The Barclays Center situated in New York City is set to witness 8 world class elite teams compete for $200,000 and the title of ESL One New York 2019 in less than 10 hours. While ESL One New York 2019 does not lend itself to the recently announced ESL Pro Tour, the event will stand as a contribution towards the third season of the Intel® Grand Slam which boasts $1,000,000 for the victors.
Following the recent Major tournament championship victory falling in the favour of now four-time Major champions Astralis, the post-Major roster shuffle we are all too aware of continues to plague the panorama of Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Given the changes that have already affected many a team, let’s dive in and have a look at how the attending teams of ESL One New York 2019 are expected to fare and how their result results have been leading into the event.
Astralis’ Assertive Vengeance
Following the Danes earning their fourth Major title in Berlin recently, Astralis once again augment the notion of why they were and are the greatest CS:GO team ever constructed. With device receiving the MVP medal of the Berlin Major, Astralis have regained the respect they had once held before Team Liquid appropriated the title as “No. 1 team in the world”. We hold great faith that Zonic will condition his troops to be in suitable form leading into ESL One New York 2019, however with Team Liquid growing ravenous for another trophy, it’s very hard to distinguish either side as the definitive favourite.
Brandishing the swift services of former mousesports star “suNny” and saying their farewells to IGL “Aleksib”, ENCE glisten as the first team mentioned to have made a roster change post-Major. The finesse of the Finnish flared the Spodek Arena where ENCE clinched a Runners-Up finish at the IEM Katowice Major earlier this year launching the Finns to the top of the radar of top tier teams. On the contrary they also placed 2nd at IEM Chicago 2019 complimented by a cool, calm and collected Top 8 finish at the Berlin Major less than a month ago. Retaining respectable form before Aleksib’s exit, early days with suNny siren exciting times as ENCE look to regain their “EZ4ENCE” slogan.
Loyalty & Lucrativeness
Preserving their position as the No. 1 team in the world, irrespective of their stumbling at the hands of Astralis in the Quarter Finals of the 2019 Berlin Major, Team Liquid visibly display healthy signs of continuing to build their legacy. The American & Canadian mix have opted to not make any roster changes and why would they. Following their victory of the Intel® Grand Slam [Season 2] and championship at the Cathedral of Counter-Strike [ESL One Cologne 2019], we’ve no doubts that Team Liquid can earn themselves a trophy and avenge themselves against a resurging Astralis in the process.
Leadership In Limbo: G2 Esports
Many a rumour has surfaced recently with news of legendary French IGL & captain “shox” assumed to make his exit from the French core. Following a year of fairly inadequate results when considering the potency of the G2 Esports roster, G2’s most prominent result of 2019 would be placing Runners-Up to Team Liquid at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals held on their home soil in Occitanie, France. It’s irrefutable to say that G2 is not a contender at ESL One New York 2019, however with such drastic leadership alterations expected to be made [if the rumours are true] the French squad has a lot to prove leading into the tournament.
Close but no Cigar: NRG Esports
The addition of “stanislaw” in June this year has proved quite successful for the mostly American sharpshooters. Recently NRG placed 3rd-4th at the Berlin Major and extinguished adamant confidence heading into the finals before faltering to Astralis in the Semifinals. NRG lead by coach “ImAPet” have been building a very strong roster following a string of 3rd-4th finishes this year, most notably at IEM Sydney, ESL Pro League S9 Finals and a 5-6th placement at ESL One Cologne 2019. We can confidently exclaim that NRG exhibit the firepower, knowledge and composure necessary to crown themselves champions at ESL One New York 2019 under the right conditions.
Re-entering the Spotlight: OpTiC Gaming
While the prominent Top 10 teams of the world have been duking it out at big events, a very auspicious Danish roster of OpTiC Gaming have been lurking in the shadows, gaining power much like Sauron in the early days of The Lord of the Rings. Lead by captain MSL who had formerly competed under North, the roster of OpTiC most certainly does not lack firepower nor experience. Nabbing the services of 29-year-old “cajunb” who previously competed alongside the Astralis core, under coach ruggah’s guidance we’re convinced that the ravenous squad will re-enter the spotlight.
Brothers Are reUnited
Standing as the hungriest underdog of ESL One New York 2019, the American side have been gaining much needed experience throughout 2019. eUnited competed at IEM Sydney earlier this year however failed to claim a single map victory finding themselves eliminated 0:3. Ignoring the loss, eUnited brilliantly qualified for ESL One New York 2019 defeating three quite robust squads in the American qualifier. eUnited defeated INTZ 2:0 thereafter meeting a troubled compLexity Gaming roster where eUnited successfully toppled them in successive maps [2:0]. FURIA on the other hand were the favourites expected to qualify for ESL One New York 2019 confidently however eUnited lead by captain “Cooper-”, defeated the Brazilian favourites 16:14 & 16:3. We’re excited to see how eUnited fare at the world class event now that Freakazoid has rejoined his brother Cooper- within the American side. We’re hoping to hear some loud “WE HAWT” yells during the competition!
ESL One New York 2019 is hours away from beginning the group stages, so be sure to support your favourite team and watch the story unfold. If you wish to attend the event at the Barlcay’s Center check out the event information and find your tickets here last minute!