ESL Pro League Week 1 Recap

With twenty-four matches wrapped up in the third season of ESL's league that offers $750,000 in cash prizes, we take a look at what has taken place, standings, best performances of the week and what lies ahead.

Featuring twenty-four teams divided into two divisions, ESL Pro League's first week contained twenty-four games as the teams played each other twice on the same day. Both Europe and North America hosted appealing matches, including Liquid's debut and Na`Vi's astonishing comeback against Astralis.

Astralis faced Na`Vi on Tuesday to officially kick off the European competition and they picked up de_mirage 16-13 despite Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's efforts who had a 1.49 rating. The Danes blew up a huge eleven-round lead on de_overpass, allowing Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko & co. to come back from a 2-13 deficit as Na`Vi secured a win with a 16-14 scoreline. Nicolai "device" Reedtz & Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen combined for 61 kills on the second map but they were unable to stop the CIS team as both teams added a win and a loss to their sheet.


Happy had a commanding match against SK

The Frenchmen Kenny "kennyS" Schrub & Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer's 72 kills in total on de_mirage helped them get past SK in overtime. The second map (de_cbble) saw EnVyUs dominating SK, beating them 16-6 as Happy carried his form over from the first map, having a 27-10 KD and 1.79 rating.

One of the most dominating performances of the first week belonged to Yaman "yam" Ergenekon from Renegades as he led his team to a 16-12 victory on de_train against Enemy with a 2.49 rating and a 42-14 KD in what could only be described as a monstrous show in the opening match of the North American division. Enemy came back at the Australian side who recently made roster changes with one of their own on de_mirage, splitting the two matches.


Renegades' yam chewed Enemy like a gum on the first map

OpTic had a fairly comfortable beginning to their season, defeating AGG twice thanks to Damian "daps" Steele who averaged 1.52 rating on de_train and de_cache, managing to acquire six points in their debut.

Astralis played again on the second match-day, going up against Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans's G2. Just like the first day, the Danish team clinched the first map (de_inferno) 16-10, with four of their players having a rating more than 1.00, but came up short against the French-Belgian team as Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom's thirty-two kills on de_cache was enough to get his team the three points.


Snax has been struggling in 2016 

The Polish side Virtus.pro lost to FaZe on de_train and de_mirage, as the fourth best player of 2015 Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski averaged 0,46 rating, letting his team down and only picking up 16 kills in 51 rounds while every single FaZe player but Ricardo "fox" Pacheco had a positive plus/minus figure.

Liquid's recent addition to their roster Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev had 51-41 KD as they faced compLexity on de_cache and de_dust2 with both teams winning a map. The story was the same in the match between Fatih "gob b" Dayik's new team NRG and their opposition Enemy as they exchanged map wins.


Liquid are finally with s1mple 

Virtus.pro didn't have a chance to get over their loss from the previous day, losing to the world's best team fnatic in two maps. Na`Vi bent the knee to SK as the Danish youngster Emil "Magisk" Reif had an absolute stellar showing, having an average 1.91 rating in one of his best online matches.

To end the first week, NA presented some of its best teams going against each other. Cloud9 played CLG and grabbed the six points by beating their rivals on de_cbble and de_overpass. The most improved team of the recent tournaments Luminosity finished off Liquid on both maps in a relatively close fashion to conclude the third match-day.

Player of the week: Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif

The up and coming Danish player had a rough evening against EnVyUs but he was able to bounce back and dominate one of the best teams in the world. His great showing on de_cbble with 27-12 KD seemed mediocre after he got 37 kills on the second map.

He had a 68% success rate in opening duels across four maps, which was the highest of the week. He got more than one kill in 53.5% of the rounds, second only to device. A rating of 1.29 and 0.87 kills per round put him in the first place in these categories and earned him the player of the week award.

Team of the week: Denmark SK

Despite only going 2-2, the Danes have shown they are not going to be an easy matchup on their rivals' fixture as they beat Na`Vi on two maps and pushed EnVyUs into overtime on de_mirage. Although they won't have a match next week, on week #3, they will go up against fnatic to try and cause another upset. If Magisk can keep up his form, they could be the ultimate upset team of the European division.


