Winners and Losers of ESL One New York

ESL One New York came to a close with FaZe completing a dominant run by sweeping past Liquid 3-0 in the grand final on Sunday. Read on as we take a look back at the $250,000 tournament and find its winners and losers.

ESL One New York kicked off with a GSL group stage, which most surprisingly saw Astralis eliminated early for the first time with their current lineup, at the hands of Liquid, who clinched their spot in the semis from second place.

In the same group, FaZe secured first place without breaking a sweat, defeating Virtus.pro and the Danes, while SK and Cloud9 made it out of Group A, leaving Natus Vincere and Envy disappointed after early exits.

FaZe hoisted their first trophy with the new lineup last weekend

Liquid continued their successful run with their second consecutive series victory over SK, and FaZe dominated Cloud9 on their way to their first grand final with the new lineup.

FaZe opened the grand final with a crushing 15-0 half on Inferno, ending Liquid's three-month long win streak on the map. Up to that point, no one had managed to break into double digits against the European squad, and an 11-4 Terrorist half on Overpass looked to make way for yet another quick affair, but Nick "nitr0" Cannella's team fought back and took FaZe to the whole 30 rounds, though without success.

Down 0-2 in the best-of-five series, Liquid were under pressure on map three, Mirage, and found themselves unable to break Finn "karrigan" Andersen & co., who were crowned ESL One New York champions following a 16-4 beatdown.

Best maps

Group stage     Map (VOD) Stage
United States Liquid  16 - 14  Denmark Astralis Inferno Group B decider (M1)
Denmark Astralis   19 - 17  United States Liquid Cache Group B decider (M2)
         
Playoffs    
United States Liquid 22 - 18 Brazil SK Inferno Semi-finals (M1)
United States Liquid 16 - 14 Brazil SK Cobblestone  Semi-finals (M3)
Europe FaZe 16 - 14 United States Liquid Overpass Grand final (M2)

Winners

FaZe

It wouldn't be a list of winners if we didn't look at the actual winners of ESL One New York, FaZe. And what a campaign it was; the most dominant run at a big event in recent memory, possibly of CS:GO's five-year history.

To show just how crushing FaZe's journey throughout the $250,000 event was: not only did the European squad not lose a single map, they conceded an average of fewer than six rounds per map (5.57, to be exact).

#FaZeUp

karrigan's squad's first title run gives us further proof that FaZe made the right call to change players in the off-season. This team really clicks.

Naturally, it's tough to evaluate the future of FaZe and their consistency further down the line — all five players had an amazing tournament individually, which is tough to pull off on a regular basis —, but we have probably seen their peak now, and it's scarily high.

For now, ESL One New York marks FaZe's return to the top five. All that remains is for us to wait for the next event, ELEAGUE Premier playoffs, and cautiously consider the superteam a favorite, until some of the other improving lineups, such as G2 or North, prove us otherwise.

Liquid

Liquid had already looked like a turnaround story ahead of ESL One New York, when they made their first final at ESG Tour Mykonos, defeating SK along the way before eventually falling short to mousesports.

Their second consecutive grand final appearance is a great sign that Liquid are here to compete for titles, especially after they disposed of SK once again and added another top-five scalp in the form of Astralis in the group stage.

Liquid took down Astralis and SK on their way to the final

The North American squad has actually never looked better, at least not with this lineup; we'd have to go back to their days with Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev to find comparable results. What's more, they've proven that they can go toe-to-toe with some of the best and find the edge under pressure, which, in Wilton "zews" Prado's words, is their new psychologist's doing.

Needless to say, Liquid's future is looking good. Their next appearance will be in Atlanta, ELEAGUE Premier Group D, where they'll once again go up against both SK and Astralis - and we've already seen that that doesn't stop the squad led by nitr0.

Losers

Astralis

The most obvious disappointment of ESL One New York must be Astralis's group stage exit. With how good Liquid and FaZe looked ahead of the tournament, it was clear Group B would be tough to survive, but the Danes were still favored to do so.

Astralis have been a powerhouse for nearly an entire year, with 10 top-four finishes in a row, but their results as of late are worrisome: first, their loss to Gambit in Malmö ended the aforementioned streak, and now they have to deal with a group stage exit at the hands of Liquid in New York.

gla1ve has a limited amount of time to sort Astralis out ahead of ELEAGUE Premier

Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's team are riding a downward spiral, which Nicolai "device" Reedtz accounts to individual form, and that does seem to be the case. Especially in New York, Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye's level was far from optimal, and the sort of consistency from Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth that powered Astralis to their latest title (IEM Katowice) is gone.

Right now, the Danes have a small window to get back on the horse with ELEAGUE Premier's Group D coming up in nine days. If they are to fail again, which is not an unlikely scenario with SK and Liquid in the same group, they'll then have nearly three weeks to fix things ahead of EPICENTER.

