ESWC group stage recap

With the second day of play over in Paris, it's time to take a look at how the group stages have fared for the competing teams, and what is to come during the playoffs at the $75,000 event.

With the group stages over, it's time to look at how the 32 teams fared ahead of the playoffs which will be starting tomorrow. The 

Group A

All group A matches were played out the first day, check out yesterday's recap for more information.

Group A Played Won
Turkey Space Soldiers 2 2
Finland iGame.com 3 2
France Red Instinct 3 1
Iran GEX 2 0

 

Group B

All of the matches except the decider match were played yesterday. The decider, however, took place today between Bravado and LDLC. The first map of the best of three, Train, went the way of the South Africans fairly easily, 16 - 10. It was then LDLC who would show the greatest staying power on Dust2, after losing the T side the European team was able to bring it back on CT to take it to a third map.


Bravado put up a fight, but were ultimately unable to beat LDLC

It all came down to Cache, the map LDLC had already beat Bravado in the opening match, and just like yesterday, LDLC were able to exploit the South African side's weaknesses, closing out it 2 - 1.

Group B Played Won
Denmark Heroic 2 2
Europe LDLC 3 2
South Africa Bravado 3 1
India Overcome 2 0

 

Group C

The last match of Group C was played today, with Norse getting a chance at revenge after losing their opener against Bpro in overtime, yesterday. And the Norwegians did in fact take revenge, winning on Dust2 (16 - 4) and Mirage (16 - 7), and securing the final playoff spot in the group. Check out Morten "zEVES" Vollan' post-match interview, here.

Group C Played Won
Kazakhstan Gambit 2 2
Norway Norse 3 2
Bulgaria Bpro 3 1
Sweden GODSENT Academy 2 0

 

Group D

All group D matches were played out the first day, check out yesterday's recap for more information.

Group D Played Won
Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX 2 2
Denmark Tricked 3 2
China FIVE 3 1
Portugal FTW 2 0

 

Group E

The opening matches in the group pitted Kinguin against Sector One and Preparation against Wyvern. The first of the two was a completely one sided ordeal, with Kinguin only giving up two rounds. Meanwhile, it took preparation a whole 29 rounds to take on Benjamin "BENDJI" Söderena, Miran "dumz" Matković and co. out, with a final score of 16 - 13.


After some time away from the spotlight, non-VP Poles are making an appearance 

The winners' match went a grueling 46 rounds with Kinguin finally taking the Dust2 match 26 - 21 over Preparation. The loser's match, meanwhile, ended up with an upset as the Franco-Belgian Sector One lineup eliminated the Bosnian-Swedish-Hungarian team Wyvern in three maps.

It was finally Preparation who made it through over Sector One in the decider, with the Russian side taking it in two maps, Dust2 and Nuke. 

Group E Played Won
Poland Kinguin 2 2
Russia Preparation 3 2
Belgium Sector One 3 1
Sweden Wyvern 2 0

 

Group F

The Swedish wonderchildren of Epsilon took this group in the blink of an eye, beating PRIDE (16 - 11 on Cobblestone) in the opener and smashing PENTA—who had come from beating ArchAngels—by 16 - 4 in the winners' match on Cache.


draken & co. are a strong contender to lift the trophy

Meanwhile, PRIDE quickly dispatched the lesser of the two Swedish teams in the group, eliminating ArchAngels to face PENTA in the decider. The decider went all the way to three maps, but it was finally PRIDE sliding through as the second Polish team to make it out of groups in Paris.

Group F Played Won
Sweden Epsilon 2 2
Poland PRIDE 3 2
Germany PENTA 3 1
Sweden ArchAngels 2 0

 

Group G

The only match of the last four groups to have been played yesterday was fnatic Academy vs. Rogue, which saw the young Swedes take the match on the stage at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. This morning, it would be paiN to put fnatic's academy team's feet back on the earth.


A tough offline start for the recently put together Rogue 

Meanwhile, ENCE—who lost their opener to the Brazilian-Portuguese combine—broke the Danish-Bulgarian alliance winning two maps in a row and thus knocking Rogue out of contention.

Another upset happened, this time with fnatic Academy knocking ENCE out in two maps, furthering the depth of talent Sweden is putting out in the underbelly of competitive CS.

