ESL Pro League Week 2 Recap

We dive into the second week of the ESL Pro League Season 3, as fnatic and OpTic leads their divisions and Virtus.pro's troublesome form continues.

Valve's new update to the game brought with it a set of problems and bugs which led to some of the matches being rescheduled, meaning not all the matches were played on week two. As a result, mousesports and Winterfox still have not made their debuts while six teams have played six or more matches.

Inconveniences aside, it has been an intriguing week with shocking results in both regions. To kick things off, fnatic faced G2 and utterly destroyed the Frenchmen with 16-5 and 16-7 scores on de_cbble and de_inferno respectively. Robin "flusha" Rönnquist led his team with a 1.58 rating and a 46-23 K/D. The first map was Richard "shox" Papillon's second worst rating (0.20) in our records. His worst rating was 0.14 back in December when his team lost 2-16 to LDLC White.


shox' atrocious display paved the way for fnatic's victory 

Virtus.pro's lousy opening week got even worse when they lost on both maps to Dignitas as Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski continued to struggle with a 0.66 rating on average. The Danish team's star Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke contributed to the win with 57 kills.

Astralis easily defeated FlipSid3 16-7 on both maps as Nicolai "device" Reedtz took control and posted a 1.85 rating. fnatic took down Envy on the following match with a shocking 16-4 scoreline but the Frenchmen, undaunted, came right back with a victory of their own on de_cache (16-5). It was an interesting showing between two of the favorites to win the tournament as they both showed off what they are capable of when they get on a roll.


Astralis had a comfortable week 

Virtus.pro's loss to Natus Vincere on both maps meant they were 0-8 this season. Last season, the third and fourth qualified teams on the European division had 14 wins and eight losses. It is pretty clear now that VP will not be able to advance to the LAN finals if a miracle does not occur. NiP played their first match against Dignitas and looked a little shaky at first, but managed to close out both of the maps 16-8.


EU division standings

The North American division featured only eight matches this week, starting with Luminosity having a walk in the park against complexity as Marcelo "coldzera" David put on an insane show with a 48-22 K/D. Complexity's veteran player Danny "fRoD" Montaner experienced a rough evening against the Brazilans along with the team’s newest addition Rory "dephh" Jackson.


RUSH & co. with a good campaign so far 

OpTic went up against Splyce and cruised to the smooth victory on both maps with the help of William "RUSH" Wierzba who averaged a 1.76 rating. Renegades' easy win on both maps against CLG put them in the third position (16-5 on de_dust2 and 16-6 on de_inferno). The week ended in the NA division with Enemy and Complexity exchanging maps.


NA division standings

Player of the week: Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz

Astralis have only played two maps against FlipSid3 but the lack of great performances against good teams meant device is our player of the week. He averaged a 1.85 rating and +30 K/D differential. His form carried into the ESL Barcelona CS:GO Invitational presented by Mobile World Congress where he had a 1.23 rating and where his team came second behind fnatic.

Team of the week: Sweden fnatic

It shouldn't come off as suprise to many to see fnatic getting another achievement. After going 3-1 this week on EPL, they went on to win the ESL Barcelona Invitational. With the addition of Dennis "dennis" Edman, they have five guys that can go nuclear at all times and this is reflected in their results. They have a +32 round differential and are leading the European division in this category.

What to look forward next week:

Feb. 23 France EnVyUs vs. Poland Virtus.pro
Feb. 23 Germany mousesports vs. Sweden NiP
Feb. 24 CIS Na`Vi vs. Sweden NiP
Feb. 24 Denmark SK vs. Sweden fnatic