Standings after week #1

What to look forward to next week:

Feb. 15 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Denmark dignitas
Feb. 16 France EnVyUs vs. Sweden fnatic
Feb. 17 Denmark dignitas vs. Sweden NiP
Feb. 19 United States Cloud9 vs. United States Liquid

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Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
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
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1604
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
496
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1585
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
cool
2016-02-12 18:30
nV Vs. Fnatic Hype
2016-02-12 21:14
#86
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Ukraine FaZe_UW0TM8 
vp strong start :D
2016-02-12 21:30
w0w firsterest lel
2016-02-12 23:34
hello benja
2016-02-12 18:30
#22
jkaem | 
Norway Swirl 
Faze got this
2016-02-12 18:30
#70
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Germany TraitorMatt 
2 games into a 22 game season? I aren't think it's secure.
2016-02-12 19:42
#FaZeUP
2016-02-12 21:13
#23
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Ukraine Tokira 
Solid start by VP
2016-02-12 18:30
#25
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Spain Alser 
Wow, HLTV is stepping up their game. These weekly/monthly articles are my jam.
2016-02-12 18:31
+1
2016-02-12 21:22
easy vp start with 0-4 probably already no chance to get in the top 4 now
2016-02-12 18:32
#40
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Russia razorVJ 
How fun would it be if SK qualify for LAN, lol.
2016-02-12 18:45
Next week is NiP turn with THREATS HYPE
2016-02-12 18:32
#37
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Finland f0pZ 
NiP cant even qualify to LAN
2016-02-12 18:39
Didnt but will :)
2016-02-12 18:47
#42
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Croatia mds818 
Do they even need to qualify?after all they're passive team but they win matches which you would never expect.
2016-02-12 18:48
#29
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Norway Thorstad 
#FaZeUp
2016-02-12 18:32
VP 4 lost -24 Rounds 4Head
2016-02-12 18:33
nice recap !!! keep it up !
2016-02-12 18:34
vp is just a punching bag for other teams
2016-02-12 18:35
#49
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World Vidua 
Until they won't, heh. Just VP things. But they played ok against fnatic, especially on dust2.
2016-02-12 18:59
#35
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
virtuos pro going to play 2º division next season
2016-02-12 18:38
#54
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Brazil Nobuga 
VP new NIP?
2016-02-12 19:10
VP is sucking hard atm,like nip,astralis and c9
2016-02-12 19:12
VP pashaBiceps sub giveaways esl pro league points
2016-02-12 19:13
#100
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Poland DominnX26 
XDDD +1
2016-02-13 09:19
Nicely writen
2016-02-12 19:14
VP and NiP are tier 2 teams, what do you expect ...
2016-02-12 19:24
#62
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Thailand KillerBee157 
CLG top 1 NA said
2016-02-12 19:26
Either C9 made serious adjustments to their T the last few days, or we witnessed a classic case of CloudLine ft. shroud and Stewie.
2016-02-12 19:28
i like this, keep it up!
2016-02-12 19:28
WHAT AN AWESOME START BY VP!
2016-02-12 19:30
As a VP fan i feel really sorry for them. It's not nice to see this guys making these results. But this was just a 1st week, they are a big powerhouse and i believe in them. VP will be back and destroying others soon, mark my words. They never had a long slump of form. But as a CS fan and a fan of SK back in 1.6 i'm amazed by not just Magiskb0Y but whole team. Really nice to see him stepping up and also whole team making a nice upset wins over Na'Vi.
2016-02-12 19:47
finally nip <3
2016-02-12 19:51
VP its going good m8
2016-02-12 19:57
what? why no recap of clg/c9 and luminosity/liquid? seriously?
2016-02-12 20:18
+1 I would like to see that
2016-02-12 20:59
faze top 1
2016-02-12 20:46
yam was crazy vs enemy youtube.com/watch?v=P-nnR7IXFLQ&
2016-02-12 21:14
Why so many people thinks that guys from VP dont want to reach top 4, and offline finals. This is probably the most popular organisation and they want to stay in top 8, becacuse top8=the biggest tournaments, biggest prizepools. So i am sure that they care about it a lot. They played pretty well against Fnatic.
2016-02-12 21:42
many people ? only makor and his fake accounts :)
2016-02-12 22:10
was about to type the same, then i saw you already pointed it out cheers mate keep exposing this nutcase
2016-02-14 18:33
There is a small mistake. you said it was de_mirage where yam had his good performance but it was actually train :P
2016-02-12 22:24
#90
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Brazil kaduramos 
CLG was considering themselves top1 NA top kek
2016-02-12 22:26
VP probably will finish at bottom this league fuckin kurwas dont even try
2016-02-12 23:23
This is great to see this kind of article, hard to keep up with everything ourselves, cheers hltv
2016-02-12 23:48
#goLG, this time you'll get the 1st place
2016-02-12 23:49
One question from a noob, does RD mean round difference? If so, how do you "calculate" that? Do you simply subtract 16-(number of rounds the other team won on that game)?
2016-02-13 04:40
rounds won minus rounds lost
2016-02-13 09:27
rip vp
2016-02-14 17:51
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