Some of the ideal CSGO players in the planet will be heading to Finland in September for the inaugural Arctic Invitational.
The 4 meticulously chosen teams will be battling it out for the €100,000 prize fund in Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena for a one particular-day extravaganza on September 14.
Initially, NRG Esports had been the headline act, but sadly, the franchise owned by the NBA’s Sacramento Kings have had to withdraw from the occasion due to scheduling difficulties.
In their spot comes Cloud9, who function former NRG member daps in their ranks, who will take on CR4ZY – who can contact upon neighborhood Finnish preferred Otto ‘ottoNd’ Sihvo – and the Brazilian outfit FURIA.
The fourth group to make up the tournament, which will represent Finland, will be confirmed at a Qualifier which requires spot at Tubecon 2019.
The format will be a straightforward knockout phase, so an open draw will see two semi-finals – played out more than the ideal-of-3 – prior to the two winners meet in the final and the possibility to win the €60,000 best prize.
Up in the Clouds
As far as most are concerned, Cloud9 will be the favorites to win this inaugural hosting of the Arctic Invitational.
But it is been a year to overlook for the group, as any individual who follows the most recent CSGO news will testify. The franchise has undergone various roster alterations, when suffering a quantity of higher-profile early exits from significant events.
On July two, significant alterations had been produced had been to the Cloud9 set-up. Daps was signed as group captain, and he was joined in a new-appear roster by TenZ, mixwell and koosta. JamezIRL was appointed as head coach, with valens returning to his part of head of information science. Cajunb and vice, signed in the spring, had been each released.
That new squad got their initial outing at the BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles 2019 occasion earlier in the summer time, and by-and-substantial the indicators had been excellent. They reached the semi-finals in LA, beating FaZe Clan and tying with NRG Esports and MIBR along the way.
With self-assurance restored, they will certainly prove difficult to beat in Helsinki.
They will not have issues all their personal way, nonetheless. FURIA are now up to as higher as nine in the HLTV rankings, and they also have type in the bank getting completed runners-up in the Americas Minor Championship more than in Berlin, prior to taking the spoils in the ESEA season 31 Worldwide Challenge tournament.
At seventeen in the rankings, CR4ZY have ground to make up on their opponents but they do have earlier in some significant events this year, as second-spot finishes in the European Minor Championship and DreamHack Open Tour attest.
— CR4ZY (@gocr4zy) August 11, 2019
Of course, we are however to discover out the identity of the fourth entry, who will earn their spot through the Finnish qualifier.
Nevertheless, it would be a sound bet that ENCE Esports are the ones to progress. They are certainly the ideal CSGO outfit in the Scandinavian nation, winning a catalogue of events which includes the DreamHack Winter Open and StarSeries & i-League Season Six. They have current type in the tank as nicely, getting triumphed in the Europe Minor Championship more than in Poland.
Either way, CSGO fans are assured a frenetic tournament as 4 higher-class teams do battle in Finland.