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CS:GO Matches of the Week for July 10-16: The Krakow Major openers

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CS:GO Matches of the Week for July 10-16: The Krakow Major openers

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.

G2 Esports vs. Natus Vincere

  • Where: PGL Twitch
  • When: July 16
  • Why: Best of the Challengers vs. struggling Legends

G2 Esports were the team at the Krakow Major offline qualifier with the most expectations, and they did not disappoint. The European squad went 3-0 to qualify. They go into the main event red hot, but we haven’t seen a French team achieve Legend status at a Major in almost two years. Will G2 break this curse?

They will find no better test in the opening round than Natus Vincere. The French team took a hard 0-2 loss to them in the ESL One Cologne 2017 quarterfinals. Revenge will be a motivating factor in the matchup for G2.

Virtus.pro vs. Vega Squadron

  • Where: PGL Twitch
  • When: July 16
  • Why: Throw or Plow?

“Virtus.pro on LAN” is one of the few constants in CS:GO, but that rule was put into question in the pre-Major season and then effectively shattered after VP’s last place finish at ESL One Cologne 2017. As such, VP are one of the biggest question marks going into the Kraków Major 2017.

The Polish squad were Grand Finalists at the ELEAGUE Major 2017 and posted a win at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017 right after, but didn’t find favourable results after that.

They struggled as usual in their online matches, but after dropping out of the group stage at IEM Season XI Katowice and SL i-League Season 3, it seems like the venerable team has run into some serious problems. Cologne is just further confirmation of this.

Vega Squadron are one of the biggest underdogs in the tournament. If VP show any signs of weakness in the matchup, it could be a indication of how they perform later in the tournament.

Astralis vs. Immortals

  • Where: PGL Twitch
  • When: July 16
  • Why: State of the Major champions

Astralis are one of the many top tier teams that have felt the strain of CS:GO’s endless cycle of tournaments. And they’re one of the few that have taken an active stance, limiting their attendance to one LAN per month. While this has put much less stress on the players, one could argue that the constant grind is necessary to maintain good form.

Astralis’ last official match was during the ECS Finals, nearly three weeks ago.

A matchup with Immortals could serve as a good litmus test for the Danish squad. IMT are a squad with their noses always close to the grindstone and now that they’ve finally qualified for a Major, they’ll be looking to show their best.

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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