Which Esports Team Should I Support?

by Phirex

Newcomers to esports may be unsure about whether or not they need to support a team.

While supporting a team is a key part of following most other sports, in esports it does not always feel the same. With teams merging often, affinity to them can be hard to generate.

But choosing an esports team to support is still a vital rite of passage for anyone who is trying to get more interested in this expanding industry. 

The esports world is now said to be worth $1 billion a year and that figure is only going to keep on growing in the coming years.

So what are the key things to consider when you are selecting your new esports team?

The biggest and best esports teams in the world?

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Fnatic is popular across the globe – Credit: ESL

Most people will probably want to support an esports team that is likely to have some success. It is no surprise, therefore, that Team Liquid is one of the most supported esports teams around.

Team Liquid has already marked its 20th anniversary of forming and for many they are still the most important esports team in the world, despite the emergence of various rivals.

Liquid has traditionally thrived in esports such as StarCraft II and Super Smash Bros, but its strength in both Dota 2 and League of Legends has been on the rise as well.

Arguably Liquid’s main rival for the title of the world’s top esports team, Fnatic retains a strong backing thanks to its strong history, which dates all the way back to 2004.

Originally set up in the UK, Fnatic is now a truly global operation with fans of the esports team found all over the world. Fnatic became the first ever League of Legends world champions in 2011 and they are strong in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well.

Dota 2 fans are unlikely to look much further than OG when picking an esports team to support. OG has won the top tournament in the game, The International, two years in a row. OG’s captain Notail – Johan Sundstein – tops the list when it comes to career esports earnings. 

But OG’s chances of making it three TI titles in a row have been hit by star man Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka announcing earlier this year that he would be stepping back from competitive gaming.

While OG are the team to beat in Dota 2, that title goes to Astralis for CS:GO. Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz has become one of the world’s leading CS:GO players, helping Astralis to a series of major tournament titles for this esport. 

Triumphing at the IEM Katowice 2019 showed just how hard it is to beat Astralis at CS:GO.

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