ELEAGUE Group F preview

The sixth week of the $1.4 million ELEAGUE Season 1 will feature Virtus.pro, EnVyUs, Gambit, and compLexity. This is our official preview for Group F.

The sixth and final week of group stages at the $1.4 million first season of ELEAGUE will determine the final team to make it straight into the playoffs of the event, another team for the Last Chance Qualifier, and finally set the matter straight on the two best placing teams who will also attend the Last Chance Qualifier but who lost in group semifinals.

Every week so far has had a presumed favourite make the Friday televised final and take the cake but this week's Group F is most similar to Group B in that there are two storied European teams, both with histories of making the grand finals of big tournaments, who will compete in the same group and who both have a chance to win.


Virtus.pro will look to silence their critics this week

With Polish team Virtus.pro ranked seventh in the world and French team Envy ranked ninth, there is no telling which way the pendulum will swing when such explosive teams with a long history of pitched battles will get together to compete in an offline setting.

We also have Russian-Kazakh team Gambit attending, who are currently ranked 20th in the world and who recently assured themselves of continued relevance by yet again qualifying for a Major in 2016. Finally we have Complexity, a North American team who are something of a cipher in CS:GO with their current lineup.

Below you can find our in-depth analysis of these four teams ahead of Group F kicking off tomorrow.

Poland Virtus.pro

Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński

The dangerous thing about Virtus.pro going into ELEAGUE Group F is that we have not seen them play since the SL i-League Invitational back in May, which the Polish team won against generally weaker opposition aside from their surprise defeat of Na`Vi in the grand final.

Coming from a team who in 2015 were glad to attend as many events as possible, such a hiatus is a switch of pace for TaZ & co. Now admittedly, the landscape of CS:GO has changed since last year and accepting invites to sundry tournaments has fallen by the wayside as instead multimillion dollar leagues duel for the attention of the top teams. In any case, VP have been somewhat hermitic as of late.


The "come 1 v. 1 me" face

As for being a top team, the latest matches show that on LAN, Virtus.pro still prevail as a fearsome contender and they were able to defeat Worst Players, HellRaisers, and Dobry&Gaming (now Kinguin) before taking down Na`Vi 2-1 in the grand final. In addition, VP went to Moscow for the Adrenaline Open Cyber Cup showmatch in early June and this time 2-0'd Na`Vi.

Of course the thing many of our diligent readers will remember is the humiliating Pro League relegation that Virtus lost to PENTA shortly after they had come back from winning the i-League Invitational in Kiev. I want it to be clear that that side of the Polish team still stands and they still have obvious deficiencies in their game plan, at least that which we last saw from them.

Virtus.pro are no longer an "elite" (i.e. top five) team but they remain a heavy damager on the scene. This week could be both a bid for them to return to the top five and to make a statement for the upcoming Major; I heavily favour them to make the televised final come Friday.

France EnVyUs

France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer
France Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon

EnVyUs are another team with woebegone features as they most famously made history by being the only team to win a Major (Cluj-Napoca) and then go out in groups at the next one (Columbus).

We saw some promise at DreamHack Masters Malmö (a 3-4th place finish that saw them take down Tempo Storm and then have to face dignitas in the quarter-finals as opposed to Astralis) and most recently the Boys in Blue came into Katowice with determination and rolled over Immortals, Splyce, and Cloud9 (only losing to Gambit) to make the ESL One Cologne Major.


Just one bite of the madeleine and one has remembrance of past time at Majors

I think some of the nV guys showed their frustration at bombing out of the groups at MLG Columbus via the Major qualifier, as the two of the three highest rated players from the event are from EnVyUs. Clearly, the time had come again for EnVyUs to show that they were a first tier team and the Frenchmen delivered on this and were back into the Major books in no time.

Just like Virtus.pro however, the interesting thing is the absolute paucity of data about this team in the past three months. Outside of the Major qualifier, all we saw was an EnVyUs team getting destroyed in the ECS online stage but it is likely that the off-time has changed a few things internally and we certainly saw a stronger team in Katowice.

I still think the Friday final will most likely be EnVyUs against Virtus.pro and judging off both teams' explosive styles of play, we may just be in for one of the best group finals of the bunch.

