The first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major of 2017 is slowly drawing closer with the ELeague Major set to kick off in just over two weeks in Atlanta. The event will see sixteen of the world’s greatest teams battle it out in a showing of glory and pride for their chance at their share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and the first championship trophy of 2017.
The first round of matches will be split into eight head-to-head games:
Round 1 – Game List In Order:
- Gambit vs. North
- Fnatic vs. G2
- SK vs. HellRaisers
- Virtus.Pro vs. OpTic
- Na’Vi vs. mousesports
- Liquid vs. EnVyUs
- Astralis vs. GODSENT
- Flipsid3 vs. FaZe
Let’s take a look at my top three rated matches (determined by teams that are on equal footing and thus most likely to have the most action) and which should feature some of the best talent in the world in terms of both experience and raw-skill.
The most substantial game for round one, in my personal view, would be Astralis vs GODSENT as I think this could be Astralis’s turn to take a Major win under their belt. Going up against a heavy hitting ex-fnatic squad is going to be tough and should be a great spectacle to watch. It’s also worth pointing out that this is the usual Denmark vs Sweden battle we all know and love.
Moving onto the second match: Liquid vs EnVyUs. Both of these teams have something to prove with the end of the 2016 season leaving both sides in quite a vulnerable position. This will be a battle of talent and experience and should definitely be on your watch list.
For my third and last game to watch I chose Virtus.Pro vs OpTic as often these round one matches will set the tone for the rest of the event. If OpTic want to start creating a name for themselves in this event they will need to shut down the Polish powerhouse that is the Virtus Plow. I personally never get tired of watching VP play as the crowd loves them and it’s normally the loudest most energetic games.
With that being said, every game this major will be crucial and if you have the time (and value CS:GO over sleep), welcome to the club and watch every game there is!
If you missed the ELeague Major preview show you can find it in the video below, just simply skip to 28:55 in the timeline.
The show was extremely breathtaking and it is amazing to see just how far esports has come, being featured alongside the PGA, NBA, NCAA which are World Championship class sports, not to mention it’s always exciting to see the heated display of enthusiasm from fans and the players themselves.
With the CS:GO Final being broadcast on the TBS Network we can assume that it’s possible for Supersport to have some highlights, or even a simulcast (Live View), but who knows what we will get as esports has continued to shock the world.