cs_Summit 5 is slated to take place at Summit Studio in Los Angeles between December 12-15, where we will see six CS:GO teams duke it out for the title and the largest slice of the US$150,000 prize pool.
The fifth installment of cs_Summit will use the same format as the previous events, meaning we will see a double round-robin format group, with all teams playing each other twice. All fixtures in the group stage will be best-of-one (Bo1), with only top four teams advancing into the playoffs. The playoffs will utilize a single-elimination bracket with all matches, including the finals, played as Bo3.
As always, all six teams are invited, with this event's lineup featuring: FURIA, G2 Esports, MiBR, mousesports, Virtus.pro and OG.
Now let's look over the participating teams, what they bring to the table and give out our predictions on how do we believe they will perform.
Virtus.pro are entering the tournament priced as heavy underdogs, which is not surprising to see, considering the how poorly the all-Polish squad have been performing lately. As a team who was once a force to be reckoned with, Virtus.pro have fallen from grace hard. Considering they have not won a single event since February 2017, we can’t expect them to impress here either.
Once the top dogs of the competitive CS:GO scene, Virtus.pro are now more like a B-Tier or C-Tier team and their recent show just that. Virtus.pro will enter cs_summit after a disastrous performance at WESG 2019 East Europe, where they lost to AGO (0-2), defeated Wisla Krakow (2-1) and lost to SKADE (1-2). Based on everything Virtus.pro have shown, we cannot expect too much from them, which is why we will avoid betting on them altogether.
OG, who are known for their Dota 2 team, have entered the professional CS:GO scene for the first time this December, when they acquired the organization's first-ever CS:GO roster. Playing under OG banner, we will see Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski, Issa "ISSAA" Murad, Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and IGL Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen. The roster looks solid, yet we have our doubts they had enough time to learn how to play together, which would allow to get themselves in sync and put up a solid run at cs_summit. What makes their chances to triumph even slimmer is the fact that they will have to battle G2 and mouz for the top spots. Due to their unknown quality, we will avoid betting on them as well.
FURIA are priced as fourth favourites to claim the title, which, as we see it, is fair. While a solid team, FURIA have not been too good recently. Since the Brazilians finished third at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8, they have failed to impress, finishing ninth-10th at ESL Pro League American qualifiers and fifth-sixth at DreamHack Winter. FURIA will enter the tournament with an underwhelming 2-5 record in their last seven, with their only two wins coming against Isurus (2-0) and MARSK (16-10). Cs_summit will by no means be a stacked tournament, yet based on FURIA's recent results, we don't believe they can make it very far.
MiBR, while objectively stronger team compared to FURIA, suffer from the same thing - poor form and lack of consistency. MiBR are simply not the team they used to be and we don't believe they will be able to stack up with either of the top two favourites.
That leaves us with the top two favourites - G2 and mousesports.
G2 Esports are a solid team throughout, yet they have the tendency to underperform. Their results are very inconsistent as seen in their ESL Pro League Finals, where they played a close match with Astralis (1-2), and lost to ATK (1-2) a day after. G2 will enter cs_summit with a rather poor 3-7 record in their last 10 fixtures, which includes 0-2 defeat against FURIA, 1-2 defeat against NiP, 0-2 defeat against TYLOO and as mentioned 1-2 defeat against ATK. Furthermore, G2 left a lot to be desired with their 16-13 win against Sharks at the start of the month.
Mousesports are objectively the strongest team entering the tournament and there is no reason to believe they're anything less than favourite to claim the title. Looking back at their results in last two months, mouz won both Asian Championships and ESL Pro League Finals, which on its own paints a clear picture of how strong this team is. While they still need to put up solid results consistently for us to see them as one of the elite teams, mouz are in a hot form and their momentum alone should be enough for them to finish high here.
Considering G2 are the only real threat to prevent mouz from claiming another title in Los Angeles, we are confident predicting mouz should end their cs_summit 5 venture with another trophy in their hands.
TIP: mousesports to win
Note: There are currently no markets available for the outright winner of the tournament, but make sure you head to Skrilla, where you can find plenty of markets on the individual matches at cs_summit 5
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