This season of Flashpoint is packed to the rafters with talent. We break down some of the key storylines heading into the competition, such as device's debut for NiP.
This season of Flashpoint is packed to the rafters with talent. We break down some of the key storylines heading into the competition, such as device’s debut for NiP.
It is time for the third edition of Flashpoint! The sixteen teams at this event will battle it out for $50,000 and the precious RMR points. The field features plenty of notable teams, such as Heroic, Astralis, BIG and Vitality just to name a few. We will also get a first glimpse of NiP with device, as well as a look at the Danish team Hyenas with players like Kjaerbye and aizy.
The format is straightforward this time around. The teams will fight through a double-elimination, best-of-three bracket. There will also be placement matches for 5th to 12th place, in order to determine how the RMR points are distributed.
The participants are:
Flashpoint 3 starts May 10 and will run through May 30.
All eyes will be on NiP at this event after their blockbuster signing of device earlier this month. How good will NiP be with device? That is the question. He isn’t exactly a true hard carry in the same vein as a s1mple or ZywOo, but his consistency at the top level is impeccable. He has also had some of his career best performances this year despite playing for a struggling Astralis side, which bodes well for NiP. The Ninjas take on the Polish team Anonymo in the opening game, an ideal opponent in many ways. They should be able to take them out with little of an issue, which should take some pressure off their back.
Heroic missed out on the finals at DreamHack Masters after being ravaged by s1mple in the semis. However, these guys are certainly still the favourites to win this event. They have received a rather tricky opening match against a Sprout team that we have seen pull off some upsets in the past, but cadiaN and his team will certainly like their chances.
Astralis have now played their first event without device. The result? A 5-th-6th place finish at DreamHack Masters. Stepping in for device has been Bubzkji, who has spent what has felt like an eternity on the Astralis bench until this point. It is great to see Bubzkji back in the swing of things, as he is definitely a very talented rifler, but Astralis will definitely be in a pretty rough spot moving forward without device. With their main AWPer gone, dupreeh has had to step up and take over the big green gun for the team. So far, he has had mixed success doing so. In fact, he finished the event with the second-lowest rating on Astralis. He had a strong start against Complexity and Extra Salt, but came up short against Heroic and G2. If Astralis want to win an event of this calibre, dupreeh will have to be a consistent force throughout.
Vitality finished in a disappointing 7th-8th place at DreamHack Masters. However, you gotta give them at least a bit of slack since this was their first event with their latest addition, Kyojin. The young Frenchman had a rough go of things in his debut for Vitality, posting a negative 0.89 rating in eight maps. I am still somewhat perplexed by their decision not to keep Nivera around, as he was clearly very impactful for them on maps like Inferno in particular. Taking a chance on an unproven player like Kyojin is a big gamble, a gamble that has yet to pay off for the French team.
We will get a first look at Hyenas at this event, a team which includes Kjaerbye, aizy, gade, cajunb and b0RUP. Aimwise, this is a pretty strong roster, but like their Danish counterpart Astralis, the AWP role is a big questionmark. Certainly not a team that is expected to get much done at this event, but it will be interesting to see how they perform nonetheless.
OG have looked very solid so far with flameZ and I expect this team to be a dangerous opponent for just about anyone. They have been drawn against Astralis in the opener, which will be a rematch from BLAST where OG came out victorious. I definitely would not sleep on a team like OG at this event. Many of the teams are in a bit of a weird spot at the moment, which a team like OG could take advantage of.
This event is very unpredictable. Heroic are definitely among the favourites, but there are several other teams that could make a run for the title. OG stands out as an interesting dark horse, having had some time to gel with their new roster and going up against a field where many teams are in bit of a transitional period. The same can be said for teams like FaZe and G2 for the same reasons.
The hype will be through the roof at this event for NiP, and I do think that they will have a positive start with device. Their side of the bracket is very good, with Anonymo, HYENAS and FunPlus Phoenix.