Article written by: Remington "R700" Rossignol
Lets start by looking at some numbers. This season there are 662 teams registered for Open, 224 for Intermediate, 130 for Main, and 56 for Advanced. It doesn’t take a mathematician to tell you, that’s a lot. Over one thousand teams registered in total. All that may seem like a lot to keep track of. Luckily for you, we here at Counter Nature are dedicated to doing it for you! In this first edition of “Hot Match-ups”, we look to cover a few of the most exciting games of the week. We gonna talk about the storylines surrounding them, and most importantly: let you know when you can tune into these games!
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1. ESEA Advanced: Faint Gaming and FakeOut Nation clash at the top
5/03 Sunday - ESEA Advanced: Faint Gaming and FakeOut Nation clash at the top
Season thirty-three Advanced playoff's third place finishers Faint Gaming are set to clash with FakeOut Nation this Sunday. Most casuals would look at the match-up on paper and say this game is a wash in favor of Faint Gaming. However, I’m going to do my best to show how this match-up may be a lot closer than you think.
Despite their success last season, cxzi and welly are the only two returning members--with welly only being a sub last season. With that being said, welly is no slouch. He has played in the Advanced playoffs in previous seasons. But, with the majority of the roster being composed of players who did not play for this team last season, the question becomes: how much time have they had to prep? While the majority of the players from FakeOut Nation have been teammates at one point or another. As a result, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say they have a stronger team-play foundation already built. As well as more prep time spent together. Even so, Faint Gaming has some of the hottest talents in the division with names like contii and CLASIA on their roster. Only time will tell which team has what it takes to walk away with the victory.
Tune in this Sunday at 9:00 PM EST to see them square off!
5/03 Sunday - ESEA Main: Top contenders Supremacy Gaming and GGPR esports square off
Both teams qualified for Main playoffs last season. Both teams fell short of qualifying for Advanced. Both teams left the playoffs with some victories to their names. Now, both teams look to repeat their regular season success, but with even stronger performances in the playoffs. Both teams have made notable pickups in the off-season. Supremacy acquired former MDL and EPL player cruzN, while GGPR picked up 1.6 veteran GOLA. This week one match-up is all we could ask for. Two of the division contenders squaring up right now, at the start of the season. Catch the action this Sunday at the same time as our other highlighted match: 9 PM EST!
Both games look to be exciting match-ups. But more than that, both games look to serve as a gauge for their divisions. Regardless of result; both games should yield important takeaways. I’ll be tuned in this Sunday (so long as work doesn’t need me at 5AM, which unfortunately for me, they often do), I hope to see you tuned in too! Dual monitor setup for the win!