ESL is hosting the company's first ESL One event in Brazil this weekend, ESL One Belo Horizonte. A $200,000 prize pool is on the line in what would normally be considered a minor event by ESL's standards. But there is bound to be some really good action, and eight teams will vie for the title. Here are four storylines to follow during the event.
4. How Can SK Perform on Home Soil?
SK Gaming has had a tumultuous year and will look to correct it going into this event. The formerly dominant team will look to jump back into the form it held last year.
SK is coming off a win at Moche XL Esports, a minor event in Lisbon, Portugal. Also, the team looked like it was playing well at the StarLadder StarSeries i-League Season 5 event a week earlier by beating Team Liquid and rivaling Na'Vi.
SK is in a prime spot to gain the success the team has been seeking since the addition of Jake "Stewie2k" Yip. Being in the team's home country is great timing and will provide some great support.
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3. How Will NTC do in its First LAN?
The team that is expected to be taken over by SK Gaiming soon, NTC will look to show a good performance in its first LAN.
The Brazilian team has been practicing for the team's offline debut and will look to come out with all guns firing. Lincoln "fnx" Lau and Joao "felps" Vasconcellos have proven to have success at the international level and will be a threat along with their teammates.
It is always fun to watch a new team perform, and this NTC team is no exception. Having some success going into the SK organization will be big and show good signs for the future.
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2. Can Cromen Redeem Himself for FaZe?
Last weekend, Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen made his FaZe Clan debut at the ECS Season 5 Finals. But FaZe did not fare well and was knocked out at the semifinals by eventual champion Astralis.
Cromen statistically did not perform poorly but was not spectacular. He is a temporary stand-in for the team, but if he wants to stick around, he has to pull his weight a little bit more.
FaZe should go into the event as the favorite to win and if this does not happen, cromen will be the first to receive blame.
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1. Mousesports Needs to Show More than N0thing
Mousesports will use Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert as a stand-in for Tomas "oscar" Statsny. This is a very odd stand-in to have for the team, and it will be very interesting to see how n0thing performs.
Aside from the Old Guys Club, n0thing has not been a part of a competitive CS:GO team since his departure from Cloud9 last year. He obviously has been playing the game and involved within the community but to think he is coming back stand in for a top team is crazy.
The whole scene is for sure rooting for n0thing to do well in Belo Horizonte. But it's unclear what exactly he has left in the competitive tank at this point.
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