Path to the Pros: Thunderpick and HEROIC team up to create CS2 tournament

Published: Jun 13, 2024 - Last Updated: Jun 18, 2024

Esports betting platform Thunderpick and Norwegian esports organization HEROIC are making the road to becoming a professional player easier with their new Path to the Pros Counter-Strike 2 tournament. Announced today by release, the new $17,500 tournament will give players the chance to compete against pros and make a name for themselves in competitive CS2.

The tournament will give fans and players of CS2 a chance to experience competitive gaming at the highest levels by pitting them against experienced pros and influencers. The Path to the Pros tournament will be divided into two leagues, one for complete amateurs and one of experience players.

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From July 6 until October, the long-form tournament will see bi-weekly matches, with 16 qualifiers divided into FACEIT levels 1-7 and 8-10. Players can secure their spot in the main event by showcasing their skills and winning their league.

What’s more, if you’ve ever fancied styling on pros or influences, Path to the Pros will give you the chance, as the likes of Jake Lucky and FlickFlops will be taking part. The ultimate goal, however, is to compete for the incredible prize pool of $17,500 and the unique opportunity to compete in a showmatch against HEROIC’s CS2 team

Beyond this, Thunderpick and HEROIC will be announcing additional giveaways including skins and other prizes. The main event, taking place at the end of the year, will be a professionally produced online tournament featuring 16 teams from the previous year’s league.

Kelly Sanders, head of strategy at Thunderpick, heaped praise on the upcoming event:

“We are excited to collaborate with our partners at HEROIC to bring the Thunderpick Path to the Pros tournament to the broader gaming community. This event offers an incredible opportunity for CS2 players of all skill levels to compete and have a chance to face off against top-tier teams.” 

Thunderpick is a premier esports betting platform with a massive selection of events and markets to bet on and watch via high-quality live streams. Thunderpick’s crypto-only platform is a tech-led solution that is easy to use, lightning-fast, and features fee-free payments.

Thunderpick was announced as the official betting partner of HEROIC earlier this year. We spoke with Heroic CEO Oliver Valsgaard about the partnership in April 2024. This year Thunderpick is once again hosting the Thunderpick World Championship, with a $1 million prize, which culminates with in a LAN event in October. 

HEROIC is a leading esports organization with elite rosters competing at the highest levels in CS2, Dota 2, Fortnite and Sim Racing. Rooted in Nordic heritage, the organization has transcended regional boundaries to become a powerhouse in the international esports community. 

Michael Hassall
Michael Hassall

Since: January 31, 2024

Michael has worked in the esports industry for five years after a brief career in marketing. A professional writer for almost a decade, and a lifelong gamer, writing about esports is his one true passion, when he’s not glued to a screen playing the games he writes about.

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