Sep 21 2016 - 9:26 am

There's going to be more than one Group of Death in season two of ELEAGUE

After a successful debut season which saw Virtus Pro lift the trophy, Turner’s ELEAGUE is ready to launch its second season—and the current champions may have a hard time defending their title
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

After a successful debut season which saw Virtus Pro lift the trophy, Turner’s ELEAGUE is ready to launch its second season—and the current champions may have a hard time defending their title.

Virtus Pro find themselves in Group B, drawn alongside DreamHack Bucharest victors Ninjas in Pyjamas and French powerhouse G2 Esports. North American side Echo Fox round out the group and will certainly be outsiders. The four teams will meet in Atlanta on Nov 4. and 5.

Kickstarting the group stage on Oct. 21 is one that features no outsiders, and really no heavy favourites. Group A features Mousesports, Cloud9, FaZe Clan, and Immortals. On paper it’s tough to see which of the teams will be likely to head through. Mousesports found some success last season with a top four placement, but have been lacking recently since the departure of their former head coach Aleksandar “Kassad” Trifunović.

Clear your calendars for Nov. 11 because Group C is bringing the titans together. Na’Vi, Astralis, and SK Gaming join surprise qualifiers Alternate Attax in a group that ensures one of the favorites will drop out. Na’Vi will be hoping for better results and are struggling to adapt to new signing Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostylev, while SK gaming will be at full strength after Fernando “Fer” Alvarenga returned from injury.

The final group features what would have been two heavy favorites if the tournament took place a year ago, but now it’s up for grabs. Fnatic and EnvyUs head in as favourites on paper, but OpTic and Team Dignitas pose a serious threat. Danish side Team Dignitas reached the semifinal of Dreamhack Bucharest last weekend.

The group draw may have caused some surprises with heavy favorites being drawn together at such an early stage, but the fans will be happy at the thought of the matchups we’ll be seeing come game time.

Jan 15 2017 - 8:00 pm

FlipSid3 take home DreamHack Leipzig title

The team didn't drop a single map throughout the tournament.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Flipsid3 Tactics claimed the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title in the organization's history, dominating their opponents at DreamHack Leipzig.

Without dropping a single map throughout the event, FlipSid3 emerged as champions of DreamHack Leipzig after a convincing 2-0 victory in the event's grand finals. But despite its impressive record the team, which features CS 1.6 legend Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, did struggle at certain points throughout the final series against crowd favorites BIG.

While the German favorites were able to take eleven rounds in both maps of the series, FlipSid3 were always one step ahead. This was particularly obvious in regards to the team's latest recruit, Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The Russian player dominated in terms of statistics, as he tallied the highest number of kills in the grand final, earning him an ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 102.

While FlipSid3 finally taking home an international LAN is a big story in and of itself, BIG's performance at the event is almost an equally as notable achievement.

Having only assembled the roster on Jan. 2, DreamHack Leipzig was BIG's LAN debut. The roster, which contains names such as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik and recent AWP star Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus impressed throughout the tournament. The team's 0-2 defeat against FlipSid3 was far from one-sided, as BIG were consistently able to impress against the Eastern European team.

BIG had upset Group A winners Heroic in the semifinals, taking a 2-1 victory, while Flipsid3 had swept aside the challenge of French side LDLC.

Flipsid3 will look to carry this momentum into next week's $1 million ELEAGUE Major, where they will face FaZe Clan in their first swiss stage clash.

Despite not being the most competitive event, DreamHack Leipzig brought a considerable amount of excitement and has already set 2017 off to a flying start.

Jan 15 2017 - 5:34 pm

EnVyUs crowned WESG champions

The French CS:GO team's victory earned them an astounding $800,000.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

In the first major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event of 2017, French side EnVyUs picked up a huge win—and an even bigger purse.

The French squad barrelled through surprise finalists Team Kinguin in two extremely one-sided maps. Following their decisive victory, EnVyUs took their place on the podium and will be leaving China $800,000 richer.

However, few spectators could have imagined that Kinguin would be one of the teams competing in the finals of this massive $1.5 million event.

The day started out with an incredible upset, as Polish super-squad Virtus pro were eliminated from the event after a surprise defeat in the semifinals to their countrymen in Kinguin.

The match was over in only two maps, in which Kinguin fought a close game against the favorites on Dust2, and closed the series out with a decisive 16-5 victory on Mirage.

However, not even EnVyUs participation in the grand final was guaranteed, as the French squad fought a three-game series against Turkish representatives Space Soldiers. Known primarily for its 21-year-old star rifle player Can "XANTARES" Dörtkarde, the entire Turkish squad battled the French team across three maps.

EnVyUs escaped elimination narrowly, and took the final map of the series, winning 16-14.

With the ELEAGUE Major just around the corner, EnVyUs will be riding a wave of momentum—while Virtus Pro will have to regroup and refocus.