ESL Pro League Week 7 Recap

ESL Pro League continued after the first ever $1,000,000 Major, where Luminosity triumphed, and we take look at this week's action full of forfeits and reschedules.

To kick off the week ESL announced that Wednesday's European division matches would be rescheduled. This meant that only six maps would be played in the European division in the seventh week.

NiP, who reached the quarter-finals at MLG Columbus 2016 with a stand-in and who are in first place in the European division, faced FlipSid3 on Overpass and Cbble. The ninjas had no trouble on the first map and utterly destroyed their opponents, finishing 16-4. Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg had a 23:7 score and a 1.98 rating.

Adam "friberg" Friberg & Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund carried the load on Cbble, posting 1.50 and 1.48 ratings respectively. Although this one was closer, it was no challenge for the Swedes as they got their second victory with a 16-8 scoreline.


f0rest & company still lead the EU division

The next game was between SK and Virtus.pro, the latter team having advanced to the quarter-finals at the Major despite their horrendous form in online games. SK picked up both Cache and Train with Emil "Magisk" Reif averaging a 1.24 rating and totaling a 47:36 score.

The last match-up in the European division saw Envy and Dignitas battle it out. Envy had recently disappointed their fans after adding Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon to their lineup as they went out in the groups at MLG Columbus 2016, becoming the first defending Major champions to do so. Dignitas secured six points as they claimed both maps, 16-14 and 16-7 . Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen was the best performer as he averaged a 113.7 attack damage per round and a 1.43 rating.


European division standings
 

Renegades took on NRG in the first match of the North American division and the latter team annihilated the Aussies. The first map (Train) ended with a 16-2 scoreline in favor of NRG as Justin "just9n" Ortiz had a 2.44 rating and +21 K-D. Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, on the other hand, posted a 147.9 ADR and a 2.20 rating. A better effort on Cache by Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill & company did not suffice as NRG won it 16-13.

OpTic got six free points as the leader of their division, Luminosity, travelled early to Europe to attend DreamHack Masters Malmö as they wanted to adjust to the timezone. The forfeit meant two map victories for OpTic. Another forfeited series was by CLG who could not make it to their match against NRG due to travelling to Malmö as well.


Liquid continue their surge 

On the longest map in week seven, Complexity beat KKona 22-18 on Mirage thanks to Joshua "sancz" Ballenger's 33 kills and Daniel "roca" Gustaferri's 37. KKona went on to get their first win of the season, defeating roca & co. 16-8 on Overpass. Daniel "vice" Kim's 26:19 score and 1.41 rating was the performance that paved the way for the team's victory.

Liquid took the stand to close the week and the team certainly delivered. After reaching the semi-finals at MLG Columbus 2016 and earning the Legends status, Liquid crushed Cloud9, beating them 16-8 on Dust2 and 16-5 on Cache as Cloud9 used Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman as a stand-in on both maps.

Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev were the main hitters on the first map. The former had a 25:14 score and a 1.43 rating while the latter had a 1.36 rating. Liquid also later defeated OpTic 16-10 on Cbble and 16-12 on Train.


North American division standings 

Player of the Week: Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev

The Ukranian star played four maps this week and averaged a 1.29 rating. He had 0.94 kills per round and had more than one kill in 63.6% of the rounds. He got an opening kill once every five rounds as he averaged 0.21 in the week. He never had more deaths than his kills and had a positive contribution. MLG Columbus 2016 seems to have affected s1mple in a positive way as he had one of his best weeks since he came to the US.

Team of the Week: United States Liquid

Liquid was in a tough position as their start to the league was not ideal. They made progress in the seventh week as they won two maps against Cloud9 and two against OpTic. Both of their opponents have been performing well in the third season and these victories for Liquid mean Spencer "Hiko" Martin & co. both increased their points and made two top teams in the standings suffer. Thanks to their showing in their last matches, they have a respectable chance of making it to the top four and advancing to the LAN finals.

Farewells so far (i.e. Teams that have no chance to qualify for the LAN finals):

EU division NA division
Poland Virtus.pro Canada KKona
Germany mousesports  United States Complexity
Denmark SK United States CLG
Ukraine FlipSid3 United States Winterfox

You can find the demos or the VODs of all the matches that have been played so far and you can also go to our stats page to see who's been performing the best in the third season of the ESL Pro League.

