Changes. Upsets. Massive rumours. A colossus in the making. This week has had it all.
Let’s start with the Colossus. After announcing Alex “ALEX” McMeekin last week, Cloud9 has announced that they are adding two more names to their roster. The first is William “mezii” Merriman, a young British player who has been making waves in GamerLegion since May. The other is Özgür “Woxic” Eker, who was recently benched from Mousesports. This interesting mix of established talent and young up-and-comers is exciting for anyone.
Meanwhile, in the rumour mill, G2 is looking into offering FaZe a whole bunch of money for superstar Nikola “NiKo” Kovac to team him up with his cousin Nemanja “huNter” Kovac, most likely to replace Francois “AmaNEk” Deluaney. This coup would mean that the middling FaZe Clan would lose their franchise cornerstone, while G2 would get a player with the skill to get them over the final hump. As of right now, nothing’s confirmed, but with both teams flaming out of ESL Pro League Season 12, it seems like changes are on the horizon.
Speaking of ESL Pro League Season 12, it definitely had its fair share of upsets, particularly in the EU. In Group A, G2 flamed out along with OG, AGO, and GODSENT, leaving Na’Vi, BIG, ENCE, and Heroic to advance. In Group B, Team Spirit shocked the world by advancing to the knockout stage along with Astralis, Complexity, and a resurgent Mousesports. Vitality, fnatic, and FaZe couldn’t make the cut.
Meanwhile, in NA, EG, Furia, Liquid, and 100 Thieves advanced to the knockouts, leaving Chaos, Cloud9, Triumph, and Gen.G along with new signing Danny “cxzi” Strzelczyk eliminated.
Finally, we end with a pretty sad benching. Dignitas have decided to bench Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund and Richard “Xizt” Landstrom, ending the NiP Magic reunion tour after almost a year.
Either way, that’s it for this week’s recap. Be sure to watch the Pro League Season 12 knockouts. NA starts this week, and EU’s going to be running next week!