Only weeks after the huge success of ESL One Katowice, ESL will be bringing you another weekend of CS:GO action! The very first season of the ESL CS:GO Pro League is coming to an end and will soon culminate in the Winter Finals, which will be played at the ESL Studios in Cologne, Germany. After four months of making it through the previous stages of the tournament, only eight contenders remain to fight it out for the first title of ESL’s latest CS:GO pro competition.
The groups for the final events have been drawn and are as follows:
|Group A||Group B|
Group A: Three Legends and only two available spots
With two ESL One Katowice quarterfinalists and one semifinalist, this group is more than just strong, and it’ll be tough for every one of these teams to take one of the two slots for the single elimination playoffs. Team SoloMid and Virtus.pro will be kicking off the action, while Natus Vincere are set to take on Team Dignitas, the only team in this group not present at Katowice.
Following the results in Katowice, things have changed a little - TSM were able to take down Fnatic twice in two best of three matches. With these recent successes, they could become more than just a dangerous team and get their chance to surprise during the finals.
Group B: Can Titan rediscover their strength?
Even though EnVyUs didn’t manage to defend their DreamHack title, their performance in Katowice was solid. Their group has three teams who want to make up for their early departure from ESL One Katowice or missing out on the event completely, and the EnVyUs versus CPH Wolves and Titan versus 3DMAX matches will have a lot to offer.
Even though EnVyUs are the somewhat clear favorite here, Titan is a team you always have to keep your eye on. As their downfall at Katowice started with a loss to EnVyUs, we might see Titan bring a whole new spirit to the finals and give EnVyUs another good challenge for one of Group B’s two spots.
Join the ESL CS:GO Pro League Winter finals!
You can join us on the spot at the ESL studios in Cologne, Germany, and enjoy three packed days of CS:GO as well as free drinks and snacks for only €20. However, if you can’t make it to Cologne in person, the Twitch.tv stream will bring all the action right to your monitor!
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