ECS S7 Week 1 EU & NA quarterfinals finished

The first leg of the playoffs of the first week of ECS S7 has been played out in both regions, with Rogue defeating Liquid being the biggest surprise so far.

Eight teams take part in the weekly cups in both regions, with the single-elimination BO3 brackets set to decide who will earn a place at the $500,000 ECS S7 LAN Finals in London.

Liquid's run in the cup was cut short by MSL's men

In Europe, the following teams are competing in week one:

In the opening match, Astralis breezed past LDLC, while NiP, debuting with William "draken" Sundin as a stand-in, managed a 2-0 victory over forZe, a CIS squad on the rise.

The series between FaZe, ranked 6th, and Virtus.pro, ranked 58th, was a surprisingly exciting one, as the Poles claimed the first and were very competitive on the decider, Cache. However, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's heroics (74-53 K-D for the series) pushed his team over the edge and secured them a spot in the semi-final.

The final game of the European quarter-finals was between North and AVANGAR, and the CIS side, playing with Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev instead of Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov, managed a 2-1 victory. They started the series by winning Overpass and after losing a close Inferno, swept North 16-8 on Mirage. The standout player was, as expected, Dzhami "Jame" Ali, who finished the series with +34 KDD and a 1.49 rating.

With these results, we will see the following semi-finals played:

20:00 Denmark Astralis vs. Kazakhstan AVANGAR, Tuesday, March 12
20:00 Sweden NiP vs. Europe FaZe, Wednesday, March 13

NiKo was in the zone in the game against Virtus.pro

On the North American side of things, the following eight teams are in competition:

The opening match between Liquid and Rogue turned out to be a big surprise as the underdogs, currently ranked 90th in the world, managed to take down the North American powerhouse. Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's team dominated on the T-side of Nuke (10-3) to steal away the first map 16-12, but was then crushed on Dust2 as Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken and Keith "NAF" Markovic had inspired performances. It all came down to Overpass, where a solid offensive half and a lockdown CT-side allowed Rogue to take the map 16-8 and advance to the semi-finals.

In the Brazilian derby between Luminosity and INTZ, it was Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles's team that came out on top 2-1, despite a great series by Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe (90.2 ADR, 1.32 rating). In NRG's debut with Tarik "tarik" Celik, Damian "daps" Steele and co. dominated Spacestation, 16-5 on Mirage and 16-4 on Dust2, to move on in the bracket.

The last series of the day was between Complexity and eUnited. Kaleb "moose" Jayne and co. started the series with a win on their map pick, Nuke (16-9), but couldn't close out Inferno (16-14) and then fell flat on Overpass (16-6), seeing Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and co. take the victory and advance to the semies. The hero for Complexity was Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland, who topped the charts for his team on all three maps, adding up to a 70-47 K-D for the series.

With the quarterfinals played out, the following matches will take place:

23:00 United States Rogue vs. Brazil Luminosity, Tuesday, March 12
23:00 North America Complexity vs. United States NRG, Wednesday, March 13

Only the best team from the bracket in both Europe and North America will earn a spot at the ECS S7 Finals this week, with others having to look for their chance in the following cups.

Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
345
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
684
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
532
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
602
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
778
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
800
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Nice, no one cares
2019-03-12 10:20
#3
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected, very expected
2019-03-12 10:20
#6
RapeN | 
Finland ENCEL 
I care a little bit
2019-03-12 10:21
I do
2019-03-12 10:21
#51
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United States Trump2020KAG 
+1 Online in 2019 lol
2019-03-12 10:37
+1 lmao it's not like they have 4 more chances or anything
2019-03-12 10:49
#54
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Liquid picked nuke. Online = teams trying new strats
2019-03-12 10:54
#65
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China ForsakenSouls 
excuses LMAO guess liquid was trying new strats too when crushed by ENCE huh?
2019-03-13 02:43
+1 Liquid in 2019 lol
2019-03-12 13:59
Idk
2019-03-12 10:44
#56
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Denmark Menterx 
But you cared enough to comment, *slow clap*...
2019-03-12 11:13
#2
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Finland perkelemeister 
lulquid
2019-03-12 10:20
#4
cyx | 
Other wz0 
5h17
2019-03-12 10:21
Wat
2019-03-12 10:21
#10
ZywOo | 
Germany MTD3 
Ecs league is the most fun to watch. People who viewed know that.
2019-03-12 10:22
#11
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
eZaFf
2019-03-12 10:22
#12
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African Union mikecool 
rogue 2nd best team in the world kappa
2019-03-12 10:22
Nip vs Faze isn't supposed to be tomorrow ? :o :o
2019-03-12 10:22
+1
2019-03-12 10:26
They fixed it :D
2019-03-12 10:28
#58
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
seeing Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and co. take the victory and advance to the smies. Advance to what? :-)
2019-03-12 11:17
#15
nitr0 | 
Kazakhstan Justaguy 
Lmao liquid
2019-03-12 10:23
#22
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Poland Crai9Xen 
Liquid omegalul >Snake2k in team >Twistzz and naf as star players
2019-03-12 10:24
#28
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India ASTRALNINJA 
Match of the event NRG vs Col!
2019-03-12 10:24
Ez4VP
2019-03-12 10:26
#50
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Russia M13f 
The standout player was, as expected, Ali "Jame" Djami, who finished the series with +34 KDD and a 1.49 rating. Classic, so ez
2019-03-12 10:37
#55
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Argentina lucas_7_94 
fix drops
2019-03-12 11:07
#57
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Denmark Menterx 
Want succes?! Get kicked from North! Tired of winning?! Join North... Ffs I hope they get their shit together soon...
2019-03-12 11:16
Liquid in 2019 lul
2019-03-12 12:19
So sad to see faze falling so low that they need Niko to hard carry to win against VP
2019-03-12 12:25
#61
shox | 
India iejesus 
Hmm
2019-03-12 13:51
lulquid
2019-03-12 17:30
xDD
2019-03-12 19:56
LULQUID OMEGALUL
2019-03-13 04:09
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