Group G Played Won
Brazil paiN 2 2
Sweden fnatic Academy 3 2
Finland ENCE 3 1
Denmark Rogue 2 0

 

Group H

The mix of experienced and inexperienced players that is Millenium proved to not work so well yet, as the francophone potpourri's lineup featuring France, Belgium, Switzerland and Turkey lost to both k1ck oldschool and Luminosity. That wasn't the biggest surprise, however, as the biggest underdog in the group, Platinium sneaked their way past Luminosity and k1ck oldschool to run away with the #1 seed.


rmn rocking oldschool's jersey 

It was then down to k1ck oldschool and Luminosity—who had to play without Gustavo "yel" Knittel who was out sick, and played with David "Xp3" Garrido in his stead—, but the match Brazilians didn't have much to do, as Ricardo "fox" Pacheco and the boys won Cobblestone 16 - 10 and Dust 16 - 11 to assure their presence in the playoffs.

Group H Played Won
France Platinium 2 2
Portugal k1ck oldschool 3 2
Brazil Luminosity 3 1
Europe Millenium 2 0

 

Last but not least, here is a list with tomorrow's match-ups:

Turkey Space Soldiers vs. Portugal k1ck oldschool
Kazakhstan Gambit vs. Poland PRIDE
Poland Kinguin vs. Denmark Tricked
Brazil paiN vs. Europe LDLC
Denmark Heroic vs. Sweden fnatic Academy
Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX vs. Russia Preparation
Sweden Epsilon vs. Norway Norse
France Platinium vs. Finland iGame.com
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittel
Gustavo 'yel' Knittel
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
687
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Norway Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
289
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Sweden Benjamin 'BENDJI' Söderena
Benjamin 'BENDJI' Söderena
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Miran 'dumz' Matković
Miran 'dumz' Matković
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
450
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
France David 'Xp3' Garrido
David 'Xp3' Garrido
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
#2
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
rip rogue & bpro :(
2016-10-28 18:48
rekt reatarded
2016-10-28 18:50
#3
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United Kingdom DarkOmen 
ez for ex6tenz, CSS GOD
2016-10-28 18:48
#4
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CIS sergioff 
gg
2016-10-28 18:48
f4k
2016-10-28 18:48
#6
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United Kingdom voxhyy 
gg
2016-10-28 18:48
#7
blameF | 
Andorra Kidiot 
parempi yri ku jemil
2016-10-28 18:48
1
2016-10-28 18:48
#9
fox | 
Norway narktastic 
fd
2016-10-28 18:48
#10
Ethiopia xohs 
asd
2016-10-28 18:48
be scrolling for days
2016-10-28 18:48
ez for heroic
2016-10-28 18:48
1
2016-10-28 18:48
RIP ENCE
2016-10-28 18:48
Ldlc <3
2016-10-28 18:50
#18
bramz | 
Tunisia bramzz 
Platinium underdogs? Lmao u need to do research instead of posting this kind of article
2016-10-28 18:50
ezzz for SS
2016-10-28 18:51
#20
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Poland Redrumowy 
No VP and 2 polish teams in play offs? Noice.
2016-10-28 18:52
nice for SS
2016-10-28 18:53
Epsilon ftw
2016-10-28 18:56
SS Gambit Kinguin LDLC Heroic Attax Epsilon iGame
2016-10-28 18:56
#24
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Turkey Tormund1 
Lol rip k1ck
2016-10-28 18:56
very hard matchup, but glhf Fnatic Academy! :) #ez4PlesseN
2016-10-28 18:59
PaiN vs LDLC PogChamp great match to watch! Go Pain
2016-10-28 19:00
#27
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Turkey vortex1g 
SS GONNA WIN THIS
2016-10-28 19:10
#29
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Brazil Mentecapto 
I doubt that
2016-10-28 19:43
#30
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Turkey vortex1g 
no doubt
2016-10-28 19:46
#28
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Czech Republic MrM4sl0 
GO GO Space Soldiers!!! <333333
2016-10-28 19:17
#31
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Europe KappaKaako 
ENCE shitters ahahahah LUL
2016-10-28 20:45
lol penta XD
2016-10-28 20:57
#33
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Turkey OdinA 
no pain no game
2016-10-28 20:59
#34
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Kazakhstan yera 
EZ for Gambit!
2016-10-28 22:14
ez for kqly and sf v2 have you gotten your bets in yet?
2016-10-29 05:41
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