On the first day of ELEAGUE Season 1 Playoffs, Fnatic predictably won against EnVyUs, while Na’Vi struggled against American Cloud9, finally managing to win in three maps. The first day Playoffs was exciting, even though the ultimate results were expected. Here’s how the second day went.
Astralis vs. mousesports
Prior to the start of the game, the teams had to ban and picks the maps for the matches. Banning first, Astralis removed Nuke. mousesports answered with Overpass. Astralis picked Mirage, while mousesports elected to play the second game on Dust2. Then, Cobblestone was removed by Astralis, while the German team got rid of Train, leaving the final match to be played on Cache.
Map One: Mirage
The whole first game on Astralis’ preferred map, Mirage, was, to put it simply, dominating. It all started on the pistol round, where mousesports simply rushed B and Astralis got overrun, with mousesports’ Johannes “nex” Maget getting a quad kill. mousesports kept on going, crushing Astralis as Terrorists. They won 7 rounds before Astralis finally picked up their first point in the match, thanks to a team ace defending Bombsite A. For the rest of the first half, Astralis only managed to pick up one more point, making it 13:2 in mousesports’ favor at halftime.
To not lose Mirage, Astralis would have had to get up to some really far-fetched shenanigans, where the whole team turned on godmode. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. mousesports won the second pistol round as CT and didn’t give Astralis the opportunity to win against their eco, closing out the match. Astralis 2:16 mousesports.
Looking at stats in a blowout always shows one team with drastically higher stats than usual. This game is no exception. Astralis’ Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye was the only player on Astralis to have a HLTV rating over 0.93, while every player on mousesports had ratings over 1. Kjaerbye and Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen were the only two players on Astralis with more than 70 ADR, when everyone except for Denis “denis” Howell could boast such stats. The Kill to Death ratio was where Astralis stats were especially bad, as all of the players’ numbers were negative. On mousesports, only denis had more kills than deaths.
Map Two: Dust2
After the first map, mousesports seemed to be a wrong name for that team. bullsports would have been more appropriate, rampagingbullinachinashopsports, to be exact. Astralis didn’t let it get them down, however. They gathered their wits and won the first pistol and the following two rounds as Terrorists on Dust2. On Round 3, Astralis planted the bomb at A against a semi-eco setup by mosuesports. With the beeper ticking faster and faster, dupreeh was the only T to defend it against Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and nex. He managed to kill nex coming from Catwalk. The only enemy to face now was the Raid Boss, NiKo. Unfortunately, the Astralis player lost the duel. NiKo barely managed to defuse the bomb, and won the round for his team. Following this round, mousesports managed to get some points there and there, however Astralis didn’t give away too many points, keeping up with the Germans. The first half ended with Astralis 8:7 mousesports.
The second pistols were won once again by Astralis, largely thanks to Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz’s efforts. He continued the show on Round 18 too, getting a quad kill with MP9 against mousesports players on full eco, 11-7 to Astralis. Once dev1ce had his curtain call, however, mousesports bought and won three rounds in a row, swiftly catching up to their Danish opponents. After they gained some momentum, mousesports kept going, winning the map 16:12 and the series 2:0, to move to the semi-finals, where they will face the winner of the match between NiP and Virtus.pro.
Statistically, dev1ce was the best player on the map with a +11 K/D difference, 119 ADR, and a staggering 1.53 HLTV rating. On mousesports the best player was NiKo with +9, 97, and 1.35. The two superstars faced off, NiKo’s team won.
Virtus.pro vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
In map selection, NiP took out Mirage, while Virtus.pro got rid of Nuke, as most teams don’t practice the map, while NiP is at least decent on it. Following the bans, NiP didn’t surprise anyone when they picked Dust2. This map doesn’t offer much opportunity for finesse strategy-wise, while NiP is known to be a strategically-challenged in recent times, resulting in a certain amount of predictability. Virtus.pro answered by picking Cobblestone. Then, NiP removed Overpass, while Virtus.pro banned Cache, leaving Train as the decider map for this match.
Map One: Dust2
Starting as Terrorists, Polish Virtus.pro won the first pistol round, mostly because of an amazing quad kill by Filip “NEO” Kubski. Using the money advantage, Virtus.pro didn’t screw up their anti-eco rounds, winning them all, when the first gun rounds started on Round 4. Without an AWP, the Polish rushed to B where NiP were caught completely off guard. NEO took out 3 NiP players, while Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski and Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski took care of the rest. NiP won their first point when the score was 5:0 in Virtus.pro’s favor, when Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund and Adam “friberg” Friberg baited and killed Snax at A. Following this play, NiP managed to pick up a couple of points, however, Viturs.pro kept a comfortable lead to close out the half, 9:6.
The second pistol round came to a duel between Snax and Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi around Long Doors, which was won by Snax, securing the round to Virtus.pro and forcing NiP to eco once again. That’s not what the Swedish veterans chose to do. They bought up, getting Tec-9s and a Deagle on pyth. Fortunately for them, it worked out, as they managed to win that round. Following the disaster, Virtus.pro were forced to save, however, they managed to win 2v1 with PASHABICEPS and Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas with P250s against Richard “Xizt” Landström, armed with AK-47 and Tec-9 + Armor and Helmet and 2 life. Over the second half on Dust2, NiP only picked up a couple of points. After Round 24 was over, Virtus.pro won the map, 16:8.
Statistically speaking, Virtus.pro’s Filip “NEO” Kubski carried his team like that dragon Harry Potter rode out of Gringott’s. He had a +14 K-D difference, 122 ADR, and a mind-blowing 1.82 HLTV rating. The leader on NiP was Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund with +3, 84, and 1.25. Way less impressive, don’t you think? This map is supposed to be NiP’s best, yet they lost hard. That team has problems.
Map Two: Cobblestone
Continuing their pistol round winning streak from Dust2, Virtus.pro won it once again as CTs on Cobblestone. NiP came out of the gates blazing on Round 2, however, taking a point back and using the influx of money to win five more before Virtus.pro finally managed to get their second point. Once they did, however, they assaulted NiP just as they did before, catching up in score, to 5:6, before NiP managed to stop them, winning two in a row, losing one, and finishing the half on a good foot. NiP 9:6 Virtus.pro.
Behind by three points, Virtus.pro had to shape up if they wanted to win the map and finish the series then and there. That’s precisely what they did. After winning the second pistol, Virtus.pro squeezed the life out of NiP, winning 10 rounds in a row and closing out Cobblestone with the score of 16:9.
Going by stats, The most impressive was Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski with +14, 95.7, and 1.59. The NiP lineup performed miserably on this map. Rating-wise, the BEST player on NiP, Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi had a rating of 0.88, while the worst, Adam “friberg” Friberg, had measly 0.49.
The second day of ELEAGUE Season 1 Quarter-finals was surprising. Astralis lost to mousesports, finally putting my prediction about the matchup to the grave, Virtus.pro actually knocked NiP out of the tournament. My takeaway after the matches is that NiP need badly to figure their stuff out because it’s getting really sad to watch them. On the other hand, mousesports’ NiKo is finally winning some games, which makes me happy because I hate to see great players losing just because their team is too heavy to be able to just allow themselves to get carried.