Renegades jks, AZR, USTILO, nexa, Nifty, kassad (coach) Hopefully Renegades fans won't be seeing any sad faces from AZR.
The Australians in Renegades, which now features a North American and Serbian player, have certainly experienced plenty of ups and downs in the past two years. Despite several roster changes, the team has never been able to deliver good performances consistently. It's hard to point the finger at one specific thing that's been the cause for these poor performances, as the team has experienced periods of relative success—only to fall completely apart shortly after. After the addition Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and Noah "Nifty" Francis, the team was given the hunger from a young player, and the structure of an in-game leader, which seems to bode well for the Renegades. Once at the major qualifier, the team will be pitted against FlipSid3 in the opening round, which will put them to the test
TyLoo Mo, DD, somebody, HZ, BnTeT, peacemaker (coach) Is the fourth time the charm for peacemaker?
The Asian scene is constantly taking more and more steps towards competing with the international elite. While the teams from China still have a long way to go in terms of competing against established teams in the west, progress is still being made. TyLoo, who is considered one of the best teams out of Asia as a whole, has an incredible amount of both mechanical and individual skill. The team-based aspect of the game, however, is often where they fall short—something they are attempting to alleviate with the temporary addition of Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu. The Brazilian coach, who now is coaching his fifth team in less than a year, has had to face an inordinate amount of criticism from the community due to never being able to stay on one roster. After so many exits, it's become hard to point out whether all the teams Tadeu's appeared with are problematic, or whether it has something to do with him instead. Some argue that Tadeu has found exactly what he's always wanted, as TyLoo are in dire need of tactical guidance and establishing team dynamics. Counter to the claim that Tadeu can reinvent TyLoo, however, is the narrative that Tadeu's coaching experience in the past year has been centered solely around North American teams, which also lack the general discipline and team dynamics of European squads. What's certain is, however, that TyLoo can't blindly rely on the incredible performances from Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand, which has aided the team tremendously in their home region.
Cloud9 n0thing, autimatic, shroud, Stewie2k, Skadoodle, Valens (coach) Stewie2k will be pulling the strings in Cloud9.
Cloud9 is that team that can defeat any opposition in the world, and similarly loses to just about any opposition as well. The North Americans have for a long time had issues with their consistency, and despite updating their roster, none of the five players have developed into becoming a strong in-game leader. The role is currently occupied by Jake "Stewie2k" Yip, who has expressed that he's been put into this position out of necessity, rather than by his own volition. This is a major issue for Cloud9, and could potentially explain why Cloud9 have so many issues with being inconsistency. After the addition of Timothy "autimatic" Ta, the newly recruited player tested out the in-game leader role for a brief period of time, but neither Ta or Yip could be described as dedicated leaders. Rather, the duo has established itself as the teams' two overwhelming star players, who should be focusing on getting headshots rather than develop strategies. The lack of order in Cloud9 will be the make or break for the team in the major qualifier.
Immortals lucas, hen1, steel, boltz, kNg, zakk (coach) Solidarity and passion are Immortals M.O.
Following the departure of Lincoln "fnx" Lau earlier this year and Immortals eventual signing of Vito "kNg" Giuseppe, fans were worried as to how the roster would actually function in terms of roles. But despite housing two world-class AWPers in Giuseppe and Henrique "hen1" Teles in the roster, Immortals quickly proved that they could make it work. Whether its with a double-AWP set-up, or simply the player that's in the best form using the big green gun, the Brazilian roster has quickly found a way to make the most out of the two snipers. The team is also eager at playing a wide variety of styles, which has made them an unpredictable opponent, but also an inconsistent one at times. Despite their inconsistencies, however, the team should still be regarded as one of the favorites to grab a spot from one of the defenders.
Vega Squadron jR, mir, Keshandr, chopper, hutji Vega Squadrons incredible upset from the previous major qualifier.
The Russians in Vega Squadron make up one of the most interesting rosters attending the qualifier. Their performance at the previous major qualifier was impressive, even though they weren't able to go the full distance, and should only be viewed as a victory for the squad. Since then, the team has been a bit swing and miss in various online tournaments. They are, however, clearly still improving, and are one of the teams that have been practicing the hardest ahead of the major qualifier. With an average age of just over 21 years, calling Vega Squadron a young and hungry squad is definitely an understatement. At the last major qualifier, Pavel "hutji" Lashkov and his men were eliminated by a map score of 2-3, which bodes well heading into the upcoming qualifier as only three map victories are needed in order to advance. While the field is certainly much more fearsome this time around, the question for Vega Squadron is if they have been able to develop at the same pace as their opponents?
Tengri fitch, Ramz1k, sonic, SNk, pachanga, cau (coach) How will Tengri perform without Hobbit?
Tengri is, without a doubt, the least established team at the major qualifier, and will more than likely end up being the tournament's punching bag. Aside from their respectable second-place-finish at the CIS minor, the team almost exclusively competes against rosters that are far below the average of the teams attending the major qualifier. Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov and his squad will be in for a rough awakening at the tournament, as mousesports will be the first team they face in Bucharest. Picking up a victory against mousesports would be considered a gigantic upset, and may provide the Kazakhstani squad with the momentum they need in order to qualify.
BIG gob b, tabseN, keev, LEGIJA, nex, kakafu (coach) BIG's star player tabseN is eager to win.
After an impressive win in the European minor, BIG is looking to be one of the strongest challengers in attendance. Constantly developing, and with increasingly impressive performances out of the team's star Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz, the team looks to be heading into the qualifier with something to prove. BIG stands out as one of the most structured teams in the qualifier, as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik consistently implements new and creative solutions on how to use his players in the best possible way. The Germans still have issues against the very best teams in the world, but it only seems to be a matter of time before they truly begin vying for a spot among the world's elite. BIG could very well be facing some of these teams in the major qualifier, and a lot can be decided on which match-ups they draw on their way towards Kraków.
Penta zehN, innocent, kRYSTAL, HS, suNny, naSu (coach) Penta veteran kRYSTAL is aiming for his third major appearence.
Penta has undergone almost continuous roster changes in the past years, often due to mousesports acquiring their foremost talent. Only Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend, has remained loyal to the organization, and even remained on the roster after the organization decided to branch out and look for players outside of their native Germany. The team now features one German player, one Pole, one Estonian, and finally two Finnish players. This new roster found success quickly after its formation, with several impressive results in various online competitions—most notably, the team took home the 24th season of ESEA Global Challenge this past May, where Penta defeated BIG in the grand finals. While the few results the team has been impressive, the low amount of tournament appearances makes it hard to pinpoint just how good the team actually is. Optic, who are undergoing a slump, should prove to be a suitable first opponent for Penta at the major qualifier.
Dignitas jkaem, RUBINO, fox, cromen, tenzki, zEVES (coach) RUBINO's experience and cool has been very helpful for dignitas.
The predominantly Norweigan Dignitas roster has since its start in April made great strides. Due to an impressive performance in the online portion of the ECS' second season, the team was almost immediately able to compete against top opposition on LAN, as the team looked surprisingly solid at its LAN debut. Their journey to the PGL Major's offline qualifier was long and grueling: battling through the open European minor qualifier, and then followed this performance up by taking third place at the European minor itself. With Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and Ricardo "fox" Pacheco's history in FaZe Clan, and Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel's time in North—there is no doubt that the roster consists primarily of experienced names. Villarroel is in charge of the in-game leading in the squad, and it appears as if he's leading his squad as an expert. The experience and strong leadership will be incredibly important for Dignitas if they wish to qualify for the major.