With the end of the regular season just one week away, it’s time to look to the ESL Pro League Finals. 16 Teams will play in Dallas, 7 from Europe, 6 from North America, and for the first time teams from South America, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand will field teams as well. Currently only 6 teams have qualified. In North America, Team Liquid and NRG Esports have lead the pack all season and will be strong contenders going into Dallas. In Europe, Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Space Soliders have qualified. Four spots remain in North America, with some big games for some teams in Week 7. In Europe, three spots remain and the number 7 spot will be hotly contested. For North, G2 Esports and Hellraisers they have a legitimate chance of making it to Dallas.

North America:

In North America we saw the newly reorganized Cloud9 pick up some big wins against Renegades. NRG conceded some games to OpTic and Renegades but picked up two wins against compLexity. OpTic got wins against Luminosity who has slumped since Mid-Season and will most likely be missing the finals. SK Gaming has made a major turn around since week 5 and have made it to .500 picking up wins against lowly Dignitas and trading with compLexity. A team that looked doomed early has the chance to make the playoffs next week. For SK it’s win and you’re in. Renegades is currently at the number 6 spot but they’ve only played 16 games and have 30 points. They’ll have 6 matches next week to qualify for the finals. And with Dignitas and Rogue being four of those six they have a good chance of making it to Dallas.
Fighting for a Playoff Spot: SK Gaming and Luminosity Gaming

Europe:

Europe in week 6 saw four teams progress to the EPL Finals. The four leaders NiP, Na’Vi, Astralis and Space Soldiers picking up wins. FaZe Clan and mousesports picked up some wins but traded some games. But both teams are likely to make it to Dallas. Really three teams, are fighting for the last spot in the playoffs. Hellraisers and G2 Esports put up poor performances in week 6. But North put on great performances winning games AGO and trading with standings leader NiP. In week 7, Hellraisers will have the toughest climb of the three as they’ve have to win out, which includes beating North and they’ll have to pray that G2 loses both of their matches to Na’Vi. North vs Hellraisers will definitely be a series to watch.

Fighting for a Playoff Spot: Hellraisers, North and G2 Esports

Week 7 Matches to Watch:

North vs. Hellraisers

This is a series with the playoffs on the line. Both teams will bring their best.

mousesports vs. Space Soldiers

mousesports needs to pick up a win, they have the talent but can they push through against #4 Space Soldiers.

Astralis vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas

Two of the best competing against each other. This could be a fun match to watch.

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Department Head at Armchair Esports, The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
James “GundamGoku” Meetze is a Broadcast Journalism Major at the University of South Carolina. He has two loves in life: Sports and Video Games. Growing up with both, his first game system was the PlayStation 1 and he went to his first college football game at the age of four. He plays Super Smash Brothers competitively. His mains are Cloud Strife and Wolf.
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Department Head at Armchair Esports, The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
James “GundamGoku” Meetze is a Broadcast Journalism Major at the University of South Carolina. He has two loves in life: Sports and Video Games. Growing up with both, his first game system was the PlayStation 1 and he went to his first college football game at the age of four. He plays Super Smash Brothers competitively. His mains are Cloud Strife and Wolf.

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