Avant Gaming at a crossroads going into IEM Beijing-Haidian

Following a rollercoaster of results in the last couple of months, it appears that Avant are on an upward trajectory following success in the MDL and LPL finals.

Avant have recently found themselves in a similar position to the Chiefs line-up. Throughout 2020 they have been fighting against the opposing top 3 squads in the region in the hopes to solidify themselves as the best, or at least competition for the Renegades.

However, in recent weeks Avant have made roster changes that have resulted in their team not having a solid 5th player, much like their rivals, the Chiefs.

This however proved to restrict Avant to the same extent it would other teams as they deployed the services of Reily “Versa” Dundas on a trial basis as they looked to round out their playoff appearances in both the LPL and MDL.

The Avant line-up has been very successful in this period where teams like Order and Chiefs aren’t living up to expectations and squads like Rooster are no longer in the picture. As a result, they walked away with both trophies with wins against Order and Chiefs for the MDL and LPL titles respectively.

Going into IEM Beijing-Haidian as an invited team, it is unclear what form we will see Avant in as Versa’s trial with the squad has come to a conclusion. Now in a similar position to Chiefs, this line-up is vulnerable to the pitfalls of an unstable roster.

In order for Avant to do damage at this event, they will most likely be leaning into individual skill and aggression instead of set pieces and planned strategies that would typically require more practice to implement.

This roster is known for its sharp players and individual skill, combined with the confidence in their recent triumphs, Avant are with a shot to make the finals of this event and most likely face the Renegades.

The pressure is somewhat simmering for Avant off the back of their recent tournament wins, but is offset with their roster moves.


Avant begin their IEM Beijing-Haidian journey against Order on Friday 13th November at 5.30pm AEDT. Watch live on Twitch.

ProducerJosh Swift
Ash Whyte
Ash 'Shhlee' Whyte is all about Counter-Strike and its stories. While he did look at playing League of Legends at some point, he soon opted to specailise in CS after being told Shyvana top was apparently not 'viable' and that Bronze was not a 'good' rank.

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