ROG Masters EMEA Finals preview

With the ROG Masters 2017 EMEA Finals kicking off this weekend, we take a look at the chances of all eight competing teams.

TaKeTV's studios, in Krefeld, Germany, will host over the weekend the ROG Masters EMEA Finals, where two spots at the $250,000 world finals will be up for grabs. 

The event will feature a single-elimination, best-of-three bracket, with the quarter-finals being played out on Saturday. The two semi-finals and the grand final, which will be played for seeding purposes, are scheduled for Sunday.

Below you can find the bracket draw:

Russia Vega Squadron vs. Germany PANTHERS
Europe mousesports vs. Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX
Denmark Tricked vs. Germany Seed
Kazakhstan Gambit vs. Sweden Singularity

Space Soldiers and Dignitas were initially two of the participants but withdrew from the tournament when the Europe Minor details were announced. HAVU also pulled out to compete in the Minor qualifiers, with the Finnish team having also taken into account the fact that they would not be able to attend the German event with 15-year-old player Jere "sergej" Salo due to the tournament's age restriction.

Gambit will be the highest ranked team in Krefeld

The final team list features eight teams, among whom are Gambit and mousesports, who will be the favorites to secure places at the world finals.

Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN

* indicates online rating

Gambit (#7) Age Rating
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev 27 1.10
Kazakhstan Rustem "mou" Telepov 25 1.09
Kazakhstan Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov 25 1.07
Kazakhstan Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov 23 1.05
Russia Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov 29 0.98
Offline results in the past three months
5th-6th Greece ESG Tour Mykonos
3rd-4th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
1st Poland PGL Major Krakow (4/5 of the current lineup)

The Kazakhstani squad will be the highest ranked team in Germany and are going into the event as one of the favorites. They took a big hit after becoming the champions at the PGL Major Krakow as their leader Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko decided to return to Natus Vincere, with fitch coming in his stead. Although the 25-year-old player has consistently averaged a +1.00 rating at offline events since joining in, Gambit have struggled to get deep finishes, mostly online, which has long been a problem for them.

Since August, Gambit have failed to qualify for ESL One New York, ELEAGUE Premier and ECS Season 4. In terms of offline competitions, Hobbit & company placed 3rd-4th at DH Masters Malmö and 5th-6th at ESG Tour Mykonos.

AdreN & co. will play Singularity in the first round

Gambit will face Singularity in the quarter-finals, and their potential semi-final opponents are Tricked and Seed, meaning that they won't have to face mousesports or Vega Squadron until the grand final.

In July, back when Gambit still had Zeus on their roster, they played their only match against Singularity and lost 16-12 on Cache (when the Swedes still played as Gatekeepers). It is important to note that Gambit's online form wasn't particularly impressive back then, but the Swedes might look at that result and think they can pounce on the opportunity if they smell blood.

However, Gambit are certainly the better team, and they should be able to win both their quarter-final and their semi-final matches if they can execute their plan properly. Should they get through to the grand final, they will most likely meet either mousesports or Vega Squadron, both of which can be a challenge for the first place.

mousesports (#11) Age Rating
Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný 26 1.18
Finland Miikka "suNny" Kemppi 23 1.13
Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool 17 1.04
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 27 0.97
Slovakia Martin "STYKO" Styk 21 0.96
Offline results in the past three months
13th-16th United States ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier
1st Greece ESG Tour Mykonos
13th-16th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
12th-14th Poland PGL Major Krakow (3/5 of the current lineup)

mousesports have had an intriguing few months since adding suNny from PENTA and STYKO from HellRaisers. Their biggest achievement came in Greece, where they won ESG Tour Mykonos after beating Heroic, Gambit, Virtus.pro and Liquid in best-of-three series.

In Greece, oskar averaged a 1.33 rating, carrying his team to the championship and winning the HLTV MVP award. suNny was also bright, averaging a 1.23 rating to play an important role in the team's victory. However, the European mixture was uninspiring when they finished last in their group at DH Masters Malmö and ELEAGUE Premier 2017.

mousesports will try to repeat their performance from Mykonos

In Krefeld, mousesports will take on ALTERNATE aTTaX in the quarter-finals, and oskar's team will be the clear favorites for that match. In case of a victory, they are likely to face Vega Squadron, who will not be an easy target for the European mixture. 

Nonetheless, mousesports should still come out on top of their matches and advance to the grand final. In case of a showdown against Gambit, mousesports will be looking to repeat their performance from Mykonos, where they beat AdreN's team 2-0 in the group stage.

