ELeague Major Day 2 Recap & Round 3 Predictions


Mike "Ragamuffin" Ciavarella January 23rd 2017 9:40 PM

The matches in round 2 of the ELeague major had huge implications. There are some surprises on the list of teams on the brink of reaching the playoffs (or going home).


SKRoster for SK

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Marcelo "coldzera" David
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo
Joao "felps" Vasconcellos
> FaZe ClanRoster for FaZe Clan

Finn "karrigan" Andersen
Aleksi "allu" Jalli
Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
Håvard "rain" Nygaard
Nicola "NiKo" Kovač
15-15 (4-2)

FaZe looked to be planted in the driver’s seat for most of this match. After going up 9-6 on the T side of mirage, karrigan led his team to a 15-9 scoreline and had 6 match points. But with some huge clutch plays from fox and TACO (and a little bit of luck), FalleN’s boys did it again. They tied the game up and won this emotional match in overtime. Hopefully karrigan hasn’t carried over the choke bug from his Astralis days. Faze missed a lot of opportunities to close this one out, but they have to put this tough loss behind them and look forward to tomorrow’s game vs. Liquid. SK has a chance to make the playoffs against NaVi.

AstralisRoster for Astralis

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

Will "RUSH" Wierzba
Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
Keith "NAF" Markovic
Tarik "tarik" Celik
Spencer "Hiko" Martin
16-12

There were bound to be fireworks in a match pitting the top 2 teams in the world against one another. Optic had a great first half, taking 8 T rounds on train. But they could barely build up their bank on the CT side. Astralis had perfect timing with their wins that would not allow Optic’s economy to grow, and the North Americans succumbed to the T strats of the Danes. While Astralis now has some breathing room, Optic is desperate for a win to keep them in it despite looking great in 2 close matches. They finally get an easier match against F3, while Astralis plays G2

GambitRoster for Gambit

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

Markus "pronax" Wallsten
Andreas "znajder" Lindberg
Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson
Simon "twist" Eliasson
Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun
16-9

I should have listened to my gut! After Gambit stomped over North in round 1, they took down a red hot Godsent team in round 2. The craziest part about these two wins is that no one player is doing all the work for Gambit. Even with hObbit not finishing positive yet in the major, the other 4 players are spreading the workload around in such a way that they have no weak points. Zeus is continuing to impress by showing that he can outsmart the other team on both the T and CT sides. Godsent will be kicking themselves for not winning more T rounds. The sooner they realize their aim will only carry them so far in this event, the better. Gambit gets to play VP for a chance at playoff qualification. Godsent has to take on the French team NV.

Round 3 Predictions

Current record: 10-6 (5-3 in round 2)

 

fnaticRoster for fnatic

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

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

Both teams picked up their first win today. Dennis had to put the team on his back for a while to get past North, while the workload of mouz’s beatdown of HR was evenly distributed across the team. While fnatic has more skill on paper in this match, mouz tricked us in the qualifier when they got stomped in the first match only to breeze through the rest of their maps. I predict they will pull a similar stunt tomorrow and score a huge upset win on the backs of Niko and loWel.

GODSENTRoster for GODSENT

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

NV never had a chance today against NaVi – I think they are starting to show their true colors at this major. Godsent also had a really bad game against a red hot Gambit team. After showing up huge yesterday, JW completely vanished from the server today. Godsent need him to perform if they want to escape the Swiss bracket. His matchup against KennyS tomorrow will be crucial to the team’s victory, but I think he can turn it around and help his team snatch a close win.

NORTHRoster for NORTH

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

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

Hellraisers were not expected to be competitive against SK, but they looked even worse against mouz today. Now they have to get past a North team who have their backs against the wall after being favored to get out of the bracket. Cajunb tried his hardest to drag his team across the finish line but it wasn’t enough today. I think a similar performance will be enough tomorrow, and HR will be the first team eliminated from the major.

GambitRoster for Gambit

Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Rustem "mou" Telepov
Abay "hObbit" Khasenov
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Virtus.proRoster for Virtus.pro

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

These teams are 2-0, but made it to this point in totally different ways. VP played two very close games, while Gambit has straight up controlled each map they played. And if there’s any opposing team Zeus knows well (besides NaVi), it’s VP. This rivalry goes back to the 1.6 days – you can bet both he and TaZ will bring their A-games to this one. Snax looks unstoppable right now, but I’ve been low on Gambit for long enough. I think Zeus leads his team to another, albeit closer, victory and a 3-0 record in the major.

  AstralisRoster for Astralis

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

Astralis pulled off a big win today against Optic to keep them at .500. Device was unstoppable with 29 frags and a 1.63 rating, and dupreeh hit 100 ADR despite the close scoreline. G2, on the other hand, was on the brink of winning a huge 2nd match before they essentially threw the game away with some questionable strats. It looks like the Danes have put their horrible round 1 behind them and are ready to roll through this major, so I’m picking them to ride this momentum into the playoffs from here.

SKRoster for SK

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Marcelo "coldzera" David
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo
Joao "felps" Vasconcellos
< Natus VincereRoster for Natus Vincere

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

The finalists from 2 majors ago face off in the group stages for the second playoff spot. But both teams have gone through changes since then – SK now has Fox, while NaVi picked up s1mple. Who would you rather have on your team? NaVi have had significantly more convincing wins in this tournament, so I think they go into the playoffs alongside their old captain’s new team.

LiquidRoster for Liquid

Nick "nitr0" Cannella
Josh "jdm64" Marzano
Jonathan "EliGe" Jablonowski
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
< FaZe ClanRoster for FaZe Clan

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

Liquid pulled off a hard-fought 16-14 win against Flipsid3 today to give them some leeway in the Swiss bracket. EliGe continued to put up huge numbers – he now has 85 total frags in 2 matches + 16 OT rounds. FaZe lost a tough map today, but karrigan knows how to refocus his team after an OT loss. FaZe should win this one, rather convincingly I think.

Flipsid3 TacticsRoster for Flipsid3 Tactics

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

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

Not many predicted Optic to be 0-2 at this point, but here we are. Despite playing 2 close games, they just can’t seem to close maps out. And even with markeloff looking the way he did in 1.6, Flipsid3 still couldn’t close the map against Liquid out. These two teams had similar issues today, but the difference is that Optic has played in much tougher matches. I think they stay alive in Atlanta and send another CIS team packing tomorrow.




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