We witnessed many shocking twists and turns, as we sat down and watched the PGL Majors 2017. With the favourites to win it all going against each other in the first round and a final no one expected, we were sent on an emotional rollercoaster. In the shadow of the majors, Dreamhack Atlanta crowned their winners.
Dreamhack Atlanta 2017 – EnVyUs prevails
Even though the majors took most of the spotlight last weekend, it didn’t make the Dreamhack Atlanta less thrilling to watch. The eight participating teams EnVyUs, GODSENT, HellRaisers, Heroic, NRG eSports, Renegades, Binary Dragons and Misfits fought for their share of the 100,000$ prize pool. Meeting the Scandinavian Heroic team in the grand finals, they gave up the the first map Overpass with the score 16-11. After the first loss EnVyUs came back and won the two following rounds on Cobblestone and Inferno, with 16-8 and 16-2.
PGL majors – a major upset
When fans saw SK Gaming being pitted against Astralis in the first round of the knockout-stage, they knew: Whoever won that encounter would take the title home. Astralis got the upper hand in the match-up and sent SK home on Cache (12-16) and Overpass (a devastating 06-16). Seeing their next opponents being Gambit, who were struggling throughout the majors, it seemed like the majors had been decided. But Zeus, the teamleader of Gambit was determined. He pinned a tweet of himself on the top of his twitter page a year ago, saying “I am not going to give up before I win a motherfucking major.“ And his time had come.
I am not going to give up before I win a motherfucking major.
— Daniil Teslenko (@ZeusCS_GO) July 8, 2016
While the Immortals kicked out BIG, who before were responsible for the big upset of kicking FaZe Clan out of the tournament, Zeus and his team faced Astralis. The fight was intense and with a score of 2-1 on Overpass (16-10) and Train (16-12) starplayer Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev carried his team to victory. Zeus’ dreams seemed so reachable, only one more opponent, only one more obstacle until he was able to reach his goals.
One more win to go
The Immortals stood strong in the first round, sweeping SK off of their feet with a demolishing 04-16 on cobblestone. Henrique “HEN1” Teles was the MVP of the match-up with a kill-death-ratio of 22 to 4. Gambit was determined to push through on the next map, Train. This was not how it was gonna end. Putting pressure on the brazilian team from the terrorist side, the first half of the map ended in a 9-6 for Gambit. Immortals fought back but the pressure from Gambit was too heavy. They struggled and Gambit able to take the second match on Train 16-11.
The tension grew. One more map to go. The winner of the PGL majors 2017 would be decided on Inferno. Gambit decided to start as Counter-terrorists and were able to show in an defensive play, that they wouldn’t be overwhelmed by Immortals. Halftime ended in a 11-4 score. Zeus and his team saw a chance at winning, after Immortals lost a four-on-two retake at 14-10. They pushed through and willed Immortals down at a 16-10 score, not allowing them to take any more wins. Gambit won.
An emotional statement
For Zeus, everything came full circle. After being dropped by Natus Vincere his goal of winning the major seemed unlikely. Gambit saw his potential and offered him a chance and as a captain. Zeus proved himself plenty of times during this major. After his win, he released following statement on Twitter:
Never Give Up On Your Dreams
— Daniil Teslenko (@ZeusCS_GO) July 24, 2017
Never give up on your dreams
I wish to everyone from my heart, if you want to achieve something in life, doesn’t matter what, don’t stop, don’t second guess yourself, listen to your heart, believe, be real, and I promise, some magical powers will help you. Be real, this is the most important part, don’t be rotten, everything in life returns like a boomerang, I know it 100%, but if you don’t betray anyone, if you believe your heart and people respect you, something will help you and you will achieve what you truly want. Guys respect to all of you, I’m shocked from winning the MAJOR, it’s my dream.
This was Danya Zeus,
A well deserved win, showing that hardwork can prevail. We are very excited to see what Gambit can achieve in the future.