16 June 2018

Brazil is playing host to top-flight Counter-Strike again for the first time since 2016. The group stages of ESL One Belo Horizonte started on the 13th of June with three of the world’s top four teams in attendance. An exotic locale, a passionate Brazilian crowd and some exciting Counter-Strike awaited.

With the group stages now concluded, let’s look back at how each team fared. A quick disclaimer: since the English steam for this event was on Facebook, the highlight clips below are all foreign language. Fortunately, that doesn’t detract much from the quality of the CS:GO on display.

Starting off, it’s a team with a point to prove going into this tournament…

Group A

FaZe Clan – 1st

Still missing olofmeister, they nonetheless entered the event as title contenders thanks to the form of their able stand in, Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen.

The team thumped Ghost 2 – 0 in their opening match. They bested the dangerous Space Soldiers lineup 2 – 0 as well to comfortably book their place in the Semi-finals. FaZe have yet to be seriously tested in Belo Horizonte. That starts with their match against Team Liquid in the Semi-final.

SK Gaming – 2nd

The hometown heroes got off to a terrible start against Space Soldiers. World number one player of 2016 and 2017, Marcelo “coldzera” David, decided he’d had enough on Inferno and played some incredible rounds to bring SK back into contention.

Sadly, it wasn’t nearly enough. They lost the series 0 – 2. SK easily brushed past Ghost and had to face Space Soldiers again in the packed arena for the Group A decider match. This time around the local boys managed to put on a better performance to send the Turks home.

Here’s one of coldzera’s cold as ice clutches on Inferno in their opening match:

In their final match, Stewie2K managed to bag a rather comedic ace while flashed:

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