Astralis and FaZe very much the teams to beat
Last season saw Brazilian powerhouse SK Gaming beating FaZe Clan in the Grand Final. Those two teams both feature this time round, but it would be a major surprise if SK can successfully defend their title. FaZe's chances look a great deal better, especially since they just won IEM Sydney in dominant fashion. Astralis are another team tipped for success. The Danish outfit were FaZe's opponent's in Sydney's final, and though they didn't come out on top that time, they are still most people's favourites for this event. Astralis have been posting good, consistent results for a while now, and recently took an impressive first place at Dreamhack Marseille.
[table id=7 /] The teams will compete in groups following a GSL format, with initial best-of-one encounters followed by best-of-three winners and losers series. Three teams will emerge from each of these groups to compete in the knockout stages of the event, with the group winners seeded into the semi-finals, while second and third places start off in the quarters.
Mousesports vs. Sharks Esports 1-0 FaZe Clan vs. Cloud9 1-0 NRG Esports vs. Heroic 0-1 Natus Vincere vs. MVP PK 1-0 Mousesports vs. FaZe Clan 0-2 Heroic vs. Natus Vincere 1-2 Sharks Esports vs. Cloud9 1-2 NRG Esports vs. MVP PK 2-1
Team Liquid vs. Grayhound Gaming 1-0 Space Soldiers vs. Renegades 1-0 OpTic Gaming vs. Astralis 0-1 Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. SK Gaming 0-1
Grayhound Gaming vs. Renegades 0-2 OpTic Gaming vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 Cloud9 vs. Heroic 0-2 Space Soldiers vs. Team Liquid 0-2 Mousesports v NRG Esports 2-0 SK Gaming vs. Astralis 0-2
Renegades vs. SK Gaming 0-2 OpTic Gaming vs. Space Soldiers 0-2 FaZe Clan vs. Natus Vincere 0-2 Heroic vs. Mousesports 0-2 Team Liquid vs. Astralis 0-2 SK Gaming v OpTic Gaming 2-1