The group stage for the eagerly anticipated Counter Strike: Global Offensive’s Columbus Major had been formed and ready to kick-off on the 29th.
Group D would most certainly be the most exciting, featuring championship heavyweights the likes of Na’Vi, G2 eSports, Cloud9 and Virtus.Pro. While most would be looking at Na’Vi to eventually come out on top, there are whispers that angle for a Cloud9 upset at the Nationwide Arena.
Potential winners for the other groups can be fairly obvious to those who often follow the trends of the CS:GO professional circuits.
Group A will feature IEM Katowice runner-up Luminosity Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Mousesports and Flipsid3. Something of a crowd favourite, Luminosity can most certainly ride on fans cheers to the top and into the playoffs, while Ninjas and Mousports will be dueling for the second spot.
Group B will feature IEM Katowice Champions and top seed team Fnatic, playing against what is half of the American teams in the event i.e. Splyce, FaZe and Team Liquid. Liquid will have Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostylev featuring in his first major for the team.
A rather torn FaZe team aside, Group B may see battles the like of Group D. Of course, it is apparent that Fnatic would come up top should everything just occurs naturally. But being on home ground and with a great qualification run, Splyce may pull an upset.
Group C will see a fairly balanced competition between EnVyUs and Astralis in a dogfight to decide the group’s victor. Their other opponents are Counter Logic Gaming and Gambit Gaming.
Nonetheless, with $1million on the line no team will cut the others any slack when the first shots are fired; and with all the quality that all the teams in the tournament offer, there will be no shortage of entertainment.