Teams who look good at Cologne

Elliott Griffiths
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Source: olofmeister photo by ESL

As always, if you want to see the results in detail, check them out here.

Uh, olofmeister?

Turns out this guy is good, and as we definitely didn't say before, isn't washed up, finished and in need of being replaced by a younger model.

The Swedish UST- erm, former number one player in the world and karrigan led their gang of exuberant zoomers past the flailing arms of Heroic, Vitality and Team Spirit on their way to the playoffs, seemingly to the surprise of everyone.

We've heard FaZe have been smurfing in scrims, so a lot of teams expected them to come in hot, but we had no idea that this would happen.

Astralis have looked... surprisingly good? But then, it's Astralis, so of course they've been great on LAN. They took down Heroic and FaZe, but the Undertaker heard that Astralis were back.

Not on his watch.

He carried on his ridiculous streak of absolutely mashing everyone to death, and dropped 29 in 21 rounds (89 in 85 for the series!) on the deciding map, including this spectacular 1v2 to finish off the ace.

G2 have looked like they might be the best team at the tournament, and no, we're not joking. They clapped Complexity, took down BIG and then - get this - beat Gambit 2-1. Admittedly, they won by quite literally less than a second. But they did win, and didn't need overtime.

Or penalties.

Gambit are... not quite as dominant offline, though. sh1ro looks... good, but not great, which is maybe worrying. nafany has looked like a superb leader, though, so they do have that going for them.

The final playoff team is, who started off horribly, and were one round away from elimination after losing 2-0 in their opener, and then being 1-0 and 10-15 down to Complexity - but won nine rounds in a row, and are since yet to lose a map.

We have no idea what's going on, but we looooove a good YEKINDAR performance.

July 11, 2021

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