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Mega PGL Krakow preview – Legends, by lurppis

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With only a couple of days left until the PGL Major in Krakow, Poland kicks off with its opening rounds, Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen has taken a dive into the eight Legend teams who will be competing for the million dollar prize pool on-site.
The eleventh major is going to start on Sunday with eight Legends teams, who made the playoffs at ELEAGUE Atlanta, going up against eight Challengers who qualified in Bucharest a couple of weeks ago. In this two-part preview we will cover all sixteen participants vying for their share of the $1,000,000 prize purse, with this second part focusing on the Legends. You can find the first part for Challengers here.

Astralis

Danmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Danmark Peter "dupreeh" Rothmann
Danmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
Danmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye
Danmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Danmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (Coach)

Last couple of months have not been kind to Astralis, who were looking to solidify this as their era at SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals – after championships at ECS Season 2 Finals, the ELEAGUE Major and IEM Katowice – but instead seemingly took a step or two back. After a loss to FaZe in the grand final in Kiev, NiKo & co took the Danes down again in the semi-finals of IEM Sydney, and at ECS Season 2 Finals they fell to SK. In-between they won ELEAGUE Clash for Cash showmatch versus Virtus.pro, but despite raking in $250,000, it has not been enough. Astralis are no longer the favorites going into PGL Krakow, as they attempt to defend their championship from Atlanta.

In hindsight, it is also possible – gulp – that we overestimated Astralis. Their peak form coincided with SK using a stand-in, and was before FaZe added NiKo and levelled up to the team they have since become. Astralis have been a model of consistency since gla1ve’s addition – they now have nine straight top-four finishes at large-scale international events – but it is a little worrisome that they have not hoisted a trophy since early March, more than four months ago. Still, their only best-of-three losses since the major title in January have come versus FaZe and SK, the other top three teams in the world, as well as Virtus.pro. They are obviously one of the favorites going in, and minor details will determine who comes out on top.

Astralis won the ELEAGUE Major.
Astralis are the reigning Major champions.

Astralis have the best map pool in the game. They are terrifying on overpass, train and nuke – and good enough on both mirage and inferno that they will almost always come in as favorites. Historically they have not liked cobblestone, though it is possible they have worked on it enough to float it early on in the Swiss format to gain an advantage in the new veto process later on. The one question mark for them is cache – where their results have been up and down, without notable victories – but few others favour cache. In the playoffs the Danes will always get to play one of those four maps, though in practice everyone should veto overpass and train against them. Look for many tests of Astralis’s mirage and inferno early on, whereas their playoff run will receive a boost from being heavily favoured on their two best maps.

Cloud9 upset the Danes in London, and Immortals shocked them on cache in Katowice. But those are their only losses offline since their major win, against anyone but called SK or FaZe. Given the additional practice of sitting out ESL One Cologne, Astralis should be the best-prepared team coming in, without the kind of wear and tear that had SK’s leader FalleN proclaiming they are feeling some burnout. To me Astralis have the best chance of beating SK – following FaZe’s disappointing showing in Cologne – but I still see all three of them neck and neck. For now I have them third in the rankings, but a single upset in the groups can turn the bracket around and significantly change the outcome. Either way, expect Astralis to make the semi-finals, and then battle two great teams for the championship. They are tiny underdogs to win it, but I still have them making the grand final.

FaZe Clan

Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli
Danmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen
Frankrike Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
Bosnien Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
Norge Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Sverige Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (Coach)

Since the addition of NiKo in February, FaZe have made five straight top-four finishes, including four grand final appearances in a row, until ESL One Cologne – where their group stage woes forced them to play SK already in the semi-finals. This is a team capable of beating both Astralis and SK – their only true competitors going into the event – but they might also be trending in the wrong direction. After losing a nail-biter in the grand final of ECS Season 3 Finals, where they came back to a 15-14 lead from earlier 0-11 and 2-13 deficits on the deciding map, FaZe had a relatively poor showing in Cologne. Starting down 0-9 versus mousesports on nuke as counter-terrorists, and going 1-12 after a 2-0 start on train’s defensive side against OpTic, even put them at some risk of elimination in the group stage. Liquid were far outmatched due to their map pool, yet FaZe also did not play well versus SK.

