Winners and Losers of ESL Pro League S5 Finals

The $750,000 finals of ESL Pro League Season 5 came to a close last weekend with G2 lifting their first big trophy on Sunday. Here is a quick recap and the winners and losers of the Dallas event.

Following the IEM format, the Pro League Finals started with a round-robin group stage consisting of two groups of six, with the winning teams skipping to semi-finals, while the second and the third-placed sides advanced to the quarter-finals.

Group stage

In Group A, four teams ended up with a 3-2 record, with G2 grabbing first place due to head-to-head record (having defeated all of the other three teams with whom they were tied ). SK, Envy, and fnatic played mr3 tiebreakers for the remaining two spots, and it was the Swedes who went out in fourth place after losing both of their matches.

Group B avoided the tiebreakers after North placed first with four wins, followed by mousesports, who only lost to the Danes, and Liquid, who snatched the third spot with a win over Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's team in the last round.

Playoffs

The quarter-finals saw SK take mousesports down in convincing fashion and Liquid scrape by Envy in a battle of two of the bigger surprises of the $750,000 event.

The Brazilians' journey ended in the semi-finals, with G2 clinching their first playoffs win over an elite team after two narrow maps, while North ended Liquid's run with Mirage going the distance. G2 continued their fantastic run, defeating North in the final's best-of-five after only dropping Overpass, where they nearly made a massive comeback, and picked up their first big title.

Best maps

Group stage Map (VOD) Stage
Denmark North  19-17  Europe mousesports Nuke Group B
Denmark North 16-13 CIS Natus Vincere  Mirage  Group B
Denmark North 16-14 North America OpTic Mirage Group B
         
Playoffs
France G2 16-12 Brazil SK Overpass  Semi-finals
Denmark North 19-17 United States Liquid Mirage Semi-finals
France G2 16-13 Denmark North Cache Grand final
Denmark North 16-14 France G2 Overpass Grand final

Winners

G2

G2's triumph at a smaller event like DreamHack Open Tours was just the start, it turns out, as the Frenchmen were finally able to turn what they had in firepower into results on the big stage.

Over the course of the last prolonged weekend, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub showcased nearly vintage form en route to his third MVP award this year (after WESG and Tours), backed up by Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro, who perhaps had his true breakout event in Dallas as an exceptionally consistent player. As Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt has also been putting up good numbers lately, G2 seem to have so much to fall back on when some of their supposed stars aren't lifting most of the weight, with Richard "shox" Papillon and especially Dan "apEX" Madesclaire being far from their peak form at the finals.

bodyy was at his best at Pro League

It took G2 months to contend for big titles with their new lineup, but they're certainly there now after beating SK on three different maps. With the other two elite teams, Astralis and FaZe, missing, of course we're left wondering what would have happened had the competition been at its absolute highest, but there's no denying that the team dubbed super is beginning to live up to their name.

Whether they'll rise higher will be answered the next month, as they're locked in for the ECS Season 3 Finals (where all top four teams in the world will be present), the PGL Major Main Qualifier and ESL One Cologne.

mousesports

mousesports are another team who impressed at DreamHack Open Tours and continued to do so at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals last week, placing fifth-sixth following a tough SK rendezvous in the quarter-finals.

Their newest player, Robin "ropz" Kool, is shaping up to be the European team's star of the future, as he transformed from an average player at best in Tours into a solid performer oozing confidence in his plays across the pond. Still being a very inexperienced player, he had a few mishaps at the event, but it was a huge step up from the shaky newcomer we saw in France, all in a matter of weeks.

ropz is improving at a fast rate

If he continues to improve at this rate and mousesports manage to fix their CT sides, which they had immense problems with at Pro League Finals, Chris "chrisJ" de Jong's team could turn their fortune around after losing Nikola "NiKo" Kovač earlier this year. With three events ahead of them in the next 30 days and potentially a spot at the Major mid-July, they have enough chances to do so.

EnVyUs

While there were signs of G2 and mousesports being able to do well at Pro League Finals, the same couldn't be said about Envy, who had yet to win a match offline with two events under their belts.

It was like they flipped a switch in Dallas, starting with a narrow loss on Nuke to G2 plus another on Inferno to fnatic, before breaking their losing streak with a win over Cloud9 and proceeding to demolish Immortals and SK on their journey to quarter-finals.