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Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere headed into ESL One New York with a lot to prove after their exit at ELEAGUE Premier the previous weekend, but they only left their fans disappointed again in the Big Apple.

In their previous tournaments, Natus Vincere had faced tough teams, like Astralis in Malmö, and FaZe and G2 in Atlanta. This time, they had to beat Cloud9's new, shaky roster to get out of groups but couldn't do so.

Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's return has so far yielded no significant improvement. Instead, Na`Vi will have to go back to the drawing board and put in some much-needed hours prior to EPICENTER, for which they first have to qualify. Fortunately, they've got a month to work things out, unlike many of the other top teams, who still have one or two tournaments in between.

Virtus.pro

Virtus.pro return to the list of losers after being part of such a list following DreamHack Masters Malmö. In the meantime, the Poles gave a better account of themselves at ESG Tour Mykonos, although they were still not a title contender by any means.

In New York, Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas & co. went out in the last place once more, for the third time in their last five offline appearances, and, in the process, they lost their flawless record of three years against North American opposition by losing to Liquid.

There's a lack of consensus within Virtus.pro

It's hard not to point fingers at some of the players, and it appears Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski came to the same conclusion, judging by his brutally honest statement on Facebook. He also shared that someone else will call the shots from now on. That is at least a good start, because the weight of leadership had clearly taken a toll on Virtus.pro's superstar player.

With ELEAGUE Group C (also featuring NiP, Cloud9, and Envy) taking place this weekend, the timing of such a change may have been a bit off, but things can hardly look any worse for Virtus.pro right now.

