Lady- and Gentlemonkeys it is that time of year again: GO-Time
On August 23rd the qualifier starts to select the 8 of 16 Teams to advance to the main tournament. I will keep the post short and sweet this time. The teams to watch are Vitality and … that’s it. I mean I am going to watch Mouz and NRG, a game of G2, North, CoL here and there just to see their form. There are a lot of reshuffled players in those teams but the lineups have not played on a high level together for a long time or they are just breaking through. If I was a betting man, i would go with the experienced teams: Vitality, NRG, G2, Mouz, North, Hellraisers, Avangar, and lastly Cr4zy.
Waiting in the main tourney are: Liquid, Astralis, Ence, FaZe, NaVi, NiP, mibr, and Renegades (???, oh well…) with Liquid as the Favs to win this one. Even I am rooting for the horseheads this time, tho NaVi always got a shot, but i predict top 4 for them, Astralis as the other contender is a possible finalist, but if they run into Vitality, we have a great match on our hands. NiP, FaZe, mibr and Renegades will have to fight really hard to not slump into the lower 8 of the final 16. The Renegades have a real shot at the top 8 with the lack of form of these former top teams. Ence was slumping, but I hope they can rev up their engines again and play without fear. My dream results are Vitality vs Liquid in the Final (and may it be a great game), with NaVi, Astralis 3rd to 4th. Ence, Mouz, Renegades and NiP in 5-8th, but especially those last 2 picks are not going to happen. Final Stage is starting August 28th and the final is on September, the 8th. For more Info visit hltv.org