Europe’s reign at the top of the CS:GO ladder may finally be at an end as the last two teams with a chance of winning ESL Cologne 2016 today hail from overseas.
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Team Liquid and SK Gaming will fight for the $500,000 top prize in Cologne’s LanXess Arena, shortly after an exhibition match kicks off at 2pm BST.
Liquid, an all-American side featuring Ukrainian stand-in Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev, had a hard run to the finals having to see off two of the biggest names in Counter-Strike, Na`Vi and Fnatic, during their playoffs bracket.
SK Gaming, the Brazilian squad formerly known as Luminosity Gaming, hold the current number one spot after winning the last Major at MLG Columbus.
In Columbus, the last time these two teams met, SK pulled off two extraordinary comebacks as Liquid seemed to choke after dominating early leads.
Liquid’sJonathan”EliGE”Jablonowski told PCGamesN at a recent interview during London’s ECS finals that they were over the “Luminosity Curse” but they have yet to prove it.
The finals begin at 4pm BST / 8am PST and will be over on the ESL Twitch stream.