ESEA GC groups first round over

The first round of the group stage matches have been played at the ESEA Global Challenge LAN in Poland, Katowice.

The action started off with a matchup between the American team Echo Fox and the Australians of Chiefs, who were known as ASDF until recently. What seemed as the most one-sided matchup of the first day turned out to be a tight affair, with neither team getting more than a three round lead throughout the match.

The map veto came down to Nuke, on which Chiefs' AWPer Alistair "aliStair" Johnston proved to be a thorn in the side of the Foxes. With the help of his consistent fragging and a high tempo T side the Australians were holding on in the match until Echo Fox kicked into a higher gear and closed out the map 16-13.

 Echo Fox K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' KhanShahZaM 22 - 17 +5 93.0 1.24
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadirfreakazoid 26 - 20 +6 87.0 1.16
United States Daniel 'roca' Gustaferriroca 19 - 18 +1 68.6 0.97
United States Sean 'seang@res' Garesseang@res 15 - 20 -5 66.6 0.80
United States Ronnie 'ryx' Bylickiryx 13 - 21 -8 56.7 0.72
 Chiefs K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Alistair 'aliStair' JohnstonaliStair 30 - 17 +13 94.8 1.60
Australia Tyler 'tucks' Reillytucks 21 - 18 +3 83.3 1.09
Australia Michael 'Lightstep' HallLightstep 14 - 20 -6 66.7 0.88
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta 15 - 20 -5 67.6 0.82
Australia Joshua 'INS' PotterINS 16 - 21 -5 62.6 0.79

The second match saw the German side of ALTERNATE aTTaX take on the Finnish hope ENCE. It was never going to be easy for ENCE though, with the retired player-turned-caster Joona "natu" Leppänen replacing the recently departed star Aleksi "allu" Jalli.

In the end, it was Miikka "suNny" Kemppi who shined for them on Dust2, but he alone wasn't enough to stop the team effort of the German side. The match featured a few turnarounds and went the whole distance, with Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus's side managing to grab a narrow 16-14 win in the end.

 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 31 - 23 +8 112.4 1.47
Finland Niko 'naSu' KovanennaSu 17 - 21 -4 61.7 1.01
Finland Juho 'juho' Lampinenjuho 20 - 23 -3 75.3 1.00
Finland Mikko 'xartE' VälimaaxartE 14 - 19 -5 55.5 0.82
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänennatu 14 - 23 -9 56.8 0.77
 ALTERNATE aTTaX K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Germany Christian 'crisby' Schmittcrisby 25 - 19 +6 94.0 1.31
Germany Kevin 'keev' Bartholomäuskeev 25 - 20 +5 89.4 1.26
Germany Oliver 'kzy' Heckkzy 20 - 20 0 82.6 1.08
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' RischesyrsoN 19 - 15 +4 52.5 1.07
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN 19 - 22 -3 65.3 0.98

The following matchup featured MK taking on the unknown quantity of g3x on Cache. Lucas "steel" Lopes, who played in KaBuM.TD when they first made a name for themselves internationally, proved pivotal in another Brazilian success - carrying his team to the victory with a 1.46 rating and +10 K-D difference.


steel helped his team upset MK in Poland 

The match itself was a hard-fought battle, with both teams unwilling to let the other side build a bank and continuous force buying - something the Bulgarian team is known for. In the end, the force buys proved to be the demise of Nikolay "nkl" Krastev and co., with g3x winning a few crucial anti-force rounds and closing out the match 16-12.

 MK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinovbubble 21 - 21 0 82.3 1.21
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankovv1c7oR 20 - 20 0 92.0 1.09
Bulgaria Emiliyan 'spyleadeR' DimitrovspyleadeR 20 - 21 -1 74.6 1.06
Bulgaria Nikolay 'nkl' Krastevnkl 22 - 21 +1 78.6 1.06
Bulgaria Simeon 'dream3r' Ganevdream3r 13 - 19 -6 65.8 0.81
 g3x K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 29 - 19 +10 99.6 1.38
Brazil Jean-Michel 'mch' D'Oliveiramch 19 - 18 +1 73.7 1.08
Brazil Rafael 'pava' Pavanellipava 20 - 22 -2 94.7 1.07
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV- 18 - 21 -3 76.6 1.04
Brazil Caike 'caike' Costacaike 16 - 16 0 51.8 1.01

The last match of the first round saw two lower tier teams, Pnda and Crowns, debut at an international LAN. The Swedes, who qualified as Kalashnikov 47, had a great start - but Derrick "LILMAN" Boyne's team recovered after a first half timeout to end the half 7-deb8.

Coming into the second half it was Crowns who took complete control. They won the pistol round as Terrorist and cruised to a 16-8 win while dropping only one round in the second half.