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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
United Kingdom Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
768
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
United States Danny 'fRoD' Montaner
Danny 'fRoD' Montaner
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
33
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1508
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
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
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
swx
2016-02-22 18:06
ez for nip
2016-02-22 18:07
#63
 | 
United States r0seCS 
ez swx
2016-02-22 19:51
y
2016-02-22 18:06
Nice!
2016-02-22 18:06
21
2016-02-22 18:06
ez
2016-02-22 18:06
n1
2016-02-22 18:07
n1
2016-02-22 18:06
k
2016-02-22 18:06
10th
2016-02-22 18:06
Wow i was right
2016-02-22 18:07
7th
2016-02-22 18:06
nice
2016-02-22 18:06
nice
2016-02-22 18:06
#14
fury | 
Denmark Leffan 
:)
2016-02-22 18:06
first
2016-02-22 18:06
<3
2016-02-22 18:06
#17
 | 
Bahrain CRY_A_RIVER 
VP LOL
2016-02-22 18:06
disband incoming
2016-02-22 18:58
still better than whole NA scene m8
2016-02-22 19:34
disband i n c o m i n g
2016-02-23 02:35
too bad m8 VP isn't even close to disbanding lol :D
2016-02-23 02:39
rip polando
2016-02-23 11:38
let's wait for iem katowice and mlg major then we can say rip polando (rip vp)
2016-02-23 11:41
lmao vp 0-8 sad times for poland
2016-02-22 18:06
#20
 | 
Australia DabBoy 
Noice
2016-02-22 18:06
7yx57s
2016-02-22 18:06
olala
2016-02-22 18:07
lol Virtus.Pro 8 loses
2016-02-22 18:07
Vp this is pro league not a fucking MM.
2016-02-22 18:08
#28
 | 
Brazil HunterSk 
Omg Vp
2016-02-22 18:12
#29
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
"No team played their first match against dignitas " Cool news. In other news No team played in space this week and no team played whilst blindfolded.
2016-02-22 18:14
#51
 | 
Portugal dracø 
maybe VP did play blindfolded tho =x AYY
2016-02-22 19:07
VP fucking up right now
2016-02-22 18:20
Who won a map against fnatic?
2016-02-22 18:20
Envy 16-5
2016-02-22 18:31
#49
Xyp9x | 
Cyprus Xeeh 
Who won a map against VP?
2016-02-22 18:58
everyone ( &#865;° &#860;&#662; &#865;°)
2016-02-22 19:16
0-10 tommorow inc :D Envy fuck them:)
2016-02-22 19:22
#32
 | 
Brazil subconsious 
poor Neo :(
2016-02-22 18:21
What to look forward next week: What to look forward to next week:
2016-02-22 18:27
#34
 | 
Germany Weisswurst 
Nice that "no team" is also succeeding =)
2016-02-22 18:27
What about nip performance hltv ? Just about envy fnatic and australis always.....
2016-02-22 18:30
#37
India anxF 
#GoNiP
2016-02-22 18:32
0-0-8 The Dream
2016-02-22 18:32
ROFL VP plz.
2016-02-22 18:34
#40
 | 
Poland trancemeister 
VP [*] :(
2016-02-22 18:36
vp biggest joke in cs go history
2016-02-22 18:37
virtus throw, not pro.
2016-02-22 18:38
#43
NEO | 
Poland differ 
go go VP! you can do this!
2016-02-22 18:38
VP :>
2016-02-22 18:46
#45
 | 
Yugoslavia Malityc 
VP [*]
2016-02-22 18:49
#46
 | 
Poland Barcelonista 
VP 0-0-10 INC
2016-02-22 18:50
#47
 | 
Indonesia EvilPoland 
ez 4 vp.
2016-02-22 18:50
VP lmao
2016-02-22 18:59
VP > NA LOLOLOL KAPPARINO
2016-02-22 19:07
NoKappa actually
2016-02-22 19:50
No Kappa forever dude. Americana suckz..
2016-02-22 20:37
rn Liquid would beat VP ez
2016-02-22 22:59
Only first four can go to LAN finals? btw, VP 0-87 inc
2016-02-22 19:08
#88
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ckopoxog 
first four EU and first four NA
2016-02-23 11:51
vp ez top1
2016-02-22 19:18
ayy 0-8
2016-02-22 19:19
#59
 | 
Brazil Romarioek 
Virtus PRO tier 3 EU
2016-02-22 19:39
#60
 | 
Germany 1fRaNkkK 
I don't know what to say really.. VP what is wrong with you?? I hope they will 'comeback', but it's gone be very difficult..
2016-02-22 19:40
They're preparing hard for Katowice and they don't show their special tactics before that Kappa
2016-02-22 19:54
VP :((
2016-02-22 19:42
#64
 | 
Sweden Donger89 
0-8 ayy
2016-02-22 19:54
Shame for VP. What's happened to byali? Used to be so sick. And even worse for them, they have nV in their next match-up... High chance of going 0-10.
2016-02-22 19:55
I think that this is caused by too long a break from the team game. Now they have a bootcamp I hope it will be better.
2016-02-22 20:40
#68
 | 
Turkey FeverSpeed 
VP should retire . They are getting worse
2016-02-22 20:34
#71
shox | 
Norway Etr1us 
-48 round difference lmao
2016-02-22 20:55
#76
 | 
Canada pokerchip 
I just noticed how Virtus.pro have almost no chance to get to the top 4. Logically, most of the teams that they will have to play against later on in the season are going to beat them. Anyways, good luck to all other teams!
2016-02-22 22:23
Liquid too IMO
2016-02-22 23:45
ROFL VP
2016-02-22 22:41
#79
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
VP makes a Vesslan
2016-02-22 23:42
What is RD?
2016-02-23 01:09
Renegays
2016-02-23 01:57
fnatic is teh sux
2016-02-23 10:28
Ayy lmao CLG
2016-02-23 14:01
#90
Germany Meyk 
I hope NiP is getting better soon. This Org. has to come back to the real Elite!
2016-02-23 17:57
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