EEPL S2 Relegation concludes

The Relegation stage for ESL ESEA Pro League Season 3 has concluded with three teams involved retaining their spots and one team ascending to the Pro League.

Due to changes in the ESL ESEA Pro League Relegation system, the winners of both the North American and European divisions of ESEA Premier (Denial and FlipSid3 respectively) did not automatically replace the bottom finishing team in Season 2 of the Pro League.

Instead, both Premier division winners had to play in the relegation matches (as well as the Premier League division runner-up in each region) against the 10th and 11th ranked teams from the previous season.


Xp3 achieved 37 kills on the final map of Winterfox's Relegation match (including a final round 1 vs. 2)

The first two games to conclude took place in Europe and we first saw a revamped SK lineup that were able to hold onto their Pro League spot against Publiclir.se with a solid 2-0 scoreline.

Denmark
Matchpage
2
0
16th December 2015
16
Train
1
16
Overpass
14

The second European match actually saw HellRaisers lose their much-vaunted Pro League spot to ESEA Premier winners FlipSid3, who were using a stand-in in the form of Vadim "DavCost" Vasilyev (who himself signed for Team YP) for Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev who remains ESL banned for approximately two more months.

The game saw Yegor "markeloff" Markelov and co. defeat their CIS-region rivals fairly smoothly, 16-8 on de_mirage and 16-11 on de_overpass.

The first North American relegation game saw Method utilise Connor "streboR" Roberts for perhaps his last competitive game ever to defeat the challengers that were Peter "ptr" Gurney's SPLYCE team, 16-10 on de_cache and 16-11 on de_mirage.

Matchpage
2
0
17th December 2015
16
Cache
10
16
Mirage
11

And the last Relegation game was perhaps the most exciting as ESEA NA Premier winners Denial took Winterfox the final mile in a three map series, with the first two maps going 16-13 and 16-10 for Winterfox and Denial respectively.

It was only on the third map where David "Xp3" Garrido put in a true carry performance, clocking in 37 kills and winning a one-versus-two clutch in the final round of the game to give his team the 16-14 win on de_overpass.

Matchpage
2
1
17th December 2015
16
Cache
13
10
Mirage
16
16
Overpass
14

The teams list for ESL ESEA Pro League Season 3 therefore looks like:

Europe North America
Sweden fnatic Brazil Luminosity
CIS Na`Vi United States Liquid
France EnVyUs United States CLG
Denmark ? Canada Conquest
France Titan United States compLexity
Denmark dignitas United States Cloud9
Sweden NiP United States Dogmen (ex-3sUP)
Germany mousesports United States Enemy
Poland Virtus.pro Canada SKDC
Denmark SK United States Method
Ukraine FlipSid3 United States Winterfox
Europe TBA North America TBA

Because two more slots are open for grabs in each region, and since the winner of Premier did not automatically move up, it is apparent that these slots will be filled by "a wildcard team chosen by the Administration to replace the auto-relegated team," to quote ESL.

Furthermore, it is widely rumoured that the wildcard teams likely to be chosen are G2 for Europe and Renegades for North America, although nothing is definitive as of the current moment.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

