The smell of gunpowder is in the air as the FACEIT London Major 2018 is coming its way. The first ever CS:GO Major to be held in United Kingdom will begin on September 5 with the New Challenger Stage played in a Swiss format.
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With all these 24 teams vying for the Major Championship, it is pretty hard to predict the outputs of this year’s last CS Major. Remember, ELEAGUE Boston Major 2018 went all the way to Cloud9 – who finished the New Legends Stage at a measly 8th place, narrowly missing out the playoffs.
The bottom eight teams from ELEAGUE Boston’s New Legends Stage will be joined by eight Minor Champions for London’s New Challenger Stage.
The most notable team among Boston’s Fallen is Astralis, who already amassed 4 LAN titles this year after a poor showing in Boston where they finished 12-45th. They are currently number one in the HLTV world rankings.
Former Major Champions Gambit and Virtus.Pro are also in the mix. Both teams failed to impress at Boston, and they kept their poor form ever since. VP is about to make a huge roster shuffle centered to veteran Pawel “byali” Bielinski after the Major, so fans are really concerned how the former powerhouse will fare.
Team Liquid and North also join the fray. Liquid has a fairly decent showing this year taking the cs_summit 2 title and making three finals appearances – which interestingly ended up against Astralis. North, on the other hand, looks to be in top form with four DreamHack titles under their belt, including the recently concluded DreamHack Masters Stockholm.
Lastly, there will be Vega Squadron, Big Clan and Space Soldiers to complete the Boston’s Fallen.
The Minor Champions
The New Challenger Stage is not complete without the Champions of the regional Minors. Europe will have the resurging Ninjas in Pyjamas who will make its first Major appearance since ESL One Cologne 2016 and there is Optic Gaming with an all-Danish roster led by Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke.
Americas will have Complexity Gaming and Rogue, both are fairly newcomers to the Major with their respective lineups. The same goes for HellRaisers and Team Spirit from CIS, with Team Spirit attending their first ever CS Major.
Lastly, there are the Asian representatives in Renegades and Tyloo. Both teams showed some flair this year as they managed to go toe to toe with top-tier teams in a handful of LAN tournaments, so expect something from the region this Major.
The top eight teams of the New Challenger Stage will join the big guns in another Swiss format. Waiting around the corner are the Legends, the top eight of the previous Major.
They will be led by reigning Major Champions Cloud9 – who are yet to find their footing after their post-major reshuffle that saw Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip and Tarik “tarik” Celik depart. They will be joined by this year’s top dogs in FaZe Clan, mousesports, Fnatic and Natus Vincere.
Also in the mix are MIBR who are hoping to make the most out of their new roster that adds Stewie and tarik along with Brazilian legends Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Marcelo “coldzera” David. Lastly, there is G2 Esports who is looking to remove the first round exit curse tagged to them and the young team of Winstrike who did a surprising run in Boston under the Quantum Bellator Fire banner.
Who would win?
Professional CS:GO never fails to amaze its fans, whether a heavy favorite is plowing its way through the championships or a Cinderella story is being told by a humbly unknown team, CS:GO Majors are stories of wonders.
The fragfest will last from September 5 to 23. Who do you think will come out of United Kingdom’s first ever CS Major?