ESL Pro League Week 4 Recap

This week's ESL Pro League action is over after a total of 48 matches, and we go through these matchups and the best performances over this period.

ESL Pro League Season 3 had a one week break due to IEM Katowice 2016, where fnatic emerged victorious, and it continued from where it left off with a busy schedule. Astralis picked up de_mirage and de_dust2 against mousesports to kick things off, with René "cajunb" Borg having a stellar performance on the second map as he finished with a 29:2 score and a 2.53 rating.

FaZe went up against NiP but the European mixture had one issue after another, starting with Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad dropping out after nine rounds. Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström stepped in for only three rounds before also experiencing problems due to DDoS. The rest of the first map was played 4v5, and NiP won it 16-7. FaZe's manager Zebastian "zbM" Molinder stepped in on the second map but the Ninjas secured it 16-9.

NiP carried over that good form to their subsequent two maps against Virtus.pro, defeating them 16-2 on de_cache and 16-11 on de_overpass. A French derby followed as G2 faced Envy, who recently added Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon to their roster to replace Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey. Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans & company came on top on both maps, with DEVIL struggling to make an impact with a 22:43 score. Richard "shox" Papillon, on the other hand, had a 53:33 score and helped to bring home the victory.


Astralis lost only one map this week

Envy bounced back with two wins against FlipSid3 and Natus Vincere overcame FaZe on both maps with Denis "seized" Kostin's monster 40:20 score performance on the first map which went to overtime. Kenny "kennyS" Schrub's strong showing against Astralis was enough only to get his team de_inferno, with the Danes picking up de_train.

Virtus.pro got their second win of the season against G2 on de_train despite Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom picking up 30 kills. The storyline was different on de_overpass, where all G2 players had a positive K/D Difference and a rating higher than 1.13. FaZe vs. SK on de_cache was one of the highlight matches of the week as it went to triple overtime and Håvard "rain" Nygaard had 49 kills. Emil "Magisk" Reif's 42 kills helped SK take this map but the Danes were demolished on the second one, losing 3-16.

SK extended their losing streak to three, coming up short against Astralis and losing 7-16 and 5-16 as they could not stop Nicolai "device" Reedtz, who had a 40:19 score across both maps. G2's two map triumphs boosted them higher in the rankings and marked FlipSid3's sixth loss in a row. The week in the European division ended with fnatic and mousesports exchanging maps.


European division standings

Across the Atlantic Ocean Renegades beat Winterfox in humiliating fashion on two maps with Justin "jks" Savage and Yaman "yam" Ergenekon going ham as they averaged 1.70 and 1.76 ratings respectively in this matchup. AGG tried to get their first win against Splyce but Andrew "Professor_Chaos" Heintz took charge with a 47:27 score in total and swept AGG.

The undefeated leader of the NA division, OpTic, took down Cloud9 thanks to William "RUSH" Wierzba and Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's 1.30+ rating performances on both maps. Luminosity secured de_overpass against Winterfox with Fernando "fer" Alvarenga's 31:15 score but suffered one of the biggest upsets of the season on the second map, de_train, as they were beat 3-16.

The following match day saw the Brazilians of Luminosity smash NRG on two maps, led by Marcelo "coldzera" David's 1.62 average rating. NRG played against Complexity in the same day and almost blew a 14-1 advantage on de_cache but closed it out 16-13 with Samuel "SileNt" Portillo's 37:21 score. They got the second map with the same score, and this time Peter "ptr" Gurney showed up with a 1.66 rating. They continued playing a day later, beating AGG and getting their fourth consecutive win.


jks & Renegades took the second place in NA 

After a close overtime win on de_overpass Cloud9 finished off Complexity 16-2 on the second map as Jake "Stewie2K" Yip had his best showing under Cloud9 with a 27:5 score. Josh "shinobi" Abastado, on the other hand, posted the second worst rating of his career on the second map (0.14).

OpTic and Renegades clashed on two maps in a match between two table-toppers, and it ended up with the teams getting one map apiece. This marked the first loss for OpTic this season. stanislaw shined on his teams' next two maps against Complexity with a 55:28 score and an average of 1.66 rating and made sure OpTic held on to the first spot in the NA division for another week. Renegades continued to follow OpTic though, as the Aussies beat AGG and secured second place.

Last match of the week brought Selfless and Cloud9 together. Stewie2K and Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir pushed their team to victory on de_train but Mitch "mitch" Semago stepped up in a huge manner and helped his team grab de_cache 16-4 with a 2.56 rating and a 33:8 score.


North American division standings

Player of the week: Denmark René "cajunb" Borg

cajunb played six maps this week, four of which were against top 10 teams. He averaged a 1.36 rating. His K-D difference was +49 and he had the fourth lowest death per round value (0.56 DPR). On the second map of their match against mousesports, he had one of the most insane performances of the year so far with 29 kills and 2 deaths.

Team of the week: Denmark Astralis

The Danes finished the week in the first place with 33 points and took huge steps to get closer to a spot at the ESL Pro League Finals. They crushed their fellow countrymen SK and did the same to mousesports. They only lost one map to Envy and finished the week with five wins and a single loss.

