals – Winner G2 Esports
- G2 Esports vs SK Gaming – Winner SK Gaming
- Team EnVyUs vs Immortals – Winner Team EnVyUs
- Immortals vs Cloud9 – Winner Immortals
- SK Gaming vs Team EnVyUs – Winner SK Gaming
- Fnatic vs G2 Esports – Winner G2 Esports
ESL Pro League Season 5 finals preview – Group B
Record – 19-7 (1st EU)
The great thing about North is that they are a consistent team. They play their best whether it is a premier event or just a simple qualifier. Combine that with how good they play, it shouldn’t be a shock that they ended up on top of the ESL Pro League Season 5 Europe. Truly a CSGO pro league force to be reckoned with.
Group Stages Record 5-0
Record – 17-7 (2nd NA)
Team Liquid had 2 players added recently with Twistzz and stanislaw. Stanislaw also happens to be their team captain. They are performing remarkably and have been a force in the NA scene. They are without a doubt the 2nd best team in NA just behind SK Gaming. Their team is still unpredictable and I see them upsetting 1 of the 3 European teams.
Group Stages Record 3-2 (Losses to North and Natus Vincere)
Record -16-10 (3rd EU)
Mousesports has been an entirely different team with ropz joining their squad a month ago. They are my choice for the dark horse in the tournament. They are highly unpredictable and show a lot of talent. Although they keep coming up short, they certainly can keep up with any team on their way.
Group Stages Record (Losses to North and Team Liquid)
Record – 15-9 (4th NA)
NRG Esports are still a substandard NA team that looks to continually improve and get experience, especially with a new addition to their roster last month. They are an underdog in the group as I see OpTiC Gaming being slightly ahead of them.
Group Stages Record 0-5
Record – 14-12 (5th EU)
Na’Vi has had their highs and lows. They are currently struggling to be relevant in big events. If you have been watching Na’Vi a few years back, you should know that they will always be capable of beating the current top teams. They are still sporting most of their old core roster who is in no short of firepower.
Group Stages Record 3-2 (Losses to North and mousesports)
Record – 14-10 (6th NA)
OpTic Gaming looked a lot better with hazed as a standin back in their last tournament in Sydney. Even with near perfect games coming from a couple of players, they still couldn’t bridge the gap between the discrepancy between NA and EU teams.
Group Stages Record 1-4 (Winning against NRG Esports)
- Mousesports vs North – Winner North
- Team Liquid vs Natus Vincere – Winner Natus Vincere
- NRG Esports vs OpTic Gaming – Winner OpTic Gaming
- mousesports vs Natus Vincere – Winner mousesports
- Team Liquid vs OpTic Gaming – Winner Team Liquid
- NRG Esports vs North – Winner North
- North vs Natus Vincere – Winner North
- NRG Esports vs Team Liquid – Winner Team Liquid
- Mousesports vs OpTic Gaming – Winner Mousesports
- NRG Esports vs Natus Vincere – Winner Natus Vincere
- North vs OpTic Gaming – Winner North
- Mousesports vs Team Liquid – Winner Team Liquid
- OpTic Gaming vs Natus Vincere – Winner Natus Vincere
- Team Liquid vs North – Winner North
- NRG Esports vs mousesports – Winner mousesports