The ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 Group Stage has only one group to go before all eight Playoffs teams are determined after Cloud9, Team EnVyUs, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Virtus.pro entered the server to find the strongest team in their group over the weekend.
The initial matches were played between Virtus.pro and Team EnVyUs, as well as Cloud9 and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Virtus.pro played their best of 1 against nV on Cobblestone. Despite gargantuan efforts by VP’s young ones, Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski and Paweł “byali” Bieliński, the French managed to take the first half 9-6 and then continued rolling over the Polish side in the second half, winning it 7-0 to clinch their Group Stage opener.
In the match between Ninjas in Pyjamas and Cloud9, William “draken” Sundin tried his hardest to show once again why he’s an improvement over the long-time NiP veteran he’s replaced, Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi. Despite his best efforts, however, the Americans continued their streak of success. In the first half, they won the Terrorist side on Mirage 10-5. The second was even more one-sided. C9 not only got the six points they needed to win the map but also managed to give up a single measly point to the pajamas-clad Ninjas.
Next up, we had a Winners’ Match between Team EnVyUs and Cloud9, which was broadcast live on TBS. In front of the American TV audience, Cloud9 stepped up in a major way, demolishing the French as CT side on Train 13-2, winning second pistols and following it up with the two anti-eco rounds they needed to close out the series, earning themselves a convincing 16-2 win and a spot in the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 Playoffs.
The next day, it was time for the Losers’ Match between NiP and Virtus.pro, two of the most legendary CS:GO organizations in the world. The series was favored towards the NiP side because even though the Swedes have been struggling for a whole year previously while Virtus.pro placed second in the ELEAGUE Major 2017, roster changes the organization made helped them to start coming back. Virtus.pro, on the other hand, have held off from changing things so far, despite being horrendously bad since the Major.
In the best of 3 series, Overpass and Train were picked to be the NiP and VP maps respectively, with Mirage left over as the map where the decider would be played if necessary. True to their shit form, Virtus.pro convincingly lost both Overpass and Train.
On Overpass, they lost the first half 4-11 to the T-sided Ninjas in Pyjamas. The second, however, was a bit better, they at least managed to resist the Swedish side somewhat, losing the half 4-5. When behind by 7 rounds, you can’t just play your opponents even, you have to dominate to catch back up. Who knew?
Train was an even sadder affair for any remaining Virtus.pro fans. Ninjas in Pyjamas started on the CT side and glomped Virtus.pro. Unfortunately, they forgot to turn on the safety on their guns in their excitement, kinda murdering VP on the server. Police brutality! All jokes aside, NiP won CT side on Train 13-2. In the second half, Virtus.pro played their opponents even once again, but after the snuggling they took from NiP in the first half, it was not even close to being enough to keep them in the series.
The Decider match of Group C was between Team EnVyUs and Ninjas in Pyjamas, set to be played on nV’s Cobblestone, NiP’s Cache, and Nuke decider.
On Cobblestone, Ninjas in Pyjamas started on the Terrorist side and won the half convincingly, 11-4. Team EnVyUs played them even in the second half, but that wasn’t enough with the deficit they let NiP force them into. In the end, the French lost the first map, the one they themselves picked, 9-16.
The second game of the series was do-or-die for the French side on the map picked by Ninjas in Pyjamas. nV started as Terrorists and managed to keep the game from getting out of control. They played them even, winning the half 8-7. Then, once they got to play defense, they turned on the jets and went on a convincing winning streak, winning the side 8-2 and evening out the series 1-1, forcing a Nuke.
In the last match of the series, Team EnVyUs started on the CT side and not only matched what NiP did to them on their own first Cobblestone half but improved upon it as well, winning it 12-3. Finally, Ninjas in Pyjamas got a taste of their own medicine in the second half, feeling the pressure to dominate their opponents right back, but only managing to play them even. Understandably, this resulted in a loss.
After an exciting couple of days, Cloud9 and Team EnVyUs join G2 Esports, FaZe Clan, North, and Fnatic in the Playoffs of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017. This week, the final matches of the Group Stage will be played in Group D, where SK Gaming, Astralis, Team Liquid, and Heroic will enter the server to prove who has the biggest gun.