The CS:GO Esports Championships Series Is Peaking Right Now

Posted on May 23, 2017 - Last Updated on April 26, 2019

We’re reaching a crucial point of the CS:GO Esports Championship Series in Europe and North America. With just a couple of weeks left of action, it is now or never for some teams in their quest to claim a spot at the Season 3 Finals.

Let’s take a look at how the qualifying situation stands at present with just three rounds of fixtures left to play.

CS:GO ECS in Europe

This week is a busy one for several teams, especially Fnatic, Astralis, and mousesports. Fnatic has a total of three two-leg matches this week (against Astralis, mousesports, and G2 Esports) as they play catch-up.

Here are the current standings:

  1. Astralis 9-3 (+43)
  2. FaZe Clan 8-0 (+64)
  3. Fnatic 7-3 (+43)
  4. G2 Esports 6-4 (+25)
  5. Mousesports 6-4 (+22)
  6. Ninjas in Pyjamas 5-7 (-27)
  7. Team EnVyUs 4-8 (-33)
  8. Virtus Pro 4-8 (-37)
  9. GODSENT 4-10 (-50)
  10. Team Dignitas 3-9 (-50)

A solid week for Fnatic would give them every chance of moving in front of FaZe Clan into second spot. And it is a battle for fourth between G2 Esports and mousesports, which promises to be the most intriguing matchup left to play.

With just two matches left, it looks like GODSENT will be relegated to contest the Season 3 Promotion. Meanwhile, Team Dignitas has enough games remaining to claw themselves clear of relegation, but they’ll have to play much better to avoid the Promotion tourney.

CS:GO ECS in North America

It is also Week Six of competition in the North American qualifier. Teams will be looking to haul in the top two sides in the table, Cloud9 and OpTic Gaming, who have both played 14 matches thus far. Some teams have played just eight or 10 matches at this point.

The North American qualifying table looks like this:

  1. Cloud 9 11-3 (+73)
  2. OpTic Gaming 8-6 (+15)
  3. Team Liquid 6-2 (+17)
  4. Counter Logic Gaming 6-4 (+38)
  5. NRG Esports 6-6 (-20)
  6. SK Gaming 5-3 (+31)
  7. Immortals 5-7 (+1)
  8. Luminosity Gaming 5-9 (-49)
  9. Renegades 4-4 (-11)
  10. Ghost Gaming 0-12 (-95)

It is already looking like a lost cause for Ghost Gaming. They have lost all 12 of their matches so far and are four games behind their nearest rivals. They need to win their six remaining matches to avoid relegation — a tall order.

Other teams still have hopes of claiming one of the top four spots. Renegades need to improve their form, and so do Luminosity Gaming. If they can win most, if not all, of their remaining matches, they stand a chance.

Bet365 is currently offering a range of betting on both the European and North American events. This includes a chance to bet on the outcome of each match, who will win each of the rounds, and a handicap round betting market.

CS:GO Super League reaches LAN Finals stage

After an exciting qualification tournament, four teams have made it through into the CS:GO Super League 2017 LAN Finals. They will be held May 26-30 in Beijing.

The four qualifying teams are Eclipse, TyLoo, NEW4, and the triumphant underdog Vici Gaming Renascence. VGR have since been acquired and renamed by

The LAN Finals are a two-part tournament. Four teams will be drawn into two initial semifinals, with the losers dropping into a sub-bracket for a second chance to earn a Grand Final spot.

The two winners move on to contest a winners final for the Grand Final spot. In the losers bracket, the victor between the two losing semifinalists will take on the team that lost the winners final. The winner of that match then goes on to the Grand Finals.

The teams in the Grand Final not only earn a shot at the top prize, but also secure qualification to the CSL 2017 Finals.

Bet365 is also offering a wide range of bets on a number of other CS:GO events at the moment, some of which are taking place this week.

  • Balkan ProLeague
  • ELeague – Clash for Cash
  • ESL South East Europe
  • Farmskin Champs Quals
  • Gauntelt
  • ESL Pro League Finals
  • CSGO Asia, EU, and NA Minor Champs
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