EPL S14 groups drawn: Astralis, Heroic, Vitality kick-off group A

Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut's team and the two Danish sides will be among the first teams back from the break, playing on August 16-20.

ESL announced the draw for ESL Pro League Season 14 on Monday, revealing the four groups for the $750,000 tournament and the dates on which each will be played.

Unlike the last event before the break, IEM Cologne, Pro League won't be played on LAN. The organizer noted "different conditions" and a lack of government support as reasons for not having the month-long event played in a studio environment.

On a new contract, gla1ve is looking to make an impact at EPL

With only three teams advancing to the playoffs from each group, Spirit, ENCE, and Bad News Bears will be hoping to upset the big names of group A — Astralis, Heroic, and Vitality — in order to reach the bracket play on August 16-20.

Group B is slated for August 21-26 and features two international squads, G2 and OG, as well as now majorly-Danish Complexity who will debut their new lineup after signing a new player and coach. That trio won't able to count on a victory against Virtus.pro, who looked reinvigorated at IEM Cologne, while underdogs Renegades and Sinners will be looking to complicate things further.

Read more: Complexity sign es3tag

Organizations with quite an impressive Counter-Strike history filled up group C, headlined by current world No. 1 Natus Vincere. Aside from them, FaZe, BIG, and mousesports will be aiming to claim playoff spots in the group scheduled for August 27-31, while Evil Geniuses and fnatic hope to improve on bleak 2021 records.

Finally, Gambit headline group D where they will face NIP, as well as three NA-based teams in Liquid, FURIA, and TeamOne on September 1-5. One of five CIS side at the event, Entropiq, shouldn't be overlooked either as they will try to make the most out of their appearance at Pro League after months as a stable top-20 team.

ESL Pro League Season 14 group schedule:

August 16-20: Group A
August 21-26: Group B
August 27-31: Group C
September 1-5: Group D