What to look forward to next week:

Mar. 16 -  Sweden fnatic  vs. Sweden NiP
Mar. 18 -  Australia Renegades  vs. United States Liquid
Mar. 18 -  United States Cloud9 vs. Brazil Luminosity
Mar. 20 -  France Envy vs. CIS Natus Vincere

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United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Sweden Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.47
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.03
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
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
United States Samuel 'SileNt' Portillo
Samuel 'SileNt' Portillo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
624
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.12
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Josh 'shinobi' Abastado
Josh 'shinobi' Abastado
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.82
Maps played:
316
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.14
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
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
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Andrew 'Professor_Chaos' Heintz
Andrew 'Professor_Chaos' Heintz
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
171
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
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
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semago
Mitch 'mitch' Semago
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
694
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
France Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
569
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
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
Sweden Zebastian 'zbM' Molinder
Zebastian 'zbM' Molinder
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.50
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.36
DPR:
0.76
APR:
0.08
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
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:
1581
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Nice article :)
2016-03-14 18:59
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2016-03-14 18:58
I like how Guardian, Jkeam and Pasha got ddosed against Nip #NiPDDOSMagic
2016-03-15 03:34
vp throw this league because they won last edition in Dubai
2016-03-14 19:01
#42
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El Salvador belaC 
throwing most important league. they better get their toilet cleaning jobs back before VP disbands...
2016-03-14 19:28
ELeague more important
2016-03-15 03:31
Dubai was not a part of this league it was a one off invitational event. Although vp did play fnatic in the finals 2 seasons ago, and beat them, played fnatic in the final three seasons ago, but lost in the final.
2016-03-14 19:29
#2
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Slovenia TOPKEKiksde 
1
2016-03-14 18:57
f
2016-03-14 18:57
#4
jkaem | 
Czech Republic majoris 
4th again. I might get Arsenal fanboy for real
2016-03-14 18:58
3rd
2016-03-14 18:59
astralis ez
2016-03-14 18:58
a
2016-03-14 18:57
nice
2016-03-14 18:57
gg
2016-03-14 18:57
DA
2016-03-14 18:57
NICE
2016-03-14 18:57
#12
Mexico Moxw 
n1
2016-03-14 18:57
asdasda
2016-03-14 18:57
n1
2016-03-14 18:57
1
2016-03-14 18:57
s
2016-03-14 18:57
#17
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Faroe Islands deuzzz 
ez
2016-03-14 18:57
3rd world inet
2016-03-14 18:57
#19
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Finland Juups 
ok
2016-03-14 18:57
#20
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France France98123 
WOW so many people comment before even reading the article .. thats sad
2016-03-14 18:58
nice one
2016-03-14 18:57
#22
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Germany ARUSH 
first
2016-03-14 18:57
#23
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Canada ryxze 
n1
2016-03-14 18:57
#24
Albania Bory 
Kappa
2016-03-14 18:57
nice
2016-03-14 18:57
1st
2016-03-14 18:57
NiP > Fnatic
2016-03-14 18:57
rip OCEAN
2016-03-14 18:58
GJ G2!
2016-03-14 18:59
#32
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Germany 1criT 
1-1 against Fnatic & Astralis and NiP is through if I'm not mistaking Too easy
2016-03-14 19:00
Ddos game too strong.
2016-03-14 19:30
#45
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Germany 1criT 
That's why pyth joined :)
2016-03-14 19:30
that vp stats
2016-03-14 19:00
FNATIC vs NIP is gonna be great
2016-03-14 19:00
Did anyone else stop reading at "across the Atlantic"?
2016-03-14 19:01
Yeah lol hahah
2016-03-14 19:36
yup :D
2016-03-14 20:02
ez for DIP ddos in pyjamas
2016-03-14 19:03
Astralis having a strong showing in this weeks ESL Pro League, regaining the old form seen when they played under TSM. Faze is a whole different story. Currently still in a slump after being picked up by the org, their results after the surprising run in the DH Cluj-Napoca Major have sub-par, going out in 7-8th place at the IEM Katowice Season X Tournament.
2016-03-14 19:19
They have been in a slump since cluj-napoca. Really starting to question if its just a slump or are they not good enough?
2016-03-14 19:38
Couldn't agree more. Their recent performance really makes me feel as if they got lucky at DH, and now are still trying to live off that hype - I am beginning to doubt if they deserve a place among the elite teams.
2016-03-14 21:17
#39
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Brazil hegium 
Nice work Benja!
2016-03-14 19:19
Luminosity stats: 7 wins - 1 lose. 7 - 1 confirmed.
2016-03-14 19:21
#41
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France t3r4byt3 
Team AGG is like the VP of NA pro league except they're even worse in comparison to NA xD
2016-03-14 19:26
#63
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United States 123hacking123 
i played with twistzz on a server the other day - he was god tier. Everyone else is shit tho lol
2016-03-14 22:20
EZ for DIP Player called ddos has too high ratings..
2016-03-14 19:31
VP -_- 2/14
2016-03-14 19:40
#57
United Kingdom Dird 
pasha's average kdr at half time
2016-03-14 20:03
lol
2016-03-15 13:00
I think you should structure the article into several smaller sections instead, talking about each match-up under its own heading. Or structure it by way of each team's performance. This was a total cluster fuck to read.
2016-03-14 19:45
#51
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
oh god VP.. that looks terrible :O
2016-03-14 19:46
#52
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United States freakaroid 
So far biggest letdowns for me are Navi and Liquid
2016-03-14 19:59
astralis <3 ez lan finals as always
2016-03-14 20:00
Good job Benja
2016-03-14 20:00
#55
United Kingdom Dird 
4 from EU, 4 from NA to finals? So stupid. Should be like the world cup where EU gets a bigger % of teams...maybe 5 eu, 3 na
2016-03-14 20:01
Good job :D
2016-03-14 20:12
fnatic @ nip = el clasico
2016-03-14 20:34
NiP > fnatic
2016-03-14 20:35
lol favelas ez 7-1
2016-03-14 20:47
#64
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Iceland PrTz1 
coL 2-10 rip
2016-03-14 22:22
#65
Spain Ayrr 
VP EleGiggle
2016-03-14 23:44
what cajunb 14.5 kdr
2016-03-15 00:15
Although I'm a NiP fan,still can't believe NiP can get 2nd in the group! Keep up boys
2016-03-15 01:06
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