The team under karrigan’s leadership have had some days to sort out their issues, though they are not instantly obvious. FaZe has only played cobblestone versus Astralis, and while their cache is shaky at best, until SK’s pick in Cologne no one had floated it against them in a series. Attending multiple events in a row could be taking its toll on FaZe, who rely more-so on their high individual skill than both Astralis and SK, which makes their performance more sensitive to tiny changes in how well the likes of NiKo and rain play. Whatever the case may be, FaZe will not be winning PGL Krakow if they do not step up from Cologne – though admittedly the way they played at ECS Season 3 Finals, a mere a week earlier, could well be enough.

FaZe Clan.
FaZe certainly have a shot at the title.

I questioned FaZe’s decision to pick overpass versus SK, and it led to this roster’s worst loss. They are still good on the map, but it is unclear whether they would like to play it again versus either of their foes. Cache will pose a minor issue versus SK – because rain will not carry FaZe all by himself next time around – but Astralis seem unlikely to pick it, unless they are doing so simply to counter karrigan’s team. FaZe do not seem to mind playing nuke, though few remember how poor their offline record is on it at 1-4 – even if their losses are only versus Astralis and G2, both elite nuke teams. Most teams avoid mirage and nuke against them, with much of the action coming in on train, overpass and inferno. FaZe have a claim to being the number-one team on inferno – a generally wide-open map – and the only team to beat them on overpass is SK. Map pool-wise, they are good to go.

FaZe’s form will decide if NiKo can finally become a major champion, or if this will be another strong finish, but without the celebration at the end. They have all the necessary tools, the experience of deep playoff runs, and come in as one of the clear top-three sides. The dirty secret of PGL Krakow is that one of the trio will get an easy – on a relative basis – run to the grand final, while the other two will have to battle each other on the way. That might be enough to be the difference-maker in Krakow, but first FaZe need to forget about Cologne, not drop easy games in the group stage, and be ready for each playoff game. It would be crazy to expect them outside of the top four, but they may be the ones of the trio to end their run in the semis.

fnatic

Sverige Dennis "dennis" Edman
Sverige Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
Sverige Jesper "JW" Wecksell
Sverige Freddy "krimz" Johansson
Sverige Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
Sverige Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (Coach)

fnatic are one of the many Legends-teams who run the risk of losing their status going forward. Though the Swedes went out in groups at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals by the thinnest of margins – in the mini re-matches ESL played between SK, them and EnVyUs, having only lost to SK and G2 in full games – their run at the last two tournaments has been discouraging. After a top-two finish at DreamHack Open Summer, where they suffered a shocking triple-overtime loss to CLG on train after an 11-4 terrorist side, they crashed out in last place at ECS Season 3 Finals versus two more American sides, Cloud9 and Liquid – with the latter in a best-of-three series. In Cologne fnatic again faced some tough pairings, losing to FaZe and SK, but in hindsight it was the mousesports loss in the opener that cost them a chance at a playoff spot.

If you read that with thought, you realize fnatic have generally done better than their placings alone would suggest. They are not expected to beat SK or FaZe, or Astralis for that matter, but their timely inconsistency is killing them. If they lose games to the CLGs and Liquids of this tournament, they simply will not be seeing the playoffs – it is as simple as that. There are no Heroics or Space Soldiers to beat down on at PGL – the weakest teams in attendance, at least on paper, are the best ones they have defeated in the past six weeks – Cloud9, Gambit and Immortals. They will need stronger individual play in Krakow. Surprisingly, JW has been the team’s best performer in the past months, with olofmeister not far behind. But flusha cannot play like this at the major if fnatic wish to see playoffs, and ditto for dennis. The one comforting thing is how flusha always seems to step up for the majors, but who knows if that flusha exists anymore?

flusha.
flusha has a tendency to perform well at Majors.

fnatic do not really have a go-to map or a clearly defined map pool as flusha said an interview – they can play just about any map, at least to some extent. The Swedes have generally not played nuke, but recently they have been steering clear of cobblestone and cache, too – and even floated nuke versus Space Soldiers. Both train and overpass seem to be somewhat weak maps for them – which makes sense, given how tactical they tend to be – leaving them with mirage and inferno, two more pug-friendly maps. I simply do not see a way to accurately judge fnatic’s map pool right now.

