19 June 2018
CS:GO’s most passionate live audience witnessed the first tier one competition in their country since 2016, with ESL One Belo Horizonte this past weekend. The beautiful horizon of Brazil and the Mineirinho Arena played host to eight teams competing for the $200,000 prize pool and more importantly, a point towards the $1 million Intel Grand Slam.
The Americans of Team Liquid would enjoy rabid support from the crowd if they made it to the arena. The presence of former SK support player Epitácio “TACO” de Melo would ensure they had the sixth player of the crowd firmly on their side. Liquid have been serial playoff contenders in 2018, but have only one relatively minor title to their names in the form of CS_summit 2. Belo Horizonte would be their big chance as both FaZe and Mousesports would be fielding stand ins, while Astralis and Na`Vi were absent. In theory, this would allow Liquid their best shot yet at a significant title this year.
Out of FaZe
FaZe Clan have looked less potent in recent months. First with former NiP player Richard “Xizt” Landström as the temporary replacement for Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer during his hiatus. In more recent weeks with Norwegian Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen. Despite winning IEM Sydney with Xizt, FaZe have struggled for consistency since the reemergence of Astralis as the world’s best lineup. It’s no small wonder, owing to their turbulent roster of late. They would need their stars to shine rather brightly in Brazil to win the trophy.
Another multi-national team, another situation where a star player had to be swapped out for personal reasons. Retired former Cloud 9 rifler and on-camera analyst just last weeked at ECS Finals, Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert would be on hand for Mouz. He was replacing probably the best player on Mouz, Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný. They are a top four team with oskar, but how would they fare in his absence?
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