With a new 1st place team in the North American region in Week 3 and a completely new face in the Grand Finals in the European region, we certainly have a lot to think about when it comes to this weekends predictions. So let's get straight into it: Current Standings:
North America Team Dignitas
– Even though they lost last week’s Qualifier Tournament to Cognitive Gaming, Team Dignitas is poised to continue their domination of the NA competitive scene. You can bet they’ve analyzed the footage of their loses and learned from their mistakes. Beating Dignitas was as much good as it was bad for the team. It let them know they need to not get comfortable in 1st place because people are rising to the challenge. Cognitive Gaming
- Winner of last week’s Qualifier Tournament, Cognitive Gaming will most likely be challenging Team Dignitas once again in the finals. Coming into the tournament having beat Dignitas takes a lot of pressure off Cognitive. They now understand the gap to 1st place is within reach. If we see the same Cognitive as last week we’re in for some exciting final matches.
– A big surprise last week was Snipe losing to wild card team The Game Changers. We’ve seen teams in the past have motivation problems in the bronze matchup. You can bet Snipe won’t be as easy to take down as last week. WIld Cards:
The Game Changers / Critsaurus / Five Angry Men
Europe Team SoloMid
- We have our leader for the EU Qualifier Series. After trading a few wins with Cloud 9, Team Solo Mid has shown they are the true 1st seed of Europe. Smek continues to perform well and should only synergize better with his new teammates as the season continues. Worth Gaming
- This team has sprung from most wild card lists to a top contender. They took a very important win in the semi finals against Cloud 9 where Shaggyshenk and Korinyo completely dominated. It will be interesting to see if Worth Gaming can continue to perform. IIIII
- They’ve been very consistent about maintaining a top 3 spot in the European scene. They held off Cloud 9 last week and look solid every week. If IIIII continues to improve and stays motivated they are a shoe in to remain in the top 3 spots. Wild Cards:
BloodyTech EU / Agilitas / SK Gaming / Cloud9
The European region certainly has more "new" potential in the tournament series which that in its self makes Sunday's matches that much more enjoyable to watch. The North American region has a different story as we see 3 of the same top teams from last season in the top 3 standings, but we have a couple of teams who are looking to gain that 4th spot in order to get invited to the Regional LAN later in the summer.
Be sure to tune into the second week of action this Saturday starting at 12pm EDT/1800 CEST and Sunday at 9am EDT/1500 CEST on Twitch.tv/Smitegame