The tank was back in action in Dallas

Although he somewhat anti-climactically dropped off in the Liquid series, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy played amazingly in groups, as did Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, who got over his poor form from the early period of this lineup. We've seen streaks like this before from RpK, but it never seemed sustainable. Things may have changed now, as, according to ScreaM, his long-time teammate has been getting a lot of attention from the coach, Damien "maLeK" Marcel.

Unlike the previous two teams, Envy can't afford to misstep, as the only event they're confirmed at for the time being is the Europe Minor, from June 15-18.

Liquid

Considering their previous offline results (5th-6th at cs_summit, 7th-8th at DreamHack Open Austin), Liquid's fresh lineup exceeded expectations in Dallas with their semi-final finish.

At the Pro League finals, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski continued to prove his worth to support his claim as one of America's best, with Josh "jdm64" Marzano getting back to form following months of struggle, and Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken joining in at times.

Liquid are shaping up to be America's new hope

Taking down NRG and OpTic in groups and surpassing Cloud9 by a landslide, Liquid are looking to become North America's new hope after the region has been stagnating, even deteriorating, for months.

Their success at the $750,000 event comes as a huge confidence boost ahead of three important tournaments for Liquid: ECS Season 3 Finals, PGL Major's Main Qualifier, and ESL One Cologne.

Losers

Natus Vincere

Our list of losers at Pro League is short, but yet again we see Na`Vi earn their spot here, continuing their turbulent period with another group stage exit after DreamHack Open Tours.

It is still baffling to see how poorly a lineup containing this much individual potential can do, and it only proves that more than just five individuals make up a team. It also doesn't look like the change in coaching is making any real difference, be it due to coaches not having as much impact or because the issues are outside of Andrey "Andi" Prokhorov's capabilities. 

Na`Vi's turbulent period continues

Either way, this confusing period has been going on long enough for Na`Vi to start considering other options, even though changes will not be possible until after the PGL Major. Until then, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's squad can try to regain confidence in this lineup at Adrenaline Cyber League, ESL One Cologne, and the Major itself.

Cloud9

The expectations we have for Cloud9 continue to drop with every event they attend, this time following a last-place finish at the ESL Pro League Finals, with just one win in five matches.

Jake "Stewie2K" Yip's interview after Cloud9's exit said it all. Some of the players lack motivation, and that is obviously not getting them any further in competitions. 

Was Pro League the reality check Cloud9 needed?

For the time being, the team decided to appoint Stewie2K the in-game leader again, who also said that the team is in need of a break to regain some motivation.

However, that won't be possible any time soon, because Cloud9 have loads to play for in the near future, starting with the Americas Minor, followed by DreamHack Open Summer, ECS Season 3 Finals, PGL Major's Main Qualifier (provided they qualify), and ESL One Cologne.