Vega Squadron (#29) Age Rating
Russia Nikolay "mir" Bityukov 21 1.13
Ukraine Dmitriy "jR" Chervak 23 1.09
Russia Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov 20 1.04
Russia Pavel "hutji" Lashkov 22 1.04
Russia Sergey "keshandr" Nikishin 23 1.01
Offline results in the past three months
1st China China Top
15th-16th Poland PGL Major Krakow

The Russian team will be the third biggest contender for one of the top two spots, after Gambit and mousesports. Earlier this week, they beat Natus Vincere 2-1 in the EPICENTER 2017 CIS Closed Qualifier grand final, coming back from behind to beat Zeus' men and secure a spot in the offline wild card qualifier.

Vega Squadron will be the dark horse at the event

mir's squad travel to Krefeld on the back of a successful campaign at China Top 2017, where they earned a $100,000 payout after beating ViCi 2-0 in the grand final, in Kunshan. Vega Squadron should move past PANTHERS in the quarter-finals, considering their current form, but it will be a much harder task to take down mousesports in a potential semi-final game.

Seed (#32) Age Rating
Finland Jesse "zehN" Linjala 25 1.10
Germany Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend 24 0.99
Poland Paweł "innocent" Mocek 23 0.92
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 23   1.01 *
Germany Timo "Spiidi" Richter 22   0.95 *
Offline results in the past three months
12th-14th Poland PGL Major Krakow (3/5 of the current lineup)

Seed are a newly formed team featuring the ex-mousesports duo denis and Spiidi and three players formerly of PENTA. The team, led by kRYSTAL, have so far played two matches in ESEA Premier Season 26 Europe, losing both. They also picked up 2-0 victories over Japaleno and HellRaisers in the WCA 2017 Europe Main Qualifier, but were not able to go through after losing to the former Red Reserve squad in the decider match.

Spiidi & denis are returning to LAN with Seed

denis & company will go up against Tricked in the quarter-finals, meaning that they won't face one of the heavy-hitters in the first round. This is good news for Seed, but their chances of beating Gambit in a potential best-of-three semi-final look very slim, considering that the team is still new and the two new members are still trying to adapt to their new surroundings.

Tricked (#33) Age Rating
Denmark Thomas "Ryxxo" Nielsen 21 1.27
Denmark Lucas "Lukki" Pilheden 18 1.19
Denmark Ismail "refrezh" Ali 19 1.15
Denmark Mads "Console" Skovby 21 0.98
Denmark Peter "Inzta" Kragelund 24 0.97
Offline results in the past three months
1st Germany NGC Masters
2nd Denmark Cross Border Esport

The Danes travel to Krefeld boosted by their recent victory at another German event, NGC Masters 2017. In Husum, Tricked beat Singularity 2-0 in the semi-finals, which means that the Danish team will have the upper hand if by some chance the two end up facing each other in the last-four stage this weekend. 

Ryxxo will be the player to watch on Tricked

Console & company will take on Seed in the quarter-finals, which should be a good match to watch as there isn't much separating the two teams at this moment. However, just like in Seed's case, their prospects against Gambit in a potential semi-final matchup do not look that encouraging. 

Singularity (#47) Age Rating
Sweden Saif "Sayf" Jibraeel 16 1.07
Sweden Robin "robiin" Sjögren 22 0.99
Bosnia and Herzegovina Miran "dumz" Matković 22 0.94
Sweden Linus "b0bbzki" Lundqvist 22 0.90
Bosnia and Herzegovina Benjamin "BENDJI" Söderena 22 0.89
Offline results in the past three months
3rd-4th Germany NGC Masters
9th-16th Denmark Cross Border Esport

The Swedish squad have had disappointing online results in the last few months as they failed to qualify for WCA 2017 and for the DH Open Denver closed qualifier. They also attended two LANs—Cross Border Esports, where they finished in 9-16th place, and NGC Masters, where they took 3rd-4th.

The 16-year-old Sayf headlines the Singularity roster

Singularity are in for a bumpy ride in Krefeld, where they'll take on Gambit in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately for Singularity, they don't seem to have even an outside chance to finish in the top two and qualify for the world finals, but they will still take this event as a learning experience, especially after the recent changes to their roster. 

PANTHERS (#79) Age Rating
United Kingdom Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski 20 1.33
Germany Fabian "HighKitty" Schultze - 1.25
Sweden Filip "tedderzy" Leksjö 22 1.21
Germany Dustin "DuDe" Großmann 24 1.11
Germany Jon "JDC" de Castro - -
Offline results in the past three months
1st Germany ESL Meisterschaft Summer Finals
1st-2nd Germany ESL Meisterschaft Summer

PANTHERS are one of the least active teams who will be at the EMEA Finals. Their last tournament was the ESL Meisterschaft Summer 2017 Finals, where they beat EURONICS 2-1 to earn the grand prize of $11,800.

The German team are bound to have a hard time in Krefeld, where they will face Vega Squadron in the quarter-finals. As the latest team to be confirmed, they have had very limited time to prepare for what lies ahead, and it would be a huge surprise if they can fend off the threat posed by the Russians. 

