Even though everyone watched ESL One New York 2017 with baited breath, that’s not the only place where interesting matches were going on.
In Group B of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, North, Fnatic, Immortals, and mousesports fought for the right to play in the Playoffs, which promised the chance to fight for the $500,000 first place prize.
In the opening matches, Immortals faced mousesports, while North played Fnatic. Immortals fielded Raphael “cogu” Camargo instead of Vito “kNg” Giuseppe. IMT and mouz faced off on Cobblestone. In the first half, IMT played CT and barely managed to win it, 8-7. In the second, once they got the chance to play Terrorist, Immortals were much more self-assured, closing out the map 8-1.
Then, North faced off against Fnatic in the second opener of the Group Stage on Mirage. In their first half, played as Counter-Terrorists, North managed to earn themselves a three-point lead, 9-6. In the second half, Fnatic did everything in their power to win the second half and force a tie, but came up short, winning it but losing the half, with the score of 8-7. Unfortunately, the 7 points North managed to get meant that they won the map 16-14 and advanced to the winners’ match.
Next, North faced Immortals in a hotly contested return to the scandalous DreamHack Montreal Finals matchup. The first half went in Immortals’ favor 8-7, but North was able to match the result on their own Terrorist side of the second half. Then, it was time for Overtime. One 6-round half wasn’t enough to find the winner, so the second one was played. In the end, North managed to come out victorious, 22-20.
Then, Fnatic played mousesports for their ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 life. Overpass and Nuke were banned first. Then, mouz picked Train, while Fnatic elected to play on Mirage, after which Cache and Inferno were banned, leaving Cobblestone as the decider map.
On Train, Fnatic dominated mouz in the first half, winning CT-side 13-2. In the second half, mousesports weren’t at all successful in catching up, only picking up two points before Fnatic got the four they needed to win the map 16-5.
On Mirage, the two teams played more evenly, even though mousesports won the first half handily, 10-5. In the second half, Fnatic picked up eight points, but couldn’t stop mousesports from reaching 16 and winning the map.
The decider was a swingy affair. Whoever got to play CT won convincingly. Mousesports started off with an 11-4 half, but Fnatic was more successful, knocking mouz around 12-2 and winning the map 16-13 and series 2-1.
The Group D decider between Fnatic and Immortals was set to take place on Train, Inferno, and Cache if needed. On Train, Fnatic won the first half 9-6 and second 7-4 for a total score of 16-10. On Inferno, it was much more swingy. Immortals won their T-side first half 10-5, but Fnatic managed to one-up them with an 11-4, winning the map 16-14 and series 2-0 to make their way to the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 Playoffs, where they joined FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, and North.