One of the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments, ESL One: Cologne 2017 finished a couple of days ago. Impressions about the tournament are just now sinking in. The tournament featured SK Gaming winning their fifth title in the last five tournaments in which they participated. Besides that story, ESL One: Cologne 2017 featured several other interesting storylines. In this piece, we will be bringing you the most important issues that we noticed during the tournament.
The Question of Cloud9 Consistency
After a very long time, North American eSports organization Cloud9 has finally managed to achieve a good result. This has been a very good tournament for them even though they had absolutely no chances for a positive result in the final match. Even though Cloud9 is celebrating their result at this tournament, there are serious reasons for concern as the next CS:GO tournament is approaching very quickly.
However, the big question here is will Cloud9 be able to continue with such performances or was this just a one-time thing. In the past, Cloud9 also had good results. In the end, however, they turned out to be just a small portion of what this team can do. So far, Cloud9 has not been able to play consistently for two or more consecutive tournaments like SK Gaming is doing right now or what Astralis did back in their best days.
Virtus.pro on the Verge of an Abyss
Virtus.pro was once a very respected CS:GO team. However, in the last year, they have ruined all positive stories from their history. Losing several matches during a season is not a problem at all. In fact, it is almost impossible to go without a defeat. But not being able to remember when Virtus.pro made it through the first round of a tournament is a huge problem that we never though they’d be facing.
Virtus.pro went 0-3 in the group stage of ESL One: Cologne 2017, and they were eliminated from the competition early into the group stage. This was just a proof that VP needs some serious rebuilding. Otherwise, this, once great CS:GO team, will be becoming a mediocre team that will participate only in small tournaments.
Ninjas in Pyjamas and Their Sudden Improvement
This tournament was also great for the Swedish team, Ninjas in Pyjamas. They were eliminated from the competition in the semi-finals. Until a couple of months ago, Ninjas in Pyjamas were in similar position in which Virtus.pro is now. But NiP is not even close to the results that VP had in their glory days.
Once it became clear to the team’s management that NiP are in serious problems, team management decided to change the entire roster. They wanted to build their team from scratch, which is something that Virtus.pro might think about. In that effort, NiP added Mikail ‘Maikelele’ Bill and Jacob ‘pyth’ Mourujarvi to the team. This decision proved crucial for their success at this tournament.
SK Gaming currently looks unstoppable. With two of the world’s best players in their team, they are one step short of being absolute favorites for winning the next major that will be played very soon in Krakow. Right now, it seems that Astralis might be the only team capable of taking down SK Gaming. However, they too have been having some issues in the last couple of months.