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WESG World Finals CS:GO Female: Who to watch out for

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There is no challenger that is even close to this tournament when it comes to the prize pool: the WESG World Finals are about to start, giving the female division $170,000 to fight for.
There are two favorites in Those Damn Canadians who field two of the Intel Challenge winners, Amanda "rain" Smith and Mounira "GooseBreeder" Dobie, in their mix and Russian Forces who were the winners of the European LAN qualifier in Barcelona, with Ksenia "vilga" Kluenkova leading and optimizing every player in the line up to play at their best.

While these two teams are the favorites, there are definitely others to look out for:
Looking at the three Asian teams LLG Female, Etab and Asterisk, I don't see a lot of chances for them to take the title. LLG got outclassed by their counterparts at the Intel Challenge showing that they still have a lot to learn in order to compete with the best. Etab always has been an edge behind LLG, but it wouldn't be the first time to see a team performing better internationally than nationally.

At the WESG World Finals, teams have to perform with others of the same nationality, due to this we see a large number of mixed teams competing. This is at contrast with the ‘usual’ female side of CS, which seems many teams with mixed nationalities within them.

With that said there will be a lot of focus on individual performances of the players which the article mainly will focus on.

Top Performers

Mounira "GooseBreeder" DobieThose Damn Canadians
Last year Dobie had already shown herself as being of the best but this year she could go for the crown of being the best female player in the scene. Constantly performing and competing on a high level in the scene, she finally was able to kick RES off their throne.

This tournament, where individual skill will be a big focus point, she can prove that she has what it takes to dominate the scene.


Ksenia "vilga" KluenkovaRussian Forces
Kluenkova in my eyes is not the star of the RES line up even though, she was in my opinion the best performer on the line up last year. However she is definitely the star when it comes to Russian Forces.

She didn't only take over the in-game leading role within this line up in order to optimize every player on the team, enabling maximum performance, but she also outperformed everyone in the European finals easily. While RES only took 3rd place in Katowice, Kluenkova can still prove she is the best in so many aspects.



Zainab "zAAz" TurkieTeam Sweden
This player is definitely one of the greatest of all time, creating a brand out of herself. Self confidence and aim is what she brings to the table while going for aggressive plays, always believing that she is better than her opponent, showing that in her play.The loss at the Intel Challenge could go either way for her:

Either Losing the confidence which defined her game or giving her motivation to perform better than ever.


More players that fall under this category
Amanda "rain" SmithThose Damn Canadians
Catherine "CAth" LerouxThose Damn Canadians
Julia "juliano" KiranTeam Sweden

Challengers

Matilda "Rambolina" GustavssonTeam Sweden
The Swedish player never really put her full foot into the scene, always stepping down from teams, as she didn't think she could focus on CS:GO anymore. Recently she joined Planet Odd and also got into Team Sweden, replacing Ida "bdN" Martinsson in this line up.

Before that Gustavsson always played in a lot of mixes, in which she was able to show over and over again that she can be one of the best. Looking back to Copenhagen Games she was showing her talent yet again being one of the best performs over the entire tournament surprising with her mix team Zest eSport, beating one of the seemingly upcoming line ups Crowns Esports Club Female and then also having an outstanding performance against DoYouEven Fe.

With the moves she made recently she has the chance to finally establish herself as one of the best.


Alyona "Candy" KuvaevaRussian Forces
Online, Kuvaeva always has been a beast but on LAN she has been really inconsistent, never able to constantly perform on the best level.

Looking at the later matches of the European qualifier in Barcelona and the Intel Challenge, she finally seems to be consistent in her offline performance and can confirm this in China yet again to show that she has what it takes to be one of the best, if not the best AWPer in the female scene.


Alyona "Ailey" BordukovaRussian Forces
One hit wonder or upcoming superstar?

Bordukova has been on the rise since she performed under Russian Forces. This could be connected to the leadership of Vilga, which was mentioned earlier, who found a way to enable her and show her talent as an entry-fragger.

She is one of the youngest players in attendance at this tournament but if she is able to repeat and continue her dominance in the WESG World Finals as well, then not even the sky's the limit for her anymore, as she is reaching for the stars.


Stephanie "missharvey" HarveyThose Damn Canadians
Some might be surprised why one of the greatest of all time is listed under the Challengers category.

While Harvey definitely was one of the best in the past stringing a lot of dominant tournament wins together, she hasn't been performing actively recently and adding to that, hadn’t been performing to her level under Counter Logic Gaming Red when she still was playing for the line-up.

As she didn't retire and even announced that she built up a new team together with CAth, it shows that she wants to keep performing, as well as going for more top placements. The online qualifier with this mix was showing that she still has got it when it comes to North America, but the question is can she show the same performance on LAN against the strong European squads awaiting her?


Sophia "Kim" BenfakirLego
Benfakir definitely is a good player and there is no doubt about that, but it seemed like she falls apart under pressure therefore missing a lot of her easy shots. It doesn't seem that she is able to be there for her team when it counts and there were a few moments in Barcelona, where this got confirmed.

In Katowice it was looking all different though. Benfakir was finally showing a more consistent performance in which she showed her fragging ability.Performing with her full potential could be the difference maker, ensuring LEGO are not the worst European attendees.


More players that fall under this category
Nicoline "Nicci" SvenssonTeam Sweden
Meyssa "Missa" BellouatiLego
Julie "Monkey D. Julie" RicouLego
Bruna "bizinha" MarvilaKeyd Stars Female

Bonus: My team to watch

Keyd Stars Female
The Brazilians have a few advantages over the favorites out of Canada and Europe: They are an actual team and were able to attend several LAN events in Brazil together before attending the Intel Challenge in which they placed 4th.

To do so they beat Singularity Female in the group stage, which was a roster revolving around fragging power and even though they were an actual newly formed team, they still could've been seen as a mix team. Juliana "showliana" Maransaldi aka JULTN1, the in-game leader of the squad additionally adds a lot of her CS 1.6 experience to this team, having previously finished in 4th place at ESWC 2011.

With that and the recent top 4 standing they are here to perform even better than at the Intel Challenge which was the first testing ground for this line up. If they are able to focus on the issues they were struggling with against the surprise performer Squared Prospect, they might be stronger than ever and with this could even have a shot at lifting the trophy.

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