ELeague Major Day 3 Recap & Round 4 Predictions


Mike "Ragamuffin" Ciavarella January 24th 2017 9:33 PM

Some teams are moving on to the playoffs, where others are on a plane home from Atlanta tomorrow. Let’s talk about the winners and losers of round 3 in the ELeague major.


Natus VincereRoster for Natus Vincere

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

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Marcelo "coldzera" David
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo
Joao "felps" Vasconcellos
16-3

This is the most stacked major to date. Coming into the tournament, nobody could decide who the team most likely to win would be. As the dust settled on de_dust2, a clear favorite emerged: NaVi completely wrecked SK to advance to the playoffs. Flamie and s1mple put up an impenetrable brick wall on each site, not allowing SK to get much of anything going after the pistol round. SK still have a pretty good shot at advancing to the playoffs, but they will definitely be analyzing this match in the next few days to figure out how to break through. Hopefully they don’t look too far in the future, though, as they face off against Astralis tomorrow.

  FaZe ClanRoster for FaZe Clan

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

Nick "nitr0" Cannella
Josh "jdm64" Marzano
Jonathan "EliGe" Jablonowski
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
15-15 (7-4)

Another day, another tough overtime loss for Liquid. They went up big in the first half and got off to a great start in the second half, but Faze was able to rally back each time and ultimately take the game. While EliGe came back down to earth in this one, rain led the way for Faze with 102 ADR and aizy topped the scoreboard with 35 frags. Unlike Liquid, this team has finally shown that they can win long games. They get a round 4 matchup vs. Gambit with a chance to advance, while Liquid has a good chance to stay alive against mouz.

OpTicRoster for OpTic

Will "RUSH" Wierzba
Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
Keith "NAF" Markovic
Tarik "tarik" Celik
Spencer "Hiko" Martin
> Flipsid3 TacticsRoster for Flipsid3 Tactics

Yegor "markeloff" Markelov
Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy
Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin
Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen
Denis "electronic" Sharipov
16-12

This was a big game as Flipsid3 joined their CIS counterparts HellRaisers in elimination and Optic managed to live to see another day. There were an unusual amount of terrorist side rounds for a train match – 10 for F3, 11 for Optic – as neither team could get the entry frags they needed to stop the bomb from going down. This loss is especially heartbreaking for F3 because they lost so many close rounds in the second half, particularly 2v2s and 3v3s. Optic plays another elimination map against Godsent tomorrow.

Round 4 Predictions

Current Record: 15-9 (5-3 again today, after an awful 1-3 start). These matches from now on are tough to predict given the parity of the teams, but I’ll give it my best shot.

Playoff teams: Virtus.proRoster for Virtus.pro

Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Filip "NEO" Kubski
Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski
Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
Paweł "byali" Bieliński
, Natus VincereRoster for Natus Vincere

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

Eliminated teams: HellRaisersRoster for HellRaisers

Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow
Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk
Martin "STYKO" Styk
Partik "Zero" Žúdel
Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz
, Flipsid3 TacticsRoster for Flipsid3 Tactics

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

NORTHRoster for NORTH

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

North almost went 0-3 to complete the ultimate collapse, but with the game on the line, RUBINO pulled off a 4k to send it to OT. They won the next 4 rounds and breathed a huge sigh of relief.  If Magisk putting up 108 ADR was barely enough to get by the weakest team in the tournament, I’m not sure what it will take from North to beat G2 tomorrow. But on the bright side, shox’s crew struggled against another Danish team, Astralis, today. North have additionally won the past 4 of 5 maps against the mostly French team. And with North coming off a win, and G2 a loss, they have the momentum. I say North knocks SmithZz out of probably his last major as a player and improves to 2-2.

EnVyUsRoster for EnVyUs

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

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

Battle of the pugs! These two teams have played the loosest style in the major by far, so this match tomorrow should be interesting to say the least. Both teams are coming off a win, with NV’s being a little more impressive given the scoreline. Can they make it back to back wins against Swedish teams? My money is on them, as I think they implement the fast-paced style more effectively than fnatic.

  mousesportsRoster for mousesports

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

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

Two tough losses for these teams today. The last time they met was at the ESL finals in October, where mouz took a close map. Before that was the last major, where Liquid won a BO3. The thing that worries me about mouz is that NiKo looks disinterested when the rest of his team is not doing as well as him. Until he can put his attitude aside, he is not going to go far in a major. Liquid looks like a complete, coherent team, and I think they will avoid elimination for another day.

GODSENTRoster for GODSENT

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

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

Godsent is just impossible to read on a map to map basis. So much of their success relies on JW getting aggressive frags, and again, he could just not get going today. On the other hand, optic finally caught a break going against a weaker team, and although they almost gave it away in the first half, they rallied back on T side of train to win. Godsent is way too unpredictable for me right now, so I have to pick Optic to win in another close match.

SKRoster for SK

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

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

Two teams that were thought to be nearly unbeatable coming into the major have looked incredibly human through 3 games. Their 2-1 records do not indicate how badly they were beaten down in one of their games and how closely the match went in another. Astralis might have the toughest matchups of the tournament so far, having to play the top 2 teams in the world other than them. I’m not sure why I’m so high on SK right now, because the match history points to Astralis having the momentum. Maybe I just think that FalleN will find a way to enjoy a day off in Atlanta even when the odds are against him. SK to the playoffs!

GambitRoster for Gambit

Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Rustem "mou" Telepov
Abay "hObbit" Khasenov
< FaZe ClanRoster for FaZe Clan

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

They saved the best for last on Wednesday! These are two of the most fun teams to watch in the tournament right now due to their absurd amount of individual skill and great veteran leadership. FaZe had their number when these two teams met back in October, but Gambit has come a long way since then. It’s gonna be a really close match, but I think Faze has a slight edge in this one. I’ve been wrong about literally every Gambit match so far though, so who knows.




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Ragamuffin is a Counter-Strike expert who has been following the competitive CS scene since 2004. He has a passion for competitive CS:GO and a severe inability to play it. He is also a computer engineer by day.

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