One of the biggest advantages going for the online era of Esports competitions is the variety and accessibility it has. Without having to book out venues, fly in teams and orgs whilst preparing accommodation and all the facilities needed, tournament organisers can simply tap up the teams they want to invite and have them all compete around the clock from the comfort of their own homes or bootcamps.
CS_Summit 7 was announced as the second tournament in the competitive CS:GO calendar for 2021, and pretty much features every top tier side in the world not competing at the BLAST Premier: Global Finals from the 19th of January.
The event will kick off on the 25th of January and see its 12 teams competing until the 31st, with a prize pool of $200,000 up for grabs and some vital points for the worldwide rankings.
Here are some of the storylines you should be following for the latest chapter in the Beyond the Summit series.
Debuts All Round
The end of 2020 and subsequent player break over the new year brought with a whole host of player transfers and roster reshuffles, and some of the most notable of these will be on show and making their debuts at CS_Summit 7.
The first of these was Fnatic’s reshuffling of moving long standing veteran Flusha to their inactive lineup and bringing in 21 year old Jackinho as their fifth man.
It’s the dream of every gamer to get paid to play games, and Jackinho’s addition is a glowing example of the next generation of Swedish players, traditionally one of the epicentres of Esports’ growth, and seeing him in action is sure to revitalise a squad badly in need of freshening up currently.
On the other side of the world, MiBR (Made in Brazil) endured a turbulent 2020 and closed out their year with not one, but two complete roster overhauls.
The veteran core of FalleN, Fer and TACO were removed in the summer, and a new makeshift roster of loanees and stand ins was parachuted in for the remainder of the year with kngV- as IGL.
The side defied all expectations and brought with them a level of passion and togetherness that few in the scene could match. Sadly however the org was unable to secure their futures and have had to completely reshuffle things again with five new players amassed from various sides in the region.
Where Will The Free Agents Be?
Whilst the recent reshuffling has gotten everyone talking, the overarching presence of free agents has proven to be just as much of hotly talked about subject in the scene in recent times. Two outstanding players have stood out amongst the rest however: Karrigan and Twistzz.
Karrigan is one of the most experienced and innovative in-game leaders CS:GO has ever seen, earning respect from teams, orgs and players throughout the scene. He led Mousesports to a late surge into the top ten in the HLTV world rankings at the end of 2020, overtaking the likes of EG, Fnatic, Complexity and Virtus.
Pro at the end of the year. However, during the player break rumours have circled around the IGL that he could be off to another side, with his former team Faze Clan being the most hotly fancied destination.
Twistzz was benched by Team Liquid after a three year stint that saw him become one of the finest aimers in the North American scene. With the Canadian hitting full form, Liquid romped to number one in the HLTV world rankings and scooped up the fastest Intel Grand Slam in CS:GO history, though both the org and the player’s form dropped significantly in 2020, leading to his shock departure being announced at the end of the IEM Global Challenge.
Since his benching, Twistzz has been linked with almost every org under the sun, with Europe reportedly his destination of choice. The likes of Faze, OG and Complexity are all viable destinations that he would do well in, though it remains to be seen who will be the org lucky enough to scoop up his signature.
There are still plenty of things that will be decided between now and the start of CS_Summit 7, and even then it’s hard to predict whether or not these changes will be a story of success or not. Nevertheless, it’ll be fascinating to watch all the action unfold once the tournament gets underway from the 25th.
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