The Checkpoint - January 24th, 2017

by Kevin Knocke

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On today's episode of The Checkpoint:

  • The CS:GO ELEAGUE Major wrapped up Day 2 and has already begun Day 3, and the surprises keep coming. No. 12 GODSENT in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings lost 9-16 to No. 17 Gambit Gaming and 3-16 to No. 3 Team EnVyUs after a stunning upset of No. 1 Astralis in the opening round. They're now on the brink of elimination from the tournament.

    No. 2 SK Gaming continues to win with stand in Fox as they defeated No. 8 FaZe Clan 19-17 on Mirage. They come up against a suddenly resurgent No. 14 Natus Vincere in the next round, where the winner will be guaranteed Legend status and a spot in the Major playoffs.

    No. 7 has also become the first Legend status team by defeating Gambit 16-10 on Train, going 3-0 in the Swiss portion of the Major.
  • LCK action picked up again yesterday as SK Telecom T1 rolled over ROX Tigers 2-0, putting them at 3-0 overall so far in the LCK, best in the league. Samsung Galaxy also won their match 2-0 over MVP, righting the ship after a crazy loss to the Afreeca Freecs in the first week of the season.
  • TSM's owner Andy "Reginald" Dinh had some words for team owners picking up Korean players in North America. “To be quite honest with you, I think that a lot of the team owners don’t really know what they’re doing. They’re importing Korean talent over without knowing how to place them into their rosters. Teams like Dignitas, Echo Fox, I don’t think they’re going to do that well. I could be wrong, but I think they’re probably going to place bottom half for sure.”

    Dignitas' coach, Park Jae-Seok, said this in response: "“When we practice with TSM, it’s clear that TSM has the right to say something like that because I think they’re very good. But I think an interview like that is actually good for us, since we saw that interview, and I went to players and talked to them about it individually. That kind of interview can be a sort of good motivation for us when we play against them next week. I also think that perhaps thinking like that this early into the season might be unadvisable.”
  • In feel good news for the day, the Rocket League community has raised $3,500 in a charity tournament and fundraiser in support of Stephen "Shalthis" Perry who recently suffered a stroke while visiting family. For more details on the GoFundMe page for #GetWellShalthis, head here.
  • Steven Cropley joined the show to talk about the demise of Danish teams in the early rounds of the Major and what teams might surprise everyone. Plus, he doubles down on his Na'Vi prediction for the major.