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CEVO-P Placement Tournament Preview

Cyber Evolution (CEVO) is an online eSports league that features pay-to-play competition, tournaments and events. The Professional division contains teams that comprise the highest level of Counter-Strike  competition in North America. The CEVO Professional Placement Tournament is used a qualifier to determine what teams are worthy of participating in the Professional division.

The tournament format is as follows:

Initial group play using Best of Three maps. The top 16 teams will be moved into a double elimination bracket. Team seeding will be determined using CEVO's CPI formula derived from each team's results in their specific group. The 4 teams that have advanced to Upper Bracket Finals and Lower Bracket Finals will receive invitations to participate in Season 10 of CEVO-Professional Counter-Strike 1.6. The 21 remaining teams that did not advance will receive invitations to the CEVO-Main Counter-Strike Division.

eMazing Gaming (formerly known as zEx)

Kevin "aZn" Wang
Vincent "Vincent -x1-" Junior
Anthony "m4gic" Coriale
Aran "i0nZ" Curbelo
Charlie "cbz" Pyo

Although the roster isn't packed full of all stars, this team has shown that it works very well together in game, winning the rounds they should win and using their mid round jamming to come up with the rounds they shouldn't. Kevin “aZn” Wang's return to this classic team is does indeed post a substantial threat to major teams participating in this event, such as JMC, PoV, Sway and Dynasty. zEx did accumulate a couple of losses to teams qualified for the PPT. A week 7 loss to Hyeng's Money Crew, and 3rd round playoff loss to Sway Gaming (thank goodness for double elimination) could be an indication of this team's potential weakness against passive teams.

JaX Money Crew

Michael "method" So
David “zid” Chin
Sal “Volcano” Garozzo
Justin “sunman” Summy
Erik “da bears” Stromberg

With the unfortunate break up of Team 3D spilling a bunch of talent into the free agent market, JaX pulls off a blockbuster deal, nabbing Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Michael “method” So. Based on individual talent and experience, JMC should be all but unstoppable in this tournament. Whether or not they can get it together and make it through a tough first match against zEx remains to be seen, but it's very hard to bet against such an outstanding roster. This team's success hinges on their ability to not make any mistakes, but with the kind of veteran experience they will be bringing, that seems very unlikely.

Sway Gaming


Dave "heller" Marentette
Tyler "medic" James
Matt "adr" Caverly
Wilson "ryennn" Chen
Pedro "YaYooo-" Morim

When it comes to Counter-Strike, few countries have had as much parity amongst its representative teams as Canada. It's been back and forth between Sway, NoPression and motus for the top spot all year. Sway could get a massive head start for 2009 if they can pull off some upset wins against teams they will encounter late in the tournament. That is not to say their first match against TRP is going to be easy. Sway has shown their ability to dig their feet in and shut down major teams before, taking a win over zEx in CEVO-M playoffs last season, and taking down team34 and Team to Beat in Season 8 of CEVO-M play. Sway, although not the biggest threat, shouldn't be taken lightly, especially with their propensity to get hot and get in the way of major teams.

team34

Blake "nolimit" Burton
Jason "thetoy" Brownlee
Chris "truls" Navratil
Zach "tigerz" Vogel
Alex "millipede" Abbott

Another underdog team that seems to find themselves stuck on the outside looking in season after season. They played very well at the CAL-Main level, but their shortcomings were quickly revealed early in CAL-Invite play next season. They have the potential to take out a favorite or major team and make things interesting in group play. Their first match against Dynamo is probably going to be a close one.

Paragon of Virtue


Kris "kris" Romillo
Nick "spectro" Olea
Paul "Adrenaline" Baker
Peter "bgz" Johnson
Taylor "taylor" Neal

PoV has been a perennial underdog since they arrived on the scene of North American CS 1.6, always in the hunt in league play, but consistently getting shut down by larger teams. This team has shown flashes of brilliance, like when they went fairly deep into the CEVO Atomic Theory tournament before being ousted by zeroFaith in the 6th round. PoV is going to have a tough go in group play, having been stuck with both zEx and JMC, but they can easily clean up the other teams in their group They'll certainly require zEx or JMC to drop a match if they hope to advance.

Mug N Mouse


Travis "chief" Bechtol
Josh "punkvillE" Dacus
Daniel "MuMiX" Mott
Ryan "siyxx" Allen
Kevin "bzrk" Russell
Joseph "cfx" Tressa

MNM is once again making a run at the top of North American Counter-Strike with new players and a new found motivation to rebuild MNM's reputation as a top North American franchise. Now past the unfortunate period of open tryouts and repeated stompings by major teams, MNM looks to be on the right track following their preparations for this season's CEVO PPT. Mug N mainstays Josh "punkvillE" Dacus and Daniel "MuMiX" Mott are surely going to be on top of things, but the lack of exceptional talent with which to roll over lesser teams has become de rigeur for this organization. Perhaps they have found something different in this roster that will put them over the top and in a position to fight it out with the favourites in brackets. A first match against Green Berets will be a very difficult test for Mug N Mouse. Their group is the most even of all the groups assembled, with 4 great teams and one team in zeroFaith that is an upset machine waiting to get turned on.

The Realist Project


Lover "lover" Nang
Mike "CuZ1H" Nang
Chris "projeckt" Costoso
Aurele "quick" Hebert
Mike "fallen" Cika  
Robert "RobinsoN" Robinson

Another one of those teams with a standout player or two and a few up-and-comers to finish out the roster.  Mike "CuZ1H" Nang spent a couple of years floating around near the top of Counter-Strike in North America and he is likely going to be the MVP in most of the matches this team will play. This specific line up hasn't been seen in action yet, so any predictions one makes would be pure speculation. You can be sure that they will make things very difficult for Sway in their group.

