ECS Week One Wraps Up

 ECS week 1 wrapped up on Thursday afternoon With NRG coming out ahead against breakout team Sharks 2-0 in the NA bracket, while Avangar beat foZze 2-1 to top the European bracket.

Avangar, who are recently coming off a runner up appearance at the StarLadder Berlin Major and a victory at Blast Pro Moscow, battled their way to the final by beating Virtus and Fnatic in two thrilling matches. force, on the other hand, beat Ambush and Jalapeno to get to the final match against Avangar.

Avangar got off to a hot start by dominating forZe 16-9 in DustII to seal a victory on the first map. Things took a turn, however, as forZe took the fight to Avangar by squeezing out a nailbiting 16-14 on Inferno to turn the tables.

forZe had the momentum coming into the final map on Train, however, forZe was no match for the teamwork and slaying skills of Avangar and fell to a swift 16-3. Dhzami “Jame” Ali and Timur “buster” Tulepov had stellar games posting 76-35 and 71-41 K/D’s respectively helping to boost Avangar to the week one victory in the European bracket.

NRG started play in the NA (North America) bracket by dominating Singularity than absolutely destroying Cloud9 with a 2-0 to make it to the NA final against Sharks. Sharks, new to the NA bracket, got off to a hot start by destroying Brazilain compatriots INTZ and in a surprising turn of the event beating the powerhouse Liquid in a nailbiting 2-0.

Both teams then settled down to face each other in the first map Nuke which was kicked of by Tarik “tarik” Celik clutching a pistol round to get NRG off to a hot start. NRG lost a few rounds here and there but remained dominate throughout the match gaining 16-10 victory heading into map two, Mirage. NRG held the sharks at bay by getting a dominating 16-5 win over the sharks, with a dominating performance by Vincent ” Brehze” Cayonte accruing a 41-23 K/D. 

Avangar has followed up their recent dominance by once again showing that they are a top 5 team in the world by winning this event. It also means that Avangar has put themselves in the driver seat to qualify for the finals of ECS, by gaining the first win in the $25,000 tournament. The team that accrues the most money in the first two $25,000 tournaments gains automatic qualification for the Finals. As long as Avangar places 2nd or better next tournament they are confirmed a place in the finals.

NRG has a bit more work to do to reach an automatic playing into the Finals for ECS. Even though they came away with the win this week their spot is not assured do to the fact they will miss the second week of play because of the Malmo Major. This should come as a boost to Sharks and Cloud9, as they now have the chance to separate from NRG in next the round of play. If neither do so they will be forced to partake in a playoff against NRG and at that point, anything can happen.

Another big talking point from this week of competition is the continued struggles of team Liquid. They are slated as being the best in the world at this point by, however, they are coming off two very disappointing showings both here and at the Berlin major last month. Many team Liquid fans will be hoping that their orginization can get back to competing with NRG for NA dominance in the near future.



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