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CS:GO Matches of the Week for June 26 – July 2: The Krakow Major 2017 Offline Qualifier

CS:GO Matches of the Week for June 26 – July 2: The Krakow Major 2017 Offline Qualifier

There is no shortage of CS:GO happening from one week to the next and it can be tough for even hardcore fans to keep track of it all, so we’ve narrowed down your choices to the few must-watch matches of the week.

The Krakow Major 2017 Offline Qualifier

  • Where: PGL Twitch
  • When: June 29 – July 2
  • Why: Who will make it to the next Major?

Nothing else should matter for CS:GO fans over the weekend as the offline qualifier for the Krakow Major 2017 takes places and we’ll see eight teams move on to the biggest CS:GO event in the latter half of the year.

The CS:GO landscape has changed dramatically since the end of the previous Major in Atlanta, the ELEAGUE Major 2017, so we’ll take a look at each of the teams and their form going into the qualifier.

The biggest shift in power has been in G2 Esports, who had slow start with their all-star roster in the season, but have worked their way up to the expectations of fans, if not surpassing them. They are far and away the team with the highest expectations at the event.

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Next up is mousesports, a team that lost their objectively strongest player, NiKo, and did not miss a beat as they effectively replaced him with another young star, ropz. The team has not yet reached their full potential, but they’ve progressed to a point where they should not find much difficulty at the qualifier.

Two more notables from Europe are BIG and PENTA Sports, which are two teams that have vied for power numerous times in mid tier competitions. BIG is full of recognizable German veterans, while Penta has some fresh faces with notable talents from Finland and Estonia. Both teams are hoping to have a breakthrough and the stage is set for them at the qualifier.

From across the pond in the NA region, we have the American trifecta in Team Liquid, Cloud9 and OpTic Gaming all battling for the top spot in the region. The same goes for the Brazilians in Immortals and technically Renegades as well.

Cloud9 and Immortals look to be in their best form for the NA regions, with both teams taking their fair share of upset wins, such as C9 defeating Astralis at ECS, while Immortals finally defeated SK Gaming on LAN during DreamHack Summer 2017. However, both teams looked good around the time of the previous Major qualifier, but neither team made it.

Immortals will have a lot of pressure on them as they have long been considered the arguably second best team in NA, yet they have never been able to qualifier for a Major. TyLoo are in a similar boat, as the best team from China, they are the sole representative of a region that has yet to make a Major appearance (the Oceania scene excluded).

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Last, but certainly not least, is the CIS region. Time and again, it’s the region that seems to be underestimated the most, arguably more than NA, yet it is able to produce upsets. Vega Squadron were one of the teams to hand Ninjas in Pyjamas a loss during the ELEAGUE Major qualifier, while HellRaisers defeated FaZe Clan during SL i-League Season 3.

There’s many more teams competing at the qualifier, each with their own claims to a Major slot.

Dennis “Tarmanydyn” Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah a silenced Cavity 9mm. You can follow him on Twitter.

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