On Monday, ESL Benelux is kicking off Season 1 of their Championship series, after an absence of more than 5 years ESL Benelux is back with a major event and this time with never before seen prizes!
For our beloved Counter-Strike:Global Offensive they have 5,500€ in store!
The competition series is split up into four stages; Qualification, Qualification Playoffs, Group Stages and Playoffs. The Qualification stages will kick off on Monday 25th April, concluding on Wednesday 8th May. The Qualification Playoffs series will run across the week commencing 9th May, with the Group Stages kicking off just a week later on Wednesday 18th May. The season will conclude on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July with the ESL Benelux Championship Playoffs.
These Championship Playoffs will take place at the Amsterdam Arena, home of the legendary AFC Ajax soccer team.
We’ll start our coverage with a preview of the teams currently ( 23/04 17:30CET ) signed up for the 1st Qualifier on the Monday 25th, top 4 qualify !
Not much to say about the clean favorites for the qualifier.
With their vast experience and skill level I don’t see many teams/mixes getting close and I presume they’ll be one of the only teams who are almost guaranteed of grabbing one of the four slots.
Players: Mole, AaroN, CRUC1AL, kajsk1ng , monu, NeiLl_M(coach)
After a bad start for the Organisation with 2 of their previous CS:GO lineup being banned from CEVO MAIN they now field a completely line-up. It’s formed around the old LLL lineup Niko , FMZ, v1n and Chr1z with the line-up being completed by axrRRR (EX Orbit)
Players: Arnoodle, axrRRRRR, Chr1Zz, Niko, v1N
Slightly Different Gaming
The core team of SD Gaming have been around for a long time and have set a good base with consistent top 10 finishes at Benelux events. I expect them to make the final 16, might not be straight away but I do not see why they should not get there.
Players: arcaneee, Bernard, NexFox, radicaL3i, Xillian , PeterG (coach)
This team is build up around the core of the mCon lineup that got 3rd last Sugar Lan, Luosrevo,k1Nzo and amosE are joined by FashR and slaYn. Just as Nerdrage I don’t see them not qualifying straight away.
Players: amosE, FashR, k1Nzo, luosrevo, slaYn
Some of the kwaadaardig mix at Sugarlan joined up by individual players.
Players: ARNT, cadzor, DdMdylan, Lunium, SHK, wajooh
One of the few teams who don’t go through major changes after every LAN and with top 12 finishes this lan season I don’t see this team not making the final 16 with 4 qualifiers available.
Players: highlanderX, MaThY, MIKI, nGL, Restylez, Freekje (coach)
One of the longest going line-ups in CS:GO seem to have resurected for a shot at this massive event for the Benelux. Another team I dont see strugling to get to the final 16.
Players: axeon, flashzorrr, ketchup, KlitZz, SLisKDAKJE, xilo
Another mix with very familiar 1.6 names that seems to have been resurrected for this event.
Players: akid, ferrid, hellcy, scandalous, tAzLaK
bad Mongos: Critz, FloX, kazz, noiZe, YnK, ZizZiX
Debieleb0ts: gibbsons, HAWTEEz, m1ke (*KeizaN?) , Pawky, WinWolf
eLan Gaming: dynz, bluEz, NIELSK, rilax, sheib, Strove
Milieudienst Groningen: Ertjeee,amaziN , driviance, IPATYY, Kipfler, xavi
noZems: booker, bouwmaNtjEz, Ineo, socra, sp00k, strifejah
Royal Lions: haaSKING,daviescene, Markdepark, nsRRR, Revenant, Sevenup, xavorin
Sector ONE: denzy , esTEK , kREA, n0id, tafke, vidiinZ
TAG: Circle, Gilissen, Gilissen, GoNdA, kristof, o0die, troj
TAGTEAM.GG: Fement, KAPARZO, SPiNM, stefan, y4sinµ
JNJOY: Belgian 1.6 Sypher
Players: ardd, Darksiders, hutCh, iDENtJ, NRG-, yokO
XIOP: Belgian mixing community in 1.6
Players: Apollo, deci, jqqkson, NJ, p3ngu-