The Run Up To StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7

By EsportsOnly.Com
on Dec 23, 2018

StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 is one of the big events of this esport in the first half of 2019. With a prize pool of $500.000, this tournament is substantially more important than the typical CS:GO event. Combined with the fact that it will be attended by 16 teams, it turns StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 into almost a Major.

StarSeries And i League CSGO Season 7

StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 is scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China between March 30th – April 7th. Of course, the region is not exactly ideal for European and North American fans, who will no doubt have a hard time watching many of the matches. But the show itself will definitely be great and will constitute an excellent opportunity for CS:GO bettors around the globe.

StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 Participants

StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 brings together 16 teams from all over the world. Of these 16 teams, 13 are already known. They are the following:

  • BIG
  • ENCE eSports
  • FaZe Clan
  • Fnatic
  • Team Liquid
  • MIBR
  • mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • North
  • NRG Esports
  • TYLOO
  • Rogue

As you can see, the bogeyman is missing. And without Astralis to ruin everyone’s dream of winning the title, we will have a fair fight between Team Liquid, Natus Vincere and probably MIBR. One of these 3 teams will almost certainly win the title. Two other teams with slight winning chances are Ninjas in Pyjamas and mousesports. Everyone else is an underdog.

StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6

StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6. Image via https://hltv.org

For sure, all of the teams are strong in their own way. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have qualified or received an invitation to compete. But relative to each other, at the time of writing, they can be separated into several tiers as follows:

Tier 1

  • Team Liquid
  • MIBR
  • Natus Vincere

Tier 2

  • Fnatic
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • mousesports
  • FaZe Clan

Tier 3

  • BIG
  • ENCE eSports
  • North
  • NRG Esports
  • Rogue
  • TYLOO

Event Format

StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 takes place in two stages: the Group Stage and the Playoffs Stage.

The Group Stage will be played in the Swiss System format. In other words, every day there will be 1 Bo3 match between every two opponents with an identical record of wins and losses. As soon as a team reaches 3 wins, it qualifies for the Playoffs and stops playing in the Group Stage matches. As soon as it reaches 3 losses, it is eliminated from the tournament. In total, 8 teams qualify for the second stage of the event.

The Playoffs will consist of a single elimination bracket format. All matches with the exception of the Grand Final will be Bo3 series. In total, the competition will have 4 Quarterfinals, 2 Semifinals and 1 Grand Final (Bo5).

Prizes Distribution At The StarSeries & i-League Season 7

StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 offers a total prize pool of $500.000. The money will be shared among the 16 participants in the following way:

  • 1st place: $250.000
  • 2nd place: $80.000
  • 3rd – 4th place: $30.000
  • 5th – 8th place: $15.000
  • 9th – 11th place: $8.500
  • 12th – 14th place: $5.500
  • 15th – 16th place: $4.000

Top Tier Team Analysis

These are the most important teams to keep an eye on at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid is currently ranked as one of the best teams in the world. In fact, almost throughout the entire 2018 season, Liquid were at the top of their game Going from one Grand Final to another. Nine of them in total, and 2 titles along the way.

Unless some major transfer with disastrous consequences takes place at the start of 2019, Liqud should in principle retain its current status and continue to get top results at every single event. And if Astralis isn’t attending a tournament, Liquid will be among the few to compete for the title.

liquid win CS Summit 2

Team Liquid at the CS Summit 2

In particular, StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 will be a perfect event for the North Americans to shine, precisely because of Astralis’ absence. We expect nothing less than a Grand Final from TACO and his squad.

MIBR

Great potential and yet highly inconsistent. That was the story of MIBR in 2018. Replacing two members of the roster with Stewie2K and tarik from Cloud9 was a good attempt by the organization to return to its former glory days. When that turned out to be insufficient, MIBR brought in YNk, the famous CS:GO analyst, as their coach. That was the moment when things really started to change.

In recent months, we’ve seen MIBR place very high several times, finishing 1st at ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018, 3rd – 4th at the FACEIT Major: London 2018, 2nd at BLAST Pro Series: Istanbul 2018 and 2nd at Esports Championship Series Season 6 Finals. Not bad considering how the rest of the year had gone.

mibr CSGO Team

MIBR CS:GO Squad

Going into StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7, Fallen and the rest of the crew are among the teams who have the highest chance of playing in the Grand Final. How far they can actually go, it’s still too early to say. But the team has been steadily improving and will definitely reach its peak in the first half of 2019.

Natus Vincere

Like Team Liquid, Na’Vi is another CS:GO powerhouse that had a very sold run in 2018, with no less than 9 Grand Finals in total. It’s hard to be disappointed with s1mple, electronic and their teammates after such a year, even though Astralis did ruin quite a few Grand Finals for them.

In 2019, our expectation is that Na’Vi will maintain its good form and continue to get top 4 results at almost every event they participate in. The only thing that could change this is an unexpected transfer. As you probably know, Virtus.pro has released its roster and being one of the strongest esports organizations in the world, they will no doubt try to make some big moves on the transfer market. As a result, some of Na’Vi’s players might be approached for a deal.

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Na'Vi CS:GO Squad

If everything goes according to plan, at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 Na’Vi should be one of the main candidates for winning the title.

mousesports

In spite of their fairly modest last quarter of 2018, during which they had just one top 4 result, mousesports had a decent season overall and globally, it is currently ranked 5th by hltv.

The organization has returned to its old roster, after a number of shuffles. So STYKO is back in the mix and we’ve yet to see what the new year holds. In our estimation, mousesports will continue to run with this roster for a few more months, just to make sure they have tried out everything before starting to make changes again. If the team manages to get at least 1 or 2 top 4 results in the first 2-3 months of 2019, they will likely keep things as they are. If not, transfers are likely to follow.

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mousesports at the ESL One New York

In 2018, mousesports won 3 titles in total, and had 6 other top 4 results. No bad at all, considering how many times they’ve changed their line-up. Three titles may not sound like much, but it’s more than Liquid managed to win in 2018 in all of their Grand Finals combined.

Going into StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7, mousesports is a prime candidate for a top 4 result. A Grand Final would be amazing, but there are at least 3 other competitors who are currently stronger than them.

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