With KRiMZ doing more of the leading now, it is unclear what to expect of fnatic. The previous roster got a lucky draw in the playoffs as they made top-four by beating Gambit at ELEAGUE Atlanta, but this time we do not even know if they will pass the group stage. There are some tough Challengers looking to move up in the world, and fnatic’s streak of making playoffs is in actual danger. They are right on the verge of making it, but while history says their players will step up at the right time, Counter-Strike does not care about history. And right now, it does not seem like fnatic got it.

Gambit

Kazahkstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Ryssland Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Kazahkstan Abay "HObbit" Khassenov
Kazahkstan Rustem "mou" Telepov
Ukraina Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko
Ukraina Mykhailo "kane" Blagin (Coach)

Zeus’s team were the feel-good story of the past year, with him finding success in a new team after being removed from Na`Vi last August. Following a win at DreamHack Open Winter, Gambit made the playoffs at ELEAGUE Atlanta, before falling short of playoffs with an abysmal 1-3 record at SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, which included a loss to CLG. AdreN’s team made the grand final at cs_summit in April, and won DreamHack Open Austin in May – but have only attended one event in the past two months. At DreamHack Open Summer they were once again upset by CLG in the opener, and put out of their misery by the same fnatic team who stole a map from them in Kiev.

Gambit play all seven maps – at a respectable level. They were in the conversation for world’s best cobblestone team until the first CLG loss, and their only losses on nuke have come against G2 and North, making it a map most will veto out. Inferno fits their personnel well and their record on train is stellar – with victories combined on the two maps over the likes of SK and G2 – but their cache remains a question mark with few games on it recently. In theory overpass should fit them well, but they have rarely played it, they have only played mirage once offline in recent months – a loss to OpTic at cs_summit. Gambit’s map pool is good, but it only goes as far as their play overall.

Zeus from Gambit.
Zeus is looking to take Gambit to their third consecutive Major playoff.

Having missed out on ECS Season 3 Finals and ESL One Cologne and not needing to qualify, Gambit have had much more time to prepare for the major than the other teams – they were the only team without an event to attend post-DreamHack Open Summer. This team has the kind of consistency and deep map pool that should help them in the group stage, especially if Zeus once again prepared for every single team at the major. Look for Gambit to be one of the teams on the verge of making it, with the random draw of the Swiss system perhaps deciding their fate. I have Gambit going through, but they will be cutting it close, and AdreN will need to be in top shape individually to carry much the fragging burden in the team.

Natus Vincere

Ryssland Egor "flamie" Vasilyev
Ukraina Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
Slovakien Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
Ukraina Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Ryssland Denis "seized" Kostin
Ukraina Andrey "andi" Prokhorov (Coach)

It is obvious Na`Vi are not the team we expected them to become after the ESL One New York victory last fall, yet they are not hopeless, either. They crashed out inexplicably versus mousesports and Misfits in the group stage at DreamHack Open Tours – a tournament Na`Vi should have made the finals in – and missed out on the playoffs at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals in Dallas due to a decider-loss versus OpTic, having only beaten two North American sides previously. At the one-day Adrenaline Cyber League Finals they lost to a badly jet-lagged and out-of-shape Virtus.pro, and in Cologne they made playoffs by beating Cloud9, Space Soldiers and mousesports. Yet they also defeated G2 in overcoming huge odds at 2-11 and 10-13 deficits on overpass and nuke, only to lose to Cloud9 in the semi-finals. What do you make of this?

Cologne saw GuardiaN playing to a level we had not seen in a while. Him and s1mple remain one of the best duos in the game, and while flamie has not had the MVP-like performances of ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals anymore, he has been consistent throughout their weak 2017. Edward is a serviceable if inconsistent rifler with enough skill to turn rounds, but seized has yet to find his individual game after he had to become the team’s in-game leader. Na`Vi do not really have a well-defined style, and it seems they at times keep forcing the same things over and over again, almost as if relying solely on coach Andi for adjustments. Na`Vi were adamant in interviews that they treated Cologne purely as practice, and have had some additional time to work on their game.

Na`Vi on stage at the ELEAGUE Major.
Na`Vi went undefeated through the Swiss stage of the ELEAGUE Major.

