Question Mark, Na`Vi with EEPL wins

The final two matches of day one of the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals saw Europe assert its Counter-Strike dominance, with Question Mark defeating CLG (16-12 on de_mirage and 16-6 on de_inferno) and Na`Vi beating Luminosity (16-5 on de_dust2 and 19-15 on de_inferno).

The Group B opening games took place in the Californian evening and the opening match was a best-of-three between Question Mark (or ex-TSM to those not yet familiar with the temporary placeholder name for the Danish team) and CLG.

With CLG and ex-TSM having met last at IEM Gamescom and with the Danes having secured two comfortable map wins back then, the pressure was on for CLG to play their A game, especially since the two other North American teams of Liquid and Conquest had lost earlier.


device and QuestDen Mark shut down CLG

With the first map being de_mirage, CLG continued to prove that they could play ball on the map's CT side and racked up a 10-5 half with James "hazed" Cobb and Josh "jdm64" Marzano acting as the pointmen.

The Danes of Question Mark are not known as some of the strongest CT_sided players in the game however and Finn "karrigan" Andersen and his men answered in kind with a dominant 11-2 defense on de_mirage to take the map 16-12.

de_inferno was much more of a whitewash with Question Mark picking up 10 T-side rounds on perhaps the most CT-sided map currently in the game and this trend continued on the team's CT half as Question Mark secured a 16-6 map win and 2-0 victory.

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United States
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Mirage
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Inferno
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 ? K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 54 - 24 +30 - 1.67
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 40 - 25 +15 - 1.31
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 32 - 31 +1 - 1.03
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 29 - 28 +1 - 0.92
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 29 - 35 -6 - 0.86
 CLG K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 31 - 39 -8 - 0.86
United States Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC 30 - 35 -5 - 0.83
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 28 - 37 -9 - 0.82
United States James 'hazed' Cobbhazed 31 - 38 -7 - 0.82
Canada Pujan 'FNS' MehtaFNS 23 - 35 -12 - 0.68

The final match of the night was between Natus Vincere and Luminosity and this match-up has a storied history behind it with Na`Vi most recently edging out Luminosity at both DreamHack Cluj-Napoca and IEM San Jose in extremely close series (either maps going to overtime or being two to three rounds apart).

The first map choice was Na`Vi's pick and it was de_dust2, a map which the Eastern European team does not mind playing and which is also one where Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's AWPing can be put to potent effect.

With Sergey "starix" Ischuk leading from behind as coach, Na`Vi put up a 10-5 CT half and then powered ahead with six straight T-side wins to secure the map 16-5.

de_inferno at first appeared as a map where Luminosity would burst out the gate with Lincoln "fnx" Lau and Marcelo "coldzera" David getting a 3K and a 2K respectively on the opening pistol round to give Luminosity a crucial CT-side opening round.


Na`Vi sealed European victory on day one of EEPL S2 

However, extremely effective pistol challenges by Na`Vi on their pistol-buy (including a Deagle, P250, and TEC-9 on display) meant that the European team managed to eco Luminosity and suddenly press forward with their own displays of momentum.

The first half continued to swing back and forth with Luminosity closing out with an 8-7 advantage, a bad prognosis for the team going into their T-side on de_inferno.

However, such a prognosis was premature as, following Na`Vi taking pistol and moving up to an 11-8 scoreline, Luminosity began to claw their way back until the score was equalised at 12-12.

The next round GuardiaN helped shut down A-site and moved Na`Vi up to 13-12, which forced Luminosity to call a tactical timeout.

Both teams then went tit-for-tat, taking rounds from each other up until the score stood at 14-14. Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev picked up crucial kills to give Na`Vi match point, however fnx won a one-versus-two in the thirtieth round to bring the game to overtime.

Na`Vi suddenly activated a higher tier of play and, following a perfect 3-0 CT defense, got the proper entries on B-site of their first T round to take the map 19-15 and the series 2-0.

 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 54 - 26 +28 - 1.57
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 45 - 30 +15 - 1.30
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 35 - 28 +7 - 1.06
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 36 - 41 -5 - 0.95
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 32 - 32 0 - 0.94
 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx 42 - 40 +2 - 1.05
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 39 - 38 +1 - 0.99
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 31 - 37 -6 - 0.86
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 27 - 44 -17 - 0.60
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 18 - 43 -25 - 0.47

All four European teams therefore managed to win 2-0 victories over their Americas-based challengers on the first day of the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 finals.

