There was plenty of action over the weekend for CS:GO, including the Subaru Invitational 2017 and the HTC 2Vs2 Invitational. But before we look at how things went in both those events, let’s examine the results from the ESEA S24 Global Challenge, which took place in Leicester, England.
This event saw a total of eight teams qualify for the finals. In the end, it was PENTA Sports that somewhat comfortably claimed the winner’s sum of $18,000.
PENTA won their opening match 16-12 against Enigma6 Group and then claimed top spot in Group A with a 16-12 win over GODSENT. GODSENT bounced back though, winning their opening game but losing their second, and they claimed second place in the group and a place in the semifinals with a 16-11 win over Dark Sided in the final game in the group. They were joined by BIG and Splyce from Group B, who came through against PaiN Gaming and Ghost Gaming.
In the semifinals, both games went to form, with PENTA Sports dominant in their 2-0 win over Splyce and winning both maps relatively comfortably 16-9 and 16-11. The second semifinal was a much closer affair and saw BIG edge out GODSENT 2-1. BIG won the opening map 16-14, but GODSENT bounced back to win the second 16-5. The deciding map saw BIG just edge out their opponents 16-13 to grab that final spot.
However, there they would run into PENTA Sports, who had not lost a single map in the event. That undefeated record continued as they recorded a solid 2-0 win over BIG.
The win represents a nice turnaround in fortunes for PENTA Sports, who were defeated by BIG in the semifinals of the ESEA Season 24 Premier Europe event in April.
Innovative HTC 2Vs2 Invitational sees Team EnVyUs duo claim top prize
While most CS:GO tournaments tend to play the standard five-player team matchups, occasionally there are tournaments with different game modes. That was the case this past weekend in Bucharest, Romania, where the first HTC 2V2 Invitational was contested between eight teams of two players, each plucked from top CS:GO teams.
The eight teams competing in the group stages were:
- Group A – rain & Niko, Cajunb & aizy, seized & s1mple, juliano & zaaz
- Group B – XANTARES & Calyx, shox & KennyS, niko & JUGi, Happy & ScreaM
The first two teams outlined above in each group qualified for the semifinals, where there were two shocks. Both second seeded teams defeated the top seeds 2-0. Cajunb & aizy defeated XANTARES & Calyx in the opening match up before shox & kennyS defeated rain & Niko by the same scoreline in the second semi.
That left the two top seeds facing a battle through the losers section. It was XANTARES & Calyx who won that first game 2-0. That set up a losers final with Cajunb & aizy, who had lost the winners final 2-1 to shox & KennyS. It was the latter who came through 2-1.
The final was weighted, meaning top seeds shox & kennyS only had to win one of the two best-of-three matches to claim the prize. Cajunb & aizy, as the lower seeds, had to win both series to win the event. They started well enough, but shox & KennyS struck back to win the second series and claim the $20,000 top prize.
Cloud9 win the Subaru Invitational 2017
The Subaru Invitational 2017 in North America saw eight teams competing in an online event for a $10,000 top prize out of a $20,000 prize pool. In the end, it was Cloud9 who landed the prize after an enthralling weekend of action.
It was a simple knockout format with all matches a best-of-three format. In the quarterfinals, SK Gaming defeated Luminosity 2-0 in the opener, while Immortals defeated Team Liquid by the same scoreline. Indeed 2-0 was a popular margin in the event, with no match being pushed into the third game at any stage.
Counter Logic Gaming (who defeated OpTic Gaming) and Cloud9 (who defeated NRG Esports) claimed the final two semifinal spots. SK Gaming then earned the first final place by defeating Immortals. Cloud9 followed suit with a similar win over Counter Logic Gaming.
In the final, Cloud9 came out on top but not without a fight. They took the maps Cobblestone and Train by scorelines of 16-12 and 16-14, showing that SK Gaming is in great form at the moment.
This week’s top CS:GO betting from Bet365
Bet365 is offering a host of betting markets on CS:GO events running over the forthcoming week or so, including both Major and Minor events.
Punters can enjoy a flutter on which of the 12 teams confirmed will reach the final of the ESL Pro League. SK Gaming are the current 8/15 favourites, ahead of G2 Esports at 5/4. Alternatively, bettors can back the outsiders Team EnVyUs at 12/1, Immortals at 16/1, or NRG at 25/1.
Other forthcoming CS:GO tournaments include:
- Balkan Pro League
- ECS Season 3
- ELEAGUE Clash for Cash
- ESL Pro League
- ESL Southeast Europe
- EU Minor Quals
- GeForce Cup Quals
- Shoot Em’Up
- me Gauntelt
- CIS Minor Quals
So why not load up Bet365’s extensive esports betting service now?