 Pnda K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Derrick 'LILMAN' BoyneLILMAN 18 - 18 0 90.5 1.14
United States David 'Toy' HanToy 17 - 16 +1 69.8 1.04
United States Kyuhyun 'blade' William Uhmblade 11 - 21 -10 64.8 0.76
United States Anthony 'mummAy' DiPaolomummAy 13 - 19 -6 50.1 0.68
United States Noah 'haptiiC' ChoihaptiiC 7 - 19 -12 46.9 0.45
 Crowns K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Aron 'xajdish' Fredrikssonxajdish 30 - 12 +18 126.8 2.02
Sweden Mattias 'benny' Rosbackbenny 19 - 13 +6 75.3 1.31
Sweden Eddie 'zape' Härdemanzape 16 - 14 +2 70.5 1.20
Sweden Fredrik 'Krewmer' SvenssonKrewmer 15 - 13 +2 62.9 1.02
Sweden David 'Jayzwalkingz' KempnerJayzwalkingz 13 - 15 -2 66.6 0.94

Stay tuned for more updates from the ESEA Global Challenge LAN and check out the first photos from Katowice in our opening matches gallery.

Australia Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
691
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Germany Kevin 'keev' Bartholomäus
Kevin 'keev' Bartholomäus
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
594
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1046
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Canada Derrick 'LILMAN' Boyne
Derrick 'LILMAN' Boyne
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
263
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Bulgaria Nikolay 'nkl' Krastev
Nikolay 'nkl' Krastev
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
642
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
963
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Ok 1st EZ
2016-08-27 15:35
Feelsbadman
2016-08-27 15:36
AliStair is female pro?
2016-08-27 15:39
Aussies dont care
2016-08-27 15:54
#20
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Other kimbadim 
Why would it matter? She plays good, so she can play in the pro/semi-pro scene
2016-08-27 16:21
Fucking feminist
2016-08-27 16:44
Fucking sexist
2016-08-27 19:27
#27
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United States hehexddd 
A, kim isn't a feminist. B, highatm isn't a sexist. Ffs you children.
2016-08-28 06:12
C.Who calls other children - child himself. F off
2016-08-28 06:33
#31
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United States hehexddd 
Eat my pussi
2016-08-29 00:46
KappaPride
2016-08-29 10:12
very nice!
2016-08-27 15:35
1
2016-08-27 15:35
A
2016-08-27 15:35
#5
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Sweden kick_REZ_ffs 
very nice
2016-08-27 15:35
#6
Iceland qbZRD 
ehhh, I'm getting closer and closer :D
2016-08-27 15:35
oki
2016-08-27 15:35
a
2016-08-27 15:35
#9
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Sweden FZX 
ceool
2016-08-27 15:35
not first
2016-08-27 15:35
Naiiiiiiiiiiice
2016-08-27 15:35
#12
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Europe n0rbii 
ez Ence
2016-08-27 15:35
Nice
2016-08-27 15:35
#14
pronax | 
Russia ShaDyTH 
a
2016-08-27 15:36
#17
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France t3r4byt3 
ENCE would've won so easily with allu
2016-08-27 15:53
LUL grill carrying but seriously I thought it wasn't allowed? I mean it really doesn't matter since this isn't physical.
2016-08-27 16:01
#21
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Other kimbadim 
What do you mean is not allowed?
2016-08-27 16:22
#25
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
I mean, do you see girls playing @ "top level" cs teams? not really. I myself thought that it wasn't allowed for men to play with women in the same team, I thought that's why we see Men's tournaments and Women's
2016-08-27 19:05
#29
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Other kimbadim 
I get your point, but I think that the gender doesn't matter when it comes to skill. We don't have any women in top-level cs because there is none that has skill like top-level male players yet. But I guess if there was like a female olofmeister equivalent I don't see any reason why she wouldn't play with top level teams. You get me? Edit: and with the purely female tournaments, I think they came up to encourage girls to participate in eSports. If you look at cs1.6, there wasn't any female scene.
2016-08-28 13:00
#30
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
Neither do I, if Juliano is good enough, she'll beat any player(*cough* CADIAN *cough*). About your 2nd paragraph : I think it's because women don't get that much attention, neither "payment" neither expousure (in any sport, you can compare the best soccer player that is CR7/Messi with likes of Marta and that other U.S women who's pretty good, the payment difference has a big gap). I guess women should get more expousure and more chances, it's good to see women "wrecking" men, it shows us that nobody is superior in this game.
2016-08-28 17:30
Steel is back
2016-08-27 16:24
#24
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Brazil Kohzito 
EZ4ENCE No Kappa
2016-08-27 17:18
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