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1322
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
c9 win
2017-09-20 23:07
#17
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United Kingdom J0nty04l32 
nt hamburguesa
2017-09-20 23:12
#20
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India TYZ4 
RIP Batistuta9
2017-09-20 23:17
#21
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United Kingdom J0nty04l32 
who?? h o ?
2017-09-20 23:18
NaVi and VP pls disband
2017-09-21 00:14
#75
Snax | 
Spain Arzheus 
nt fakeflagger
2017-09-22 15:43
#50
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United Kingdom KracN 
ez
2017-09-21 08:24
ez
2017-09-20 23:07
Well done faze clan, fox is with you still!
2017-09-20 23:07
I think that is more like a curse
2017-09-21 10:38
e\
2017-09-20 23:08
ok
2017-09-20 23:08
ez
2017-09-20 23:08
Not first
2017-09-20 23:08
#9
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Poland kurwafa 
xd
2017-09-20 23:08
#10
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Brazil Peluzin 
okk
2017-09-20 23:08
#11
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Hungary StraYzie 
Best maps - Liquid matches basically
2017-09-20 23:08
where is SK at losers ? i meant they was the fav to win it all
2017-09-20 23:10
Were they??
2017-09-22 22:57
c9 not a winner and sk not a loser?
2017-09-20 23:10
WHAT ABOUT SK ?
2017-09-20 23:10
Semi final exit is normal to them
2017-09-21 07:29
Not winner or loser
2017-09-21 16:38
#15
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Pakistan perth 
Winners: FaZe Losers: Everyone else Thank me later
2017-09-20 23:11
#33
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
thank you later
2017-09-21 01:01
#38
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
thank you later
2017-09-21 01:56
#56
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Finland Jardeet 
thank you later
2017-09-21 10:15
#67
NiKo | 
Denmark happyDane 
thank you later
2017-09-21 11:53
kys
2017-09-21 16:38
2 winers 2 losers where is sk lol are u fucking kidding me u call it news??
2017-09-20 23:12
#66
kennyS | 
Belgium WittyC 
SK took another BIG L :^)
2017-09-21 11:51
#18
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North America Foxaika 
I would definitely toss C9 in the "Winners" category here. New roster wasn't perfect, and struggled against Faze(as did everyone), but they put up a healthy showing for a new roster. And SK should also be tossed in with the losers. They didn't perform horribly, of course, but losing to Liquid with less than stellar form is definitely a warning sign.
2017-09-20 23:15
We thought about Cloud9 but decided not to, for two reasons: - They only beat one team (Na`Vi, twice), also a "new" team, so it's kind of 50/50. It could be just an easier match-up for them. - Liquid, on the other hand, beat not just one but two top five teams (SK, who beat C9 convincingly, and Astralis) in addition to Virtus.pro. If you look at those two teams, even though they both got destroyed by FaZe, Liquid's run is much more memorable.
2017-09-20 23:22
#25
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North America Foxaika 
That's a fair point, I did consider that. Though I took the Na'Vi players' pedigree into account a bit more. Maybe I'm an NA fan grasping for anything. lol Liquid's run was great though, I was most definitely not disputing that. To make it clear, I wasn't disputing between C9 and Liquid, just think it was a great showing for both teams overall.
2017-09-20 23:29
Ye, ye, I understood that. I just think it is kind of unfair towards Liquid to put them in the same group as C9. Since this is just an eight-team tournament, we narrowed down the winners and losers.
2017-09-20 23:37
#27
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North America Foxaika 
Yeah, it is. Liquid are definitely the team to look out for from in NA, no doubt.
2017-09-20 23:52
#57
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Finland Jardeet 
I think you should have mentioned twistz in liquids upswing it seems him joining has increased their firepower a lot. Even if he wasn't liquids best player this tournament the full team has stepped up since he joined
2017-09-21 10:19
#19
malta | 
Malta vfXy0 
Winner faze Loser VP Fixed for HLTV
2017-09-20 23:15
Losers Natus Vincere is this even a surprise? they are exactly where they should be lol
2017-09-20 23:21
#41
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Sweden Madrigals1 
Na'Vi and VP traditionally in Losers list.
2017-09-21 03:52
the point is...who actually expets that they will play well:D?
2017-09-21 09:50
#73
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Sweden Madrigals1 
No one, but people expect them just to be there to get more viewers
2017-09-22 05:12
#24
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Canada TwistZzZz 
I would also say c9 is a winner. making semis EDIT: I see #23, and agree c9 got an easy way to semi, so looking at it again I can agree why they are not on here
2017-09-20 23:26
Not mentioning SK as loser especially losing to Liquid once again and keeping them as #1 with no points lost xD. I bet if Astralis made it out of groups and lost to Liquid in quaters you would list them as losers. But we all already know SK is your favourible child. HLTV BRA71L SPON7ORSH1P 100% CONFIRMED. Brazil flag in background of site coming 2018.
2017-09-20 23:59
Can I get an ad-blocker for the flag background?!
2017-09-21 00:25
#63
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France StickyRice 
You can't "get of groups ans lose to Liquid in quarters" in a 8 teams tourney. You meant "lose to Liquid in semis" i guess.
2017-09-21 10:52
Sorry, yeah semis in this case didn't realise new york didn't have quaters.
2017-09-21 20:31
how is VP a loser? they were shit before and everyone knew it
2017-09-21 00:16
#31
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
Thats true, but it still has nothing to do with a fact they are losers.
2017-09-21 00:20
#34
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Malaysia phyzell 
Aimpunches used in the old CSGO patch is very unfair. It's a one-sided cowboy battle. That's why people like Rain can create more damage in every round and gain less damage for himself. Worse rate than 1.6.
2017-09-21 01:20
#35
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Brazil Collee 
No SK on losers? wtf
2017-09-21 01:25
#36
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Denmark Xipingu 
LUL Virtus LUL Pro LUL in LUL 2017 LUL
2017-09-21 01:25
good read
2017-09-21 02:21
SK and C9 should be losers tbh. Sure they both made semis but sk should be beating liquid and c9 looked so awful against faze. Don’t think it really matters that they beat navi.
2017-09-21 02:23
The main point of this tournament is that everyone looked horrible against faze because faze were insanely dominant in this tournament. Calling a team who reached the semis of any tournament a "loser" is just flat out dumb.
2017-09-21 08:53
sk not a loser? top 1 team?
2017-09-21 04:09
winner = FaZe Clan loser = others
2017-09-21 05:25
Hltv - SK fangays?
2017-09-21 07:20
#48
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Norway namsayin 
first
2017-09-21 07:59
Nub
2017-09-21 08:19
All of the best maps of the tournament are games liquid played. Impressive.
2017-09-21 08:51
lulquid just a fluke, in 6 months we'll see that this worthless na team can't make a major again
2017-09-21 09:31
Thank you the guy from the future
2017-09-21 10:51
Seeing the winners-picture and seeing GuardiaN really makes me think of Super Mario haha. How is SK not on the losers-list btw, and why are they still ranked as nr1?
2017-09-21 09:46
#60
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Spain MaldadGames 
ez
2017-09-21 10:43
#61
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France StickyRice 
> SK ranked number 1 by HLTV > SK not a loser after another top 4 finish despite claiming they want to win at least 5 out of the 8 big tourneys incoming (0/2, 6 tourneys left and no real sign of them able to win one soon as FaZe is looking godlike af) Pick one.
2017-09-21 10:48
#74
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Sweden Madrigals1 
SK has a showmatch in form subranking, so its 100% admin is SK fangay or smtg.
2017-09-22 05:17
#76
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Sweden Bangs 
>SK >deserved to be on the loser list more than VP and Astralis pick one
2017-09-22 17:29
SK?
2017-09-21 10:52
#81
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
SK before ESL One NY: TOP 1 SK after ESL One NY: TOP 1 what are you saying?
2017-09-23 17:31
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2017-09-23 20:35
lul SK?
2017-09-21 11:15
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