France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
842
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Very nice groups.
2021-07-26 17:05
26 replies
heroic back in #1 after EPL s14
2021-07-26 17:12
3 replies
haha
2021-07-26 17:26
nice joke
2021-07-26 17:27
xD
2021-07-27 08:45
#66
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Czech Republic Starold
Sinners have so ez group, ez playoffs for them...
2021-07-26 18:09
16 replies
+1 I'll be cheering for you boys in the group stage!
2021-07-26 18:18
honestly i think they can, OG looks like shit after cologne and renegades is renegades and complexity/VP very beatable
2021-07-26 18:20
10 replies
CoL better be beatable when they just changed their coach and 1 player
2021-07-26 18:32
6 replies
yea but col are good at beating teams below them and always lose to teams above them
2021-07-26 19:37
5 replies
#111
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Slovakia Kronvix
+1
2021-07-26 19:47
that kinda defines their ranking doesnt it
2021-07-26 20:38
3 replies
i mean thats kind of a smartass response, many top teams lose games they shouldnt and just from watching col this year, they consistently beat tier 2 but barely win vs any tier 1
2021-07-27 06:05
2 replies
So CoL is tier 1.5? :D
2021-07-27 09:08
1 reply
basically, yes lol
2021-07-27 18:13
I like how you didnt mention G2 because you know that sinners cant beat them
2021-07-26 21:55
2 replies
+1
2021-07-26 23:03
yea lol, g2 is just way better than any team in that group
2021-07-27 06:01
+1
2021-07-26 18:35
I'll cheer my ass off for Sinners
2021-07-26 19:52
nt striker
2021-07-26 22:09
1 reply
+1
2021-07-26 23:17
+1
2021-07-26 18:11
Every group is so stacked. Truly a golden age of CS. Tier 1 is now like 10+ teams.
2021-07-27 00:35
3 replies
So true. And 14 y/o‘s Silvers calling t1 Teams to disband, call Legends out to retire and also there‘s no viewership, so the ‚game is dead, check valorant LUL‘.
2021-07-27 09:11
2 replies
Yeah, it's pretty depressing. These people are playing this game for the sake of our entertainment and a big chunk of the community throws shit at them? I don't get it, but I suppose the same basic tribalistic instinct helps to explain all the morons in football etc too.
2021-07-28 02:58
1 reply
I will seriously never get why you would shittalk people on Internetcomments while you would never talk like that to them in real life. Imagine those 14 y/o silvers from HLTV would go talk to f0rest like ‚omegalul youre so old please retire noob.‘
2021-07-28 15:52
OK
2021-07-26 17:05
4 replies
Group A Heroic Group B G2 Group C BIG Group D Gambit
2021-07-26 19:07
3 replies
Big???? Lmaoooo nt
2021-07-26 20:30
1st very unlikely, 2nd/3rd doable navi 1st big/mouz can be close, cause mouz are hard to predict
2021-07-26 22:10
#178
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New Zealand ZuppheN
FaZe up broda!
2021-07-27 06:15
cool
2021-07-26 17:06
#4
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Peru Willy_CV
ASTRALIS ez win
2021-07-26 17:06
rip fnatic
2021-07-26 17:06
1 reply
I crying
2021-07-26 19:27
Good luck Sinners
2021-07-26 17:06
3 replies
#57
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Czech Republic LaikaS
+1
2021-07-26 17:49
They can upset and go through. The only consistently good team there is G2. VP, coL and OG are pretty good, but sometimes they go full silver
2021-07-26 18:18
#146
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Czech Republic Limacool
+1
2021-07-26 22:15
EZ4NAVI
2021-07-26 17:06
6 replies
+1
2021-07-26 18:54
EZ4BADNEWSBEARS
2021-07-26 19:32
2 replies
+1 so ez for young prodigy PTR
2021-07-26 21:51
1 reply
30 year old talent.
2021-07-26 21:53
+1
2021-07-26 23:54
#171
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Sweden suriel666
+1
2021-07-27 01:03
why is sangal not invited?
2021-07-26 17:06
11 replies
they are not qualified
2021-07-26 17:18
+1 u are right my friend they should be invited
2021-07-26 17:25
2 replies
why would they be invited?
2021-07-26 17:26
1 reply
because they have pazzers 😎😎
2021-07-26 17:28
bad team from even worse country
2021-07-26 17:27
6 replies
shut up 😡😡
2021-07-26 17:30
0/8 low iq detected
2021-07-26 17:51
2 replies
Germany = turkey nowadays
2021-07-26 23:02
1 reply
some neighboorhoods yes, country not, my danish neighboor you should know this xd
2021-07-27 16:14
flag :)
2021-07-26 18:26
#118
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Brazil Arf___
shut up idiot
2021-07-26 19:57
awesomee
2021-07-26 17:06
Group C - group of death Group D - has all the BR teams 🤔
2021-07-26 17:06
4 replies
and FalleN as well LMAO
2021-07-26 17:18
#73
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Brazil Necro_Spa
as always lol
2021-07-26 18:21
i guess that is to imcrease the chances of brazilian teams going through to get good viewership cuz it was the same in epl 13
2021-07-26 19:37
#170
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France JBzOo
C is not group of death… Fnatic change Eg lost since the was not 1st world ranking Faze medium as usual Mousesport medium Big médium Navi is the best far away no opponent Look thé other group all are close from each other and favorite could be challenge. Heroic will be challenge by Spirit vitality and astralis… it’s death mode G2 challenged by og and complexity, virtus pro Also D is the most tied group everything is possible
2021-07-27 01:02
#12
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Poland Yomenik
ez4ence
2021-07-26 17:07
#13
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United States kami917
Group B and D lul
2021-07-26 17:08
Ez
2021-07-26 17:09
Only online, but will be interesting to see Astralis getting Lucky
