Much like in Europe, the ESL Pro League returns to North America with season 12. We’re set for a very exciting September, as the eight best American teams will compete at this event, playing regular games from September 1 to September 27.
Who’s playing at ESL Pro League Season 12 NA?
Eight teams are playing at ESL Pro League NA and if you’re a fan of American Counter-Strike, then you probably already know who they are. It’s the usual suspects, with fan favorites EG and Liquid highlighting the list, while Chaos and Triumph are the two underdogs looking to do some damage.
The teams start out in a round-robin group phase, meaning everyone will play everyone else once. Afterward, the top four advance to the playoffs, while the bottom four are eliminated.
You can check out the full list of teams and their odds to win it below:
|Chaos Esports Club||+1700|
Odds as of August 29 at Sportsbook
Can anyone stop EG?
EG is currently the team to beat in North America. They’re in some of their best form ever, winning 10 matches in a row, as well as being undefeated in the last 15 maps.
There’s no surprise that they’re the favorites here and every team will be searching for a way to stop them. However, it doesn’t really seem possible as they’ve already dominated their biggest rivals, Liquid and Furia, with seemingly easy 2-0 victories.
Now, all eyes will be on them and everyone will be waiting to see if any team in the ESL Pro League has figured out how to stop the Evil Geniuses.
Furia is out for revenge
Furia comes into the event as the favorite alongside EG and will be looking to finally get one over their rivals. The Brazilian squad is certainly second-best in the NA region, with Evil Geniuses being the ones to stop them at events most of the time.
They’ll no doubt do well here and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them face EG somewhere in the playoffs. Furia will definitely be hungry for revenge, having been defeated by EG every time they’ve met. Their match is bound to be an explosive one, and they may just be the ones to put an end to Evil Geniuses’ impressive run.
Of course, that’s not the only team Furia will want revenge against. Chaos was able to defeat them in a huge upset at ESL One Cologne, and Furia will definitely want to show them why they’re favorites. There are going to be a few matches at the Pro League that mean just a little bit more for Furia.
Will the new Liquid finally click?
Team Liquid saw some big changes at the start of August, signing a rising star and a new coach onto their roster. So far things have looked good for the team, but they’re still falling short, losing to Furia at DreamHack Open Summer, then to Evil Geniuses at ESL One Cologne.
The team wants to be challenging the best and is no doubt aiming for the No. 1 spot in the region, so, while it has been going well, it’s not good enough just yet.
As such, everyone will be eager to see if the team has finally clicked, or if they need even more time to even have a shot at being the best.