After a gruelling set of nine matches, we now have the pairing for the Playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major 2017, taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. Some matches in Rounds 4 and 5 were expected, some weren’t, however, one fact is for sure—the Playoffs are going to be exciting.
Round 4 High Matches
The three matches among the teams which lost a game apiece created some exciting games to be watched. Team EnVyUs played Fnatic, SK Gaming played Astralis, and Gambit played FaZe Clan.
In the first match, Fnatic won a somewhat close match against nV on Cobblestone. In the 16:11 match where Fnatic had to come back from an 8:7 deficit after the first half, Simon “twist” Eliasson made a strong case for keeping him on the team after the Major in the face of rumors of former Fnatic stars wishing to come back from their exile to GODSENT, no matter how the ELEAGUE tournament turned out. The Swede had 25 kills to 14 deaths, 99.8 ADR and a rating of 1.42. The next statistically best player on the server was nV’s Dan “apEX” Madesclaire.
Up next, Ricardo “fox” Pacheco surprised everyone by not overly sucking in SK’s 19:17 OT win against Astralis on Dust 2. He was in no way the best player on the server, that title belonged to Marcelo “coldzera” David to the surprise of… nobody at all, who had 35 kills to 22 deaths, 100.5 ADR and a rating of 1.44. Still, fox’s 72.9 ADR and 0.93 rating wasn’t exactly terrible.
In the final match of the High bracket, Gambit surprised everyone a little bit by winning against FaZe 16:14 on Overpass. The best player on the server was Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev with his 34 kills to 20 deaths, 124 ADR and a rating of 1.62. The rest of his team wasn’t that exciting, to be honest, with the former Na’Vi veteran Daniil “Zeus” Teslenko trailing behind on Gambit, while Finn “karrigan” Andersen led FaZe with a +5 kill/death differential, 97.9 ADR and a 1.20 rating.
Round 4 Low Matches
In the Low bracket, North (formerly Team Dignitas) faced G2 Esports, mousesports played Team Liquid in the battle of the bads, and GODSENT tried to stay in the tournament by winning against OpTic Gaming.
The first match between North and G2 took place on Overpass. The Danish side had a dominating performance in the first half as Terrorists, winning it 11:4, however, they couldn’t carry the momentum as Counter-Terrorists, giving up 5 points before finally closing the game on the back of the efforts of their prodigy, Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke. On the French side, Richard “shox” Papillon finally showed up to try and rescue his team, however, it wasn’t enough.
In the battle of the bads, mousesports proved themselves to be the ultimate bads by getting crushed by Team Liquid on Nuke, 4:16. Predictably, the best player on mouz was Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, however, even his stats and play weren’t too impressive, forgetting that nice quad kill. On the Liquid side, Jacob “Pimp” Winneche tried to fill Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev’s shoes from ESL One Cologne, however, it wasn’t successful, even though he and the rest of the team had a monster of a game.
Finally, GODSENT managed to keep their Playoffs hopes alive when they won against OpTic 16:8 on Cache. The Swedes won the first half 10:5 and second 6:3. Even in the massacre of a game, Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Robin “flusha” Rönnquist didn’t really make a very good case for their return to Fnatic, taking the third and fourth spot as the best players on their team in that match according to stats.
With a spot in the Top 8 on the line, North played GODSENT, FaZe played EnVyUs, and Liquid faced Astralis in Round 5 of the ELEAGUE Major 2017.
The match between North and GODSENT was way too difficult for the team, which was called the best in the world for a week or two in 2016. It took Overtime for North to finally win Overpass with the score of 19:17 and make it into the Playoffs. Emil “Magisk” Reif and Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel were the two best players on North, while GODSENT had its deadweight carried by Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson, JW, and flusha, no matter how unsuccessfully.
The match between FaZe and EnVyUs showed how irrelevant WESG 2016 was. EnVyUs won more money than the winner of the ELEAGUE Major will in that event, but they didn’t even make it into the Top 8 after losing 11:16 to FaZe on Nuke, despite Kenny “kennyS” Schrub finally bringing us flashbacks of the kennyS days when the Frenchman was God.
Finally, the winner of the battle of the bads, Team Liquid, proved to still be bad when they got clobbered by Astralis on Mirage, 3:16. In the disastrously, hilariously bad performance by Liquid, the best player on that team, Spencer “Hiko” Martin, had 10 kills to 18 deaths, 63 ADR and a HLTV score of 0.64. On the other side, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz showed what he can do, killing the NA scrubs 29 times, dying 6 times, getting 149.3 ADR and a rating of 2.32. Woah. That’s actually better than what Egor “flamie” Vasilyev did to SK Gaming in Round 3 on Dust 2.