2021-07-26 17:09
3 replies
+1 maybe NIP will be 5 steps ahead again and go out in groups losing to liquid and furia KEKW
2021-07-26 19:40
2 replies
Well, I would say there's about 30-40% chance of that happening
2021-07-26 19:53
1 reply
+1
2021-07-26 23:12
lmao they had to put Liquid in the same group as NiP and Gambit because of course they did.....
2021-07-26 17:09
4 replies
just be happy they are not in group C :P
2021-07-26 17:54
1 reply
lol ya that's true
2021-07-26 18:05
Furia and Teamone :(
2021-07-26 20:26
1 reply
ik mens :((((((
2021-07-26 20:27
Ez4Mouz, Sinners have chance aswell, so pretty nice groups
2021-07-26 17:10
#18
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Estonia KarlGm4n
Group c has all the hype teams
2021-07-26 17:11
1 reply
Scary for mouz :(
2021-07-26 19:56
Big has a chance in that group
2021-07-26 17:11
f for spirit
2021-07-26 17:11
Group C is stacked and can be unpredictable if fnatic sign some bangers... Damnnn. Let's go
2021-07-26 17:16
Group D LMFAO that is a joke of a group
2021-07-26 17:11
#24
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
Lmao rip OG, theyll probably not make it out of groups again
2021-07-26 17:13
2 replies
#35
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India Pranav3112
Lose to renegades again xD?
2021-07-26 17:21
1 reply
I can legit see them losing every single series here yea They never beat coL because they have so much stronger individuals They always struggle against VP, even nearly lost to them a few weeks ago when they looked abysmal They never beat G2, but they always play it close They just lost to Renegades and Aleksi probably still doesnt have enough demos to prep them off of And finally Sinners is decent and can stand toe-to-toe with stronger teams They literally threw their qualification from EPL S13 against FPX, I dont see them placing above G2, VP or coL here anyway
2021-07-26 20:08
group a unlucko shortest holidays omegalul
2021-07-26 17:13
them groups are actually looking FOR ONCE
2021-07-26 17:14
#27
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Brazil pasinato
as always all braziliams at the same group
2021-07-26 17:16
3 replies
well there's only 2 teams and fallen
2021-07-26 18:27
2 replies
the only 10 brazilian players on the same group
2021-07-26 20:28
#159
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Brazil pasinato
its sucks that we have 4 groups and they decide to put braziliams together ;/
2021-07-26 23:43
#28
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Poland bigmilk01
looks like easy for ence
2021-07-26 17:16
atleast vitality wont lose 0-5(win vs bnb)
2021-07-26 17:16
#30
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France Uexo
Happy for our group and group C looks gud
2021-07-26 17:17
2 replies
Vitality will get their shit together this season men. I believe : )
2021-07-26 17:22
1 reply
#199
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France Uexo
hopefully :)
2021-07-28 02:15
What is this group b? Group of clowns and g2?
2021-07-26 17:18
Group D is too weak imo
2021-07-26 17:21
#36
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Denmark twinseN
Group C insane
2021-07-26 17:22
VP has a chance to make the playoffs. Spirit and Entropiq are unlucky. GOGO CIS.
2021-07-26 17:22
1 reply
they will make it
2021-07-26 19:55
#38
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Germany sniffy1997
Group C the Deathgroup
2021-07-26 17:22
gambit and G2 should win their groups easily. Na'vi online LUL - can be upset by fnatic group A who teh fuck knows, heroic probably takes it somewhat easily
2021-07-26 17:25
group C soooo good
2021-07-26 17:27
They gave the group to G2 lmao
2021-07-26 17:34
who made those groups? what a joke A and C are stacked but B and D have all tier 2 and 3 teams wtf
2021-07-26 17:35
#51
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Brazil Anarchybr
Why BR teams are always on the same group? EVERY event? This is rigged
2021-07-26 17:36
2 replies
Its make that brazilians cant take every last place
2021-07-26 17:46
1 reply
+1
2021-07-26 18:02
lmao spirit again got the hardest group
2021-07-26 17:43
3 replies
C is harder, navi/faze/big/mouz are all top 10 teams
2021-07-26 18:28
2 replies
Navi/faze c group is joke
2021-07-26 18:48
1 reply
navi best team, faze just semi'd at cologne and beat 3 top 10 teams and spirit
2021-07-26 18:50
#53
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Romania styl3noxe
Too easy for Astralis and NaVi <3
2021-07-26 17:43
again all brazilian in the same group. do u remember epl season 13 group C?
2021-07-26 17:46
#56
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Sweden hiagains
Imagine group C if fnatic could play good again
2021-07-26 17:49
EZ4LIQUID
2021-07-26 17:57
If VP isn't top2 in this group changes should be made
2021-07-26 17:58
#62
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Czech Republic Tomca
Group B? EZ4SINNERS
2021-07-26 17:58
Bruh
2021-07-26 17:59
Playable group for Sinners. LETS GOOO
2021-07-26 18:12
#71
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Russia mshkoda
Two Brazilian teams in one group hm. Other is good. Unfortunate it is not LAN
2021-07-26 18:19
Honesly worried about FaZe as this tournament is gonna be online, hope they will bootcamp at least
2021-07-26 18:34
3 replies
#87
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Sweden LimGardz
Wait back to online seriously ?
2021-07-26 18:36
1 reply
2021-07-26 18:41
I think someone said they were talking about bootcamping in Germany but I have no idea if its true :D
2021-07-26 18:51
Group A Easiest Group D Tougher Group B even more tougher Group C Toughest
2021-07-26 18:37
NaVi wont win 100%, they usually troll in EPL tbh
