Off the back of their poor 2019, its unlikely that anyone would have put G2 Esports down as a future world number one team. However, against all the odds, their CS:GO roster are now considered the very best in the world.
When it comes to the best CS:GO rosters in the world, it’s hard to think beyond Astralis. The Danish outfit have long been at the top of competitive CS:GO but, in 2020, G2 have done what no other team have managed in a long time – take away their top spot.
While Astralis do have two players on leave, the G2 roster has shown their championship credentials, with first-place finishes at the 2019 Champions Cup Finals and the 2020 Blast Premier Spring series. They’ve also gone close in DreamHacks Masters Spring and ESL One: Road to Rio, finishing second in both events.
Around the ubiquitous KennyS and JaCkz, they added huNter- and nexa, shocking the CS:GO world with their announcement to go to a mixed lineup. It appeared to work at first, but recent results online have been less than ideal.
Whether G2 can continue their success is anyone’s guess, but they’ve proved once again that they’ll do whatever it takes to make it to the very top.
We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.
ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.
IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.
Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.
IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.
IEM New York teams
12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.
The teams will be divided into two sets of groups — six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.