The Hungry International Underdogs
The Mysterious Disappearance of France’s Best
Turbulent Ecosystem Turned Turbulent Results
Bouncing Back from Disappointment
Legends In Disarray
North America’s Tested Try Once More
The barren lands of North American Tier 2 Counter-Strike is ruled by the experienced core of the Bad News Bears. Earning multiple Cash Cup victories and qualifying for Tier 1 events like IEM Cologne, the Bears have another shot at making a statement for North America. However, their season ended with a fall into last place at the Cologne Play-Ins and ptr bidding adieu following the disheartening results. Now, BnB returns to international competition reinvigorated by the addition of junior. Although the American AWPer could not impress Brazil’s best, he now reunites with longstanding IGL Shakezullah and fellow teammate Spongey to get back to basics once more. The trials that these North Americans must face in Group A will be yet another dangerous affair. However, with another opportunity to make a statement for themselves, the Bad News Bears will be ready to scrap their way to unthinkable results.
The Juggernaut Revamped
The Hero of the Czech Republic Returns
Recovering From A Stun
Snapping the Finals Curse
A Tier Away From Contention
Another CIS Squad Enters the Fray
Indecision and Fatigue
A Colossal Change in Power
Out With the Turk, In With the Dane
Rectifying Their Brilliant Cologne Form
Karrigan’s international project had been a labored one for quite some time. Consistent last place finishes had the team written off heading into the prestigious IEM Cologne, but bucking all trends has always been the Danish IGL’s status quo. Flying through the Play-Ins while also fending off elimination three separate times, FaZe looked like a team possessed throughout their return to LAN. To top it all off, they also eliminated one of the favorites of IEM Cologne, Gambit, in the quarterfinals. As the team unfortunately returns to the online settings that burned them before, the international squad will have to continue their brilliant form and bear the unsteady tide of online gameplay. Consistent showings from Twistzz and broky have gone a long way throughout 2021 and will still remain the key pieces of FaZe’s success. Although Group C remains the most daunting group of EPL, the experience and firepower of karrigan’s squad have all the tools to repeat greatness.
IEM Grand Slam Frontrunners
The Highest of Highs and the Lowest of Lows
An Unrelenting Russian Underdog Story
Spirit, Gambit, and Virtus.Pro found incredible breakthroughs throughout 2021’s online period. However, in their shadow remained another Tier 2 specialty in Entropiq. The little CIS brother team remained resilient throughout the year and put in astounding amount of time into honing their camaraderie as a squad. Logging nearly 70 maps in the month of June alone, Entropiq has the stamina to go toe-to-toe with the best in the world. Taking scalps off exceptional teams at the CIS RMRs and ESEA Premier matches, the opportunities for Entropiq are as ripe as ever. El1an and Forester remain the hot commodities for the CIS squad and will look to climb past their toughest competition yet.
Finding Footing Once More
Struggling To Deliver the Brazilian Flair
Rectifying Their Brilliant Cologne Form
Another Shot at the Top
Europe has been a splash of cold water for the Brazilian underdogs of TeamOne. The attempt at warming up at the Tier 2 event, Pinnacle Cup II, had them eliminated immediately. The IEM Cologne Play-Ins did not suit the team well after they were rattled from their online affairs. Battered by OG and Sprout, their Counter-Strike season came to an abrupt halt. ESL Pro League Season 14 is another chance for TeamOne to gain experience and fight once more against the international titans. The heavy hitters Maluk3 and malbsMd are rearing to be let loose against the competition once more regardless of the difficult group ahead. ESEA Premier Season 37 brought them here, now they must prove why they deserve to be here.