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Announced on March 28, 2018, ESL One: Belo Horizonte is the first CS:GO Premier event in Brazil. It is of one of the most prestigious Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events of 2018, organized by Electronic Sports League (ESL).
ESL One began in 2014 with the first edition based in Cologne, Germany. Since then, the competition has had several editions across the world, including New York and Katowice. This 2018 tournament is the first ESL One event to be held in South America. It will take place in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.
The new edition has eight participants, out of which four of them are directly invited teams. The other teams qualified from the North American, South American, and European qualifiers. Teams will be split into two groups. Only the top two teams from each group will advance into the playoffs. The group stage matches will follow the GSL format. The playoffs will be played in the single elimination bracket. While the final will be played in the best of three format. The teams will meet at Mineirinho Stadium between June 15 and 17 to fight for a prize of US $200,000.
The competition will feature SK Gaming with athletes such as Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Marcelo “coldzera” David. Team Liquid will also participate with the services of Brazilian Epitácio “TACO” de Melo.
In addition to the two teams, six other organizations will participate in the contests: mousesports, FaZe Clan, Torqued, BIG, Space Soldiers, and the Brazilian squad of NTC.
Let’s take a look at the potential teams that can win the title.
One of the most exciting sides to watch this year, Liquid is having an exhilarating year so far.
The NA side won the cs_summit 2 and finished at the third spot at the Intel Extreme Masters XII – World Championship. A couple of weeks ago, the side lost the Grand final of the ESL Pro League Season 7 to Astralis. They will surely be looking for redemption with the Brazilian veteran TACO on their side. Liquid beat Space Soldiers and mousesports in the Pro League without dropping a single game. They will be looking to achieve the same results in Brazil.
The European side is having roster issues at the moment with rollercoaster decisions of their former in-game captain Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer. He just can’t decide if he wants to take a rest from the game or play. However, it is not stopping FaZe from having a great 2018 season. The side finished second in the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 and Intel Extreme Masters XII – World Championship. They managed to lift the title of Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Sydney. The side knows how to keep themselves calm despite in-team issues. They will surely be aiming at their second title of the year after an unfortunate semifinal loss in the Pro League.
The side needs to get back to its title-winning ways. The side won the StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 and Future Sports Festival-Budapest 2018 at the start of the year. Since then they haven’t achieved a top three finish in any major of the competition. To change this situation, they have acquired the services of Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert. N0thing will become a stand in for mousesports in ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018. In the composition, he will replace Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný, who will miss the competition for personal reasons. This was reported by representatives of mousesports on Twitter.
Gilbert has not appeared in LAN tournaments since August, 2017. It will be exciting to watch him playing for the French organization in Brazil.
A CS:GO Premier competition in Brazil can’t be without SK Gaming. We know that the side is having a terrible 2018 season. However, you just can’t take them out of the picture. The side received a direct invite to the competition and will surely be looking to deliver some good performances. They will undoubtedly be the crowd favorites and will be looking to claim their first major title on home soil. The team has the talent and the big names to achieve the target. However, their lack of chemistry might just again prove costly for the side.
Whether Torqued will perform at the tournament is not known since the team parted ways with Braxton “swag” Pierce and Keven “AZK” Larivière. The team representatives haven’t announced any substitutions.
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