If you are an eports fan you never want to miss ESL hosted premier events. This weekend the top tier CS:GO teams fought for a $250,000 prize pool in ESL One Cologne.
With a series of recent tournament victories SK Gaming went to Germany as clear favourites, although there was a dozen of other hungry and able squads. SK Gaming went through a rough time in the group stage, losing to Space Soldiers and G2 Esports. Despite the early losses the team managed to recuperate and got a seed in playoffs.
OpTic Gaming came to ESL One Cologne on the back of a devastating defeat at PGL Major Kraków Qualifier and were looked upon as massive underdogs. Despite low expectations they got through the group stage and turned out to be the last team to take a map from SK Gaming.
A touch of drama
Players are prone to bending the rules to get a little edge and this time SK Gaming were caught red-handed. The game was put on a technical timeout for a couple of times and the team used that time to exchange massages and, allegedly, to discuss strategies. The clip with players exchanging massages went viral and ESL representative commented it on Reddit:
“It is not allowed to talk (or chat) during a technical pause as written in our rules. The admin caught it quickly and told the team to stop immediately. Due to the violation of the rules the team will get penalized which will lead to a prize money deduction.”
You can bet that 99% of teams never refrain from talking during technical timeouts, but doing it during a LAN brings real life consequences. The money deducted from SK Gaming will be distributed among other teams that participated in the tournament.
Success of SK Gaming brought up an invisible rivalry inside the team itself. Three members of the squad were going almost neck and neck performance wise. Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, Marcelo “coldzera” David and Fernando “fer” Alvarenga had very high ratings in the playoffs and were very close to getting ESL Cologne MVP award. In the end FalleN secured the title of most valuable player for very strong individual results.
Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo
This is the second MVP award for FalleN, he also was named the best player at DreamHack Austin 2016.
Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
Summer is the hottest season in esports, and Counter-Strike action will go on next weekend. Most of the teams that participated in the main event of ESL One are now traveling from Germany to Poland to play at PGL Major Kraków 2017. First place winners will take home $500 000, and many teams are looking at ESL One as a practice session for the upcoming event.
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