By: Zachary Lange
Despite only playing together for less than two months, the eUnited Counter Strike team is continuing to improve and currently sit in playoff contention during Season 5 of the Esports Championship Series.
Led by Skyler “Relyks” Weaver, the team of Brandon “Ace” Winn, Kaleb “moose” Jayne, Will “dazzLe” Loafman and Michael “dapr” Gulino are currently participating in two online leagues with the goal of gaining entry into the ESL Pro League (EPL). Recently, the team visited the ULT Esports training facilities in Los Angeles for a boot camp to work on communication and to play together for the first time in person as a unit.
Coach Jared “osorandom” Hartman cited in-game leader Relyks as one of the most improved.
“He takes a lot of the burden on his shoulders to make sure we are doing the best that we can, and we’re making sure that we are getting the most out of what we need to in order to improve ourselves,” osorandom said.
So how has the team performed thus far?
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Competing in Season 27 of the MDL, eUnited Counter Strike finished first in North America with a final record of 13-3. In the playoffs, the team breezed by the likes of Ronin Esports to secure a qualification spot for Season 8 of the EPL.
On May 9, eUnited will take on Swole Patrol in a best-of-three series in Leicester, United Kingdom, with the coveted EPL spot on the table for the taking.
If eUnited were to lose, there is a second chance to qualify for the EPL in a double-elimination bracket against Splyce, compLexity Gaming and Torqued.
Coach osorandom stated the high importance of the MDL, as it gives teams a chance to work their way through the ranks to the premiere Counter Strike in the competitive circuit.
In ECS, eUnited began slow with losses to NRG Esports and Renegades, but has recently turned a corner. A huge 2-0 victory over Team Liquid and OpTic Gaming, along with a 1-1 split against SK Gaming has the team sitting at 7-7 with only four games left in the season.
If eUnited were to finish in the top-4 of the ECS, they would qualify for the ECS Season 5 Finals and earn a trip to London to compete for a $660,000 prize pool, with $250,000 going to first place.
eUnited will finish Season 5 against compLexity and Rogue in the coming weeks.
In addition to their May 9 match against Swole Patrol for a spot in the EPL, eUnited will be participating in an online qualifier for DreamHack Summer on April 29. The winner of the online qualification tournament will book their ticket to Jönköping, Sweden for a $100,000 tournament from June 12-14.
Details on where to watch all of the important upcoming qualifications for eUnited Counter Strike will be announced on eUnited’s social media platforms.