Once in awhile, when two teams of about equal skill meet in a tournament, no matter if it’s in the Playoffs or Group Stage, something special happens, a game for the books is played. This is precisely what happened in the ELEAGUE Major 2017 Round 1, when Team Liquid faced Team EnVyUs. This game shouldn’t have been what it was, by all rights the French nV had it, when the American’s Josh “jdm64” Marzano 1v5’ed his opponents and saved his team from certain defeat, as they up against the inevitability of defeat with their opponents having several members to their last one, being on match point as well.
Despite the hopeless situation, Team Liquid’s jdm64 had his trusty AWP in his hands, the French were probably already celebrating their win. The American disagreed, performing an amazing teamkill, which had him shooting two of EnVyUs players through objects and finishing the ace by catching Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt mid-air. After that play, Team EnVyUs was left understandably reeling in shock. Liquid managed to catch up, making it 15:15 after 30 rounds and forcing an overtime.
One OT wasn’t enough to find the stronger team, however. The match was a 46 round slugfest between two monoliths of eSports. In the end, while hitting shots only he could hit, Team EnVyUs’ AWPer Kenny “kennyS” Schrub was seen by cameras to have shaking hands, reacting passionately to every play made on the map. When the match finally ended with nV going on a winning streak in OT3 and winning the whole thing 25:21, every player on the server was totally drained. Both psychologically and physically. Whoever said that eSports players are just playing games has never competed anywhere. It’s a stressful thing, the body tenses up under stress.
All in all, this game was a show of one player or another dominating at different periods and points in the game. Players lit up and sputtered out, only to get lit later, when their skills were needed to prolong the game. In the end, however, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski on Liquid and NBK- from EnVyUs where the beasts of the match, with Jacob “Pimp” Winneche, jdm64 and Specer “Hiko” Martin showing up for Liquid, while EnVyUs had Dan “apEX” Madesclaire, kennyS and Christophe “SIXER” Xia do their part. While Liquid’s jdm64 made the whole OT fiesta possible, kennyS was the one who ended it with a quick double kill. The rest of their teams tried their best and played their hearts out. Still, using cold hard data, the best player on the server in this match was actually EliGE. He had 48 kills to 33 deaths, 111.1 average damage per round and an HLTV rating of 1.43. The next closest was nV’s NBK- with 42 kills to 31 death, 97.3 ADR and a rating of 1.16. KennyS and apEX had similar numbers, hovering about +7 kill/death difference, 80 ADR and 1.15 HLTV rating. While that is nothing to be particularly proud of, they both played their parts in the game.