The likes of Virtus.pro and Complexity will duke it out for $250,000 at the Funspark ULTI 2020 Europe Final
We give you a breakdown of the teams and the format for Funspark ULTI 2020
The FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Finals will feature a respectable $250,000 prize pool and has a pretty solid lineup of teams, including Virtus.pro, Complexity and Evil Geniuses. We will get a first glimpse of MICHU, who will make his debut for EG after tarik stepped down last week and we will also get to see how the likes of HAVU size up against top European competition.
The format is pretty straightforward, with a double-elimination, best-of-three bracket and a best-of-five grand final with the upper-bracket team having a one-map advantage. It is also worth noting that the finalists will receive a direct invite to the next FunSpark event.
The participants at FunSpark ULTI 2020 are as follows:
FunSpark ULTI 2020 starts April 19th and runs through April 27th.
Virtus.pro have been in excellent form over the past six months and will be the favourite alongside Complexity to win this event. The CIS side is currently ranked №5 in the world after winning cs_summit 7 and finishing in second place at the coveted IEM Katowice. They have been matched up against forZe in the first round, a team that has given them some trouble in the past, but they should still be considerable favourites considering that forZe have looked quite poor after facecrack and xsepower left the team.
This Complexity roster has definitely been perplexing. They have shown the ability to slay some giants in the game, but we still see them drop the ball occasionally against lesser teams. ESL Pro League was a fine example of this, where they defeated both Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere in the playoffs before falling to NiP in the quarter-finals. The quality on this team is undeniable, and they have definitely received a bit of a boost now when poizon is back on the main roster. It is also clear that they come well prepared to matches, showing creativity in match vetoes and tactical depth on the server. With that said, jks has failed to live up to expectations since joining the team, and they definitely need to unlock him if they aspire to win tournaments. They take on a HAVU team in the opener that has played very solid CS recently. A dangerous opponent
All eyes will be on Evil Geniuses at this event after making two changes in quick succession, with oBo coming in for Ethan and most recently, MICHU for tarik. This is a pretty big change-up, so I think it is hard to expect them to do well right off the bat, but I think it is an interesting move. MICHU showed he is capable player throughout his time on EnVy in particular, and the same goes for oBo while he was on Complexity. CeRq has also been playing well recently, so I am causiously optimistic about this roster. Evil Geniuses take on Dignitas in the opener, a team that was atrocious for a long time but has been on an upward trend since acquiring Lekr0 making it a hard one to call.
BIG are in a bit of a slump at the moment. They went 1–5 in ESL Pro League, losing to every team except Complexity. Their last performance against Renegades was particularly poor when you consider the quality on BIG. They also had a poor performance at IEM Katowice before that, so it is definitely worrying. CS:GO is a big mental game and I can’t imagine that they are in good spirits right now. With that said, they have received the easier side of the bracket with the two NA teams and Dignitas, two of which have changed up their roster recently.
Extra Salt wasn’t able to put up much of a fight against Spirit in the BLAST Premier Showdown, but they will get another chance to showcase themselves in this tournament. MarKE was excellent for Extra Salt in their match against Spirit, but oSee could not replicate his recent form which really hurt them in that match. JT is also an IGL who’s fragging output is quite low compared to the competition. This means that they really need the likes of oSee and Sonic to put up the frags. If they don’t, they are in trouble. They take on a struggling BIG side in the opener which is an opponent that they have some reasonable upset potential against.
This HAVU team has been on a bit or a roll since they picked up the former ENCE members, xseveN and Aerial. HAVU is a name that has been around for a while and has done little of note, but I think it would be a big mistake to underestimate these guys. ZOREE is a solid AWPer and sLowi is a very impactful rifler. When you add the likes of Aerial and xseveN to the mix, you get a team that has solid upset potential. One to keep an eye out, for sure. With that said, I think they received the worst possible draw in the form of Complexity. I doubt a team like Complexity will straight up underestimate them, since blameF always puts in the work to prepare for their matches. However, I still think they could do some damage at this event.
Not that long ago, I would have laughed in your face if you even uttered the name Dignitas. All right, maybe not laugh in your face, that would be kinda rude! But I definitely did not rate this team highly with their old roster. Now when they have Lekr0, they have showed some signs of promise. They were able to eliminate Liquid from the BLAST Premier Showdown, and they pulled off a few solid wins to qualify for this event as well. They take on a brand new EG roster in the opener, match that really could go either way.
forZe are probably the least interesting roster in this tournament. They have looked very uninspiring since they removed xsepower and facecrack. I understand why they felt like they had to make changes with a stagnant roster that had been around for a long time, but so far their replacements haven’t improved the team. Their side of the bracket is also brutal with the two strongest teams in the tournament (VP and Complexity) and a HAVU team that is playing great right now. I can’t say that that I have much faith in this team at this event, no matter how good Jerry calls their T sides.
Personally, I think that Virtus.pro have the best chance at taking this down. They have been playing solid CS so far this year and they have the easiest first-round matchup. I wouldn’t rule out Complexity either and HAVU is probably the underdog with the best chance of winning the tournament. It could be worth having a look at the underdogs in the other side of the bracket, since BIG have been playing poorly and EG are fresh off a roster change. I don’t think Dignitas and Extra Salt have what it takes to go all the way, but they can definitely make the likes of BIG and EG sweat a little bit, making the handicap lines worth looking at.