ELEAGUE Group A recap

The first week of ELEAGUE which saw Group A played out is now complete and it is time for us to take a look at the matches and the best performers.

ELEAGUE has been broadcast on national TV in the US and on different platforms in various other countries. Time will show if the TV broadcast was a success, but the games surely were.

The $1.4 million tournament kicked off with Group A, which consisted of Brazilian powerhouse Luminosity, the not so simple Liquid, Cloud9, who have a fairly new IGL in Alec "Slemmy" White, and the Aussies of Renegades. The league started out with a double round-robin stage in which each victory accounted for one point.


The competition took place at the Turner Broadcasting Studios

In the first match of the tournament, the #1 team in the world, Luminosity, went up against Renegades on Cobblestone and got a close 19-17 win  thanks to Marcelo "coldzera" David's 1.31 rating performance. The second map, Train, was a 16-0 blowout, earning Luminosity a second point, with Fernando "fer" Alvarenga leading the charge on a 2.24 rating.

The Brazilians confronted the struggling Liquid in their next matches and they secured Dust2 with a 16-6 result as Lincoln "fnx" Lau posted a 1.99 rating with a 27:8 score. Cobblestone was a vintage one as Liquid had a 12-3 lead at halftime but failed to close it out, allowing a 16-14 Luminosity win.

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo & company secured two more points against Cloud9 after beating them 16-7 on Dust2 and 16-10 on Train and guaranteed the #1 seed. coldzera, who is now considered the best player in the world by many, was relentless on the second map as he had a 28:10 score and a 1.83 rating.


Hiko's team said goodbye 

Liquid were pushed down to the #4 seed as they lost four more matches, two to Cloud9 (16-11 on Dust2, 16-2 on Cache) and two to Renegades (16-14 on Mirage, 16-10 on Train). Jake "Stewie2K" Yip absolutely demolished Liquid on Cache with a 29:7 score, a 150.4 ADR, and a 2.55 rating.

The group playoffs pitted Cloud9 against Renegades as they were the #2 and #3 seeds, respectively. The North American team won the series 2-0 after taking Cobblestone 16-3 and Cache 16-11. The new hairstyle of the Reddit front page king Mike "shroud" Grzesiek gave him an extra boost as he finished the series with a 48:21 score and a 1.63 rating. The captain of the Aussies, Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, on the other hand, struggled to make an impact, posting a 0.41 rating.

fnx feasted on Liquid in the second semi-final as he averaged a 1.75 rating, contributing to his team's 2-0 victory (16-6 on Train, 16-12 on Nuke). Liquid's Eric "adreN" Hoag delivered a poor showing with a 14:38 score and paltry 0.46 rating.


FalleN & co. only dropped one map 

A spot at the ELEAGUE playoffs was up for grabs in the group final between Luminosity and Cloud9 and these teams put on a fantastic show for TBS viewers. The American side were the victors on Mirage with a 16-11 scoreline as Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert put in a great performance, posting a 1.83 rating and a 33:18 score.

Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham's 35:23 score on Cobblestone wasn't enough for Cloud9 to close it out as the Brazilians picked it up 19-16. FalleN took total control on Dust2 and brought the series home with a 1.60 rating. With this result, Luminosity have qualified for the ELEAGUE playoffs and Cloud9 have booked themselves a spot at the Last Chance Qualifier.

Group A MVP: Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David

The 21-year-old Brazilian has added another dominant LAN performance to his résumé as his sensational performances in Atlanta were unmatched. coldzera's impact showed up right from the get-go as he was the best in the pistol rounds with a 1.46 rating. His 1.28 ranking across 11 maps was also the highest in the group. coldzera had the second least deaths per round and was successful in 67.3% of his opening duels. If he keeps going at this rate, we already know who will win the Player of the Year award.

Final standings of Group A:

1. – Brazil Luminosity: 12 points (6p GS + 2p SF + 4p GF) + A spot at the ELEAGUE playoffs
2. – United States Cloud9: 5 points (3p GS + 2p SF) + A spot at the Last Chance Qualifier
3. – Australia Renegades: 3 points (3p GS)
4. – United States Liquid: 0 points

*GS: group stage – SF: semi-finals – GF: grand finals

The ELEAGUE journey of Liquid is over while Renegades still has a chance as the two third-placed teams with the most points will earn a spot at the Last Chance Qualifier.

