Esports Central – Preview: Mettlestate’s Vodacom 4U CS:GO Cup at Rush

28 June 2018

Friday 29 June will see the very first large CS:GO LAN of 2018 being held at Rush Esports. A total of 16 teams will be crossing swords at Pretoria’s Sun Arena. The R150,000 in prizes that is on offer to the victors will be enticing. Of more importance to the teams however will be the opportunity to claim the first significant title of the year. Considering it’s already the end of June, it sounds a little crazy to be saying that about the country’s premier esport.

The teams to watch

Big 5 Esports have seemed to return to their status at the second best team in the land after being usurped by Goliath Gaming in the previous leg of VS Masters. It does need to be noted that Goliath were missing captain Ashton “Golz” Muller for a game or two. Big 5 still had a much improved Leg nonetheless. Both teams will be a threat at Rush, but both are almost entirely unproven on LAN since their formation. That’s not really their fault however due to the distinct lack of local offline competition in the last year aside from ESL Africa Season Two, where neither made it to LAN. It does seem strange to be talking about Goliath’s second LAN appearance being at Rush a year after their first – also at Rush last year for the faux ESWC pseudo-qualifier. Big 5 have not been to a single LAN. The majority of the players on both teams are highly experienced, so I’m sure they’ll be fine.

The next best team right now is probably Leetpro. They’ve shown themselves to have the ability to beat Goliath in best of ones, but haven’t quite closed the gap in best of threes. Leetpro have solid upset potential and could be an outside bet for a podium place. The main peloton behind them consists of Sinister5, White Rabbit Gaming and xTc Gaming. This is a very closely contested midfield in which all these teams are capable of beating each other, depending on the matchups they get. It’s highly unpredictable in this area. These teams all have very real potential to grab a map or two off Big 5, Goliath and possibly even a series victory over Leetpro. It’s not likely, but it is entirely possible.

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