Esports are back in the calendar for good with an incredibly fascinating group stage still underway for ESL One Cologne. So, how’s the online return of one of the most prestigious LANs going?
Number 1 ranked BIG were a shock early exit from their “home” tournament as they lost 2-0 to fellow German outfit Sprout, and then proceeded to lose 2-1 to NiP in the lower bracket. MIBR also immediately regretted their decision to temporarily move their operations to Europe, as they were quickly swept aside by Vitality and FaZe.
Mousesports’ fall from grace continued as they lost a close series to Na’Vi, and later were totally blown out by the new-look MAD Lions. We’ll talk about what this means for Mouz in a few moments, but before we do we have to give our props to Astralis’ B-Team, which handily made its way to the Bracket stage with wins over Fnatic and Vitality, as well as Sprout, Complexity and G2 who are guaranteed seeded spots in the quarters.
The NA bracket has seen shocks of its own with Furia, Liquid and Gen.G all being eliminated in the group stage by Chaos, 100 Thieves, Cloud 9 and Evil Geniuses.
With the recent North American Top 3 out of the running, this is finally a chance for one of the Dark Horses of the tournament to take a big win. Who do you think has the chops? Let us know in the comments!
In response, Mousesports have announced the benching of superstar AWPer Özgür “woxic” Eker in favour of Aurimas “Bymas” Pypiras, naming woxic’s weaker performance as well as attitude problems as reasons for the decision. Chris “ChrisJ” De Jong will now become the team’s primary AWPer, with Bymas taking over rifling duties.
Roster shuffles also continue in Scandinavia as North have signed Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson as their replacement for Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjaerbye who joined FaZe Clan.
Also in North America, Liquid have signed Jason “Moses” O’Toole to become their new coach looking to use his insights to power their new-look roster. While we’re very happy for Moses, we’re definitely sad we won’t get to hear his insights in the commentary booth.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to check out ESL One Cologne over the next week.