CS Summit 6 Preview, Team Storylines & Interesting Facts on Both EU and NA Events
BLAST Premier Finals‘ action is in full fledge! We’ve seen several surprises on both the European and American sides of the table, with potentially several more to come by the end of both events. The CSGO competitive scene, chaotic as always, already has a new online event on the horizon. This time around, it’s Beyond The Summit we’re talking about. More precisely, CS Summit 6!
Needless to say, we’re talking about an online event here; I’m afraid more time will pass by until the first notable CSGO LAN events take place. Luckily, online CSGO events proved to be a major success and ought to continue to flourish in the harsh esports waters.
But, enough about that! Let’s focus on CS Summit 6 and start our preview with a few interesting facts regarding the event and some of its competing teams.
CS Summit 6 Preview | Interesting Facts
As mentioned above, CS Summit 6 sports two separate online events, for Europe and North America. This is major news considering the fact all previous iterations were held in Summit’s Los Angeles Studio.
The total number of participating teams amounts to 29 teams, a pretty high number by all standards. Sixteen are set for the European event, while the remaining thirteen will be competing on the American iteration of CS Summit 6.
The prize money involved in CS Summit 6 is not to be taken for granted either. We’re talking $200,000 in total; $125,000 for the European, and $75,000 for the American CS Summit 6 event. Road to Rio points are on the line too; a whole bunch of them, to be more precise.
Both events end on Sunday, July 5th, but the North American starts two days earlier than the European event; on June 22nd, to be precise. Yep, that means there’s plenty of CSGO action to unfold over the next few weeks! BLAST Premier Spring Finals combined with CS Summit 6 equals a proper competitive CSGO entertainment!
The European event lacks a few top-tier teams. For starters, Astralis will not be competing on this one. They declined the event a while back, shortly after its announcement as the next European RMR competition. Additionally, Natus Vincere won’t be competing either, since they’re participating on the CIS side of RMR.
CS Summit 6 | American Team Overviews
American CS Summit 6 consists of three stages. The top five NA RMR teams (Liquid, 100T, Gen.G, EG, and FURIA), will start off from the second stage while the remaining eight teams will have to battle their way through from the first stage.
The first stage sports a double-elimination bracket with Bo3 matches. Top three teams advance to the second stage where they’ll join the five best NA teams based on RMR points. The second stage features two double-elimination groups, also sporting all Bo3 matches. The top two teams from each group advance to the third and finals stage. At this point, we’re looking at yet another double-elimination bracket featuring Bo3 and Bo5 matchups. Obviously, the only Bo5 matchup is the grand finals in which the upper bracket side has one map advantage over their lower bracket opponent.
Here’s a closer look at the four NA teams that should produce the biggest bang on the North American CS Summit 6:
Of course, we have to point FURIA out as the best NA team at the moment. There – I’ve said it! The Brazilians are a force to be reckoned with in the NA region, at least for the moment. They’ve been superb in 2020 thus far, clinching two second-place finishes (ESL One Road to Rio and DreamHack Open Anaheim), one bronze medal (on ESL pro League S11), and DreamHack Masters Spring title. The latter came just five days ago, which just goes to show you what a terrific form yuurih and the boys are in.
Yep, we have to mention our boy yuurih here. His excellent performances drove FURIA forward. The 20-year-old Brazilian star averaged 1.18 rating over the last three months, on point with KSCERATO who’s been the team’s main fragger for quite a while.
But, yuurih and KSCERATO might be the leading gears in FURIA’s winning machinery… but the rest of the team is not to be taken for granted either. HEN1 and arT had several brilliant matches of their own. They might not be as consistent fraggers as the above-mentioned duo, but their qualities are definitely noticeable.
As far as FURIA’s CS Summit 6 performance goes, I reckon they’re the main favorites to take this one home. They are in great form, the best out of the whole NA bunch. They’re not in desperate need of RMR points, but those $22,000 in prize money are worth fighting for, especially in these trying times.
