The ESL Cologne is over and we came to a conclusion: SK Gaming is the best Counterstrike team in the world right now. The ESL Cologne crowned SK as their champions 2017 and the team celebrated their win together with the crowd. Winning their third straight major title in two months and their fifth in 2017, there seems to be no stopping this team.
Playing in a Best-of-five-series they defeated Cloud9 in only 3 Maps and were able to retaliate even when cornered. The series started on Cobblestone and Marcelo “coldzera” David showed amazing skill. He was able to carry the team through the first set on the Terrorist-side and they ended the set 10-5. Even though Cloud9 pushed back, they weren’t able to hold their momentum, ending the series at 16-9 for SK. Coldzera ended on an amazing frag score of 28 kills.
The next series was played out on Train. Cloud9 pulled themselves together and took revenge by taking the first set 10-5. SK wasn’t gonna take it lightly and was able to reverse the momentum, taking 9 straight wins and ending the round 16-12. Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo was the MVP of this set, racking up 24 kills with an amazing 129,9 ADR in the second series.
Cloud9 had no choice but to really push themselves on the third map: Inferno. With their backs against the wall they aggressively took the lead in the series, starting it with a 9-1 score, but the set ended again in another 10-5 score, after C9 lost the pistol round. In the second set, SK and C9 pushed back and forth, trying to dominate the other. SK reached map point after a close 14-14 anti-eco round and was finally able to break through with a good defense of the B site, ending the game 16-14.
Everyone is looking to SK to win the upcoming PGL Major in Krakow from July 16th to 23rd. SK is the team to beat and at the moment it looks like no one can. Penta Sports, their first opponents in the Major, will have a truly terrifying opponent. We are excited for the games to come and will report again, when the time comes.