Rare Atom look to continue winning form against newcomers in TreA
Mongolian squads Team Renewal and Wings Up make it to the international stage
New Happy look to make a return after a prolonged hiatus from international competition
Lynn Vision Gaming and IHC seem to be dead even based on recent performances
Newcomers TrEa face an uphill battle against well-established pro players in Rare Atom.
Rare Atom is a fairly well-established Chinese esports organization that has built a name for itself as one of the top teams from this geographic region. Formerly known as ViCi Gaming, we’ve had our eyes on Rare Atom for a while now.
Apart from a couple of bad outings in the last two years, Rare Atom has enjoyed top -10 finishes in almost every single competition that they have entered since April 2019. This sort of consistency is hard to beat and gives us enough reason to believe that they are going to have a strong performance against TrEa, who has just risen above the regional circuits in China to play in their first major international tournament.
TreA is a relatively young team, having officially formed early in 2022. As a team, they are relatively unknown in international circuits, making them a sleeper entrant into the eXTREMESLAND Festival. They are coming off a tournament win in the eXTREMESLAND Cities Championship #1.
However, they face stacked odds by going up against established top-tier players in Rare Atom in the qualifier round. If they do manage to pull off an upset, it will be their breakthrough on their international scene. However, we believe that Rare Atom’s present form will be hard to beat for an up-and-coming team.
Chinese CS:GO pioneers TYLOO will be looking to make a statement against an in-form Team Renewal.
TYLOO is a pro-tournament staple in the Asian circuit and is widely known as the pioneer of competitive CS:GO in China. TYLOO was formed in 2007 and has a long and storied history associated with the rise of esports in the region. Being closely associated with the scene for so long has allowed the Chinese team to reach the highest tiers of the sport, with regular appearances in A and S-Tier tournaments.
In their last outing, TYLOO took part in the BLAST Premier World Leaderboard 2022 tournament and placed 28th-35th among the highest-rated teams in the world. Prior to BLAST World, TYLOO has been in good form, earning a series of top 5 finishes in the last year, with 18 wins against 17 losses in the last six months.
Team Renewal will have their work cut out for them since they’re facing off against the pioneers of the Chinese CS:GO scene in TYLOO. Hailing from Mongolia, Team Renewal has had a series of strong top-5 finishes in the first half of 2022, and this match could be a pivotal change of guard in Asian esports.
Team Renewal was founded only in February 2021 and has wasted no time in making a splash on the Asian esports scene as one of the top teams to emerge from Mongolia in the recent past. In the last 6 months, Team Renewal has played 11 games and won only a single game - this could be due to the fact that they are finally facing stiffer competition by moving up the global rankings. Going into eXTREMESLAND with a K/D ratio of just 0.69, Team Renewal will face an uphill battle in their opening match against the veterans in TYLOO.
New Happy look set to make a comeback after some time away from the international scene.
Wings Up faces off against another rising star of the regional Chinese scene in New Happy. Wings Up Gaming is a well-funded esports organization that used to be sponsored by the TSGaming E-Sports club. Founded in 2019 as OneThree, it rebranded as OneThree.TSG while it was associated with the esports club. On September 5 2020, it rebranded to call itself Wings Up Gaming and began a campaign of strong finishes in an array of regional tournaments.
Wings Up has not finished outside of the top 10 in 2022, and it will be interesting to see if an upcoming team like New Happy will be able to disrupt its momentum in the eXTREMESLAND Festival. However, it might be a tough ask, since Wings Up Gaming won the offline qualifiers with a 2:0 clean sweep against Face Your Fears. In the last six months, Wings Up has played 64 games with 36 wins and 28 losses, bringing a K/D Ratio of 1.04 to eXTREMESLAND Festival 2022.
New Happy is playing on the international stage for the first time in 2022. However, it has been engaged in regular competition on the regional level and topped out the Cities Championship #2 to earn a direct invite to the finals of the eXTREMESLAND Festival 2022
New Happy is bringing an x-factor into the tournament because it is hard to predict how it will perform against the level of competition expected in one of Asia’s biggest CS:GO tournaments. Before going on Hiatus, New Happy saw a string of bad results that likely contributed to its exit from the international scene. In 2021, it played only 30 games, losing 21 and winning 9.
However, the team seems to have made a resurgence to winning form with its domination of the regional scene - leading us to believe that it could shock the world in its opening game against Wings Up, even if the win isn't eventually sealed.
Lynn Vision Gaming
Lynn Vision playing against IHC should be the most hotly contested playoff game in the tournament.
Like Lynn Vision Gaming, IHC Esports has also had a series of strong finishes in the year, even placing a commendable 20th in an S-Tier Masters tournament. IHC joined Team Renewal in representing Mongolia on the international stage, and comparing the stats for the two teams will reveal that IHC has also had a very successful 2022, finishing 2nd place in the IESL World Esports Championship in November.
Despite the difference in the quality of competition that both teams have faced in 2022, we believe that this might be the most evenly contested opening round of the tournament. IHC has been even busier than Lynn Vision, playing 109 games in the last six months.
Impressively, they won 70 and lost 39 with a K/D ratio of 1.07. In this playoff, we would pick Lynn Vision but only as slight favorites as both teams seem to be in exceptional form, making us look forward to this particular playoff game the most.
Lynn Vision Gaming finished on top in the eXTREMESLAND Chinese Qualifier and has been on a great run of wins through 2022, with no finishes outside the top 8 since February. 2022 has been a busy year for the team; it has played 49 matches in the last six months and cleaned out the competition with 37 wins to 12 losses, giving the team a K/D ratio of 1.18.
In addition to the outstanding form, Lynn Vision has had a breakthrough on the global stage, recently winning ESL Challenger League Asia, which has resulted in qualification to the ESL Pro League. Lynn Vision is currently just a few steps away from the upper echelons of competitive CS:GO and the team might be out to create an example of its opponents in the opening round of eXTREMESLAND Festival 2022.
Teams: Rare Atom vs TrEa, TYLOO vs Team Renewal, Wings Up vs New Happy, IHC vs Lynn Vision
Time: Saturday, December 24 at 1 am ET onwards
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