ELeague Major Day 1 Recap & Round 2 Predictions


Mike "Ragamuffin" Ciavarella January 22nd 2017 9:03 PM

Day 1 of the Swiss bracket has past, and while there were a few close games, the blowouts were the real story. I recap the best matches of the day and dish some round 2 predictions.


GambitRoster for Gambit

Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Rustem "mou" Telepov
Abay "hObbit" Khasenov
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NORTHRoster for NORTH

René "cajunb" Borg
Mathias "MSl" Lauridsen
Emil "magiskb0y" Reif
Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Philip "aizy" Aistrup
16-8

A game that the newly minted North, by a lot or a little, was expected to win went completely in the other direction. The 2nd best team out of Denmark was never really in this one, as the mastermind Zeus outwitted MSL at every turn. The most telling round was a save where North stacked the B bombsite after Gambit attacked it 5 times in a row. Zeus read the play like a book and calmly walked his team into the A bombsite unopposed and took an essentially free round. Under the Ukrainian’s leadership, Gambit has grown into a serious threat in this major, and their easy dispatching of one of the best challengers has caught everyone’s eye.  Meanwhile, North has to figure out how to rekindle that magic they had in November, and fast, because there are no free matches in this tournament. They get a rough round 2 matchup against fnatic, and Gambit gets to take on GODSENT .

Virtus.proRoster for Virtus.pro

Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Filip "NEO" Kubski
Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski
Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
Paweł "byali" Bieliński
> OpTicRoster for OpTic

Will "RUSH" Wierzba
Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
Keith "NAF" Markovic
Tarik "tarik" Celik
Spencer "Hiko" Martin
16-13

By the time Virtus.pro called a timeout, the scoreline was already 5-1 and the game looked to be getting away from them. NAF had opened the map with a crazy 1v3 pistol clutch, and VP seemed somewhat stunned by it. But the Poles always find a way to rally back, and as usual, a large part of their effort came from Snax. 2016’s 5th best player had some huge rounds with the sniper to pull his team back into it by the end of the first half. The second half was streaky until Snax won another round with the AWP, this time a 1v2 clutch, to break the North American team’s economy. It was a dagger, as VP won out to close the game at 16-13. Optic shouldn’t be too upset about this loss; other than a few crucial whiffs from mixwell at the end of the game, not many mistakes were made. They played one of the best teams in the tournament incredibly close in many of these players’ first major appearance. But to make a bad situation worse, they get matched up against Astralis in round 2. VP get rewarded with G2.

  LiquidRoster for Liquid

Nick "nitr0" Cannella
Josh "jdm64" Marzano
Jonathan "EliGe" Jablonowski
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
< EnVyUsRoster for EnVyUs

Christophe "SIXER" Xia
Kenny "KennyS" Schrub
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer
Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
Cédric "RpK" Guipouy
15-15 (10-6)

At one point in this game, the score was 15-9 and nV was looking to wrap up their first win of the major. But with all of his teammates killed, jdm64 pulled off the play of the tournament so far: a ridiculous 1v5 AWP clutch without the bomb. This round sparked the Americans and allowed them to claw their way to overtime – 3 overtimes to be exact. But at the end of the day, the French team took the first 4 rounds in the 3rd overtime to clinch the map. NBK- and EliGe both played amazing and will be players to look out for in round 2, when they  play NaVi and F3,respectfully.

2nd Round Predictions

Record after round 1: 5-3

mousesportsRoster for mousesports

Chris "ChrisJ" de Jong
Nicola "NiKo" Kovač
Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran
Timo "Spidii" Richter
Denis "denis" Howell
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HellRaisersRoster for HellRaisers

Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow
Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk
Martin "STYKO" Styk
Partik "Zero" Žúdel
Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz

Both of these teams got dismantled in round 1 by superior opponents. Additionally, their history is back and forth, making this hard to predict. The last time they played, mouz took 2 maps off HR, but HR won big when it mattered most at the major qualifier in December. Despite the bigger loss today, mouz has looked really good when loWel steps up. I’m picking the Spaniard’s team to win in this close match.

Natus VincereRoster for Natus Vincere

Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
Denis "seized" Kostin
Egor "flamie" Vasilyev
Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
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EnVyUsRoster for EnVyUs

Christophe "SIXER" Xia
Kenny "KennyS" Schrub
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer
Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
Cédric "RpK" Guipouy

It took nV a blown 15-9 lead and 3 overtimes to put away one of the weaker teams in the tournament. NaVi throttled a team equally as weak, and evenly distributed the workload while they did it. NaVi should get through this one only slightly less easily.

