The invited team list for Northern Arena Montreal 2016 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, the second of the event organizers tournaments, has been revealed. G2 eSports, Team EnVyUs, Heroic, Team Liquid, NRG Esports, Counter Logic Gaming and OpTiC Gaming will all be traveling to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec for the tournament starting November 10 and continuing until the live finals close out the event on November 13. The one remaining spot will be given to the winner of the Call of the North qualifier, being held from October 22-23.
Northern Arena Montreal will feature a $100,000 prize pot as the event in Toronto did, which Heroic got a $15,000 chunk of when they placed third at the event. The Danish team will be looking to climb up the ladder to the number one spot, but with so many other quality teams receiving invites, it will definitely be a battle for the title.
The Call of the North qualifier will give semi-professional teams a chance to win a spot in the event, giving them a chance to play against the best competition in the world. It will be an opportunity many teams will seek out looking to prove themselves to be worthy of the professional title in the hopes of achieving the backing of sponsors or an organization to call home. I think an upset from a team coming out of this qualifier could most certainly send one of the invited teams home with a lot to think about.
Interestingly enough, the event will not feature either of the top two finishers of the last event, Immortals who finished first and Cloud9 the runner-up. Instead, it will only contain NRG who went out in groups, CLG who fell to Cloud9 in the quarter-finals, and Heroic who was previously mentioned as the third place finisher. This will leave room for an OpTic and Liquid who looked to be solid LAN performers this past weekend at ESL One New York, where after a 0-2 start OpTic managed to climb back to 2-2 before a narrow defeat to the Poles of Virtus.pro who would go on to make the finals. Liquid defeated a strong looking Fnatic two times in a row on de_dust2, making it through to the playoffs where they fell 2-1 to eventual ESL One champions, Natus Vincere.
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