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 ...
ESL One Rio was scheduled to be one of this year's total two majors for CS: GO, but as the situation looks now due to the outbreak of the corona virus, it will be the only one for the year. The plan is for the major to take off in Rio de Janeiro from November 9-22. Under the current situation, it is not possible to guarantee that the tournament will be playable, but the qualification for the tournament will be played online, which changes parts of the program. The qualification is divided into six regions (Europe, CIS, North America, South America, Asia, Oceania) and in all regions the law on points will be fought which will later lead to places for the major, which will contain a total of 24 teams from all over the world. These locations will be distributed as follows between the regions:
Europe: 10 teams
North America: 6 teams
CIS: 5 teams
South America: 1 team
Oceania: 1 team
Asia: 1 teams
MIBR, FURIA and Yeah Gaming will participate in the North American qualifier, rather than the South American, as they are currently in that region. This means that the North American qualifier has a full 6 seats for ESL One Rio, but there are also a lot of teams ready to fight the case. Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, together with MIBR and FURIA are the clear favorites to take the top spot, but when three teams will go straight to the Legends stage, it is incredibly important to do more than just qualify for the tournament.
It should hardly be a surprise to anyone that Team Liquid is a favorite when it comes to games in North America. They won the ESL Pro League in their region where they were totally dominant and the only real challenger, Evil Geniuses, they couldn't give Liquid a real match either. The team may have lost some of their strength since their heyday last summer when they were world-class, but against the opposition waiting in Road to Rio, anything but a final place for Liquid would be a rattle. The fact that Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Keith "NAF" Markovic recently played at their absolute best does nothing but to strengthen Liquid's shares ahead of this qualification.
As clear as it is that Liquid is one in North America, just as clearly it is that Evil Geniuses takes second place. However, there is a big problem with the guys in the EC and that is precisely the game against Liquid. They have five straight losses against them, and even though it has been very evenly everything that usually, at least it is starting to get worrying. With all that said, however, Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov have shown fine form lately and can they continue that way, the EC should find a way to reach at least one final in Road to Rio. That they qualify for the major in themselves should hardly be in danger and the addition of coach Wilton "zews" Prado, who previously coached just Liquid, may have the effect the team wishes they could overturn the giant once and for all.
ESL One: Road to Rio will be broadcast through ESL's official English channel on Twitch. https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo
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