United States Connor 'streboR' Roberts
Connor 'streboR' Roberts
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
157
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France David 'Xp3' Garrido
David 'Xp3' Garrido
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
877
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
935
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
ayy
2015-12-17 07:06
NiP in season 3? Arent they supposed to disband?
2015-12-17 07:12
#30
Hong Kong mom! 
Yes I hope they will.
2015-12-17 08:51
nt Per Lilliefelth
2015-12-17 09:05
#86
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Finland grilli_ 
loled
2015-12-17 16:39
nope. git fukd
2015-12-17 14:01
How the fuck is sk in this league
2015-12-17 10:01
#71
Canada ed0t 
Did your parent's not let you read growing up? The third paragraph in the article says how SK are in the league. "The first two games to conclude took place in Europe and we first saw a revamped SK lineup that were able to hold onto their Pro League spot against Publiclir.se with a solid 2-0 scoreline."
2015-12-17 13:43
well idk what language ur parents "let" u read but it probably isnt english :DDDD and not understanding a question like that and expecting a person with a japanese flag to grow up reading english just truly brings out the murica in u but anyways nt fagot
2015-12-17 21:22
#2
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Brazil isaaccarneiro 
n1
2015-12-17 07:06
NA Scene :D:D:D:D
2015-12-17 07:06
#27
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Russia VanniBoy 
Mustafa kebaps scene :D :D :D :D
2015-12-17 08:32
#37
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Turkey Mejuckei 
Vodka blyat scene .ddd
2015-12-17 09:15
#38
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Russia VanniBoy 
Still better then yours,anyway lmao
2015-12-17 09:31
LOL? tell me a russian team better than ss
2015-12-17 13:05
yp
2015-12-17 13:09
Half of the russian teams are better than SS, Xantares is a shit player who farms stats off tier 3 teams. Seized/Flamie/Dosia/Worldedit > All of turkish scene
2015-12-17 14:28
Teams =/= Players Oh btw :) hltv.org/match/2298069-russia-turkey-wor..
2015-12-17 17:41
first
2015-12-17 07:07
Nt
2015-12-17 09:15
kewl
2015-12-17 07:08
ez g2 last eu team pls
2015-12-17 07:10
Wtf
2015-12-17 07:09
#9
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Brazil Lucasxp 
gl LG
2015-12-17 07:09
"wildcard team" idea is really stupid, a team didnt even play in the league and gets automatically bump into pro league
2015-12-17 07:10
It isn't stupid, but it is implemented very poorly
2015-12-17 07:13
it's not implemented poorly at all, it is slightly unfair yes but it is too much to expect of an organisation-supported pro team to fight through open and premier to get one year into the EEPL. That's 2-3 seasons while on salary with an org. Not money that can be wasted playing Premier.
2015-12-17 07:18
at least let them play a qualifier? because right now its not much more of a "who pays the most money for the spot" bullshit.. and i cant understand people who are actually support such "rules".. because this is shady as fuck..
2015-12-17 07:39
+1 several teams are relegated to prem, but even winner of prem isn't promoted? That is bullshit.
2015-12-17 10:51
The only reason that this system was implemented was for NEW teams coming into the arena that have not previously been in the league system they are being inserted in. If the winner of premier DESERVES to be in the EEPL they will beat the relegated side they are chosen to face. The wildcard slot will most likely rarely be used for an actual wildcard, or it'll be entirely removed after this season when G2 and Renegades (supposedly) are added into the EEPL.
2015-12-17 14:46
yeah I am not so good at english, I was meaning a wild card team shouldnt have a higher priority to get the auto spot then a team who won the premier. having some wildcard teams is not stupid indeed.
2015-12-17 07:21
pls renegades
2015-12-17 07:10
+1
2015-12-17 08:49
So basically ESL admins could be payed now to choose a certain team for the pro league
2015-12-17 07:15
Those spots are for G2 and RNG.
2015-12-17 07:22
Could be? They ARE paid. Just nobody will say that officialy.
2015-12-17 10:50
Sad but true, they should've sticked to the old rules for advancing in league
2015-12-17 11:13
hellraisers has fallen off a cliff. i cant believe that org still salaries that team lol. worst drop from any top team i think
2015-12-17 07:21
#18
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United States ferdog 
Sucks for Denial who won Premier but still didnt' make it to Pro League because Renegades is taking their spot.
2015-12-17 07:24
Yeah man, I feel bad for them, they put the work in.