The tournament will continue next Tuesday with Group B and you can visit our tournament page for more information.

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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1086
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
United States Alec 'Slemmy' White
Alec 'Slemmy' White
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
445
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
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
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
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
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
GO RENEGADES I WANT SPUNJ'S HAIR
2016-05-28 19:07
#37
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Korea 2814 
Liquid get $30k for winning 0 maps, finishing with 0 points. Nice.
2016-05-28 21:23
and what's up with renegades? are they out? :(((((((((
2016-05-28 21:24
#39
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Korea 2814 
"Renegades still has a chance as the two third-placed teams with the most points will earn a spot at the Last Chance Qualifier."
2016-05-28 21:24
ty
2016-05-28 21:25
most likely but there is a tiny chance :/
2016-05-29 03:39
ez
2016-05-28 19:07
#3
f0real | 
Lithuania Siren1ty 
GL C9
2016-05-28 19:08
#53
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Portugal justz 
Kappa
2016-05-29 21:08
gg
2016-05-28 19:07
liquid 0 points EleGiggle
2016-05-28 19:08
#6
Finland Tekh 
n1
2016-05-28 19:08
good read
2016-05-28 19:07
#8
 | 
Switzerland c0yot3 
a
2016-05-28 19:07
e
2016-05-28 19:07
xD
2016-05-28 19:07
TL;DR North America ass blasted
2016-05-28 19:08
nice
2016-05-28 19:07
a
2016-05-28 19:07
great internet speed
2016-05-28 19:08
?????????
2016-05-28 19:16
1
2016-05-28 19:07
first
2016-05-28 19:07
nt
2016-05-28 19:08
#19
 | 
Poland OvniDlix 
nice
2016-05-28 19:08
#22
 | 
Brazil mth^ 
GODZERA
2016-05-28 19:17
#23
 | 
Spain Alser 
What's the purpose of winning points after a team is qualified for the Last Chance Qualifier?
2016-05-28 19:18
0 points kek
2016-05-28 19:21
C9 Got the last chance qual for sure :)
2016-05-28 19:28
LOL? Too bad for them it's not NA ONLY qualifier, which means they have no chance ;D
2016-05-29 21:28
with the way they've playing bro...
2016-05-30 02:19
The way they've been playing has been JUST the same how they've been playing BEFORE ANY Major and then...They bomb out dead last.
2016-05-30 08:36
#27
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Chile Cristoff 
Parabéns cara !!
2016-05-28 19:42
#29
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Norway billson 
Liquid need to bring back s1mple and rebuild around him.
2016-05-28 19:54
Is it possible to watch the pre-game analysis and the post game interviews on youtube/twitch? Any1 has the link?
2016-05-28 20:26
pretty sure its copyrighted
2016-05-29 01:15
We smart we loyal...
2016-05-28 20:33
lel
2016-05-28 20:33
#35
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Awesome! Really appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-05-28 20:52
VAMOS
2016-05-28 20:57
#41
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
0-8 MingLee
2016-05-28 21:36
Liquid ROFL
2016-05-28 21:38
#43
 | 
Brazil Rohe 
Nice. Now we will see teams like Selfless and Echo fox and nothing of TS. ELeague good work! Liquid thank the 30k that deserved right. kappa
2016-05-28 22:55
#44
 | 
Brazil luckyboy 
YungStew Hype Rofl
2016-05-28 23:15
liquid 0 points of of tournament but atleast with 30k xd
2016-05-28 23:28
"The new hairstyle of the Reddit front page king Mike "shroud" Grzesiek gave him an extra boost" lel
2016-05-28 23:45
ez 4 number one
2016-05-28 23:58
DirecTV broadcasted it on a channel called TruTV on Latinamerica. Besides the fact that the spanish commentators were argentinian -and, well, they are not the best-, everything was cool to watch on tv.
2016-05-29 08:58
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