Since the collapse of NA CS, it’s pretty clear that a lot of people see it as a dead region. However, I have hope: there is potential here, and the teams have already started to rebuild themselves. As such, I decided to do a little recap of some of the NA teams on the rise and some of the past / upcoming tournaments.
Note: While there are a lot of great Brazilian teams playing in NA, I have decided not to include them here in order to fully focus on North American talent (they may have their own position in the future! )
List: JT, oSee, FaNg, Sonic, MarKE
The clear stars of the current NA scene are Extra Salt. Most people will know JT, oSee, and Sonic from their time on Cloud9 alongside motm and Floppy. Join them, MarkE, a NA CS veteran who has played on Chaos, Swole Patrol, EUnited and NRG for the past 5 years. They are complemented by FaNg, an upcoming player who has played for various low level and mix rosters such as Rugratz and Levitate Esports.
Extra Salt has been in tears recently, winning 19 series (17 excluding packages), a streak that ended with an entry to come. Currently, they are the only team on this list with a confirmed trip to Europe, qualifying for Dreamhack Masters Spring.
List: Skakezullah, Bwills, Cooper, namely, cynical (lawsuit)
Triumph is one of the survivors of the NA purge, albeit with a considerably shattered roster. Their only player remaining from their top Grim / Junior era is IGL Shakezullah. Cooper, the AWPer known for his time on EUnited and Swole Patrol, as well as his ongoing run as a brother to Freakazoid, joins him. Their other three players are all relatively unknown: Bwills, who last played with the New England Whalers, joins Viz who plays in his first major organization. Their latest player Rugrats / Recon-5 / Rebirth Esports Cynic is currently on trial for the team.
Although Triumph has yet to find a non-qualifying tournament victory in 2021, they have remained a top contender on the scene with several 2nd and 3rd / 4th places. Like most teams, they continue to refine their roster, but they have almost everything in place to regain the momentum they gained a year ago.
List: ptr, Jonji, Swisher, Spongey, alter
Bad News Bears are delicate. A team without an orgy that still managed to become one of the best competitors of the resurgent NA scene. ptr is both the IGL team and the main AWPer, and is probably their best-known player after his years on the NA scene where he played for CLG, Complexity and NRG. He is joined by Jonji, another survivor of CSGO’s Chaos EC departure. Spongey entered the team after a run on Triumph, as did Swisher after his stint on YeaH Gaming and various small teams. Their latest player, Alter, is another relatively unknown player, having raced across several small organizations and mixes.
The bears are currently ranked 35th on HLTV, after several top spots earlier in the year. Although they lost a stage to the arrival of Extra Salt, they remain a serious contender on the scene, as evidenced by their current record of 9-0 in Premier, including a back-to-back win over Extra Salt themselves. .
List: ben1337, PwnAlone, bew (ready), motm (ready), RCF (ready)
Originally, this High Coast roster was made up of former New England Whalers players. However, there are only two left (technically three). ben1337, IGL and PwnAlone teams. Beside them are three players who have been loaned to them by different teams. motm joins its first roster after its passage on the ATK / Cloud9 / Extra Salt kernel. From YeaH Gaming come RCF, a Brazilian AWPer, and bew, who had a long run with the Whalers in 2020 before being added (and quickly benched) from YeaH.
High Coast completes the Top 4 NA Teams, which are expected to race deep in tournaments and a dark horse to win many recent NA events. While they have yet to score a win with this roster, motm’s new addition looks promising and could be what the team need to achieve a big win.
I’ll be the first to admit that none of these tournaments are “big” tournaments. However, they are the best insight into the evolution of the scene.
ESEA Season 36: First Division – North America: Aside from the classic tournaments, ESEA Premier 36 is currently underway, giving further insight into the ability of these teams to play in a long league-style system with BO3 matches. Group A strengths include Bad News Bears and Extra Salt, while in Group B High Coast took the lead, surprisingly followed by RBG Esports.
ESEA Winter Cash Cups: There have been six Cash Cups currently, with the first two offering $ 8,000 in cash prizes before being pushed back to $ 15,000. The first two cups were won by Brazilian teams PaiN Gaming and YeaH Gaming respectively. The next two were won by the Bad News Bears, making the team one of NA’s best players. However, Extra Salt started out in Cup # 4 and quickly established its dominance with a win as well as Cups # 5 and # 6.
DreamHack Masters Spring 2021: North American Qualifier: Although it was only a qualifier, I decide to include it as it is recent and featured the four teams mentioned in this article. Unsurprisingly, Extra Salt took the win by beating the other 3 teams in the process. However, High Coast showed a particularly strong performance, beating both Triumph and Bad News Bears after being relegated to the bottom bracket, and managed to take a card from Extra Salt in the final.
And that’s all! Hope you enjoyed and gained some insight into the NA scene. Many quickly began to ignore the region after its disastrous 2020, but I personally have confidence in the talent of NA able to reform the region and create teams capable of being competitive against European and CIS teams, outside. by Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid.