All CS:GO Majors are unpredictable, and this weekend’s PGL Major, in Krakow, was no exception. A full swiss system always leads to surprising results, and this Major did not disappoint in that department. SK Gaming, arguably the best team in the world, got smothered by Astralis in the quarter-finals with an easy 2-0 and a 16-6 on overpass. And there were more surprises to come. For the first time in 16 months, Fnatic failed to reach the semi-finals, as they fell to Gambit Esports in the quarters. Meanwhile, Immortals’ relatively unknown Brazilian line-up of Immortals carved a savage path through BIG. In the end Gambit would emerge as the victors - a shock in its own right, but unarguably well deserved. There are always unbelievable moments every Major, since teams bring their creativity, break out new strats and generally play out of their minds. Here are our highlights from the weekend's action.
BIG’s 3 Weapon Set Up
Most games come down to a Primary, Rifle or Sniper and a Pistol. Big revealed the true hidden Weapon of the Game - the Knife. Usually reserved for running, the Knife played a much more decisive role in BIG’s games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y4QnNOmaso
Down, but Not Out
Even when a round looks lost, the best teams have the ability to make a heroic play. With mere seconds remaining, the Bomb explosion would not have taken down Immortals, but a well placed nade would destroy Immortals’ economy and help them clinch the title. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei_geMp2FUA
The Team on Your Back
When losing members early on in the a round, the sensible voice tells you to back out and save your gun. But sometimes (if you’re Gambit’s HObbit) it’s better to ignore that voice, and take down 4 members of the enemy team instead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0psY8tuhFA
Man Behind Enemy Lines
The Polish crowd transformed Virtus.Pro’s performance at the Major. In front of a crowd of adoring fans, VP played CS:GO like men possessed. While the crowd factor was not enough for them to claim the title, it did provide some amazing highlights. Like Pasha’s extraordinary 1v4 manhunt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYsRtp_iHMM
The Tag Team
In CS:GO, 5 people must work in complete harmony to win games and rounds. But sometimes, an incredible understanding between two players, a devastating duo, is really something to be feared. This has been the case with kennyS and Scream, Glaive and Device and now HEN1 and KNG. They demonstrated their credentials on this insane B site retake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19e5TS45K4w
Never Give Up
A year ago, Gambit were not in a place to win a major - they weren’t even among the 4 best teams in the world. But this is what perseverance, hard work and training can achieve. Here's what Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko tweeted a year ago:
I am not going to give up before I win a motherfucking major.— Daniil Teslenko (@ZeusCS_GO) July 8, 2016
I fucking did it. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆— Daniil Teslenko (@ZeusCS_GO) July 23, 2017
The lesson? Never give up on your dreams!