Action kicks off tomorrow at 19:00 with a mouth-watering duel between EnVyUs and fnatic to decide who advances as first seed out of Group A.

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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1083
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
736
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
gg wp!
2015-12-11 04:36
Godian
2015-12-11 04:36
#3
United Kingdom Alth 
gg
2015-12-11 04:36
nj navi!!
2015-12-11 04:37
navi davi
2015-12-11 04:37
#6
Brazil andd1 
?
2015-12-11 04:37
That map won by NA was amazing Wait...
2015-12-11 04:37
NT man who talks shit about NA scene, but doesnt have a scene himself.
2015-12-11 04:42
I also talk shit about the president, even though I'm not one And talk shit about Justin Bieber, even though I can't sing
2015-12-11 05:06
that is quite possibly the dumbest analogies i have ever seen. Let's just end this convo
2015-12-11 05:09
hahahahaha dude....you rekt him!!!
2015-12-11 05:56
but talking shit abt scene of his country allow him to talk shit about ur worse scene if it even exist, NA scene > ur country scene any day, any time!
2015-12-11 12:12
Yay, nice, shitty NA scene is better than no scene? That's incredible
2015-12-11 16:46
yeah, how does it feel worst scene ever? talking about NA scene while ur country scene is worse, show how stupidy you are!
2015-12-11 18:04
There's no scene in my country. You don't even know what country that is. Still, NA is very shitty, I'm sorry that makes you mad
2015-12-11 18:13
it cant make me mad, since i know ur country is shitty n have a shitty scene , how could i be mad? ahaha! nt Kyrgyzstan
2015-12-11 18:21
I hope you'll feel better tomorrow m8
2015-12-11 18:24
na, im better right now, seeing somebody like u trying to argue facts haha! thanks for turning my day into a better day!
2015-12-11 18:28
its not about being the president, its about having a president.
2015-12-11 14:27
Wtf is krykfaajkhtanastan? Fuck out of here 3rd world shitty
2015-12-11 05:33
RIP nA
2015-12-11 04:37
#9
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Canada pokerchip 
umm is hltv at the event?
2015-12-11 04:38
negativo ;_;
2015-12-11 04:42
why not?
2015-12-11 04:47
I can't comment on why other people aren't there (don't know), all I know is I could have gone but I need to fly to london to get my masters degree ayy
2015-12-11 04:49
ah, too bad :/ congrats on the degree tho
2015-12-11 04:51
#83
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Canada pokerchip 
aw that sucks ;-; but hey, school first haha =D
2015-12-11 13:33
-FNS pls dear god this is all i want for christmas
2015-12-11 04:38
-FNS +BlizzCS
2015-12-11 06:27
LOL
2015-12-11 07:14
BlizzCS: he isnt talking about pro players missplay dummy. He is just hating on the scene. Its like a skinny kid saying that some guy is weak even though that guy can lift more than skinny bones 2015-12-11 05:22:14
2015-12-11 08:54
guardian god
2015-12-11 04:38
rip NA/SA 0-8
2015-12-11 04:39
poor LG
2015-12-11 04:40
#59
JW | 
Taiwan jw_fak_you 
got rekt and back to tier 6 team
2015-12-11 08:48
yeah lose 1 match tier 6.....
2015-12-11 19:08
#14
nukkye | 
Australia riotbz 
NA CANT WIN ANYTHING ROFL
2015-12-11 04:40
cold and fnx + 3 bots
2015-12-11 04:44
- taco + boltz
2015-12-11 04:45
would like to get an explanation why exactly they replaced boltz with taco
2015-12-11 05:16
#76
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
The initial ideia was change only steel by Fnx. After this, we can't know, but it seems that the friendship between cold and Taco (they play together since the beginning of their career) influenced a lot.. And in theory, Taco play so good as Boltz, and he played very well at Faceit. Anyway, yesterday he played really bad
2015-12-11 12:49
I think he played Bad at faceit as well,not a Fan of his decisions to be honest. I think boltz is the better Player, aim and gamesense whise. Maybe he proves me wrong
2015-12-12 02:38
