The Checkpoint - The Virtus.plow Keeps Pushing, NA LCS Surprises

by Kevin Knocke

Today on The Checkpoint the daily esports show on that airs each weekday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT:

  • In the quarterfinals of the DreamHack Masters Las Vegas CS:GO event over the weekend, No. 2 SK Gaming in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings took out No. 5 Natus Vincere in style with a thrilling 25-22 win in triple overtime on Mirage for map number 1.

    No. 4 North defeated a very powerful No. 6 Gambit Gaming team that's looked better and better at recent events. North's 2-0 cemented their place in the semifinals.

    No. 1 Astralis easily took out No. 8 Ninjas in Pyjamas, and NiP continues their mixed performances. They've disappointed since failing to qualify for the major, and getting out of the clear weakest group in the tournament isn't exactly thrilling.

    No. 3 finally put down No. 15 mousesports in the latter's last hurrah with NiKo. mousesports had looked very strong in the group stages of the tournament with an unexpected win in Group D.
  • The semifinals were strange, especially in the No. 2 win over No. 1 Astralis 2-1. VP pummeled the Danes on Nuke and Train, winning 16-3 and 16-4, respectively, but dropped Overpass 9-16.

    No. 2 SK Gaming took out No. 4 North 2-0 with a 16-14 win on Cache and 16-9 win on Mirage.
  • In the finals, No. 3 narrowly beat No. 2 SK Gaming 2-1 with SK taking the first map on 16-8 on Cobblestone and VP taking Train and Mirage with 16-11 and 16-13 scorelines, respectively. FalleN was conspicuously absent as a player in the finals, while fer actually surprised quite a few people with his consistency.

    On VP's side, it seemed to be a case of one member stepping up after another to fill in for teammates that were struggling. Snax had a spectacular round on Train and pashaBiceps stepped up in the final map, Mirage to secure his team the win.
  • In League of Legends, day 3 of the EU LCS happened without many surprises. Both ROCCAT and Origen lost 0-2 to Splyce and Fnatic, respectively.
  • In the NA LCS, Cloud9 finally suffered a defeat at the hands of both TSM and Phoenix1, falling to 8-2 on the season. FlyQuest also went 0-2, actually losing to a resurgent Dignitas to kick things off in the week's action.

    Team SoloMid and C9 are now tied for the top spots in the league.

Steven Cropley joins the show halfway through to break down the games at DreamHack and answer the question: Who's the best in the world at CS:GO right now?