American team makes it to the final of a CS:GO Major for the second time ever
For so long as CS:GO has existed as an esport, North American groups have performed the position of the underdogs, perpetually overshadowed by European—and not too long ago, Brazilian—squads who at all times find yourself taking house the at the large tournaments. Since the creation of the Valve-supported Major tournaments in 2013, no North American team has ever gained one; in the present day, at the penultimate day of ELEAGUE Boston Major 2018, the Americans of Cloud9 have introduced themselves tantalizingly shut to ending that drought.
After a rocky begin in the group phases, Cloud9 fought their means again into rivalry with a convincing 2-Zero win over the French squad of G2 Esports. The vagaries of the match bracket meant that this victory set them on a collision course with CS:GO’s present team to beat, the top-ranked Brazilians of SK Gaming. Riding a wave of momentum, and with the hometown crowd cheering their countrymen on, Cloud9 nonetheless entered their semi-final match as the heavy underdog.
As quickly as the first map received underway, it was clear that it was time to throw rational predictions out the window. A collection of extremely well-executed rounds and a few large particular person performs led Cloud9 to a crushing 16-Three victory to begin issues off, surprising the analyst desk and driving the crown into a frenzy. Despite the second map not going fairly as effectively, leading to a 16-Eight victory for SK Gaming, Cloud9’s momentum appeared unbreakable, and so they rallied to win 16-9 on the third map to clinch their berth in the match’s grand finals.
This end result marks solely the second time a North American team has managed to make it into the finals of a Major, after Team Liquid reached (and subsequently misplaced) the finals of ESL One Cologne again in 2016. If they pull off a win tomorrow towards the formidable opposition of FaZe Clan, they’ll make CS:GO historical past, and maybe start to flip the repute of American Counter-Strike round.
They’ll even have confronted one of the hardest roads to victory of any Major-winning team in latest reminiscence, due to their lacklustre efficiency in the group phases placing them in a very powerful bracket place. Making their means via G2 Esports, SK Gaming and FaZe Clan, the fourth, first, and second finest CS:GO groups in the world respectively, is a feat that can lastly put to mattress any query about Cloud9’s legitimacy as a top-tier team on the world stage.
You can catch the grand finals at 11:00am PST on Sunday morning on ELEAGUE’s Twitch channel.