As big as the PGL Major was, it’s important to remember that Buy CSGO Skins it was just one tournament. As rich, important, and pressure-packed as any on the 2017 calendar, yes. But still just one in a very busy schedule of events.
Remember that Gambit and Immortals weren’t lagging outside of most top 10 lists because prognosticators refused to pay them proper attention. It was because their results in other competitions didn’t give sufficient reason to rank them higher.
Gambit’s Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev spoke numerous times during the major about how poorly the team had performed in practice coming into the event, how they seemed to lose to every team they played against regardless of their opposition’s stature or ranking.
Finals opponent Immortals had a dire placement at ESL One Cologne earlier in the month, being one of the first teams eliminated after consecutive losses to Team Liquid, G2 Esports, and Cloud9. Two of those teams failed to reach the playoffs in Krakow. The third, Team Liquid, still did not even qualify.
This doesn’t mean the event’s results should be taken with a grain of salt or that neither team deserves ample credit. Gambit Esports were clearly the world’s best team on the biggest stage Counter-Strike has to offer, and that likely means more than an entire season of results in smaller or even mid-sized events.
Immortals may have been buoyed by a more fortuitous path to the final and they suffered their own share of losses along the way, but they ultimately did what they had to do to reach the final and were just a few rounds removed from claiming a major championship trophy.
This is actually the nature of the contemporary Counter-Strike landscape. Dozens of tournaments throughout the year as well as nearly as many groups capable of winning them all. Rather than fretting about where to rank everyone, fans should just sit back and enjoy the most exciting and dynamic competitive landscape the game has yet seen.