Liquid, Astralis headline the CCT Global Finals 2024 Playoffs

Published: May 21, 2024

Over the past couple of days, the CCT Global Finals competition has been halved, with eight teams still having a chance of collecting the lion’s share of the $500,000 prize pool. The quarter-finals are set to begin shortly, with Liquid vs ENCE the most interesting game of the four. Who’s going to win it all?

CCT Global Finals Quarter-Finals

Here’s how the CCT Global Finals quarter-final matchups shape up:

May 21st

Liquid Play Well Despite Roster Rumors

Ever since Liquid failed to qualify for the first CS2 Major, the NA superteam has been slowly improving, as evidenced by their two playoff runs at IEM Chengdu and ESL Pro League Season 19. However, rumors have been circulating that the organization is considering their options and might remove Casper “cadiaN” Moller. This came as a shock, as the Danish IGL was the marquee signing of the project in late 2023, meant to lead the squad to at least the same heights he did with Heroic.

Thankfully, all this turmoil hasn’t affected their performance in the CCT Global Finals so far – Liquid comfortably won their group, with cadiaN being the third highest-rated player in the tournament (1.33). A win in this event could be detrimental to this roster’s future, so they are the ones to watch in the playoff bracket.

Astralis continue to Dominate

Everyone has been singing Astralis praises since Nicolai “device” Reedtz took over as the IGL, and deservedly so. The Danes look like a well-oiled machine, ready to take on any challenge, in any circumstances, at all times. In this event, they made quick work of BetBoom and BIG, with Martin “stavn” Lund performing like the star player Astralis signed him to be.

However, Astralis’ biggest strength is that they have no weak links. Everyone on the roster is fulfilling their role perfectly, leaving no gaps for the opposition to exploit and target a single player. Running the CCT Global Finals bracket would be another crucial step on Astralis’ way back to the very top of the Counter-Strike ecosystem.

Eternal Fire are Back

We haven’t seen a lot of Eternal Fire since their fairytale run at the PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen, but they are back with a vengeance. The Turkish squad rolled through the opposition in the group stage, booking themselves a playoff spot, without dropping a map. The most positive sign for Eternal Fire is the form of their star players, with Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dortkardes and especially Ali “Wicadia” Haydar Yalcin firing on all cylinders.

After their quarter-final birth at the first CS2 Major, Eternal Fire want to prove that it wasn’t a fluke and that they can be a consistent tier-one team. Winning an event like the CCT Global Finals is the perfect opportunity to show the opposition what you’re capable of and that you’re here to stay.

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Bruno Sobieraj

Since: September 16, 2023

My name is Bruno and my love for Counter-Strike was sparked when the Polish Virtus.pro was plowing through opponents from 2014 to 2018. Since then, I’ve been dreaming of working in esports and here I am.

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