ALTERNATE aTTaX (#81) Age Rating
Germany Stefan "stfN" Seier 24 1.15
Germany Lukas "ecfN" Kauer 22 1.06
Germany Florian "syrsoN" Rische 21 1.02
Germany Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch 21 1.00
Denmark Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen 26 0.87
Offline results in the past three months
5th-6th Germany NGC Masters
3rd-4th Germany ESL Meisterschaft Summer (4/5 of the current lineup)

The German team haven't looked impressive in the last few months, in which they failed to qualify for ECS Season 4 EU Development League and for SL i-League Shanghai. ALTERNATE aTTaX finished 5-6th also at the NGC Masters, their first event with HUNDEN, as they lost against Singularity and North Academy in the group stage, in which they only beat minnows Final.

HUNDEN will be leading ALTERNATE aTTaX

The draw for the ROG Masters EMEA Finals playoffs could not have been any worse for ALTERNATE aTTaX, who will have to face mousesports in the quarter-finals. Since the game will be a best-of-three, ALTERNATE aTTaX's players will have to play the best Counter-Strike of their lives. Even that might not be enough, as the skill gap between the two teams is enormous, and ALTERNATE aTTaX's players are still trying to adapt to HUNDEN's leadership.

Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
522
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Thomas 'Ryxxo' Nielsen
Thomas 'Ryxxo' Nielsen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
541
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Sweden Robin 'robiin' Sjögren
Robin 'robiin' Sjögren
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
878
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.18
Sweden Miran 'dumz' Matković
Miran 'dumz' Matković
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
450
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1089
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Mads 'Console' Skovby
Mads 'Console' Skovby
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
708
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
512
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Germany Fabian 'HighKitty' Schultze
Fabian 'HighKitty' Schultze
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
49
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.10
Denmark Peter 'Inzta' Kragelund
Peter 'Inzta' Kragelund
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lucas 'Lukki' Pilheden
Lucas 'Lukki' Pilheden
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
635
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Germany Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1426
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Saif 'Sayf' Jibraeel
Saif 'Sayf' Jibraeel
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
310
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Sweden Linus 'b0bbzki' Lundqvist
Linus 'b0bbzki' Lundqvist
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
271
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.12
Sweden Filip 'tedderzy' Leksjö
Filip 'tedderzy' Leksjö
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
989
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1282
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Sweden Benjamin 'BENDJI' Söderena
Benjamin 'BENDJI' Söderena
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1408
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
614
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Germany Jon 'JDC' de Castro
Jon 'JDC' de Castro
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Russia Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishin
Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
314
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Poland Paweł 'innocent' Mocek
Paweł 'innocent' Mocek
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1184
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
470
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
410
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1276
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Germany Stefan 'stfN' Seier
Stefan 'stfN' Seier
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
982
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1056
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Finland Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
709
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Germany Dustin 'DuDe' Großmann
Dustin 'DuDe' Großmann
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
282
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
United Kingdom Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
273
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1034
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
579
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1501
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1066
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Germany Lukas 'ecfN' Kauer
Lukas 'ecfN' Kauer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
391
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
mouz - Gambit final Gambit wins
2017-10-13 20:15
#4
 | 
Netherlands Sander335 
woa
2017-10-13 20:15
#5
Turkey asyx 
ok
2017-10-13 20:18
#6
 | 
Pakistan perth 
LAN? Ez gambit
2017-10-13 20:19
#7
 | 
Poland crouzzz 
Dosia will eat them all, the biggest meal will be Hunden but still not enough to stop that beast.
2017-10-13 20:20
#12
 | 
Germany LyZeD 
XD
2017-10-13 20:34
#8
 | 
Malaysia byaIi 
mantu last UK polish hope
2017-10-13 20:25
#9
Germany [ml] 
Hope Vega + Gambit. Expect Mouz + Vega/Gambit
2017-10-13 20:26
#10
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Aiomie 
The brackets are built in a way, that it will Gambit + Vega/Mouz.
2017-10-13 20:32
#13
Germany [ml] 
Right, thanks. Totally forgot that it's single elimination.
2017-10-13 20:39
Gonna be Gambit's first lan with Dosia as IGL, so gl to them
2017-10-13 20:40
ez HUNDEN
2017-10-13 20:41
2 EZ 4 LordHUNDEN
2017-10-13 21:05
ez4tarik
2017-10-13 21:08
GAMBIIIIT fitch GL
2017-10-13 21:57
preview for tier 3 tournament, nice xd
2017-10-13 23:56
We will win.
2017-10-14 00:11
ez 4 HUNDEN
2017-10-14 04:24
ez 4 HUNDEN
2017-10-14 08:42
#24
buster | 
China qwe8706 
ez 4 HUNDEN
2017-10-14 13:35
#25
 | 
Malta WATSKy 
Wasn't this robiin acused of cheating?
2017-10-14 19:59
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