Russia Gambit

Kazakhstan Rustem "mou" Telepov
Russia Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Russia Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov
Russia Ivan "spaze" Obrezhan

Group F truly is the group of phantoms, especially as regards recent offline appearances, and Gambit are no exception. Following their 9-12th place finish at MLG Columbus, where the Russian-Kazakh team led by the X God narrowly missed out on becoming Legends due to a close loss to CLG, the only time we've seen Gambit on-site again has been for the ESL One Cologne Major qualifier in Katowice.

Currently ranked #20, Gambit proved that they continue to have the resilience that Major qualifiers require as the team narrowly beat OpTic, took down EnVyUs, lost to FaZe, and brought down G2 to qualify for the ESL One Cologne Major.


No mou problems at ELEAGUE

Gambit's road was certainly harder the some teams and aside from that we also saw another world class performance from Kazakh mou, who posted a 1.18 rating at the Major qualifier.

The team's second best player in Katowice was also surprisingly neither Dosia nor AdreN but spaze, the 19-year-old ex-Method player who was added to the team in mid-April. If the new Gambit approach is explosive players such as mou and spaze going off, then leader hooch may be able to make Gambit work and possibly be the dark horse of ELEAGUE Group F.

Despite their impressive run in Katowice however, Gambit are still a team who lose plenty of online games to second and third tier competition in Europe (see the Form subranking here) and are billed as likely to lost a best-of-three to either VP or nV. At the same time, the group stage could be a perfect ground for this famous upset team to gain points and even survive as a Last Chance Qualifier by the time the group is said and done.

North America compLexity

United States Shawn "witmer" Taylor
United Kingdom Rory "dephh" Jackson
United Kingdom Kia "Surreal" Man
United States Joshua "sancz" Ballenger
Canada Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor

Rounding out the motley collection of "North American teams who have much to prove," compLexity come into ELEAGUE with the tall order of making a name for themselves, let alone doing well.

With no offline history, and with the simple accretion of puggers from across the Anglo-American sphere, this compLexity team can only be said to have a lot of firepower going for them prior to today's matches. But firepower is merely the fuel to achievement, and without a driving force, it will be likely to fizzle out quickly when up against the aggression and confidence of a more experienced opponent.


Bradley Fodor, in service to the Many-Aliased God

Of the five, sancz clearly has the most experience on the big stage as the former Nihilum and the longtime compLexity player has been part of a few big results, such as Nihilum's takedown of Cloud9 at the ESEA Season 18 Global Finals.

However, if you were looking for prospective storylines for compLexity going into this week, it would have to be either the performances of the Brexit-fleeing dephh and Surreal or the big stage debut of ANDROID, the infamous ex-ACE player who is known for both name-shifting and absolutely destroying people in FPL.

Aside from the novelty of seeing this new lineup on LAN however, I can almost certainly expect a fourth seed finish in the group barring a few hidden trump cards for compLexity.