Despite very fitting personnel, Na`Vi never took up playing cache after Zeus’s departure. Their nuke has been slightly underrated, but the G2 victory should buy them respect and some veto-power. Despite their Cloud9 loss, Na`Vi are a very good overpass team, and practically no one wants to see them on train. The problem thus becomes the maps they do end up playing. Somehow Na`Vi never figured out cobblestone with s1mple – despite him individually being a very good player on it in other settings – their inferno results have been up and down, and mirage has been the real culprit in their most recent tournament exits, giving up games to mousesports, Misfits, North, Virtus.pro and Cloud9 in the last four tournaments. This is all fixable and the nuke win may end up playing a key role for Na`Vi at PGL, but they still need to play more consistently at PGL to avoid another early elimination, which would almost certainly lead to roster changes.

I am not sure how much time you can give seized as the leader. Andi can only do so much with Valve’s coaching rule, and Na`Vi do not seem to be improving the way a team should under a leader. In addition, seized’s individual game has taken five steps back, requiring even more from his teammates who are no longer put in the great positions to frag that Zeus once placed them in. There is enough firepower to take Na`Vi all the way to the semi-finals if a couple of things break right, but in reality they are most likely going to exit in the quarter-finals – once again – and then search for answers in the off-season. No one can be happy about how this team has performed, so high were the expectations after they proved their capabilities in Barclays Center last fall.

North

Danmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup
Danmark René "cajunb" Borg
Danmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Danmark Emil "Magisk" Reif
Danmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen
Danmark Casper "ruggah" Due (Coach)

It looked as if North, then playing under the dignitas banner with RUBINO as their fifth instead of aizy, had finally broken through when they won EPICENTER: Moscow in October, with Magisk and k0nfig leading the way. But in the following eleven offline tournaments, they only made the semi-finals twice – at aizy’s debut in Las Vegas, where they had to only beat compLexity, OpTic and Gambit to get there – and again at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, where wins over mousesports, Na`Vi, NRG, OpTic and Liquid somehow landed them a spot in the grand final, where on two lost maps they put together a combined eight rounds. It is time to face the music – North simply are not a top-five team, nor are they particularly close to becoming one. k0nfig has taken a step forward while Magisk has nearly disappeared in recent months, and aizy simply has not performed in North. Even the super-consistent cajunb has faltered.

With valde being removed from Heroic’s active roster in May, the writing is on the wall for another post-major roster change in the Danish top team. Last time RUBINO left with aizy joining from FaZe, but this time it is unclear who could go. MSL leads the team, cajunb is the AWPer – though k0nfig has taken over the role on some maps now – and the young duo should be untouchable. Despite poor fragging contribution, aizy is not a bad player, and it is unclear whether one team could fit all of valde, k0nfig and Magisk. In any case, maybe the changes will not even happen and this will all be irrelevant – but North are facing additional pressure going into PGL Krakow, because their sponsors surely expected bigger and better things when they signed the ex-dignitas team to start the year.

MSL.
What's your gameplan, MSL?

While k0nfig and Magisk continue carrying North on mirage and overpass, their bread and butter – cobblestone – has become unreliable, with three straight losses coming into PGL, including two versus clear underdogs in American sides Liquid and OpTic. The Danes do not play train, and want to avoid cache like the plague. The latter will not be an issue in the groups, but smart teams will prepare cache for North and eat them alive in the playoffs if they have not improved on the map. Despite the Chiefs loss in Sydney, North are an elite nuke team, and their style fits well on inferno – even if the results have not been encouraging. They are well setup for the Swiss group stage in terms of maps, but at the same time MSL’s style has become easier and easier to counter for other teams the longer North have remained near the top.

It is hard to see North competing for a semi-final spot. The team has stagnated, and quite possibly even taken a step back. Others seem to be improving faster, and it does not seem like MSL’s leadership allows Magisk and k0nfig to take over games – or they simply are not doing so due to individual limitations – enough to make up for it. North can make the playoffs in Krakow, but it also would not shock me if they would not. Would you favour them over Cloud9 or Gambit? What once seemed like a ridiculous question no longer is. They probably hold a small edge over both, but there are no guarantees here. North need to play better than they have in recent months to stay Legends.

