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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

CS:GO Katowice Major Main Qualifier starts today 12 GMT/13 CET

16 Teams will need to be reduced down to 8 to compete next weekend in the Main Tourney against the 8 Legends from the last Major. The field is getting bigger and we see more and more CS GO Pros slowly aging and fading away. The new generation certainly struggles still, but slowly is replacing the old mouselifters, awp-legends and spraycontrollers of yesterday, that have to fight harder and harder to get to the same places. The final 8 still have one more week of practice, while these hot 16 are gonna go at it with maximum brutality, smelling the blood of reaching the final stage.

Hot young ones: The Fins from Ence: Natus crew lacked some big stage experience and it showed when going against the big teams. Have they learned enough to go one step further? They certainly have the aim, they need the brain.

Winstrike/Vega Squad/Spirit/Avangar: Each one of those teams has 1-2 players that can perform to the highest level, and when the rest clicks, they can upset. They are the dark horses from the CIS that have the ingredients of a superteam and show us the vast talent from the region, proving that not all russians hack. Ultimately one of them (probably Vega or Winstrike) can go through, while the others probably will fold under pressure.

Old Legends never die: Nip, fnatic, Vitality and G2 with their newly mixed rosters of Major winners and some new guns. Will the french find their old form? Shox and KennyS in one team is a scary thing when the year is 2015. I don’t believe these teams are hungry enough to go far, but the Swedes probably will not have much trouble to prevail, and the french have enough routine … maybe …

MURRICA FUCK YEAH: C9 and NRG: Much has been talked about the Bulgarian talent Cerq that tanked hard on the last occasion, nevertheless they can reach the top 8 and C9 with Rush and autimatic firing on all cylinders also have decent chances to go through.

Meanwhile down under: Renegades can make it if enough teams fudge up, but they need others to make mistakes to be there, don’t expect too much from greyhound besides DickStacie’s sticker apparently having a penis drawn on his signature.

Tyloo and ViCi: ViCi was able to surprise by qualifying, so i will watch those guys. Tyloo are probably going to land somewhere in the midfield, will it be enough? I don’t think so.

And lastly: Furia from Brabrabrazil, have not watched the qualifier, hard to say how strong they are. First timers on the big stages against internationals. Again I would say these guys won’t be among the Top 8.

PREDICTIONS: C9, NiP, fnatic, G2, Vitality, Ence, Winstrike, ViCi/Renegades. I’ll allow myself 1 mistake because i didn’t watch enough and i will probably be wrong on a number of those.

Hltvs viewer’s guide:

https://www.hltv.org/news/26042/iem-katowice-major-new-challengers-stage-viewers-guide

MG Variety Game Night – Proposal

The Concept

I want to propose a simple idea. Remembering our Insurgency-Coop night, I want us to try out some games. At a pre-determined day, everyone who wants to gets together on Discord and plays a different game together.
What type of game? With the many giveaways and sales, it should be a game that is available to most of us. Like Insurgency, it could be a game that has recently been given away. Or something that is on sale or cheap. For example, we could set a upper limit of 5 € for game price. We can have replays, for example I would like to play Insurgency-Coop with you-lot again.
Via the forum, we can collect the possible games in between the sessions and then have a vote on what to play. The frequency of the β€œgame day” is something we need to determine as well. Should we play every week, every 2 weeks, every month? A poll for this will be below, as well as a poll for the day of the week.
So let me know what you think by voting below. Results will be taken on Febuary 8th. Thanks!

Voting in the forum post: https://www.monkey-gamers.com/forums/topic/mg-variety-game-night-proposal/#post-26988