We've seen a lot of interesting matches during the Critical Ops Autumn Invitational, especially during the European matches.
In this article, we will focus on the key takeaways from the European region.
Dynasty (ex-Vision Gaming) won the EURASIA Autumn Invitational but..
As expected, Dynasty won the European part of the bracket and also the season, but not as easily as some may have thought.
First, they managed to run over SetToDestroyX, just to face S2 Gaming later on, which ended up being a very close series.
In the end, Dynasty won it just by a single round, but we have to praise them for pulling an insane comeback in that match.
During the Grand Finals, Dynasty didn't look untouchable, as they lost a single map and were on a verge of losing another one.
Fortunately for them, they delivered in crucial moments, crowning themselves as the champions for the second season in a row.
Now, it's clear that the players are no longer representing Vision Gaming, but it is not known if they decided to part ways with the organization or the other way around.
The lineup itself looked great on paper, and the mentality of the team was on the high level, which allowed them to make the comebacks in numerous matches.
Just recently, it was announced that „Str0ng“ and „QuaredY“ left the team, and it's obvious that this is going to impact the team's performance.
Those two showed some decent gameplay during the Critical Ops Autumn Invitational and it's not going to be easy to replace them.
Still, „Adjure“ and „Angel“ are on the roster it seems, and we're all aware what those two are capable of.
In our opinion, Dynasty should still be a top contender for the upcoming seasons.
S2 Gaming is slowly but steadily improving
Right of the bat, S2 Gaming showed us their potential in the QuarterFinals of the Autumn Invitational by beating Team Elevate.
Even before the start of the Critical Ops Autumn Invitational, S2 Gaming was looking like a team that can cause trouble to ex-Vision Gaming (now Dynasty)
Once they faced off against each other, S2 Gaming started off with a huge win on Grounded, but felt short later on the following two maps, throwing away a huge lead in the deciding map of the series.
Other than the fact that „Sneaky“, „Naymad“, and „GeNeS1s“ played before together in Nova eSports, this was their premier showing with the new lineup, and it takes time to get the team play and consistency going.
The team has looked great in the recent ESL Cup where they finished second, and we expect them to be a top contender once again in the following seasons if they stay with the same lineup.
SetToDestroyX is no more
Sadly, SetToDestroyX, a team that has been at the top tier of the European scene for many seasons now, has disbanded after a weak showing during the Autumn Invitational.
They ended up playing Ex-Vision Gaming (Dynasty) in the Quarterfinals, where they got completely outmatched, winning only 3 rounds over the course of two maps.
„Primza“ also left the roster not so long ago, and this might also be one of the reasons why the team couldn't perform up to their standards.
We're going to see where the players from the team will go, or if another iteration of the team will be made in the near future.
Surely, this will leave a gap in the European scene.
Team Elevate and Kings Uprising might be the teams to look out for
For the Autumn Invitational, Team Elevate fielded a rather unknown roster for the most part, where we've seen some new faces on the block like „PizzaGanja“, and „zDayy“.
Now they changed the lineup once again, fielding players like "EXO", "Laithy" and "xyz".
We're yet to see how this lineup is going to gel together.
Kings Uprising has already won an ESL CUP last week, and just by looking at their lineup, it's clear that this is a very serious team.
„Inferno“ has gathered up a strong player like „PROLORD“, „MVP“, „T-BoX“ and „Overload“ under his command, and we're all aware how good he is at creating teams.
We can't wait to see what they can do against the best.
It's off season for the teams at the moment, and everyone has time to practice.
Those are our thoughts on the situation after the Critical Ops Autumn Invitational.
What do you think about the current state of the scene?
Do you agree with us?
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