Four out of six Regional Finals are done and so far the favorites were able to come out on top. This weekend we will see the Regional Finals in Germany and the CIS closing this part of the qualification while all remaining teams can look forward to the EU Qualifiers taking place next week. Will the first favorite fall this weekend?
Germany: Can mousesports’ new lineup score?
Germany is one of the regions still waiting for the old, glorious times in Counter-Strike to come back. Having a big set of teams able to compete on an international level, there is still no international title. In Katowice, this can change, and eight teams will fight for this chance. mousesports, bringing their new lineup to its first big challenge, is somewhat the favorite. However, there are ALTERNATE, 10, Wild Fire and others standing in their way. Can mouz catch up to their past successes?
CIS: Can the Russian teams catch up on Ukraine and Belarus?
Four out of eight teams come from Russia, but the big favorites are the two Ukrainian teams. Na’Vi is the last top 16 team from DreamHack still able to make it in their Regional Finals. On their way to Katowice, they need to take this step first. The toughest opponents standing between them and the EU Qualifier Finals are fellow Ukrainians Faith as well as top Russian teams USSR and Divine. The teams from Belarus who made it in the last two qualifiers also should not be ignored. Who will take the two spots and advance to the EU Finals?
The favorites made it!
hudzGs TEAM, Virtus.pro and MeetYourMakers did succeed in their Regional Finals. The three teams fulfilled their favorite role and all won their final matches 2-0. Now the focus can shift to training for the EU Qualifier Finals, which will determine the six remaining spots for the US$250,000 tournament at EMS One Katowice. All the other teams will have another shot at making it to the EU Finals by playing the EU Qualifiers.
EMS One Katowice: The next steps
Right after the Regional Finals in Germany and the CIS, the two open EU Qualifiers will take place, granting another four spots to the EU Finals each. Here all teams who almost made it will get another chance, but they’ll have to face the best teams from all regions plus everyone else who wants to make it. Who will succeed here? Stay tuned to find out!