SK Gaming

Brasilien Marcelo "coldzera" David
Brasilien Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Brasilien Joao "felps" Vasconcellos
Brasilien Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Brasilien Epitacio "TACO" Pessoa

Of all the rabbits FalleN has pulled from his bottomless hat, this recent streak of performances starting at cs_summit is surely up there with any of it, aside from the two major titles from last year. SK’s debut with felps saw them finish top-two at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, but the team then crashed out of the groups at both IEM Katowice and SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals – though in hindsight losing to FaZe, Astralis, G2, Na`Vi or Virtus.pro in a best-of-one should not be the end of the world, and the Cloud9 loss taught SK to never leave nuke as the map in a similar situation. In six following events SK have five titles, including three straight, leading up to PGL Krakow. Prior to the four tournaments in the past six weeks, SK said their goal was to win one – and they landed with three. Talk about confidence going in.

SK’s one kryptonite in the scene is currently G2. The Frenchmen boast a 5-1 record versus the Brazilians, and knocked them out of ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals at the end of May, their only non-win since cs_summit. While they were dead even with FaZe prior to ESL One Cologne, the one-sided semi-final opened up a gap, and SK have always fared well versus Astralis – who have never defeated the new SK with felps offline in a best-of-three series. SK’s resilience and mental strength is something others can only strive for. They constantly put other teams away when they mount late-game comebacks, and did not crumble when FaZe brought SK’s 11-0 lead to a 14-15 tournament point in London. They have suffered some best-of-one upsets, and the biggest worry for SK is the potential of a burnout, but nothing suggests they cannot overcome it for the main event.

SK Gaming won DreamHack Summer 2017.
SK Gaming have an incredible form going into the Major.

SK does not play nuke at all – not since the Cloud9 fiasco – but otherwise their map pool is rock-solid. Overpass had been inconsistent and worrisome with fnatic stealing a win at DreamHack Open Summer, but then SK destroyed FaZe on it in Cologne. They are 12-1 on cobblestone with their only loss coming against G2, 12-3 on cache with a loss to G2 and one-off upsets versus Immortals and Space Soldiers, and 14-4 on mirage with losses to FaZe, Virtus.pro, and two Americans in CLG and OpTic. You do not want to see SK on any of those maps, and if you cannot veto them all away in the group stage, you are in trouble. In the playoffs they are unavoidable – they will always get to play one. Cache’s inclusion has been a game-changer with many teams steering away from it, and they are 8-0 on train since late April. Only team to best them on inferno since early June is G2. Who can beat this team, and how?

The Brazilians led by world’s best player coldzera and in-game leader FalleN are the favorites to win PGL Krakow, and their record-tying third major championship in CS:GO. In the last month they have worked their way into top shape and the title of the world’s best, and the way they won ESL One Cologne left little about their current form. But some danger always lingers, with FaZe constantly coming close and Astralis staying behind from Germany in order to better prepare for the event. SK are best-positioned to win it all in the coming week, but they cannot afford any collapses on the way. SK control their own destiny – their best play is above that of others. At 100% they are the world’s best team, but at 90% it can be another story.

Virtus.pro

Polen Paweł "byali" Bieliński
Polen Filip "Neo" Kubski
Polen Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski
Polen Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
Polen Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Polen Jakub "kuben" Gurczyński (Coach)

It is probably time to start referencing the legendary tales of Virtus.pro ‘always showing up when it matters’ and performing best at the largest events. It holds true at a distance, but if you start looking closer into their results, you realize it is not exactly. To put their struggles into perspective, they are currently ranked fourteenth on HLTV.org’s latest world rankings. The Poles’ only top-six finishes since their DreamHack Masters Las Vegas championship have been events with less than six teams, with ugly group stage exits seeing them finish 7-8th in Katowice, 12-14th at SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, and finally 15-16th at ESL One Cologne. Their loss-column includes names such as Immortals, Heroic, fnatic, NiP, North and Na`Vi – with many of them ugly single digit losses. In Cologne Virtus.pro only mustered 30 round wins in three maps before being eliminated, prompting pasha to state “it will be a miracle if [they] survive this”.

In reality it is far less likely they will split up. The Poles are some of the best-paid players in the world with long-term contracts, and there are no other experienced Polish players available – changing any would be a huge risk, and the old guard of NEO and TaZ already have experience in going for a change too soon in removing kuben, only to bring him back later on, in the MYM days. But something has to change, whether it is roles, the in-game leader, or something else. The last time Virtus.pro passed the group stage at a tournament was in February, and by the time the next event after PGL Krakow rolls around – DreamHack Masters Malmo in late August – it will have been six months.

