The year in photos: 2017
We have compiled some of the most momentous photos of 2017 captured by our photographers.
To prepare you for the upcoming year, we have put together some of the best photos from 2017, which started with Astralis' domination, continued with SK's claim for the first spot, and ended with the FaZe-SK rivalry that will potentially still deliver in 2018. Here are the photos that were picked by our photographers and that help to tell some of the biggest stories of 2017:
(January 28, ELEAGUE Major, Lucas Aznar Miles)
(January 29, ELEAGUE Major, Lucas Aznar Miles)
(February 19, DreamHack Las Vegas, Radosław Makuch)
(March 5, IEM Katowice, Radosław Makuch)
Astralis looked impressive in Poland, winning the grand final 3-1 against FaZe to lift the trophy at the Spodek Arena. With this result, the Danes showed that they had no intention of letting go of their #1 spot in the rankings.
(April 9, SL i-LEAGUE StarSeries Season 3 Finals, Josip Brtan)
Finn "karrigan" Andersen and the crowd; it's hard to name a better duo. His team, FaZe, were victorious in Kiev, Ukraine as they beat Astralis 2-1 in the grand final, taking home $125,000 and exacting revenge on the Danes, who had defeated FaZe a month before at IEM Katowice.
(June 1, ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, João Ferreira)
(June 29, PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier, Josip Brtan)
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire's team G2 were successful at the Main Qualifier, finishing in the top two to qualify for the Major. However, this didn't prevent the Frenchman from showing his frustration from time to time and a new meme was born.
(July 9, ESL One Cologne, Radosław Makuch)
(July 10, Round 31 Football Match, Radosław Makuch)
(July 14, DreamHack Open Valencia, João Ferreira)
Pujan "FNS" Mehta was in shock after his team failed to close out the last map against Red Reserve in the Group B decider match. The North Americans had a 15-12 lead and an easy bomb-defuse and, even though FNS had a defuse kit, Kenneth "koosta" Suen tried to defuse without one, resulting in the bomb going off and a round loss. That round propelled Red Reserve back in the game, with the Swedes eventually winning the match in overtime.
(July 23, PGL Major Krakow, Lucas Aznar Miles)
(July 23, PGL Major Krakow, Radosław Makuch)
(August 30, DreamHack Masters Malmö, Lucas Aznar Miles)
(September 1, DreamHack Masters Malmö, Lucas Aznar Miles)
(September 1, DreamHack Masters Malmö, Josip Brtan)
(September 9, ESG Tour Mykonos, Radosław Makuch)
(November 12, iBUYPOWER Masters, João Ferreira)
(November 14, IEM Oakland, Josip Brtan)
(November 19, IEM Oakland, Josip Brtan)
(November 25, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, João Ferreira)
SK players watched on as FaZe played their last group stage game in which they lost to Astralis. Thanks to this result, SK finished the group in the second place, secured a spot in the grand final and went on to win the tournament.
(December 2, DreamHack Open Winter, João Ferreira)