Day one of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ELeague Challenger stage has come to an end and most of the teams fared about as well as expected.
Teams like Cloud9 and Natus Vincere are 1-0 while some of the less experienced teams are sitting at 0-1. Team Liquid is one of the few exceptions, an experienced team that lost on the tournament’s first day. But Team Liquid played well despite the misfortune of facing tournament favorite FaZe Clan in their first match.
Day two of the Challenger stage will pit teams with the same record against each other in order to draw teams closer to the three wins they need to advance to the ELeague Major: Boston, later this month.
Day two of the ELeague Challenger stage kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST and will be broadcast live from the ELeague studios in Atlanta, Georgia and can be seen on ELeague’s twitch channel.
Why you should watch
Day two is all about teams proving they belong. For the teams that have already had a good tournament so far, that means winning their second game, and pulling within one match of advancing to the major in Boston.
For the teams that haven’t had the performance they were looking for so far, a win on day two will move them out of immediate danger, and get them slightly closer to those teams at the front of the pack.
Every team plays on day two, but the most revealing matchups are those between the middle tier teams, whose true skill levels remain up in the air.
There’s no better example of this than the day’s final match up between Misfits and G2 Esports. G2 is a team that has an exceptionally talented roster that’s never quite hjt their stride as a team, while Misfits is full of up and coming players, whose skill ceiling just seems to get higher with every game they play. For these two teams, day two’s match could prove to be the difference between a trip to Boston and a good start to the year, or an early trip home in 2018’s first tournament.
FlipSid3 Tactics vs Team Liquid
Mousesports vs Natus Vincere
Space Soldiers vs Avangar
Team EnVy vs Renegades
Flash Gaming vs Qauntum Bellator Fire
Sprout vs Cloud9
FaZe Clan vs Vega Squadron
Misfits vs G2 Esports