CLG.CS is off to Europe once again, where they will compete in the highly anticipated ESL ESEA Pro League final. Taking place in the ESL Studio in Cologne, Germany, CLG are going into this event with a 4th place North American seed, finishing 14-8 with 333:253 rounds won vs loses, beating out Team Liquid by 22 rounds won who also went 14-8. This season has been fairly unstable for CLG.CS, but with the squad finally settling on Josh “jdm64” Marzano as the final core member of the team they have begun to hit their stride. This is the first tournament in ESL and ESEA’s partnership, combining both North American and European online leagues into one cohesive final with $250,000 up for grabs.
The groups for ESL ESEA Pro League finals are as follows:
|Group A||Group B|
These Groups are indeed extremely stacked which is no surprise since these teams have been fighting for their seeds over 22 games and 2 months, meaning only the most consistent are competing. CLG’s first match is against Fnatic, who needs no introduction. Fnatic hasn’t dropped a single match across any league in over a week. CLG comes into this match-up as an obvious underdog. The Danes on TSM, also in Group B have never been looking stronger and dominant. Finally, Keyd Stars who moved to the US from Brazil to play in ESL ESEA Pro League were one of the most difficult teams for CLG during regular season.
Group B is definitely the harder of the two, CLG comes into this group as an underdog, and dark horse. With the squad now living in a team house, and being able to build chemistry between them, review demos together, it remains to be seen what can be accomplished by CLG.CS. Playing against more Euros at the very least will give them the experience they need to improve in the near and immediate future.