A staple in North American eSports, Cloud9 was one of the first teams from the U.S. to compete at a very high level against European teams including three runner up placements in European tournaments in 2015. Cloud9 has refreshed its roster with a young, talented team eager to prove they are among the world’s elite.
A true blue collar team from Australia, the “Renegades” are a team with members who formerly held jobs as plumbers, carpenters and laborers during the week, before flying all around the world on weekends to partake in their passion of competitive gaming. Having proven themselves, they have since seized the opportunity to move to America and compete full time.
Counter Logic Gaming (CLG)
This team is generally considered to be one of the best teams in North America. The roster is stacked with players all with an ability to go off and carry a game. It will be intriguing to see how they perform against the elite competition in ELEAGUE.
One of the most consistent teams in the world, the Danish squad always does well but stands accused of falling at the final hurdle. Having taken matters into their own hands and founding one of the few player-run organizations in world Counter-Strike, they will come into ELEAGUE looking to silence their critics and show they have the caliber to be champions.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP)
Probably the most renowned CS:GO brand in the world, NiP have achieved success across all of Counter-Strike. They have their place in the history books after setting the record of 87 consecutive wins without a loss at LAN events. After the roster change, they have kept their core four players, bringing in Pyth to fill Allu’s slot.
Powered by a three-headed German engine and fueled by Dutch and Bosnian marksmen, this iconic European unit wants to leave its mark in the first-ever ELEAGUE Global Championship. The team includes NiKo, one of the best players in the world and a young leader who can dominate the scoreboard on a regular basis.
Flying the flag for Brazilian Counter-Strike, Luminosity has risen from obscurity to become one of the best teams in the world. The current major holders blend a tactical approach with explosive aim and have grown to become one of the most complete competitors in the league.
Known to many as the founding fathers of North American Counter-Strike, compLexity is looking to find new players that can bring success back to the brand. A squad hampered by inexperience but bolstered by potential, they operate under the watchful gaze of the former captain from those glory days, Matt “Warden” Dickens.
The Danish lineup has emerged from a period of turmoil to start climbing the ladder with results that have made the Counter-Strike world pay close attention. Spearheaded by two break-out star players, the product of investing in developing the talent, they have handed out humiliating defeats to more experienced teams already this year.
One of the great Counter-Strike names, SK Gaming has boasted legendary lineups in the past. The team is a mix of Scandinavian talent, with legends from that bygone era on the roster and the new breed of players that followed them. A constantly developing lineup gives hope that this might be the one that brings gold to SK Gaming once again.
With a passionate fan base referred to as “the green wall,” the newly acquired Team OpTic know they have a lot to live up to. They made good on that promise by qualifying to the league in Vegas but now the real challenge begins. Their roster of up-and-coming players have shown they can cope with the spotlight, something they want more of as they vie for the #1 spot in North America.
The flamboyant French team had the world at their feet when they won the major in Cluj, but what should have been the EnvyUs era never materialized. They pioneered a hyper aggressive style of play that made them not only one of the most feared teams in the world but also one of the most entertaining. A team of champions in transition, these superstars know what it takes to be the best in the world and how hard it can be to stay there.
The Polish powerhouse includes some of the most storied players in Counter-Strike’s rich history. A momentum based team that has the potential to roll over anyone in their way has seen their fans dub them “Virtus Plow.” Capable of beating anyone, this team will be looking to find the consistency needed for a long league season.
Blending veteran smarts and new-school skills, this new team has already attracted a lot of attention. The brainchild of former NBA player Rick Fox, the team is built around one of North America’s smartest in-game leaders, Sean Gares. Given an opportunity for a fresh challenge, he believes he has the tools at his disposal to once again build a team that can fly the flag for North American Counter-Strike.
The kings of Counter-Strike, the fnatic name is synonymous with achievement. The dominant force in 2015 started this year in similar fashion, claiming every tournament they attended until the most recent major. Still widely regarded as the best team in the world, the Swedish stars will be looking to underline that title with a dominant showing in ELEAGUE.
Originally assembled as a group of fan favorites, the evolution of FaZe has seen them looking to reward their loyal fan base with trophies in the cabinet. Still relatively new, with a blend of players from all over Europe, they have all the ingredients to be successful once they find their rhythm.
A new team that has taken two great European minds and added American firepower to the mix, NRG are one of the more exciting prospects in the region. Made up of true veterans and comparative rookies, the team already has some impressive results to its name. Wanting to maintain their upward trajectory, ELEAGUE will be an opportunity to continue their impressive development and claim some wins along the way.
Team SoloMid (TSM)
Assembled from the remnants of other North American lineups, this group of players find themselves representing one of esports’ biggest brands with many questioning whether or not they have the capability to do so. With a roster that features names at the top of North American Counter-Strike, they are looking to silence the doubters. They have already shown their rivals that they are not to be underestimated this year.
Built on the foundations of one of the most successful Counter-Strike line-ups of all time, Natus Vincere live up to their name – “born to win.” Masters of the methodical approach, their roster of stars are capable of carrying games single-handedly, making them one of the most exciting teams to watch.
Made up of French veterans, they too feature some of the most successful players to have graced Counter-Strike, playing in line-ups that dominated for years at a time. Currently rebuilding their roster and replacing a legendary captain, they come into the league looking to find a new identity and establish their dominance once more.
The heir apparent to North American Counter-Strike, Team Liquid has assembled a squad featuring some of the best players in their roles and invested in young talent that is now starting to blossom. Recent performances have shown that they can compete with elite level teams and they will be looking to build on their growing reputation with regular competition against the best the world has to offer.
The Ukrainian team have always been a consistent presence at big tournaments around the globe, although they have yet to secure a title. A team that breaks down their opponents tactically, they keep every game close and competitive, grinding out rounds and never throwing in the towel.
A newly assembled squad from Russia and Kazakhstan sees a return for some of the game's oldest veterans. A pundit’s nightmare, the team came from nowhere to upset more established names and qualify for this year’s major in Columbus, where they almost upset the odds again.
One of the newest names in the world of Counter-Strike, Selfless is made up of budding North American players from the recently disbanded Enemy, each of whom seeks to assert both pride and selflessness in order to form one united team of ferocious lions. Look out for these “Kings of the Jungle” when they leap onto the battlefield this year.