ESL One: New York 2017 will be yet another big tournament in the series of strong tournaments that we had the opportunity to witness this year. Scheduled to be held in September, ESL One: New York will provide an opportunity for the fans and the players to experience New York and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition like never before.
The venue for the competition will be world famous Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York but the organizers have not announced any specific details about the event. For example, the prize pool for the tournament is still unknown as well as many other things.
However, this tournament will be held in more than three months, and that might be the reason why organizers are not revealing any details. Despite that, organizers have announced that Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro have received the first invites for the main event of this tournament.
First Invited Teams
Natus Vincere will have the opportunity to defend the title at this event as they managed to win the trophy last year. Since then, Natus Vincere did not have a good period when it comes to their results. The CIS team did not have a lot of success since they won the title in New York last year and many think that they will be far from defending the title this year.
Natus Vincere had bad periods in their game several times in the past, and every time they managed to come back. Because of that, it seems a bit reckless to claim that Natus Vincere will not have the chance for defending the title. True, when compared to other teams at this moment, Natus Vincere is lacking behind but three months are a long time, and everything can change in that period.
The second team that received the direct invite for this event is Virtus.pro. The two first teams that are directly invited to the competition are the finalists of last year’s edition of the tournament. Back in the day, the potential clash between these two teams would cause a lot of attention but these days that is not the case.
Interestingly, just like Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro has been in series of very bad results after the last year’s installment of this tournament. Things are much worse for Virtus.pro than for Natus Vincere as they could not play two good series in a row for a long time. Even though many believe that this might be a good chance for Virtus.pro to get revenge for the last year’s final, it seems that will be very hard to achieve.
ESL One: New York 2017 will be played in New York from September 14th to September 17th, and it will feature eight teams that will be divided into two groups. The format of the competition in the group stage as well as in the playoffs has not been announced yet.
So far, organizers did not announce many details about the event, but it is expected that more information will be announced when they reveal other teams that will receive direct invited for the competition.