ESL Pro League Season 12: North America
On this tournament page for ESL Pro League Season 12: North America you can find information such as the teams attending, the prize pool ...
DreamHack Open Anaheim is this year's second tournament of the total eight to be played in the Open Tour. The tournament includes four invited teams in ENCE, FURIA, MIBR and North. The remaining four places go to the North American qualifier, the European qualifier and the last place goes to the winner of the ESL Premiership, Endpoint. These Open tournaments also give the teams an opportunity to take a seat to the upcoming Masters tournaments through good results. In other words, a very good chance for teams that are a little further down in the world rankings to qualify for world-class tournaments.
This relatively new team, which took in Kristian "k0nfig" Weinecke and Valentin "poizon" Vasilev at the end of last year, got its big break in BLAST Premier in early February. They shocked the entire CS world by defeating Astralis and Team Vitality by 2-0 each. It should not be too big gears, but there is no doubt that the team will come to DreamHack Anaheim as one of the potential candidates to lift the buck after that result.
It has been a long time since Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, Fernando “fer” Alvarenga and Epitácio “TACO” de Melo were among the world leaders and the change of players in the team has helped little. Still, it looks like the team is struggling hard to get back to the top and despite the lack of results, they are one of the best teams in this tournament.
Had a good period in 2019 where the team took over the Brazilian throne from just MIBR, but also for FURIA ended the last year very half a year. This team has nevertheless shown a very high top level and if they can get back there 2020 can be a fun year for FURIA. For that to happen, though, for example, Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato needs to find his way back to the incredibly fine form he showed last summer.
Most things that can be said about ENCE have already been said. Since Miikka "suNny" Kemppi joined the team, it has been done and there are not many positive signs in the Finnish camp right now. Most recently, the team came last in GG.Bet ICE Challenge as they went on big losses against OG and Godsent. The question is how will the team dig out of the hole they dug for a long time now? Maybe a tournament of this caliber could be a good start, otherwise it's probably time to start questioning if this will ever work.
North has had a hard time for a long time and players have come and gone at a high pace. The latest additions come in the form of Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen in the IGL role and as his assistant, Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson joins the team. These are two big names in the CS scene and specifically when we talk about leadership and tactical improvements. These two gentlemen can lead this team to success as there is a wealth of potential in players such as Philip “aizy” Aistrup and Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye. They have not had too much time ahead of this tournament, but it will be interesting and see how far they have come.
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