The ELEAGUE Major 2017, one of the most exciting CS:GO events in recent times, is getting into the swing of it, with the second day of play having been played through—with some surprising results.
Before the tournament, it was hard to tell how Natus Vincere, one of the most stacked teams in the tournament with the addition of Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev to the already world-class roster, would perform after the Valve-imposed ban on coaches acting as in-game leaders. After winning their first match against mousesports in Round 1, Na’Vi followed it up in the high tier by crushing the recent winners of World Electronic Sports Games winners, Team EnVyUs on Cobblestone, with the score of 16:6. The match was especially good for Egor “flamie” Vasilyev, who had mind-boggling 117.5 average damage per round with the positive Kill to Death difference of +15.
SK Gaming, with Ricardo “fox” Pacheco in place of Lincoln “fnx” Lau won against the FaZe Clan in Overtime on Mirage, one of the maps they were historically dominating on. Of course, with the change in the roster, old assumptions shouldn’t be applied anymore. The old SK Gaming, the team which won two Majors in a row, would have had no problem with the current FaZe Clan on Mirage, however. The Brazilians are definitely different.
The dream scenario for GODSENT seems to be ending, the team lost against Gambit Gaming on Overpass. Objectively, Astralis should have been a much stronger opponent than the russian side, leading us to wonder if their win against the Danes was just a fluke born of a favorable map draw or simply because of GODSENT being able to deal better with nerves better due to the fact that fans weren’t expecting much of anything from them.
In the last match of the high bracket, Virtus.pro managed to eek out a win in a close match against G2 Esports on Nuke, with the score of 16:14. While the statistically best performer on G2 was Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro, Virtus.pro had two heroes, Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas and Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski. Unfortunately for the French, their Ace, Richard “shox” Papillon was more or less silent in this match, just about coming out even when the team needed him to step up and carry.
The low bracket went more or less how it was supposed to go, with mousesports handily winning against HellRaisers, Team Liquid having way too hard of a time against FlipSid3 Tactics than they should have had before coming out victorious 16:14, Astralis won against OpTic Gaming 16:12 in a rematch from a couple of Grand Finals played in recent months, which were split with 1 victory going to OpTic, while Astralis got the other one. The only truly surprising outcome of those matches was the one between North and the bleeding Fnatic.With a weaker lineup, Fnatic were probably supposed to lose against the former Team Dignitas, however, they did manage to win a close game on Cobblestone, 16:13, upsetting North.
Today, the third day of the tournament will be played with matches split into three brackets–high, mid, and low. In the high bracket, Virtus.pro will play Gambit Gaming, while SK Gaming will face Natus Vincere. In the mid matches, where the 1-1 teams are going to play, Fnatic will play mouz, GODSENT will face Team EnVyUs, G2 Esports will play Astralis, and Team Liquid will face FaZe. In the low bracket, north will face HellRaisers, while FlipSid3 Tactics will have to contend against OpTic Gaming.