PENTA Sports have been hitting the headlines recently, after a superb run of form that has seen them compete aggressively in several high-profile tournaments.
The side recently earned a credible runners-up place at the DreamHack Winter tournament in Jönköping, Sweden, dominating a number of rivals on their way to the prestigious final. Although they ultimately succumbed to a narrow, 2-1 defeat against the similarly impressive G2 ESports side in the final, their performance reaffirmed their status as one of the best and most competitive performers in the sport.
In this article, we’ll provide a profile of PENTA Sports while asking where it all began for the multi-talented outfit.
Then and now: the history of PENTA Sports
Interestingly, PENTA Sports are only five years old, yet they continue to outperform many of their longer-serving and more established rivals.
Founded in 2013 in Germany, PENTA Sports launched their gaming operation on 5th January 2014. This followed a merger of five independent clubs including: Concordia Gaming, Club DiamondZ eV, KomaCrew eV, KD-Gaming eV and logiX eV.
Success came relatively easy to the side too, with them reaching the finals at the Spring Season 14 of the ESL Pro Series in 2014. It was during this time they became established as one of the world’s most promising League of Legends performers, while they also built an extremely talented Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster before the year was out.
Soon after, PENTA Sports claimed their first major triumph in the ESEA Season 17 Main Division in Europe, beating off serious competitors in process and qualifying for the $250,000 DreamHack winter tournament that they recently excelled in.
In doing so, they became the first ever German side to reach the knockout stage at CS: GO, while their eventual retirement in the quarter-finals netted them $10,000 in earnings and completed a memorable first year in the sport.
PENTA Sports spent most of the next couple of years changing their rosters and entering a period of sustained transition, although they did manage to win a local ESL tournament and $22,000 in prize money during this time.
The team have arguably started to see the fruits of these changes over the course of the last 18 months, with PENTA Sports winning the Rainbow Six Siege in 2017 and competing in the first and second edition of the Pro League hosted by EA Sports.
In February of this year, they also won the Six Invitationals in Canada, which was the first major tournament of 2018 and one that paid out $500,000 in prize money. PENTA Sports claimed $200,000 of this with their title win, following a thrilling 3-2 win against Evil Geniuses in the final.
Game specialties and the top performers
Some have argued that the secret of the team’s success lies in their focus, as PENTA Sports currently employ only six professional rosters. Not only this, but the outfit recently allowed their entire Rainbow Six Siege team join G2 ESports and built an entirely new roster for upcoming championships with players such as “Pengu”, “jOONAS”, “Goga”, “Kantoraketti” and in-game leader “Fabian” all joining as G2’s Rainbow Six Siege stars.
As a progressive and innovative team, it should also come as no surprise that PENTA Sports own three academy and non-professional sides. These include FIFA and Hearthstone rosters and their female Rainbow Six side are also as talented as they are ground-breaking.
In terms of players, PENTA Sports can call on a number of stars during tournaments (including those that have graduated from its academy). One of the side’s star performers is Lucas ‘Hungry’ Reich, who despite being 22 years old has managed to achieve a player rating of 44 and excelled in various tournaments.
His specialties are Rainbow Six Siege and CS:GS, while he’s currently renowned as one of the best eSports players in Europe.
Reich’s Rainbow Six teammate Julian “Enemy” Blin is another superb player, and one who has come into exceptional form this year. The youngster, who has won an impressive $6,123.20 from just six tournament appearances this year (and $9,123.20 from seven championships overall), has really come into his own in 2018 and is now ranked as the 240th best player in France.
In 2018, Enemy also has an outstanding win-rate of 67.12%, and this has underpinned the sides success in Rainbow Six Siege tournaments to date.
Looking ahead to the future
The future’s certainly bright for PENTA Sports, who are also looking forward to competing at the Six Invitational Finals in February, 2019.
Here, the side will look to defend the title won in earlier this year, while also competing against the best eight teams in the world and for a prize fund in excess of $1 million.
While there’s little doubt that G2 ESports will start as the favourites here, the sheer skill and strategic aptitude of Penta’s Rainbow Six roster could make them capable of beating almost any competitor on their day.