Americas part of the Critical Ops Spring Invitational was a blast and it gave us a lot of thrilling matches.
Now that this part of the tournament is over, it's time discuss what we've learned throughout the season.
Gankstars is still the number one team
Once again, Gankstars proved that they are the best team in the region, regardless of the lineup.
Teams can take games from them in the series, however, none managed to take more than a single map.
The matches against D2R and Hammers eSports were really close and Gankstars lost the first map in both cases, but were able to recover and win the series.
As long as „Joker“ is in the core lineup of the team, Gankstars always seem to somehow find the way to make things work, even right after lineup changes.
His ability to lead the team just seems to be on the next level compared to most of the teams out there.
Gankstars did encounter issues during the season, with „Csolar“ getting banned for cheating and „MVP“ removed from the team, however, the team was not phased by these events and performed at the championship level.
With the acquisition of Alpha, who we haven't seen in the Spring Invitational, the team has a chance to become even stronger, making them one of the favorites for the first Critical Ops LAN event.
D2R and Hammers eSports have a chance in the future
Both of the teams showed that they are top level teams in the region and that they just need to work a little harder in order to dethrone Gankstars.
D2R did encounter a big issue with „J7“ getting banned for cheating. Since he was the in-game leader of the team, this is definitely a huge setback for D2R.
However, they did acquire a player that used to dominate the scene before – „Kam“.
On top of that, he is going to be leading the team.
He’s under a lot of pressure as the expectations are high and it's going to be interesting to see how he is going to cope with it.
On the other hand, Hammers eSports may not have the flashiest players out there, but they are slowly getting stronger and stronger every season.
During the Critical Ops Winter Season, they lost in the Grand Finals versus Gankstars 3-0, and now the match was muc closet, with Hammers eventually losing 1-2.
If they just get a bit more time to work on the mistakes, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see them at the top in the near future.
Insanity Killers and Battalion are above other teams in South America
As the title says, it's hard to see any team beating those two.
They seem to be on another level right now.
Battalion came out on top in the Critical Ops Winter season, with an insane comeback in the Grand Finals, going from 0-2 to 3-2.
This time, it was Insanity Killers that pulled off one of the greatest comebacks on Grounded, when they were able to return from a 2:12 scoreline, and then finished the series on the next map.
Still, both games in this season could have gone either way, and it's hard to say who is the clear number one in South America.
North America is far stronger than South America right now
The Grand Finals of the Critical Ops Spring Season gave us once again a very one-sided match, where Gankstars dismantled Insanity Killers over the course of three maps.
Only the last map of the series (Bureau) was looking really close as Insanity killers won 10 rounds.
South America is going to have to work hard in order to catch up and beat North American top teams.
These are our keynotes from the Critical Ops Spring Invitational.
Soon we will be opening signups for the Summer Season Premier League.
You can find out more about that on Sunday when we will live stream “EURASIA” Grand Finals.
Unfortunately, we also have to inform you that we won't be hosting any more tournaments for the South American region in the near future.
Instead, a new partner will take over this region and organize more events in cooperation with Critical Force in the native language.
We're sure that South American teams will have a chance to compete and that the scene will continue to grow.
Critical Force will release detailed news about this soon.
Of course, we will continue hosting the tournaments for the remaining regions (Europe, North America, Asia).
Make sure to tune in this Sunday for „EURASIA“ Grand Finals!