Team Liquid is out! I repeat – Team Liquid is out! If you haven’t been paying attention to the pro scene these days, one of the biggest NA teams is out of the BLAST Premier Spring Finals. Twistzz and the boys lost to Evil Geniuses in the first round, then did the same thing against FURIA in the lower bracket. FURIA now waits for the loser of MIBR vs. EG… On the bright side, Team Liquid earned themselves a few extra days to prepare for CS Summit 6. Will that help them?
Well, I honestly hope it does. If Liquid ends up having another catastrophic campaign on CS Summit 6, we might even see a couple of roster changes. I’m not quite sure what I’d change there… but if such bad results continue for the next two or three events, roster alterations are bound to happen.
Realistically speaking, group A is the group of death, no matter which of the eight stage one teams joins it. With Liquid, EG, and FURIA in the same group, Team Liquid will have to do their best to reach the playoffs.
Let’s talk about the Aussies! Let’s talk about 100 Thieves and their quest to establish themselves as one of the leading forces in North America. The roster has remained the same, good old Renegades roster that shook the CSGO esports community during the last Major. Kassad is not the coach anymore, though, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We’re yet to see what ImAPet can do with this roster… but knowing his experience, I reckon we’ll see things start to improve for Nadeshot’s CSGO team!
The Aussies are in group B with Gen.G. This group gets not one but two-stage one team, which theoretically means it should be easier to deal with. That said, I Expect both Gen.G and 100 Thieves to reach the playoffs without too many issues. Sure, stage one winners will come into the group stage with winds of victory in their sails… but the likes of 100T and Gen.G shouldn’t be phased by such trivial matter…
Gen.G have been pretty quiet since their loss to Team Liquid on DreamHack Masters Spring. Let’s be real here – that loss wasn’t that big of a surprise, but it still shook the team to its core. However, I reckon we’ll see them come back to life, potentially stronger and more dangerous than ever.
For those of you who aren’t in the know, Gen.G’s roster consists of ex-C9’s core (automatic, daps and koosta), with s0m and BnTeT rounding things off. It’s a solid roster across all departments. They can defend, they can attack, and they’re quite tactically coherent. The only thing they need now is more experience, which will come with time, that’s for sure!
I’ve been saying for months now that Gen.G’s current roster has an incredibly high potential. They might not have the most resounding names out there, but their core once ruled over the NA scene and imported players ought to be enough for them to make a statement. If not on the international stage, then definitely in their region.
CS Summit 6 | European Team Overviews
The European event has a completely different format than the American. It starts off with four groups featuring four teams. Here’s what the groups* look like:
|GROUP A||GROUP B||GROUP C||GROUP D|
|G2 Esports||Movistar Riders||Copenhagen Flames||Faze Clan|
|Mousesports||Vitality||Ninjas in Pyjamas||TBD|
First and second-place teams from each group advance to the playoffs, while all four third-place teams have to play 9th to 12th place deciders. The playoffs feature double-elimination brackets with all matches scheduled for Bo3 contests. Well, all except the grand finals match which is going to be played in a best of five system. As you’d come to expect at this point, the upper bracket team gets a one map advantage.
Here’s a closer look at four top-tier European teams that have the potential to take it all the way to the grand finals:
Faze Clan is finally enjoying a solid campaign… although they definitely did take their time to get there. At the moment, Faze Clan is in the upper bracket finals of BLAST Premier Spring Finals, going up against Complexity for a place in the grand finals. Mind you, if Faze Clan wins against k0nfig and the boys, they’ll have a map advantage in the grand finals, and that means a lot, especially in online gameplay.
Prior to that, Faze Clan had a solid run on DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 and ESL One: Road to Rio – they finished in third place on both events. ESL Pro League S11 didn’t go as planned, though, seeing as Faze Clan finished on the fifth spot after losing four matches in the group stage. Overall, bymas and broky are doing just fine… and it’s not really that surprising considering the sheer experience of players like NiKo, Coldzera and Rain. Faze Clan is in group D with Team Heretics, sill waiting for the other half of the group to be determined via the qualifiers. Even if the strongest EU teams qualify and get stuck with Faze in group B, I still think NiKo and the boys should prevail and reach the playoffs…
Next up, we have G2 Esports. Is G2 Esports currently the best team in the world? Well, a lot of stats suggest that, but let’s not jump to any conclusions that fast. Let’s take a closer look and see if there’s more to it than pure stats… after all, not everything is black and white in life!
