CS:GO Esports, What to Expect in January of 2020? Updates & Events
Truth be told, there is not a lot happening in the CS:GO esports scene at the moment. However, in this piece, I’ll provide you with everything that has been confirmed for January of 2020.
Updates in January
When it comes to updates, nothing much happened. I don’t believe that we will see a lot of changes in January as everyone is still on vacation. However, we did see a vote for a play of the decade.
Happy’s Deagle ace was voted as the best play of the century by over 28,000 people on Twitter. If you did not witness this insane ace from DreamHack Open London 2015, you can find it below.
Based on your replies, we have 8 finalists for CS:GO's play of the decade. Vote on your favorite from each poll. The top 4 vote getters will be in a winner take all poll tomorrow to determine the winner. Each poll will take votes for 24 hours!
— CS:GO (@CSGO) December 30, 2019
As for the regular updates, don’t expect any of those. However, if you enjoy Shattered Web Operation and you tend to complete weekly missions, I am positive that you will have your hands full.
Big CS:GO Tournaments & Leagues
When it comes to big CS:GO events in January of 2020, we will enjoy two of those. First and foremost, DreamHack Open Leipzig will start on January 24th. Even though teams are not yet announced for this event, we can expect a mixture of top 20 teams to fight for their share of $100,000.
BLAST is back at it again with a new league called BLAST Premier Spring Series 2020. A total of 12 teams will battle it out throughout February. The event itself will start on January 31st while the final match will be played on February 21st.
Keep in mind that all of the best teams will attend this event. Since all of the 12 teams are already announced, here is the full list of teams attending:
- Natus Vincere
- 100 Thieves
- Evil Geniuses
A total of 8 teams from the top 10 which basically means that this will be a crazy event. From my perspective, BLAST could have stepped up with the prize pool, which is currently set to $300,000.
Alongside these two major events, we will also see quite a few regional qualifiers. Since IEM Katowice 2020 will take place in February, Qualifiers have already been announced. If you are looking for esports betting opportunities, these smaller events should be your bread and butter as the skill gap here is insane.
Towards the end of January, Europe Minor Open Qualifier for the ESL One Rio 2020 Major will commence. If you are not familiar with this type of a qualifier, let me help. Basically, this is an open Qualifier where 16 teams will battle it out for 2 spots in the Closed Qualifier. You can expect lower-ranked teams to participate here. From my experience, ESL One Rio 2020 Europe Qualifier should be very tense as there are a lot of teams that will want to crawl into The New Challengers Stage.