Dynasty Gaming


Demir "wrd" Decevic
Clive "TheProblem" Banarsee
Don "b33f" Frain
Fadil "Nepo-" Canovic
Jon "broodex" Gibbons

Dynasty Gaming (or j1n, as it once was) has been an underachiever in seasons past. Chalk it up to almost constant roster changes and a lack of cohesiveness, but many of the players who played on this team's roster are much better than their league records would lead you to believe. If they can get their act together, they'll take their group easily, but with their track record for lack of practice and miscommunication, and they could get left out to dry by backfire or SLP if they don’t keep their heads together.

Comments: Add a Comment

quote#1 CA CounTeR 03/01/2009 - 18:31:26
That "Public Beta" banner in the corner is freaking me out.

quote#2 US Ensane 03/01/2009 - 19:06:07
Sounds good , good luck to all the teams

quote#3 US foobz 03/01/2009 - 19:19:05
Going to make for some great HLTV action

quote#4 US fawnz 03/01/2009 - 19:27:36
good read :)
nice site

quote#5 US shlorn 03/01/2009 - 19:28:47
yeah i agree, cevo is gunna be awsome to watch this season.

quote#6 US FuzzyHat 03/01/2009 - 19:48:38
Great writeup, expecting alot from Insider E-Sports :) Cant wait to see how this community grows!

quote#7 US ali 03/01/2009 - 20:12:33
jax money crew got to take this!

quote#8 AL hoozah 03/01/2009 - 22:09:29
b33f is a stunner

quote#9 US shiggz-_- 03/01/2009 - 22:23:09
lol at your 34 post. Everyone on 34 has been cevo-p. So, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. Whoever wrote this article is awful.

"Based on individual talent and experience, JMC should be all but unstoppable in this tournament"

lol, they have been playing source. You actually think they are going to be unstoppable because of what they did in the past? This is 2009, not 2006. There are new talents.

quote#10 US peawok 04/01/2009 - 12:11:58
Originally posted by US shiggz-_-lol at your 34 post. Everyone on 34 has been cevo-p. So, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. Whoever wrote this article is awful.



"Based on individual talent and experience, JMC should be all but unstoppable in this tournament"



lol, they have been playing source. You actually think they are going to be unstoppable because of what they did in the past? This is 2009, not 2006. There are new talents.


i actually agree with this post... dont think JMC is going to dominate after years of source and sunman has been on vacation so they have NO practice.

maybe they'll be good... but i cant see them DOMINATING..

quote#11 CA CounTeR 04/01/2009 - 13:03:33
Originally posted by US shiggz-_-lol at your 34 post. Everyone on 34 has been cevo-p. So, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. Whoever wrote this article is awful.



"Based on individual talent and experience, JMC should be all but unstoppable in this tournament"



lol, they have been playing source. You actually think they are going to be unstoppable because of what they did in the past? This is 2009, not 2006. There are new talents.




Since when is Counter-Strike an individual game? team34 (The whole thing) has been getting rolled up since they made it to CEVO-M.

As for the former CGS players not being able to perform in 1.6, have a look at what fRoD, aZn, Volcano, Ksharp, zid, Grt and da bears have been doing in 1.6 after playing Source for a year or more. They turned out alright if you ask me.

Even guys who haven't touched 1.6 are doing great.

The problem is when players start playing both games in leagues, practicing for one game one day and the other the next. This is what causes problems, but none of these teams are doing that. They have all chosen the game they want to play, and they are sticking with it.

-CounTeR

quote#12 US Var1ables 04/01/2009 - 14:06:54
Originally posted by US peawokOriginally posted by US shiggz-_-"Based on individual talent and experience, JMC should be all but unstoppable in this tournament"

lol, they have been playing source. You actually think they are going to be unstoppable because of what they did in the past? This is 2009, not 2006. There are new talents.

i actually agree with this post... dont think JMC is going to dominate after years of source and sunman has been on vacation so they have NO practice.

maybe they'll be good... but i cant see them DOMINATING..

Even so, if their weakest link is sunman, they have a really strong weak link.

quote#13 IL Infernal 04/01/2009 - 14:50:48
Originally posted by US shiggz-_-lol at your 34 post. Everyone on 34 has been cevo-p. So, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. Whoever wrote this article is awful.



"Based on individual talent and experience, JMC should be all but unstoppable in this tournament"



lol, they have been playing source. You actually think they are going to be unstoppable because of what they did in the past? This is 2009, not 2006. There are new talents.


They are supposedly pugging the tournament as they have had barely no time to practice.

I'm pretty sure they can easily make it out of group. To CEVOP, I'm not sure.

quote#14 US JSchimmy 04/01/2009 - 22:39:01
aZn will winnN! :)

quote#15 US pablo 05/01/2009 - 12:56:52
Originally posted by IL Infernal
They are supposedly pugging the tournament as they have had barely no time to practice.

I'm pretty sure they can easily make it out of group. To CEVOP, I'm not sure.


yeah im not convinced after their last match that jmc will make it into cevoP, but that was their first match, and emg played good so i guess we'll have to wait and see :/

quote#16 CA CounTeR 05/01/2009 - 13:31:46
zEx/eMg (Both middle letters are capitalized? lololol) looked very freaking good against JMC. It looked like JMC was working off of picks most the time. Once they get some set strats running and their positions down, I think they'll get to the top real quick.

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