We break down the format and the teams to watch for the 7th edition of cs summit
cs_summit 7 is about to get underway. We break down the format and the teams to watch for the 7th edition of cs summit.
cs_summit 7 will feature twelve teams, some of which will we see for the first time this year. Teams like fnatic, Cloud9, mousesports and MIBR have all made roster moves over the winter break and are set to make their debut at this tournament.
cs_summit 7 is known to be more of a casual event with more of a relaxed vibe. There is usually a strong focus on social engagement, which is tougher with the ongoing pandemic, but the event organisers will likely have something special in-store to make up for it.
Teams like Astralis, Vitality and Na`Vi may be absent at this event, but the level of competition is still respectable and it makes the outcome far more unpredictable.
Last Chance Stage
cs_summit 7 kicks off January 25th and runs through January 31st.
Heroic are coming as the odds-on favourite to win the event. The Danes had a rough end to 2020 after a very good run of form during the summer period, in which they were ranked No.1 in the world at one point in time. But despite a downswing in form, it is reasonable to expect a lot from them considering that teams like Astralis and Vitality are absent. A lot of teams have taken the opportunity to revamp their rosters during the winter break, but the Heroic team has remained unchanged. They will face off against MIBR in the opener, and they will hope to take advantage of the Brazilian’s lack of experience in Europe.
FURIA are coming in as one of the bookies’ favourites at this event. The Brazilians still seem to be without their star signing Junior, who is stuck in the US due to VISA complications. Instead, they will have to play with their sixth man, honda. The youngster had a bit of a bizarre debut for FURIA at the BLAST Global Final, getting three aces in just two matches, but still ended the event as the team’s bottom fragger and worst-performing player in terms of overall rating (0.80). There is no doubt that FURIA have enough quality to fight for the title, but they will face tough competition from fundamentally sound teams like Heroic and OG.
Let’s face it, OG isn’t the sexiest team in the world. There are teams out there with flashier players and more mechanical skill. But what they do have is solid fundamentals and a great in-game leader in the form of Aleksib. OG played some great CS at the end of the year, getting second place at both IEM New York and Flashpoint 2. They are still a roster move or two away from really establishing themselves among the elite, but at a tournament like this, they can certainly compete. Much like Heroic, their roster has remained unchanged, and they may be able to capitalize on the fact that a lot of these teams are still trying to figure things out with their new rosters.
mousesports will play their first match of the year, and they will do so with their latest signing; acoR. The Danish AWPer comes in to replace chrisJ, who departs the team after spending seven years with the organisation. acoR is known for his flashy style of AWPing, utilizing excellent movement to set himself up for success. The likes of karrigan and chrisJ have both been wielding the AWP with limited success, so the addition of acoR was a much-needed upgrade. Even though they did not have a proper AWPer for a long stretch during 2020, they still performed above expectations, and I could see them being a dangerous opponent for a lot of teams now when acoR has joined.
fnatic made the shock announcement that flusha will be leaving the team for the third time in his career. Instead, they have turned to youth with the signing of Jackinho, a player who has very little experience outside of the local Swedish scene. Jackinho is an AWPer, which means that JW will have to resort to a hybrid role sooner or later. This could work out fine since JW isn’t heavily reliant on the AWP by any stretch, and he has experience in this role from his time when draken was on fnatic. With that said, bringing in a very young and inexperienced player to wield a weapon as important as the AWP may not be the most ideal scenario. An interview with Jackinho seemed to suggest that JW would continue to play with the AWP initially, but it is unclear if that is still the case. Regardless, it will be hard to expect much from a 21-year old rookie in his first tournament. At least cs_summit 7 isn’t the most prestigious and serious event on the circuit, and the fact that all matches are still online should make things a bit less nervy for him.
Cloud9 will play their first match with Xeppaa, who comes in to replace woxic. This is an interesting move since they are swapping an AWPer out for a pure rifler. This means that either ALEX or es3tag will have to wield the AWP on this team moving forward. We have seen teams like Liquid have success without a main AWPer in the past, but this isn’t exactly the most ideal setup. With that said, Xeppaa is a top talent who I personally rate highly. His mechanical skill is very impressive, and he is quite effective in clutch scenarios as well, so I believe he has what it takes to put up numbers on this roster. The question is how ALEX or es3tag will perform with the AWP. It may prove to be a problem, especially against teams with top-tier AWPers. Luckily for Cloud9, there aren’t exactly an abundance of those teams at this event.
Personally, I think that OG and Heroic have the highest chance of winning this event, but it is entirely up in the air and very unpredictable. Out of the opening matches, Cloud9 stands out as having a decent shot at the upset against FURIA who are still without Junior.