Another week of the ESL ESEA Pro League is coming to an end and so it’s time to take a look at the fight for the top spot - the top four for both Europe and North America is far from being settled. Let’s check out both divisions and the week’s trends!
Europe: EnVyUs catch up to the top of the board
Over the past four play days, no other team has been as dominant as EnVyUs, with the French star players having gained good ground on current top teams TSM, NiP and Fnatic. By winning twice against French rivals Titan as well as against HellRaisers, EnVyUs have improved their position a lot, and are now only six points behind the leading TSM (but still have two matches less than them).
Titan had one of the hardest weeks. After some good results lately, this week saw them work hard but not gain a good chunk of points. While being able to take NiP to the final round and Natus Vincere into overtime, there was little overall gain as they won against PENTA Sports and Flipsid3 Tactics, scoring 6 out of 18 possible points. With an equal 7-7 scoreline so far, they are in the middle of nowhere on the board right now, with a 6-point difference between both the top four as well as the bottom.
North America: Nihilum put some pressure on Cloud9
In the North American division, Cloud9 was able to come back from a loss to Tempo Storm with a three-win streak over ACE Gaming, Counter Logic Gaming and Method. This secured their top position, but Nihilum is breathing down on their necks. With a clean three-win series over Keyd Stars, mouseSpaz and Tempo Storm, they are now on par with the Brazilians and only nine points behind the still-leading Cloud9.
Even though the top three of Cloud9, Nihilum and Keyd Stars looks somewhat set right now, Luminosity, Team Liquid and CLG are still within reach of putting any missteps they make to good use. The upcoming weeks will be interesting - which teams will win the race for the top four?
Coming up next...
With only three more match weeks ahead of us, the chances for catching up to the teams currently sitting in the top four of Europe and North America are getting slimmer. However, as both regions still don’t have a top four set in stone, there not only are three more weeks of ESL ESEA Pro League matches coming your way but also the constant question of how the matches’ results could change the standings.
The full rundown of this week’s matches and those coming up next can be found on the official ESL ESEA Pro League website. Make sure you don’t miss out on any updates or upcoming matches by following ESL Counter-Strike on Twitter and Facebook, and also don’t forget to set up your ESL Fantasy team for the battles ahead!