FaZe ClanRoster for FaZe Clan

Finn "karrigan" Andersen
Aleksi "allu" Jalli
Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Nicola "NiKo" Kovač
< SKRoster for SK

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Marcelo "coldzera" David
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo
Joao "felps" Vasconcellos

The Brazilians put their doubters to rest today. Even with fox standing in, they controlled the entire HellRaisers match. It seems like FalleN has carved out a spot for the Portuguese player, and he is now licking his lips at the opportunity to get revenge against his former team. But it won’t be easy – rain scored a ridiculous 1.64 rating as Karrigan’s team shut down Flipsid3 today. This is going to be a close one, but I give the edge to SK. FalleN has already tweeted that “this match is for fox”, and the 2-time defending champions playing with a chip on their shoulder is a scary thought.

Flipsid3 TacticsRoster for Flipsid3 Tactics

Yegor "markeloff" Markelov
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy
Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin
Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen
Denis "electronic" Sharipov
< LiquidRoster for Liquid

Nick "nitr0" Cannella
Josh "jdm64" Marzano
Jonathan "EliGe" Jablonowski
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz

Flipsid3 couldn’t make it to double digits against FaZe, and the only real positive they can take away from the match is that electronic is playing well. B1ad3 was seen shouting at his team between rounds, clearly frustrated with their performance. The team looks disorganized – they have a lot of work to do in the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, Liquid, despite a tough loss today, is showing the same resilience that got them to the finals at the last major. EliGe is almost unanimously the best American CS player at the moment, and Pimp has really grown into his role on the team. With more plusses to take away from today’s matches, I give the clear advantage to Liquid in this one.

NORTHRoster for NORTH

René "cajunb" Borg
Mathias "MSl" Lauridsen
Emil "magiskb0y" Reif
Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Philip "aizy" Aistrup
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fnaticRoster for fnatic

Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
Dennis "dennis" Edman
Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
Jesper "JW" Wecksell

North got a shock to their system today. Major newcomers magiskb0y and k0nfig now know that there are no freebie matches in a major. MSL had a rough morning, but he should fare better against a fnatic team who, unlike Gambit, has not been practicing much at all. They seem like they are planning to coast by solely on the massive amount of skill they have. This can work somewhat well against another team who is going through a roster shuffle soon (G2), but North is much more organized than the Frenchmen. North should take this one.

OpTicRoster for OpTic

Will "RUSH" Wierzba
Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
Keith "NAF" Markovic
Tarik "tarik" Celik
Spencer "Hiko" Martin
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AstralisRoster for Astralis

Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye

What a brutal round 2 matchup for the top two teams in the world. While Optic put up a pretty good fight against Virtus.pro, Astralis struggled mightily against Godsent. Astralis might be the world #1 and have the best non-Brazilian player in the world, but they have not shown yet that they deserve those ratings yet. Optic are in better form, and if NAF plays the way he did today, the North Americans will continue the choke-stralis tradition.

GODSENTRoster for GODSENT

Markus "pronax" Wallsten
Andreas "znajder" Lindberg
Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson
Simon "twist" Eliasson
Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun
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GambitRoster for Gambit

Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Rustem "mou" Telepov
Abay "hObbit" Khasenov

Zeus showed today that not only is he one of the smartest players in Counter Strike history, but he can also frag when he needs to. He top fragged against North, and the Kazakh duo of AdreN and mou are not far behind. Gambit firing on all cylinders looks deadly for any team facing them.  Godsent had a very impressive, dominating win against the world #1 Astralis. JW completely locked down the Danes on the CT side of train, making him key in their 12 CT rounds. These are two of the most underrated teams coming into the tournament. As badly as I want to cheer for Gambit, I think the Swedes’ win was more impressive today, so I give them a slight advantage in this one. Expect a close match.

Virtus.proRoster for Virtus.pro

Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Filip "NEO" Kubski
Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski
Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
Paweł "byali" Bieliński
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G2Roster for G2

Richard "shox" Papillon
Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux
Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
Kenny "KennyS" Schrub
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt

Virtus.pro showed the world why they can never be counted out by rallying back from a sizable first-half deficit. Snax was unbelievable with the AWP today and has started his run for another top 20 spot on the right foot. G2 beat fnatic in the puggiest match of the day. It was a good warmup, but they’ll need to show much better team play in this game. I doubt that is going to happen, and I give another round 2 victory to VP in this one.




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