Eight matches have been played in the ELEAGUE Major 2017 Round 3, two teams are out of the tournament. Which ones? How did the favorites do? Read on to find out.
Round 3 High Matches
Two matches were played between teams which won both of their matches in previous rounds. Virtus.pro played against Gambit, while SK Gaming faced Natus Vincere.
In the first match between Virtus.pro and Gambit, the Polish side got to play Train. After a very close first half as CT, which they managed to win 8:7, Virtus.pro buckled down on the T side, winning the second half 8:3, winning the map with the total score of 16:10 and guaranteed themselves a spot in the Top 8. On the side of V.p, Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas performed the best in terms of numbers, finishing the game with an ADR of 98.2 and a 1.46 HLTV rating, though Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski wasn’t far behind with a better kill to death ratio, 81.1 ADR and a rating of 1.43. On the Gambit side, the outstanding players were Abay “HObbit” Khasenov and Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev. HObbit finished the game with a rating of 1.25, while AdreN had 1.07.
The second match saw Na’Vi dominate SK Gaming on Dust 2, winning the first half on CT side 12:3 and sweeping the Brazilian side in the second half, winning the match 16:3, the second such score in the tournament. The fact that they managed to do the same to SK what they did to mouz is… amazing. Over the 19 rounds, Egor “flamie” Vasilyev absolutely destroyed the Brazilians with the help of Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, killing people 26 times, dying 8 times, having 143.3 ADR and a HLTV rating of 2.23. Yes, you read that right, 2.23. His trusty sidekick wasn’t far behind with 104.6 ADR and a rating of 1.62, even Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev got in on the action, finishing the game with the rating of 1.51. SK Is going to have nightmares about this match.
Round 3 Mid Matches
In the Mid bracket of the tournament, where teams with a win and a loss were placed, Fnatic won against mousesports 16:11 on Dust 2, Team EnVyUs crushed GODSENT 16:3 on Cache, Astralis won against G2 Esports 16:5 on Train, while FaZe Clan won against Team Liquid in Overtime, with the score of 22:18 on Nuke. All in all, these results moved Fnatic, EnVyUs, Astralis, and FaZe out of immediate danger, while putting mouz, GODSENT, G2, and Liquid in danger of elimination if they lost in Round 4.
Round 3 Low Matches
Finally, fighting for survival, North played HellRaisers on Mirage, while FlipSid3 Tactics faced OpTic Gaming. While HellRaisers and FlipSid3 were obvious teams belonging in such a situation, most analysts predicted that North and OpTic should have been in a better spot at this point of the tournament. Avoiding a huge upset, they managed to hold on to their Playoffs hopes, defeating their opponents. North had more trouble than OpTic, however. They had to go to Overtime, finally winning the map 19:15. That doesn’t mean that OpTic had an easy time against FlipSid3. They only won 16:13.
With three wins in three matches, Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere are safely in the Playoffs already, leaving only six matches to be played in Round 4. In the high bracket, Team EnVyUs will face Fnatic, SK Gaming will play Astralis, and Gambit will try to not lose against FaZe. On the low side of the bracket, North will face G2 Esports, mousesports will play agaisnt Team Liquid and GODSENT will go against OpTic Gaming.
Eyeballing the matchups, EnVyUs should win against Fnatic, SK should win against Astralis, provided that Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo stops dropping the AWP for Ricardo “fox” Pacheco, FaZe should win against Gambit. On the low side, North should finally start performing or perish agaisnt G2. We think that they will actually start winning now. The match between Liquid and mouz is hard to call, both teams are kinda shit. Let’s say that mousesports win. Liquid has been THAT bad in this tournament. Finally, GODSENT should lose to OpTic Gaming.