TaZ.
You can never rule out TaZ & Co.

Virtus.pro’s go-to map is nuke, which they bested Astralis on in Atlanta for ELEAGUE’s Clash for Cash showmatch. They have completely gone away from overpass, and do not like to play cache – two maps they are a combined 1-5 on offline since mid-January. They can still roll back the years on train, cobblestone and mirage – three maps, besides nuke, that others would like to avoid in the Swiss group stage. Their inferno is very untested, and might remain so until the playoffs – NEO and company are likely to focus on a narrower set of maps in their final preparation, and with three vetoes in the group stage, the Poles probably will not be playing cache, overpass or inferno.

I doubt Virtus.pro feel much pressure because of how experienced they are, but internally they must be rallying each other for a comeback. No team in the scene wants to face Virtus.pro, even if they have been struggling for months. Everyone expects that somewhere inside there remains a switch, which could at any point bring back the Plow that has hoisted many trophies in the past. With NEO and TaZ getting older, more weight is on byali’s shoulders. Snax is a perennial superstar and will get his, but byali must step up if Virtus want to sniff playoffs. I do not think Virtus can be favoured based on past results, but it would be foolish to count them out. They have an easy – on paper anyway – opening match versus Vega, and who is to say they cannot win two more later on? I do not see them competing for the title, but Snax and company could keep their Legends status once more.

Final words

PGL Krakow will begin on Sunday with the opening round of the Swiss group stage, and last for eight days with the grand final scheduled for Sunday, July 23. If you missed the preview for Challengers, you can find it here.
About the author
Tomi Kovanen, more commonly known as "lurppis", is one of Finland's most prominent Counter-Strike experts. Kovanen started his career as a player back in 2004, retiring in early-2012. During his active years, Kovanen represented teams such as hoorai, Team ROCCAT, 4Kings and Evil Genuises.

Following his retirement, Kovanen has continued to be an influential member of the scene, sharing his expertise as a columnist, analyst, commentator and a frequent user of Twitter (@lurppis_).

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A while after SK beat Immortals to get their playoff spot, we found Epitácio "TACO" de Melo for a short talk about the major, what the thinks about BIG, and preparations.
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The last elimination games have now commenced at the PGL Major Krakow. Booting up Overpass once again, Fnatic saw themselves triumphant on their last game pre-playoffs.
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In the last game of Round 4, the Brazilian rivalry stood for the show exhibiting SK Gaming against Immortals to finalize the 2-2 teams.
After booting up Overpass, SK Gaming taught the younglings a lesson to learn.
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The battles of the giants certainly continued as North were set to face off Virtus.pro on Mirage. Finding a way past their opponents, North were determined to secure their Legend status in Krakow.
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After managing to decode G2 in a satisfying 16-6 performance, Astralis have secured themselves the third ticket to playoffs.
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Fnatic just went 2-2 after defeating Na`Vi on Mirage. We got the privilege to talk a bit with Robin "flusha" Rönnquist about the game, how to win, and the playoffs.
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As the elimination games continue on the last group day, Fnatic and Natus Vincere have gone head to head on Mirage. Resulting in a 16-12 victory for the Swedes, Natus Vincere are eliminated from PGL Major Krakow.
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Flipside have managed to mount an impressive comeback from an eight round deficit to eliminate PENTA from the PGL Major.
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We took a chat with the coach of BIG, Alexander "kakafu" Szymanczyk, after their win against SK Gaming yesterday. He talks about the team, their performance at the major and the mutual agreement regarding the crouch-jump bug.
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Cloud9 have eliminated mousesports from the PGL Major with a 16-11 victory on Train.
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BIG showed great performance on Inferno as SK Gaming rusted up to challenged their fate. Presumptuously leaving Inferno in the veto, BIG did not hesitate to pick their home territory as they started on the inferior side.
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We caught up with Peter "dupreeh" Rothmann from Astralis to talk about the event, their recent victory against Fnatic on Nuke giving them 2-1 at the Major, his look on Faze going home, and then some.
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After a strong showing throughout the previous games, Gambit continued their roll, overcoming Virtus.pro with a 16-11 scoreline on Train to secure the playoffs.
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Astralis are 2-1 in the PGL Major groupstage following their victory which came too close for comfort: 16-14 on Nuke.
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