Rogue win ECS S7 NA Week 1 to book finals spot
There were plenty of upsets across the board in the first week of action in ECS in North America, the biggest of which was the early elimination of Liquid against Rogue, who were ranked 19th in the region heading into this single-elimination tournament.
Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's troops proceeded to down Luminosity 2-0 in a straightforward affair, setting up a final clash against Complexity, who survived a three-map series with eUnited before beating NRG 2-0 to spoil Tarik "tarik" Celik's debut for the cs_summit 3 and Americas Minor champions.
The grand final began with a dominant showing from Complexity on Nuke, where Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's men showed a solid Terrorist side, which allowed them to take control of proceedings from the get-go.
Rogue responded in a keenly-contested Overpass game to take the series to Inferno, which turned out to be the most chaotic of the three maps. MSL's side led an 8-2 lead slip and lost control of the game in the second half following a sloppy approach to an anti-eco round, but they still managed to recover from 12-15 down to force overtime, in which they would eventually come out victorious.
|Rogue||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Hunter 'SicK' MimsSicK||78 - 65||+13||79.7||1.16|
|Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL||67 - 74||-7||78.7||1.08|
|Daniel 'vice' Kimvice||67 - 65||+2||75.0||1.06|
|Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko||72 - 76||-4||80.6||1.03|
|Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko||47 - 68||-21||54.1||0.76|
|Complexity||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' KhanShahZaM||69 - 61||+8||76.6||1.14|
|Rory 'dephh' Jacksondephh||68 - 70||-2||81.2||1.14|
|Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw||72 - 67||+5||75.8||1.13|
|Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbertn0thing||74 - 66||+8||77.3||1.12|
|Ricardo 'Rickeh' MulhollandRickeh||64 - 67||-3||74.6||1.06|
ECS S7 North America week 1 final standings:
This result comes as a much-needed boost for Rogue, who have not been to a LAN event since the ESL Pro League Season 8 relegation tournament, in December. Later this month, the North American side will be attending StarSeries i-League Season 7, their first event with Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen.
Rogue join Astralis, the winner of week 1 in Europe, on the list of participants for the ECS Season 7 Finals, which will be held from June 6-9 in London. The week 2 and week 3 champions will also secure direct entry into the $500,000 British event, while the fourth regional team will be determined by the amount of prize money earned during the course of the regular season.