ESL One Cologne's gonna show what the top teams are made of before Krakow. And there's a lot of good storylines too.
SK have been on a great roll over the past tournaments, winning two premier ones in IEM Sydney and ECS S3 Finals. They had a bit of an identity crisis after adding felps last Winter, but they've been able to integrate him into the team system, and everyone on SK is really strong, and they're at the moment the best team in the world.
The other elite teams aren't that far behind though. Faze since adding niko have been spectacular, winning Starseries S3 and making a few grand final appearances. They're another threat to look out for, and after being beaten by SK a few times (and being incredibly close to winning too), it'll be interesting to see if they'll adapt.
G2 since the French shuffle in February needed a few months to mold. But once the glue came together, they've been really good, taking the EPL S5 Finals in particular. With a lot of big fish around at Cologne, we'll see if they can come out on top. They're the last elite team that's at Cologne, since Astralis decided not to attend so they can prepare for the Major.
For the rest of the European side, they have a lot of prove. North have been in a weird state since adding Aizy, sometimes making it out of groups and sometimes going out. fnatic got their early 2016 roster back together, but they're also in flux. mouseports have improved slowly but surely since niko left, with oskar being one of their new stars.
Navi and Virtuspro have been on slumps of their own. Navi removed their long time coach starix but haven't made any headway since then, and VP are...VP. Heroic haven't shown that much in a few months after valde left, and NiP are the biggest question mark after missing on the major in tragic fashion, alongside friberg being out for rez.
The NA teams are usually question marks for me, as they can feel inconsistent. C9 has swung back into a decent form (something something summer season), but I'm not sure how long they can keep it. Liquid actually have a stable roster, but had a heartbreaking loss to F3 in the Major Qualifier, costing them a spot at the Major. Optic are the worst of the 3, missing on the major and marking their decreasing slump over the past few months after losing their IGL stanislaw.
Finally there's Tyloo and Space Soldiers. Tyloo haven't had good international showings, and they recently added peacemaker as their coach. For Space Soldiers, I've heard good things about them, and this'll be their first big event to show what they got.