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
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1531
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1486
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1412
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Andrey 'Andi' Prokhorov
Andrey 'Andi' Prokhorov
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
10
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.17
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1501
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
761
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
f0rest | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fackyyy 
Ez 4 virtus.premier
2017-06-08 22:29
winner G2 Losers: "-NBK +Scream" community
2017-06-08 23:57
#41
oskar | 
Czech Republic SteveCZ 
+1 noice!
2017-06-09 09:20
+2
2017-06-09 10:39
+3
2017-06-09 14:24
#53
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Malaysia gkshiang 
+4
2017-06-09 21:52
#2
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Poland Snacer2K 
Vp are losers as always
2017-06-08 22:28
#3
Portugal JrMan 
Win
2017-06-08 22:28
Winners: G2 Losers: Everyone else
2017-06-08 22:28
Big if true
2017-06-08 22:43
Salty just cuz Clown9 is on the Losers?`:D
2017-06-09 00:21
What? I hate cloud9. Liquid fanboy all the way boi
2017-06-09 00:21
hes the biggest liquid fanboy on this website.
2017-06-12 18:02
Nice.
2017-06-08 22:28
#9
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Canada pokerchip 
Cloud9... :(
2017-06-08 22:28
ez4XANTARES
2017-06-08 22:28
#12
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Other VladimirLucas 
fnatic unlucky for sure
2017-06-08 22:29
#GONINJAS
2017-06-08 22:29
Lmao gg
2017-06-08 22:29
#15
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World b1uhwk 
surely North were more impressive than Mouz even tho they got rekted, but ok
2017-06-08 22:29
yeah i was thinking the same but north reaching play offs stages and losing there has become normal so north cant be in neither groups ( losers or winners ) .
2017-06-08 22:35
not really. free pass to semis by topping the by far weakest group and then beating an NA team, just to get absolutely smashed in finals. and they were ranked way higher than mouz before the event
2017-06-08 22:42
6 out of 7 best maps had north involved, for me it means they put some spectacular show
2017-06-09 06:52
Don't count the 3 games in groups against terrible teams, also the game with the bots from liquid. Only worthy ones were the loss to G2 and the win vs G2 and the second one is marked as best map due to them being bad and G2 almost making a comeback. So technically all those maps (apart from the lost one to G2) are due to them being not good enough and/or other teams being worse.
2017-06-09 10:56
Just saying they play entertaining cs, which i like
2017-06-09 10:58
Noice
2017-06-08 22:31
#18
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India transformer 
Cloud9 and NaVi, biggest letdown at the finals.
2017-06-08 22:39
#54
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Malaysia gkshiang 
+1
2017-06-09 21:54
#19
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Brazil bandicoot 
SK biggest failure lose to tier2 "superteam"
2017-06-08 22:40
#23
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Europe AkyoNinjax 
G2 > SK if G2 tier 2 so SK tier 3 ?
2017-06-08 22:52
#37
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Belgium i_am_alexa 
+1
2017-06-09 08:10
#55
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Malaysia gkshiang 
+1
2017-06-09 21:54
#20
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Brazil brguz 
There are no losers, the important thing is to compete Kappa
2017-06-08 22:41
#27
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
thank you HLTV, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-06-09 00:35
#28
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
thank you HLTV, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-06-09 00:50
SK NOT LOSER? I MEAN CMON GETTING RAPED 16-3 BY ENVY LUL
2017-06-09 01:25
#30
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Sweden 133665 
I mean liquid looked good but considering how easy their group was I wouldn't call them winners. Winners compared to clown9 of course!
2017-06-09 02:10
#31
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Other Arubian 
no optic lmao yay
2017-06-09 02:11
#32
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
I mean optic has potential shit on jasonR, I do myself, but it just takes time. With the rest of the NA scene, optic is top 3 NA , along with liquid & C9( even though they shut the bed)
2017-06-09 02:52
cloud9 lmao
2017-06-09 03:39
Getting over his poor form = Playing alright 2 maps No wonder ScreaM fans are braindead reading news like that, lol.
2017-06-09 04:01
1) hltv.org/matches/2311230/envyus-vs-immor.. 2) hltv.org/matches/2311218/envyus-vs-cloud.. Oh right, forgot Cobble vs. Liquid, make it 3 then. Carried by his team vs. SK and stomped by Liquid on Nuke, also I said MAPS which of course don't include random tiebreakers... I mean, you can't be serious if you take into account a 1.39 rating made by getting 5 frags and 3 deaths, lmao.
2017-06-09 10:17
You and I have very different definitions of "alright"
2017-06-09 10:20
If being below average for quite the half of the tournament is alright for you yes, we have different points of view. I don't really know why people overrate him that much tbh, he's just good at pugs (Mostly online ones) and can have a decent event once a year.
2017-06-09 10:44
winners - g2 losers - everyone else just saved you a couple minutes : >
2017-06-09 05:15
#38
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Europe kennyBeast 
Pretty easy for g2. Best team in counter strike history. Kennys best player ever born.
2017-06-09 08:58
Winners:North Finally final
2017-06-09 09:02
LUL
2017-06-09 09:57
winners is top 4 always. everyone else is a loser.
2017-06-09 10:38
#51
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Denmark ziGa DK 
North????
2017-06-09 11:42
How are SK not losers by not even reaching finals in their own era?
2017-06-10 09:28
#60
pronax | 
Germany AdiZen 
"Own era" Have not won any tournament where all top teams are playing
2017-06-11 20:11
what about cs summit and Sydney back to back?
2017-06-12 09:14
#63
device | 
Asia Korajon 
g2 no.1
2017-06-16 22:44
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