The World Championship favourites

The tournaments organized by E-frag have been gathering the teams from all around the world for many years. After tough matches in the group stage of regional qualifiers, only the best of them traditionally move on to participate in LAN-finals. Overall, there are 16 teams that will compete for the prize pool of $ 100 000. TWC qualifiers are conducted everywhere so every country has a chance to take part and win. However, due to some unpredictable factors, even some stronger teams couldn’t advance out of the group, because not every national team captain managed to gather the strongest lineup for the most important group stage matches.


European qualifiers

The first two groups of EU qualifiers have already finished playing their matches. Denmark, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Poland, France, Hungary, Spain and the Netherlands moved on to the playoffs. The Ukrainian team, to everyone’s surprise, ended up with nothing, and the reason for this is quite simple.  Ukraine Vladyslava  «Vld» Zakhliebina, the manager of the Ukrainian team, will tell us a little more about it: «The Ukrainian national team consisted of only 7 members, and we hoped that it would be enough. All players were serious about playing all their matches and wanted to advance to LAN-finals. But unfortunately, we couldn’t gather our best lineup for the crucial matches, since there were other games and tournaments simultaneously. The group stage result was also affected by the update that was released the night before the games, where M4a1-s was fixed by the game developers from Valve.. See you next year. I wish the best of luck to all remaining CIS teams».


It seemed that the Ukrainian team, thanks to its experienced members, had to easily take first place in group and secure the spot at the World Championship. Most fans were sure that such players as Ukraine Zeus and Ukraine Edward, will be able to show some decent plays and help their team, but the lack of practice influenced final result. The Ukrainians have managed to outplay only the Croatian and the Spanish teams (which cancelled the match). After that, they have lost to France (10:16), Serbia (16:9), Hungary and tied against the Netherlands. The game against the French team has been extremely tough, since this country is one of the main favorites to win the tournament. The thing that changed the situation is the group drastically was the loss against the Hungarian team (9:16), which remains the dark horse for its rivals in the playoffs. The Ukrainian team included: Ukraine ANGE1, Ukraine S1mple, Ukraine Zeus, Ukraine Edward, Ukraine markeloff, Ukraine fix, Ukraine bondik.  

Now, after all matches in groups A and B, the Danish and French national teams seem to be the most powerful. Professional cyber athletes from Denmark have managed to outplay all group opponents, except for the Poles, and advanced to the playoff from the first place. It consists of the players from such teams as Denmark TSM and Denmark Dignitas. Different matches are often played with different players in the lineup, but it doesn’t make the squad from Denmark any less strong, and they are still on the list of tournament’s favourites. Great communication, interesting tactics and high individual level of most players help them always perform decently. If the seeding at the final part in Belgrade will be fair enough, they will for sure secure their place in a top-3!

Only French team has more confident position than the Danes, since they have outplayed all rivals in their group. The majority of all wins were achieved thanks to the excellent techniques and great teamwork, so nobody could counter their playing style. There is no doubt that the French players are going to show their fullest potential in the playoffs and, probably, at the LAN-finals in Belgrade, defending their title of ESEC 2014 champions.


Group C and D matches are still going on. Germany, Turkey, Russia, Belarus, Norway, Iceland and Sweden are the leaders that compete over the spot in the playoffs. Two Natus Vincere players represent the Russian national team: Russian Federation seized and Russian Federation flamie. Maybe, it will be them who will lead their team to the final part of the tournament. The Swedish team withits star lineup can also be considered tournament’s favourites, but after their loss against Belarus everything is still uncertain. In fact, only German and Norwegian teams that have won both of their matches can be called this way so far.


GroupА А
Denmark Denmark — 12 points
Portugal Portugal — 12 points
Palau Каzakhstan — 9 points
Poland Poland — 6 points
Latvia Latvia — 4 points
Romania Romania — 1 point
Group В
France France — 15 points
Hungary Hungary — 9 points
Spain Spain — 6 points
Netherlands Netherlands — 5 points
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia — 4 points
Ukraine Ukraine — 4 points
Group С
Germany  Germany  — 6 points
Turkey  Turkey — 6 points
Russian Federation  Russian Federation — 3 points
Finland  Finland — 0 points
Slovakia Slovakia — 0 points
United Kingdom  United Kingdom — 0 points
group D
Norway  Norway — 6 points
Belarus  Belarus — 3 points
Sweden Sweden — 3 points
Iceland  Iceland — 3 points
Belgium  Belgium — 0 points
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina — 0 points


The rest of the world

There are many interesting teams that have got a chance to participate in the tournament through the qualifiers in different parts of the world. Tunisia has become the strongest African team, and even though there are no famous players there, the team will compete against others at the World Championships finals. Serbia, in its turn, has replaced the Brazilian national team, as the owners of Brazil Luminosity and Brazil Games Academy didn’t allow their members to participate in the tournament. Canada and the US will also take part in the final part, and considering that they consist of some players that are well-known in the world CS community, they can also show something decent. The Canadian national team includes players from United States CLG and United States compLexity. The USA national team will also be represented by CLG players that even have their own coach. However, it is difficult to consider them tournament’s favourites as they have won only against Mexico and played against each other once.


As a result, we will see USA, Canada, Tunisia and Serbia at a final stage, but it would be extremely unexpected if any of those would win or finish in top-3. Of course, the American and Canadian teams can present quite a tough challenge for some of the teams in the first few stages, and Tunisia remains the dark horse of the tournament that can surprise their opponents with something new. Serbia has already been eliminated from the competition, after the loss against the Ukrainian team, so it is also unlikely that they will show something miraculous being given the second chance.

Four more participants ended up in Belgrade thanks to the Asian online qualifiers. Remaining four slots were won by China, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan and Indonesia, which went through two stages of qualifying matches. One of them had to be eliminated in the second one, but the Australian national team has been disqualified for breaking tournament’s rules. It is difficult to say which one of these teams is worth competing for the title of the world champions, but undoubtedly, the Vietnamese national team is the strongest among them. This squad has outplayed China and Kyrgystan and is the most skillful out of this Asian four. 


Tournament's final details


Similar CS tournaments for national teams were conducted back in CS 1.6. Most of them were hosted by ESL League representatives. Their championsip was called European Nations Championship. In 2010, this competition was cancelled, and three years after that took the initiative and started their own one. It was known in community as Electronic Sports European Championship (ESEC). In 2015, it was renamed to The World Championships, since it opened for the teams from all around the world, not only Europe.

The final part will run on 8–11 October in Belgrade (Serbia), where 16 teams will encounter each other to compete for the title of the world champions and the prize pool of $ 100 000. 8 participants are already known, and the remaining 8 will be determined after the end of EU qualifiers. There will be a live broadcast of tournament’s matches available, and all fans will be able to bet on their favourite teams.

Prize pool TWC

top 1 place — $ 50 000

top 2 place — $ 25 000

top 3 place — $ 10 000

top 4 place — $ 5 000

top 5 place — $ 2 500

top 6 place — $ 2 500

top 7 place — $ 2 500

top 8 place — $ 2 500


AuthormJay Date26 September 2015, 09:12 Views1955 Comments0
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