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United States Andrew 'Irukandji' Timmerman
Andrew 'Irukandji' Timmerman
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.79
Maps played:
13
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.73
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
United States Joshua 'sancz' Ballenger
Joshua 'sancz' Ballenger
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
315
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
158
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1620
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
United States Daniel 'vice' Kim
Daniel 'vice' Kim
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
493
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
United States Justin 'just9n' Ortiz
Justin 'just9n' Ortiz
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
236
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
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
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
United States Daniel 'roca' Gustaferri
Daniel 'roca' Gustaferri
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
620
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
n1 EDIT: RIP VP :(
2016-04-08 19:32
VP [*]
2016-04-08 19:38
+Furlan or +rallen -tazbot Ez poland
2016-04-08 19:42
taz neo snax too good to leave nab
2016-04-08 21:07
-pasha +michu
2016-04-10 09:30
They know me as the terrorist machine. They know me from the explosions they see. They know me from the attacks they watch. They talk about my bombs and they think for me blowing up is so easy. I just go into a crowded place and that's it. But my bomb, it comes from more than just a dynamite. For me - bomb - it is about precision... This part people don't see. This part, it does not show up in the news. When I go to blow myself up everything already is a part of me.
2016-04-08 19:43
Yes my muslim friend that is the truth.
2016-04-08 22:37
#63
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United States criimson 
that is pretty fucked up m8 even for hltv standards... shameless
2016-04-09 03:01
VP saving 2-3 years worth of strats/plow for $5mil major trust
2016-04-08 20:39
#2
Germany RyseN 
eZ NiP
2016-04-08 19:32
f
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l
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n1
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ayy 6th, suck my dick
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d
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ok
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nis
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xDXXD
2016-04-08 19:32
FeelsBadMan
2016-04-08 19:32
#12
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Macau Hoder 
123123
2016-04-08 19:31
#13
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Belarus Starvoid 
rip vp
2016-04-08 19:31
#14
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Norway undret 
good luck boys
2016-04-08 19:32
#15
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Norway ZERKK 
f1
2016-04-08 19:31
.
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k
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#18
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Russia Lightsaber 
1
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b
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first lmao
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e
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vp hahha
2016-04-08 19:32
vp hahahah
2016-04-08 19:32
VP 90% will relegate. ROFL
2016-04-08 19:32
vp ;/
2016-04-08 19:32
NiP
2016-04-08 19:32
#28
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North America AVK_ 
Optic are onlinears
2016-04-08 19:34
#29
Australia BCP 
NA week 7 recap: while liquid are trying to get back on their feet, esl force LG and CLG to gift games to OpTic and NRG and put them above liquid.
2016-04-08 19:34
a lot of EU matches were postponed, I don't get why they forced LG and CLG to forfeit their matches ESL logic as its best >_>
2016-04-08 19:52
Welcome to Premier League Virtus Pro :>
2016-04-08 19:35
#32
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Poland trancemeister 
VP hahahahahaha :D 2-0-16 , - 103 rounds :D
2016-04-08 19:41
VIRTUS THROW
2016-04-08 19:44
i feel bad for devil it wasnt his fault
2016-04-08 19:46
ahahahahah VP
2016-04-08 19:47
#38
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France t3r4byt3 
first time NiP gonna be going to the pro league finals :D meanwhile VP don't seem to give a shit about the pro league
2016-04-08 19:48
Thanks DDOS DDOSinPyjamas
2016-04-08 20:45
#55
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France t3r4byt3 
only 4 of their games lol, out of 18 still raped astralis, VP and fnatic (on cache)
2016-04-08 20:48
All 4 Times they where behind and image the Teams mental state when they realised they lost because of internet
2016-04-08 21:09
#59
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France t3r4byt3 
Na'Vi (mirage): NiP were up 6-5 when GuardiaN dropped out FaZe (dust 2): NiP were up 5-4 when jkaem disappeared FaZe started with zbM on Train You're right about the VP one on overpass, NiP were down 6-9 when pasha got DDoS'd (even though he did come back in time)
2016-04-08 21:26
Hey VP, Welcome to the Premier Division :>
2016-04-08 19:49
#40
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France t3r4byt3 
you already said it in #30 lol
2016-04-08 19:50
Cant edit :> I dont know why lol have to rewrite lol
2016-04-08 19:51
2016-04-08 19:53
VP must win 4/4 match
2016-04-08 19:51
NiP first place PogChamp
2016-04-08 19:55
#46
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Other amule 
online TaZ 4Head
2016-04-08 19:58
#47
Brehze | 
United States CS_Gawd 
Rip CLG :(
2016-04-08 19:58
-103 4Head
2016-04-08 20:01
murica deserves 2, maybe 3 spots. not 4 plz
2016-04-08 20:15
NiP on Top Thanks Mr. DDOS
2016-04-08 20:46
GONINJAS
2016-04-08 20:56
#60
allu | 
North America hesh 
ddos ur way to the top nip
2016-04-08 21:40
#62
Brazil rlh3 
rip CLG
2016-04-09 01:17
#64
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Spain chokOOO 
virtus pro hahahhaha
2016-04-09 03:41
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