#144
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
I agree, at this two tournaments Taco had -120 of frag static, as a entry is terrible. The statics of Boltz in his last two tournaments was also not good, but acceptable. Anyway I can't see Taco and Boltz playing at same level than Fnx, Cold, Fer and Fallen. I think Felps, the new guy of GA more known as our s1mple BR, soon will catch this position at LG
2015-12-13 07:14
Yeah,im Sorry for Taco but he really is not good enough. Most of his kills are literally useless.i dont hate him or anything, i Can just recall what i See and i think lg realise that themselves
2015-12-13 11:02
#131
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United States donaldjae 
+1.
2015-12-11 19:29
Lol "device and Questden Mark shut down CLG"
2015-12-11 04:50
ayy lmao
2015-12-11 08:54
ayy lmao
2015-12-11 17:25
#29
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Brazil woody77 
obviously boltz is better than taco
2015-12-11 05:22
This is just becoming stupid. Stop sharing the final spots 50-50 between America and Europe. Give America (South and North) 1 or 2 spots and the rest to Europe. At least we will see the best teams competing. This is just sad for all the European teams who can't attend the finals just because they're from the "wrong" (too strong) continent.
2015-12-11 05:24
you seem upset--start your own league and invite whatever teams you can afford, peasant
2015-12-11 06:24
A guy called TutsiRebel calls me a peasant...I hope some HutuRebels find you.
2015-12-11 13:31
What did you just say to me, you little Hutu cockroach? I'll fucking ethnically cleanse you off this forum you medkit
2015-12-11 14:36
Your machete is nothing compared to mine.
2015-12-11 14:46
cut down the tall trees--if you dare, cockroach
2015-12-11 16:22
>LUMINOSITY R FKN TIER 1 GOIZ THEY R SO GOOD XDXDDXDXD
2015-12-11 05:25
Happy for Device,he was in bad times last days,but he proved that he is still good
2015-12-11 05:28
#42
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
in groupstage m8 when it will be semis or final he will choke hard as usual :(
2015-12-11 06:01
#57
JW | 
Taiwan jw_fak_you 
good point
2015-12-11 08:42
taCONE /\
2015-12-11 05:36
Taco.... More like taco break
2015-12-11 06:12
My belly is round, my brain is on delay, that's right folks, I'm from NA!
2015-12-11 06:21
RIP NA
2015-12-11 06:35
#49
Portugal jO7A 
I hope device sticks with performances like that.
2015-12-11 07:04
LG back to being shit rofl.
2015-12-11 07:34
#56
JW | 
Taiwan jw_fak_you 
absolutely
2015-12-11 08:41
#54
 | 
Poland Astoner55 
LG preparing for major xd
2015-12-11 08:25
#55
 | 
Luxembourg alex24 
two TACOS pls with 43 deaths and ketchup
2015-12-11 08:29
#65
 | 
Azerbaijan Talley 
n1
2015-12-11 10:05
where are all the fanboys that were ranking LG higher than Navi after the last tournament for no reason at all? 6-0
2015-12-11 08:45
#92
 | 
Brazil wAc 
noboby did that
2015-12-11 15:35
there were like 10 threads with new "legit" top10 teams and most brazilians rated LG over Navi
2015-12-11 18:34
never saw one
2015-12-11 19:10
#63
Estonia rYm 
taco was a mistake :) rip luminosity
2015-12-11 09:11
#64
 | 
Latvia Ke]R[4u 
americas 0-8, expected
2015-12-11 09:15
lmao
2015-12-11 11:03
even steelega doesnt go -25 xD nice performance TACO
2015-12-11 11:07
#71
 | 
Norway SpicyJuice 
Gogo question mark!
2015-12-11 11:25
?
2015-12-11 12:26
device is back boys
2015-12-11 12:49
Finally people can shut up with their "LG is on Na`Vi lvl or even better team", even for some time.
2015-12-11 12:59
-TACO +boltz
2015-12-11 14:13
#90
nitr0 | 
Netherlands TTHump 
TOPKEK
2015-12-11 15:00
#91
cyx | 
Germany Trestre 
Eu seems 2 strong this weekend ;D
2015-12-11 15:23
- Guardian - Flamie - oskar - s1mple - some igl ggwp
2015-12-11 16:14
fnx hs ratio :D
2015-12-11 16:58
ez g2..oh wait
2015-12-11 18:56
wut realition so cute
2015-12-12 00:26
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