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It is time for one of the most fan-friendly tournaments of the year, as cs_summit 5 is set to kick off in Los Angeles, California.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
11th Dec, 2019·☕️ 5 min read
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It is time for one of the most fan-friendly tournaments of the year, as cs_summit 5 is set to kick off in Los Angeles, California.

Competition Information

cs_summit is hosted by tournament organizer Beyond The Summit in Los Angeles, California and will feature a $150,000 prize pool.

What sets this tournament apart is the setup. The casters and analysts are seated on a couch, where players can join in on the commentary at any time. There is also a kitchen just behind the couch, where players are often seen socializing or grabbing refreshments in between matches.

In addition, the event is notorious for creating fun skits featuring the players and talent. Some examples include former iBuyPower player steel teaching kids the severity of match-fixing, Thorin trying American fast-food and freakazoid’s mom interviewing the players and talent.

There have been some changes made to the format in recent years. There will be one round-robin group, and all of the matches are best-of-two. The points are then tallied up at the end, with the four best teams advancing to the playoffs.

The points are distributed as follows:

  • 6 points for a win
  • 3 points for a draw
  • 0 points for a loss

The playoffs will feature a single-elimination bracket and all of the matches are best-of-three.

Previous winners of this event include Vitality, NRG (now EG), Team Liquid and SK Gaming (now MIBR).

cs_summit 5 starts December 12 and runs through December 15.

The Current Season

OG

OG
Record: 0 / 0 / 0
Most Played Map: N/A (0%)
Best Map: N/A (0%)
Worst Map: N/A (0%)

This OG roster was just announced a few days ago and this will be their first tournament together. Will ISSAA be able to return to the form that he showed on HellRaisers together with woxic in 2017 and 2018? How good will mantuu be as the main AWPer for this team considering the lack of experience that he has on the top level? The questions surrounding this team are many, but there is no doubt that they have assembled an interesting roster. This will be a good first tournament for them, as it has more of a casual vibe to it and the competition isn’t particularly fierce.

mousesports

mousesports
Record: 85 / 0 / 39
Most Played Map: Inferno (72.4%)
Best Map: Train (75.0%)
Worst Map: Overpass (50.0%)

Due to woxic’s VISA issues, mousesports will be attending this tournament with NaToSaphiX as a stand-in. Before this was announced, mousesports were coming in as the odds-on favorite after winning CAC 2019 and the EPL finals. There is no doubt that this is a big hit to the team as woxic is one of the stars of mousesports, but they should still be able to put on a good performance here as a lot of the other teams are struggling for form at the moment.

MIBR

MIBR
Record: 28 / 2 / 25
Most Played Map: Mirage (40.0%)
Best Map: Train (75.0%)
Worst Map: Overpass (25.0%)

MIBR have not been able to achieve anything of note since picking up kNgV and LUCAS1 back in September. In addition, it is being rumored that LUCAS1 is about to get kicked from the team in favor of the promising Argentinian player meyern. How will this affect MIBR? Who knows, but the likes of felps and boltz haven’t played at their best when they have been in similar situations on MIBR.

G2

G2
Record: 22 / 0 / 21
Most Played Map: Dust2 (75.0%)
Best Map: Dust2 (75.0%)
Worst Map: Overpass (20.0%)

G2 are coming off a bizarre performance at the EPL finals, where they almost edged out Astralis in a BO3, only to get knocked out by the lowly rated North American team ATK in the lower bracket. G2 are probably the strongest team in this tournament in terms of individual skill, and with mousesports’ stand-in situation, I think you could make a strong argument that they should be the favorites here.

FURIA

FURIA
Record: 24 / 0 / 21
Most Played Map: Mirage (58.3%)
Best Map: Inferno (71.4%)
Worst Map: Train (20.0%)

November wasn’t particularly kind to FURIA, as they bombed out of DreamHack Winter with losses to Tricked and forZe in addition to failing to qualify for the ESL Pro League finals after losing to eUnited and 100 Thieves. However, their performance at StarSeries i-League Season 8 was rather impressive, with BO3 wins against Vitality, G2, 100 Thieves, and AVANGAR. FURIA have closely contested wins against both G2 and MIBR in recent time, which makes them a great dark horse pick to win this event in my opinion.

Virtus.Pro

Virtus.Pro
Record: 22 / 0 / 12
Most Played Map: Nuke (50.0%)
Best Map: Overpass (100.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

The big underdog of this competition is the Polish team Virtus.Pro. We most recently saw them in action at DreamHack Open Atlanta, where they made playoffs after beating Chaos and INTZ, only to lose to an in-form Heroic side in the semi-finals. I actually think that this particular roster is starting to look a bit better. MICHU has looked fantastic on this roster and he is definitely someone I would consider taking in fantasy. I would personally rule out Virtus.Pro at most tournaments, but I do think they have some upset potential here due to the format and the competition.

Betting Tips

This tournament is completely up for grabs due to mousesports’ stand-in situation. Teams like G2 and MIBR will certainly be licking their chops as they now have a good shot at winning this one. Personally, I like G2’s chances the most among the top teams.

In terms of underdogs, I could potentially see FURIA and OG make a deep run here due to the format. FURIA are quite undervalued in my opinion considering their history with G2 and MIBR in particular.

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