After the group drawings yesterday, everything is set for the start of the regular season of the 160,000 Euro Extreme Masters tournament. The best European Counter-Strike teams participate in this prestigious new league. We continue with our presentation of the participants with teams like Pentagram, GoodGame and x6tence.
The Russians from Begrip had a hugeplace to fill after the somewhat legendary Swedish team fell apart. So far they have not yet been able to make a mark on the international Counter-Strike scene. The Extreme Masters will be their chance to show Russia is more than Virtuspro.
Last season they were the surprise of the German EPS and now they are again putting down decent results and look to qualify for the Grand Finals. With teams like aTTaX and mousesports struggling the honor best best German team is up for grabs and ID are certainly looking to fight for it.
Poland has always been represented by Pentagram and this with mixed results. Their first major breakthrough was at the SEC in 2005 when they beat SK Denmark, recently they were also able to win the WSVG event in London beating Hoorai in a thrilling final. The Extreme Masters will show if this win was a fluke or not.
After the now infamous aTTaX split mTw was the team which got the most out of this incident. With silver and tixo they were able to add two very good players to their roster and they will now aim to achieve the same results as aTTaX did with a lot of practice.
This French team is one of the longest standing organisations in the European Scene. In the early days they would go to every international event and would compete for the top places. The last few years they have dropped back a bit and are looking to rebuild a strong lineup. With emulate ruling the French Counter-Strike scene at the moment GoodGame will do all it takes to get further in the Extreme Masters than their arch rivals.
The Spanish team recently lost their star player MusambaN1, with whom they had a taste of international fame when they won some local Spanish events against major European teams such as NiP. The Extreme Masters will mostly be a test to see if this new lineup has the potential to compete with the European elite in the future.