Objectively, North American Pro League matches should be less interesting to watch due to the fact that there’re less world class teams fighting there, however, that’s simply not the case for me. It might be a controversial idea but you don’t watch NA eSports for skill per se, you watch it because you like the organisations. That is why I usually do find North American matches more interesting and hypey.
Starting off the article about the first week of NA ESL Pro League, is the match between Team Liquid and Cloud9. It seems as if Liquid lost a lot when Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev left the roster for the final time. That’s the only reason I can think of why they lost against C9. 9-16 on Cobblestone and 10-16 on Dust 2, it wasn’t even that close, weirdly enough. Where’s the team that made it into the Grand Final of ESL One Cologne 2016? In Na’Vi, it seems. Next up, OpTic Gaming crushed compLexity Gaming, 16-4 on Mirage and 16-6 on Train.
Having defeated their biggest threat that week, Liquid, C9 supplemented the awesome by also 2-0’ing Immortals, winning 16-5 on Cobblestone and 16-14 on Overpass. That was like a prophecy, by the way. Following the results of this match, Cloud9 also upset Immortals in NA LCS Semi Final. Following that match, Liquid continued getting decimated by losing against Echo Fox, 10-16 on Dust 2 and 19-16 on Nuke. Following their Booyah moment against Liquid, Echo Fox went on to spank Selfless Gaming too, winning 16-13 on Dust 2 and 16-14 on Mirage.
Moving on, compLexity Gaming split against Immortals and Liquid finally redeemed themselves by crushing OpTic Gaming 16-3 on Mirage. The next game on Cobblestone wasn’t as easy, however. In fact, despite winning, Liquid had to slog through 44 exhausting rounds of CS:GO to finish the match with a score of 22-20. Next up, Immortals demolished Selfless Gaming on Cobblestone, 16-1. The next match wasn’t as dominating, yet convincing nevertheless. IMT won 16-8 on Cache.
Next up, eUnited played Echo Fox and, predictably, lost 2-0, getting rekt 7-16 on Mirage and 8-16 on Overpass. Finishing up with the week’s matches, OpTic Gaming lost to C9, 3-16 on Train and 12-16 on Cache. The results after the first week of play were quite unexpected, especially in the case of Liquid. While I was sure that the loss of s1mple would hit them hard, I was nevertheless surprised by how much. Okay, the loss against C9 is somewhat understandable, but the one against Echo Fox? Not so much. Taking 44 rounds to win against OpTic Gaming? Not so much.