2015-12-17 08:50
g2 eu tba plsss
2015-12-17 07:30
#20
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Japan kitzune 
Xp3 beast mode, wp
2015-12-17 07:30
#21
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Philippines gicama_ 
RIP HR [*]
2015-12-17 07:31
Denial should be in. Bullshit favoritism from ESEA and ESL.
2015-12-17 07:35
#24
 | 
Brazil RisenNTC 
TBA = GA
2015-12-17 07:52
tba=mTw
2015-12-17 08:08
G2 inc. Insane if not.
2015-12-17 08:16
G2 and Renegades for those wildcard spots.
2015-12-17 09:02
You know who else is going to get relegated? Chelsea.
2015-12-17 10:25
g2 pls
2015-12-17 10:27
#43
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Luxembourg alex24 
fnatic wins again gg wp
2015-12-17 10:29
it must suck to be number 1 in premier and not be guaranteed a position in professional. It would be much harder to come out #1 in premier than come last in pro league.
2015-12-17 10:53
Teams are relegated, but can't get promoted #logic #justgirlythings
2015-12-17 10:56
i agree, it's not hard to make 1st of premier gets promoted AND last of professional gets relegated automaticaly :/ then the 2nd ones fight it out, and 3rd battles with a wildcard or something.
2015-12-17 11:52
I agree this is how it should be
2015-12-17 12:05
#69
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World LeviathaNz 
+1 that's how it MUST have been!
2015-12-17 13:41
It's ridiculous that denial is not in pro league right now. xp3 had to carry winter fox to stay in pro and denial should have been moved up anyway. Thanks esl :(((
2015-12-17 14:38
yeah the rules are clearly not really fair.. especially for upcoming teams that are showing good promises :/
2015-12-17 20:52
so penta had no relegation match and are automatically out because they placed 12. 2 times in a row?
2015-12-17 11:04
Because two more slots are open for grabs in each region, and since the winner of Premier did not automatically move up, it is apparent that these slots will be filled by "a wildcard team chosen by the Administration to replace the auto-relegated team," to quote ESL. Shittiest rule ever invented. What's the point in playing a league and win in, while you don't even have a chance to automaticly get rewarded for your good season.
2015-12-17 11:05
#54
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Poland Redrumowy 
soo, nothing changes?
2015-12-17 11:25
-hr +f3 for the next season
2015-12-17 12:13
#55
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Brazil woody77 
RiP Renegads and Games Academy
2015-12-17 11:41
angel is the shittest igl and at the same time he nerf his great aim angel and kucher to hr.red (ex explosive) XANTARES +1 in hr.black xD
2015-12-17 12:12
#60
Portugal jO7A 
Winterfox? lol wtf are they doing there? They are like EU LE/LEMs playing. Remember them @iBP or @RNG Cup? In 2/3 games they don't even won 10 rounds in every single game combined. They are the worst pro team and yet their player get FPL Pass + ESEA...
2015-12-17 12:13
obv they are better than k1ck, or any other portuguese team/player ;D
2015-12-17 12:38
#62
Portugal jO7A 
k1ck is a solid team now with mutt and rmn, they got rekt by MIXCAT and they beat Publiclir before playing MIXCAT. All in all they are better than them, so is MIXCAT and some tier7 EU Teams.
2015-12-17 12:44
even RCTIC is better than k1ck lmaoo
2015-12-17 12:59
A Dead cat plays is better than k1ck
2015-12-17 17:59
G2 pls :D
2015-12-17 12:51
Best part is NA slot doesn't even go to an NA team.
2015-12-17 13:14
In a sudden twist of events G2 to take NA TBA spot.
2015-12-17 13:41
#70
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Germany andoRRR 
"FlipSid3, who were using a stand-in in the form of Vadim "DavCost" Vasilyev (who himself signed for Team YP) for Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev who remains ESL banned for approximately two more months." s1mple is back in F3? Or is the author just living in the past?
2015-12-17 13:41
Its not official yet but he has been playing with them for the past matches
2015-12-17 17:24
Lol this fail league is still alive.
2015-12-17 14:19
#76
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Finland Animaali 
allu to save NA <3
2015-12-17 14:34
G2?
2015-12-17 14:40
#79
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Czech Republic csl1337 
NIP? but what lineup :DDD
2015-12-17 14:44
Games Academy >>>>>> Renegades. RENEGADES = 0-16 = SHIT.
2015-12-17 14:56
lol
2015-12-17 15:19
-anyone +Dig
2015-12-17 15:24
GAmes academy NA.
2015-12-17 15:54
#85
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Norway just_sAvage 
G2 in europe?
2015-12-17 16:00
#91
gas | 
Portugal AllJews 
Tba should be renegades and g2
2015-12-17 19:57
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