But, what made G2 Esports turn from one of the most underperforming teams in the region to a proper behemoth not only on the European but international stage too. Well, at the very first glance I’d say the arrival of nexa and huNter did G2 a lot of good. However, it did take the Balkan duo a bit of time to properly sync up with their new team. It was a painstakingly long process… but one that’s finally yielding proper results.
While we’re talking about results, we have to mention G2’s string of second-place finishes. DreamHack Masters Spring, ESL One: Road to Rio, and IEM XIV World Championship. Three notable tournaments, three grand finals’ losses. Can they improve on CS Summit 6? Well, it’s going to be tricky, that’s for sure… but if anyone can do it, nexa, hunter and the company can!
Mouz is another European giant that’s been struggling lately. Ever since these online events kicked off, Mousesports just hasn’t been the same team that crushed late 2019 and cemented themselves among the greatest teams on the globe.
Mind you – we’re talking about the current CS Summit champions. Yep, Mousesports won the fifth CS Summit iteration after beating G2 in the grand finals last December. Prior to that, Mousesports also won ESL Pro League S10 Finals as well as CSGO Asia Championships. Judging by these results, it’s safe to say Mousesports’ late 2019 was a proper blast.
As for 2020, I can’t say they were outright awful – they had several solid campaigns. For starters, they won ICE challenge in February but were absolutely awful on IEM XIV World Championship. Then, they almost made it to their second consecutive ESL Pro League triumph but were defeated by Fnatic in what was one of the most thrilling Bo5 grand finals in recent years.
That second-place finish was followed by two atrocious displays on DH Masters and ESL One: Road to Rio, both of which ended with Mousesports being eliminated in the group stage. They played fairly well on Gamers Without Borders, but we’re not counting a show match as a real competitive environment…
Where am I heading with all this? Am I trying to convince you Mousesports is an awful team? Well, their track record would definitely suggest that, but I’m sure we’ll see Mousesports make a comeback on CS Summit 6. They are in group A with G2 and GODSENT, and should have no issues with clinching the playoffs no matter the final team in the group.
The last European team we’re going to talk about in our CS Summit 6 preview is ENCE. I know, I know – there are far better teams competing on the European event, but I just had to say a thing or two about ENCE since I expect them to cruise through the group stage and make a proper name for themselves during the playoffs.
Why do I think so – after all, ENCE hasn’t played well leading up to this event. More precisely, they failed to make a statement during BLAST Premier Spring Finals earlier this week. Before that, they also got quickly eliminated from the DreamHack Masters Spring as well as ESL One: Road to Rio. Their run of form isn’t all that fine, with the last somewhat decent campaign ranging all the way back to late November last year when they finished second on CSGO Asia Championships… but that was back when Aleksib was still a part of their lineup.So, what makes me thing ENCE will make a statement on CS Summit 6 – I’m yet to tell a good word about them. Well – allu has been in solid form and the rest of the team finally seems to be syncing with each other. Plus, they have a six-man roster meaning fatigue won’t be a factor for allu and the boys. Jamppi, although plagued by the lawsuit drama, ought to start strutting his stuff and establish himself as a valuable player in this ENCE roster.
Wrapping Things Up
The post-pandemic world is still enjoying plenty of esports action, although all of it is based on online gameplay. We’re still waiting for the first post-pandemic LAN events to kick-off, but with the second-wave concerns dictating the tempo, I reckon the wait will be much longer than we initially thought. Be that as it is, CS Summit 6 ought to be another stellar event on both NA and EU sides of the table. If you’d like to tun into the live-action, you can do so via the official BTS CSGO Twitch channel!