Believe it or not, there was a time when people were ready to write off Luminosity Gaming. The roster that now plays for SK Gaming wasn’t always a contender for best CS:GO team in the world. No, they were once underdogs that had to prove themselves on stage, and under particularly difficult circumstances.
In November 2015, two days before the FACEIT 2015 Stage 3 Finals at DreamHack Winter, LG dropped players Lucas “steel” Lopes and Ricardo “boltz” Prass and coach Renato “nak” Nakano to sign Lincoln “fnx” Lau, Epitacio “TACO” Pessoa and Wilton “zews” Prado in the hopes they could turn around their losing record at DreamHack.
Going into the tournament, the team had very little practice. Fans had some hope, but people weren’t looking to LG to pop off at the tournament.
And in the beginning, they didn't.
A brutal 16-0 loss to Fnatic got LG off to a dismal start, but they didn't give up. They kept fighting.
With wins over EnVyUs, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team SoloMid, LG fought all the way to the Grand Finals for another shot at Fnatic. They may have lost 2-1, but it didn't matter. They weren't David and Goliath, they were Rocky and Apollo Creed, and LG would come back stronger.
Since then that roster, now with SK Gaming, has won several tournaments, including two Majors, and placed in the Top 4 of dozens more. They put Brazil on the map in CS:GO, leading several organizations to look to the region to provide strong new rosters once again.
Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.