The group stage of ESL One Thailand’s Americas division
is halfway complete. With lots of action still to come, there’s no clear winner yet—this is one of the closest group stages we’ve ever seen.
Fighting for the top spot are Quincy Crew
and 4 Zoomers
, tied with 3-1 scores. Before the tournament started, Quincy Crew looked like the clear favorite; they’ve been winning most of the recent American leagues, even when Evil Geniuses
were still playing in the region. However, with captain Avery “SVG” Silverman ill and unable to play
, it looked like Quincy Crew wouldn’t be playing at full form. Their closest competition for first place is 4 Zoomers. The Zoomers have been a strong competitor since they formed in March and performed well in some very small online events. Now that they’re playing among the top of the NA and SA regions, it’s about time 4 Zoomers show they can stand with the best in their region.
There may be no Dota Pro Circuit points at stake here, but events like this matter a lot to teams like Quincy Crew and 4 Zoomers. Neither team has the backing of an esports organization despite iconic American orgs such as Cloud 9 and Complexity lacking Dota 2 Teams. The teams who look strongest during this period of pro-Dota are at the top of the list once LANs return and organizations are looking for teams to sign. While Quincy Crew are trying to prove they can maintain their high levels of performance, the young stars of 4 Zoomers are yet to prove themselves as the ones to watch.
Close behind Quincy Crew and 4 Zoomers, there are five
teams tied with 2-2 scores. There’s no room for poor results in this league; only the top four teams of the group stage advance to the playoffs. This leaves beastcoast
, business associates
, and Thunder Predator
battling to progress in the league over the next few days.
The last days of the group stage will inject some real pressure to this league: each team has just three series left to claim a spot in the playoffs. But it’s not just third and fourth place in the groups to play for—the whole group stage is so close that we could see any of these five teams overtake Quincy Crew and 4 Zoomers at the top of the standings.
Let’s not forget the last team competing in the event. Gorillaz-Pride
have taken a beating and sit in last place with a 0-4 score. It may look like Gorillaz-Pride are not the team to watch this time around, but some surprisingly strong performances from them could be the deciding factor in who makes it through to the playoffs.
Will Quincy Crew or 4 Zoomers come out on top? Or will another competitor beat them to first place in the groups? There’s no predicting what happens in this group stage - we can’t wait to see how it plays out: keep up with the league using our event hub