2021-07-26 18:35
1 reply
Online as well
2021-07-26 23:19
EZ NAVI
2021-07-26 18:35
#84
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Portugal MrPato
Ahahah it’s starting to look like a joke at this point. Always giving the easiest groups to G2, pretty much a free ticket to the next phase, only to get stomped later on.
2021-07-26 18:35
1 reply
FaZe fan malding
2021-07-26 19:56
my god another free tournament for gambit, give us a hard group, those are literally free teams zzz
2021-07-26 18:35
1 reply
Yeah I think they schedule it like that on purpose. So Gambit sees the tougher teams later in the tournament. Gonna be real shocked if Gambit doesn’t demolish that lineup and go undefeated Lol
2021-07-26 18:48
OoooO. Taking 3 months for fnatic to start playing again
2021-07-26 18:36
Free group for ibuypower
2021-07-26 18:42
#90
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North America drac0z
LETS GO SPIRITTTT
2021-07-26 18:42
Pheww nice groups. This season holds a lot of weight in terms of who’s the top dogs. Cologne was absolutely incredible and can’t wait for the break to end
2021-07-26 18:46
IN TERM OF DIFFICULTY GROUP A EASIEST , followed by Group B normal , Group D kinda scary group , and Group C the DEATH GROUP . rip fnatic
2021-07-26 18:47
Online returns, Gambit time incoming
2021-07-26 18:48
EZ NAVI
2021-07-26 18:55
All BR players on the same group, as always.
2021-07-26 18:56
NAVI EZ GROUP
2021-07-26 19:06
if online no hype ((
2021-07-26 19:06
Nice the groups actually look evenly divided this time
2021-07-26 19:20
the Bears need to kick shake before the season starts
2021-07-26 19:27
They need to add like Mouz or BIG for Entro or TeamOne and it would be pretty balanced
2021-07-26 19:54
HAHAHA ez group for Sinners
2021-07-26 19:57
#120
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United States Rayduh
online event
2021-07-26 20:00
EZ4ENCE
2021-07-26 20:03
#123
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Poland SebL
NaVi era starts right after they win this tournament, trust me guys, let's go NaVi.
2021-07-26 20:11
#124
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India aR__
*Chuckles, I'm in danger*
2021-07-26 20:13
Brazil on the same group again, i think that ESL, Blast and Dreamhack doenst like us
2021-07-26 20:24
So many danich and ruski plyers, so odds say...
2021-07-26 20:49
Navi bought easy group lol))
2021-07-26 20:56
Ez 4 Navi and astralis
2021-07-26 20:58
stop forcing zywoo
2021-07-26 21:37
YO sinners
2021-07-26 22:08
2021-07-26 22:44
-fnatic +fnatic rising also ez sinners
2021-07-26 22:48
#GOGOVP There is no beast stronger than the bear ez4 GODJI
2021-07-26 22:49
1 reply
i mean spirit litterly has a dragon on their logo)) but sure they are strong
2021-07-26 23:32
#153
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Brazil hugoooo
bullshit groups every single time
2021-07-26 23:13
3 replies
seeding so i dont see a problem
2021-07-26 23:32
2 replies
#161
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Brazil hugoooo
They also should take into consideration the regions of where teams play from.. it's frustrating to see lots of NA teams in the same group every single time
2021-07-26 23:50
1 reply
Why mens? That would lead to more unfair groups and less fun games
2021-07-26 23:57
this is gonna work out for astralis))
2021-07-26 23:31
Group A Spirit Astralis Vitality Group B G2 VP OG Group C Na'Vi EG Faze Group D Gambit Liquid Furia 100% I'm spot on .
2021-07-26 23:46
9 replies
+heroic, they will return, this was just a little slump
2021-07-26 23:58
7 replies
Yeah my bad it's online so they might win the whole shit .
2021-07-27 13:25
6 replies
So it's either Astralis or vitality to get the bin cuz no way spirit doesn't qualify for the playoffs ?
2021-07-27 13:27
5 replies
#192
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Denmark pebblez
"no way spirit doesn't qualify for the playoffs" Spirit bomb out of most of the international tournaments they play in, It's likely they won't qualify.
2021-07-27 15:19
3 replies
Bruh it's online they gonna chew through everyone they meet .
2021-07-27 19:29
2 replies
They haven’t done that in a while
2021-07-27 23:33
1 reply
Watch how they humiliate everyone in that group then .
2021-07-28 07:44
Both should be way better
2021-07-27 23:32
yes
2021-07-26 23:59
Not enough NA
2021-07-26 23:59
imo ENCE has a decent chance go to the playoffs. Beat BNB, Spirit and Vitality. EPL 13 ENCE beat Vitality 2-0 so it's doable. Heroic and Astralis know the tendencies how Snappi wants to call, so Astralis, Heroic and ENCE will go through to the playoffs.
2021-07-27 00:13
#168
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Sweden snallan
Free group for Gambit & NiP! :D
2021-07-27 00:25
#172
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Sweden suriel666
HLTV trying hard making Zywoo relevant
2021-07-27 01:07
#173
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Germany ninja_pc
Wish there was more than only 3 NA teams, but I guess thats what happens when valorant comes out and dangles money in front of your head
2021-07-27 02:05
#174
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Czech Republic bruhwhy
2 czech orgs in the esl pro league, who would ever thought
2021-07-27 02:48
1 reply
#188
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Czech Republic manik999
Entropiq relevant to czechs like fnatic is to brits
2021-07-27 12:28
Who cares about online sheet
2021-07-27 03:00
EPL 14 online lmao = ez win for Gambit.
2021-07-27 07:37
ez for Astralis
2021-07-27 08:46
Fantasy when?
2021-07-27 12:23
GL, Spirit
2021-07-27 13:23
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