The first week of ESL Pro League Season 4 NA ended just yesterday and some of the results were certainly more surprising than most had expected. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the matches of week one, the top five teams, and why I believe they belong where they are.
The North American giants deserve the first spot. Before picking up Autimatic, the team was not doing so hot, especially at ESL One Cologne. As soon as they picked up Autimatic however, they began winning every match they played it. This was also the week’s first surprise as not many expected C9 to beat Liquid, who have been doing rather well lately, even managing to place second at the ESL One Cologne 2016.
Cloud9’s new addition, Timothy “Autimatic” Ta, ended up being the VIP for the match by managing to rack up 27 kills and only 13 deaths. Cloud9 managed to win both games against Liquid, ending the first one 16-8 and the second 16-10. It seems swapping their previous member Alec “Slemmy” White with Autimatic is working wonders for C9 so far. The fact that they have improved so much by swapping out just one member shows that they truly have potential.
It was really hard deciding between first and second place. I chose C9 because they have shown improvement while Echo Fox have just been on a rampage for the past few months, seemingly having figured some things out after the loss streak they had at ELEAGUE. They managed to close out every team they played against here, beating Liquid 16-10 and 19-16, Selfless 16-13 and 16-14, and eUnited 16-7 and 16-8. The MVP awards were fairly equal over almost every member of the team, with everyone but Ryx top fragging at least once and ShahZaM pulling that off twice.
Despite being a fairly new name in the game, Immortals are showing some respectable results. Despite losing both matches to Cloud9, they managed to beat both CompLexity in one match with a 16-7 score, and Selfless in both with a score of 16-1 and 16-8. In the matches they did win, Lucas “Lucas” Teles and Ricardo “Boltz” Prass were the MVPs, managing to keep the top two spots on the leaderboard in all but one match – where lucas fourth fragged. Sporting an all-star Brazilian roster, the team is turning out to be a promising prospect with a fifth place American ranking.
The third best team in Amereica hasn’t been doing so hot lately. Despite beating Fnatic at ESL One: Cologne 2016, they lost to SK Gaming at the same event. Now at the first week of ESL Pro League Season 4 NA, they have lost both matches against Cloud9 8-16 and 10-16, as well as against Echo Fox 10-16 and 16-19. Despite this, they managed to win both of their games against OpTic 16-3 and 22-20, so there is still some hope left for these NA giants. In the matches they did manage to win, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski and Spencer “Hiko” Martin managed to keep the first two spots on the leaderboards with EliGE breaking 25 frags both times.
Last but not least we have one of the most famous CoD clans, OpTic Gaming. They are in the same boat as Liquid, losing both matches to Liquid 3-16 and 20-22 and C9 3-16 and 16-2, but managing to beat one of the oldest teams in the game, CompLexity Gaming, 16-4 and 16-6. There was no single MVP for the match they won, however Peter “Stanislaw” Jarguz and Will “RUSH” Wierzba did manage to break 20 frags.
Given that some new teams will be playing week two, we could see different results. We could also see some of the underperforming teams of week one do well in week two. Again, only time will tell.