The Faceit Major is starting tomorrow in London with the first few matches to kick the Champions Stage off, and if you don't know about the last eight teams in the competition, we've got a brief guide for you below to introduce you to the finalists and who you should look out for.
After getting former OpTic players Peter 'Stanislaw' Jarguz and Shahzeeb 'ShahZam' Khan on their team, CompLexity may have shocked many by beating the likes of G2 Esports and Fnatic on the road to qualifying for the Champions Stage. Many will underestimate them in their first match against MIBR, but anything can happen in CS:GO...
Comprised of a lot of the former SK Gaming talent, MIBR hasn't had the most success in CS:GO, but they'll be looking to change that with this tournament. They've been a little shaky at times with losses against Astralis and TyLoo, but they're here in the Champions Stage for a reason, and there's a lot of success and experience on this team.
Another team that have probably been underestimated, BIG is a European team that's caught a lot of attention, in no small part due to the success of British player Owen 'Smooya' Butterfield. If you follow the team on Twitter you'll know that getting this far means a lot to them, and they'll be hoping to advance past NaVi in their first match.
NaVi are another extremely experienced team in Counter-Strike, and having won the likes of ESL One Cologne this year, they might be the favourites for many to take it all the way in London, having impressed against the likes of FaZe and Fnatic earlier on in the competition. Experience isn't everything in CS:GO, and their star players like Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko will need to perform.
Another team with rather mixed results and a lot of second-place finishes, Team Liquid is a North American team with a lot to prove in this tournament, facing HellRaisers in their first match tomorrow. Perhaps underestimated, they have big names like Epitácio 'Taco' de Melo who have the capacity to impress, so we'll see if that translates into the match.
Perhaps the most surprising qualified team is HellRaisers, as many wouldn't have expected the team to get this far. They have a lot to prove against these big guns then, but they've beaten big teams like Fnatic to seal their place in the competition, so there's no reason why they can't do it again.
The favourites for many, the Danish powerhouse actually arrived in London off the back of a grand final loss at the DreamHack Masters Stockholm event to rivals North, but with North out and Astralis into the Champions Stage, they've looked strong throughout, and will be hoping to take it all the way to add to their already-packed trophy cabinet.
Astralis' opponents tomorrow is the other European powerhouse FaZe, making this the match to watch. FaZe has had their fair share of success this year too, and although they've had a few wobbles in the tournament, they're still one of the best teams here and a lot of teams won't want to meet them.
If you're interested in any of these teams or just the tournament in general, make sure you stay tuned to Gamereactor, as we'll be delivering interviews over the weekend from the SSE Arena.
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