Group F of ELEAGUE Season 1 gets underway today at 18:00 as Virtus.pro will play compLexity; the action can be caught over at ELEAGUE's Twitch channel.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
990
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
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
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Shawn 'witmer' Taylor
Shawn 'witmer' Taylor
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
317
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1441
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
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
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
777
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Ivan 'spaze' Obrezhan
Ivan 'spaze' Obrezhan
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
534
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
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
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
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
United Kingdom Kia 'Surreal' Man
Kia 'Surreal' Man
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1586
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
gogo vp
2016-06-28 05:03
VP GONNA SHOW CRITICS WRONG THIS TIME XDXDDDXDDDD gfycat.com/CheeryDizzyChicken
2016-06-28 15:46
ayyy
2016-06-28 05:03
#5
 | 
Norway SimonRed 
at this point VP most win, jesus
2016-06-28 05:03
n1
2016-06-28 05:03
ez
2016-06-28 05:03
ze
2016-06-28 06:19
agreed
2016-06-28 05:03
gl nV
2016-06-28 05:03
d
2016-06-28 05:03
ez for Gambit
2016-06-28 05:03
#15
 | 
North America 4Head 
riperino
2016-06-28 05:04
EZ for VP or gambit
2016-06-28 05:09
If VP doesn't show up then I can definately see Gambit coming out first in this group. My guess would be VP vs coL, and Gambit vs Envy in semis. And Gambit lost to VP very closely in the finals.
2016-06-28 05:16
The thing is that teams like gambit flipside etc can only upset in bo1 games..
2016-06-28 06:50
Gambit seems to do pretty well on LANs. But, we will have to see because the only major lans we have seen them on are the major qualifier and the major.
2016-06-28 16:06
EZ SEXGOD
2016-06-28 05:19
#21
aizy | 
Europe Winde 
so ez for vp
2016-06-28 05:20
Ez for UK scene
2016-06-28 05:29
"No mou problems at ELEAGUE" WELL meme'd!
2016-06-28 05:32
#24
fer | 
Argentina MyMatkhev 
1000 maps player for NEO, legend.
2016-06-28 05:43
EZ 4 VP
2016-06-28 05:44
GL VP
2016-06-28 06:02
the road to Virtus.Pro from Virtus.Premier!! ez VP
2016-06-28 06:09
2 of my favourite teams stuck together in the same group at every fucking tournament. Dont get how vp and envyus end up together all the time. They should sign a pact for real to help each other at every tournament, seeing that they are always in the same group.
2016-06-28 06:52
#35
method | 
United States f0xes` 
Pretty weak group ... Everyone is either slumping, washed-up, unproven or just outright bad.
2016-06-28 07:01
Gambit seemed strong the Last Month VP did never play Bad at a LAN (for whatever reason) nV and Col are weak Just like every Group 2 Stronk Teams v. 2 Weak Teams
2016-06-28 07:19
#38
 | 
United States predac0n 
EZ 4 fRoD, warden, storm, rambo & zet.
2016-06-28 07:17
#41
El1an | 
Brazil ElianBR 
ez gambit
2016-06-28 07:21
ez devil
2016-06-28 07:24
A player has no name.
2016-06-28 08:24
#45
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
VP has to destroy these asses and show that they are still relevant. They had a lot of time to practice, I expect the plow.
2016-06-28 08:39
#47
Sweden T_T 
ez coL.Hiko
2016-06-28 09:10
#48
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
group of depressed teams? tier3 envy virtus premier chokebit uk scene
2016-06-28 09:29
ez for the X GOD
2016-06-28 09:34
Two teams which were good and now are shit. What a group.
2016-06-28 10:11
VP never played shit on Lan I wouldn't call them shit
2016-06-28 15:23
#53
 | 
Poland Maxgrowlithe 
Go VP
2016-06-28 11:49
ez for virtus.lan
2016-06-28 12:14
PLEASE GO VIRTUS PRO. Ez.
2016-06-28 12:19
#56
Reunion 3ldK 
Virtus pro, Envyus and Gambit in one group... You gotta be really addicted to risk betting on this random lmao
2016-06-28 12:21
#58
 | 
World Vidua 
It's LAN.
2016-06-28 12:57
Go go Gambit!
2016-06-28 12:44
androidx23 maybe best pro nickname ever. I'm insta fan of him.
2016-06-28 13:40
Deph on lan, hmmm.
2016-06-28 14:08
France best CS country
2016-06-28 14:08
#64
 | 
Denmark BATISTUTA9 
Looking forward to Eleague as usual! Will be interesting to see if the two EU giants still finds themselves if a slump.
2016-06-28 14:11
VP didn't play bad at Lan once your comment is wrong
2016-06-28 15:24
Cmmom Bruh you know what I mean And that was Last Year
2016-06-28 19:29
VP disband inc
2016-06-28 14:41
For the Snax, brave and bold Paid in coin of gold He’ll chop and slice you Cut and dice you Eat. You. Up. Whole. Eat. You. Whole GO VP !
2016-06-28 14:46
AIMFROMPOLAND bros !! VP to rape those teams EZ
2016-06-28 14:50
#72
 | 
United States Ronaldofanboy 
pasha and olof bestfreinds :D
2016-06-28 15:24
Yes my friend
2016-06-28 16:27
its a shame teams like compLexity get to play for this ammount of money
2016-06-28 15:04
vp will step up their game for the tv cameras perfect setting for this team
2016-06-28 15:07
#73
Europe bueR 
nV will 2-0 VP in the final.
2016-06-28 15:46
i believe in Witmer
2016-06-28 16:38
#78
 | 
Russia AR4ER 
Lanbit FTW! Go Dosian,Spaze and your uncle hoochimama and kazah's brothers ;)
2016-06-28 17:10
#79
 | 
Ukraine AndriyK 
Gambit and VP to final
2016-06-28 17:22
Telepov has a stronk network
2016-06-28 17:35
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