ESL Impact League Season 2 set to start in Jönköping

The most important women's Counter-Strike league is returning to LAN for its Season 2 Finals at DreamHack Winter.

ESL Impact League, the premier women's Counter-Strike league, is set make its LAN return for the Season 2 Finals. The first offline finals were played in Dallas, Texas, USA, but have now moved to Europe and will take place in Jönköping, Sweden, as a part of DreamHack Winter on November 25-27.

Seven weeks of online play have distilled the ESL Impact League teams down to eight. Six of the qualified squads hail from their respective regional leagues — two from South America, two from North America, and two from Europe —, plus two more that did not play in leagues but are joining through open qualifiers in South Africa and Asia.

A new Impact League champion will be crowned at DreamHack Winter

The LAN finals are headlined by the reigning champions, Nigma Galaxy, whose Ana "⁠ANa⁠" Dumbravă turned heads due to her performance in the first season's finals when she topped the stats leaderboard with a 1.36 rating across eight maps in her team's championship run. She was also the second-highest performer at the ESL Impact standalone event at DreamHack Valencia. The other team to qualify from Europe is the Russian NOFEAR5, who will be playing their first ESL Impact Finals.

The North American heavyweights from the first season, CLG Red and EG Gold, will be in attendance at the ESL Impact Finals for the second time. CLG Red, long held as the top team in their region, were semi-finalists in the tournament's last iteration, while the core of EG Gold finished in 5-6th place under the Please Send Help tag.

The two teams representing South America are also the same ones that played the Season 1 Finals, FURIA fe and B4 fe, although the latter played the last tournament as Black Dragons fe. FURIA fe's Olga "⁠Olga⁠" Rodrigues was one of the standouts in her team's runner-up performance in Dallas, with a 1.29 rating in 10 maps. and she was also the top performer at the Impact event in Valencia, Spain, where her FURIA fe fell to Nigma Galaxy in the final once agian.

The two wildcards are ATK fe, from South Africa, and HSG fe, a mix of three Chinese and two Malaysian players. ATK fe sent a team to the first ESL Impact, but only two players from the roster that got 0-16'd by Nigma Galaxy in Season 1 remain.

ESL Impact League commentator Lucy "LucyLuce" Eastwood wrote about some of the storylines ahead of the event in Sweden and went over each of the eight teams that qualified, what makes them special, and who to watch out for. It can be found here.

The team of talent bringing the show to life from DreamHack Winter is:

United States Frankie "⁠Frankie⁠" Ward - Host
Latvia Anastasija "⁠Heccu⁠" Tolmačeva - Sideline reporter

India Sudhen "⁠Bleh⁠" Wahengbam - Analyst
Norway Hege "⁠Hedje⁠" Botnen - Analyst

United Kingdom James "⁠BARDOLPH⁠" Bardolph - Commentator
Netherlands Veronique "Vearless" Zonneveld - Commentator
United Kingdom Brandon "BDog" Rawlings - Commentator
Australia Lucy "LucyLuce" Eastwood - Commentator

The ESL Impact League Season 2 Finals opening matches are:

Date Matches
ESL Impact League Season 2 Finals
25/11/2022
09:30
Match
25/11/2022
11:10
Match
25/11/2022
12:50
Match
25/11/2022
14:10
Match
Latvia Anastasija 'Heccu' Tolmačeva
Anastasija 'Heccu' Tolmačeva
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United Kingdom James 'BARDOLPH' Bardolph
James 'BARDOLPH' Bardolph
Age:
38
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.52
Maps played:
12
KPR:
0.32
DPR:
0.73
India Sudhen 'Bleh' Wahengbam
Sudhen 'Bleh' Wahengbam
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Brazil Olga 'Olga' Rodrigues
Olga 'Olga' Rodrigues
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
65
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
United Kingdom Frankie 'Frankie' Ward
Frankie 'Frankie' Ward
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Norway Hege 'Hedje' Botnen
Hege 'Hedje' Botnen
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
76
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.72
Romania Ana 'ANa' Dumbravă
Ana 'ANa' Dumbravă
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
119
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
#3
FalleN | 
Brazil __Jun
Ez for furia
2022-11-25 00:21
frankie back to esl
2022-11-25 00:24
2 replies
#57
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Slovakia Psycho2k
Blood money too sweet to refuse
2022-11-26 13:52
1 reply
blood money is everywhere if u look close enough
2022-11-27 00:01
omg frankie ward
2022-11-25 00:24
ggs
2022-11-25 00:36
Bardolph nicee
2022-11-25 00:37
Ngl, would've driven to Jönköping just to buy Frankie a beer.
2022-11-25 00:39
LET'S GO FURIA!!
2022-11-25 00:39
#12
 | 
Russia mcs#
another trophy for Nigma?
2022-11-25 00:43
zzzzzzzzzzzzz
2022-11-25 00:49
#18
 | 
United States ImSuperior
Nice
2022-11-25 01:01
Im there
2022-11-25 01:23
Let’s go EG #LIVEEVIL
2022-11-25 02:12
Really excited for this tbh!
2022-11-25 02:13
#24
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Hungary szia
Can't believe EQUIPA didn't make it ;(
2022-11-25 02:22
Hopefully I have time to watch! Gonna be a banger season for sure considering how season 1 turned out.
2022-11-25 05:15
1 reply
Agreed
2022-11-25 10:08
where's fantasy?
2022-11-25 07:24
easy for ANa
2022-11-25 07:44
Let's go CLG Red! Excited!
2022-11-25 07:54
Very EZ FOR NIGMA GALAXY AND ANA MVP
2022-11-25 08:17
ESL Impact League should be a Women's Major with Stickers, PickEm's and everything!
2022-11-25 09:24
Nice
2022-11-25 09:31
Nice!
2022-11-25 10:03
Nice city, doesn't even know how to start to pronounce it
2022-11-25 13:14
2 replies
Yonkoping
2022-11-25 14:35
1 reply
Thank you amigo, you're an amigo.
2022-11-26 15:43
Fantasy where?
2022-11-25 14:18
#53
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Brazil hugoooo
Who had this idea to replace flags with team logos ????
2022-11-25 17:21
Frankie again, overrated af
2022-11-25 21:10
why is it not in the events tab on the left side of main page??? @hltv
2022-11-25 22:55
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