ESL Pro League tournaments are held twice a year. The first tournament took place in 2015 in Cologne. The first ESL Pro League champion was Fnatic with olofmeister, flusha, JW, pronax and KRIMZ. The Swedish five players were at their peak during this period, winning a number of major tournaments (including two majors), one of the memorable achievements of the team was the victory at the first event of the ESL Pro League series.
In the eight years of the league's existence, there have been 16 tournaments from ESL. The community will witness its 17th season in late February and early April. ESL Pro League Season 17 will feature 24 teams, 15 of which are ESL partners, three teams will go through as HLTV World Rankings representatives, and six more teams from qualifying qualifiers where each team can showcase beautiful games and highlights. Cyber-sport.io prepared a brief analysis of the favorites that can take the champions title.
The team-phenomenon, which sets records and anti-records, again will fight for the title of the best roster in the world. FaZe Clan became the first team to win IEM Katowice, ESL Pro League, Major, and IEM Cologne in one year. It is also the first tournament champion from Valve to leave the next event of the series 0-3 in matches. This team is motivated because the roster still has a chance at the Intel Grand Slam ($1,000,000 is like winning two majors). By taking first place, FaZe will whitewash themselves and make them forget bad results. Twistzz, broky and ropz are still on the team, and a bunch of them can get results. And Finn Andersen's knowledge and Howard Nygard's experience should help give the team confidence.
Team Liquid players will remember their 9th-11th place in the majors with a lot of support from the Brazilian audience for a long time. It is an exciting fact that Team Liquid managed to go the longest way to the top 30: At one point, the team was 225th, according to HLTV. But the team's lineup looks very cool at the moment and can be considered one of the strongest in the world. We will see what the team will show at this tournament.
MOUZ has been improving at tournaments all year long. They were not selected for the major tournament in Antwerp in winter but got playoffs in Katowice and ESL Pro League Season 15. Still, in May, they played in the final tournament in Dubai and made playoffs in Cologne. They also played excellently in the major tournament in Rio, getting 3-4 places among 16 teams. Even with such a nice performance, the team got further than Natus Vincere. They need more experience and game practice against the top teams for the final breakthrough. For the key battles, they need to tighten all aspects, and then maybe we will see a new ESL Pro Leaque season 17 champion.
Maybe the reader was expecting to see teams like Natus Vincere, Vitality, Cloud9. But all that can be said about these teams, their fate depends on how they can go through a reshuffle period and what lessons they can learn for themselves. Natus Vincere - has a newbie npl in the roster, and because of that, there are various difficulties. Vitality - complete failure at the Rio majors, although they are the reigning ESL Pro Leaque Season 16 champions. Cloud9 - also, it is unclear what is happening in the team, because there are rumors that the player of the team interz can be removed from the team.
So it is unclear what will happen to these teams in the near future, but we know that in the race for the championship will win the strongest, and we only have to watch and cheer for your favorite team. Share your minds with Cyber-sport.io. Subscribe and follow the latest eSports news!