New dogs, meet old tricks

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by ANDYJ. Sources: PGL | Joao Ferreira (karrigan), PGL | Joao Ferreira (cadiaN)

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

It makes sense, to be fair, that the new teams aren’t quite firing on all cylinders just yet, and it makes even more sense that Heroic are still really, really good.

cadiaN’s dancing, on the other hand…

The Danes were tested by the new-look NAVI, who managed to edge a tight map two as b1t rolled back the… months and had impact frag after impact frag on Inferno. Oh, and s1mple was pretty decent too.

iM was the catalyst for a strong T side on Nuke, but it was too little too late - NAVI’s porous defence had been sliced open by Heroic for 11. It was a solid attempt, but Heroic marked too large a mountain for the new team to scale.

Liquid, on the other hand, didn’t quite put up the same fight.

They got battered by FaZe on Overpass - not least in large part due to three-kill disaster class from NAF - and then solidly outclassed on Ancient as FaZe guaranteed their arena spot.

Where they belong.

There have been some encouraging signs for Liquid, but much like NAVI they took on too much, too soon. Patsi was a bright spot on the entry, but YEKINDAR and NAF struggled quite a bit in return.

More time needed, is our official diagnosis. At least for now.

July 20, 2023

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