In December the very first season of ESL CS:GO Pro League kicked off with the first matches of its group stage. Starting this week, the teams will continue fighting for the US$48,000 prize pool while the opening matches on both days see two teams on the edge of being eliminated. For this week’s four matches, the focus is on Group A, with all the action to be brought to you by RoomOnFire with Anders and Semmler once more!
Wednesday, 14th of January:
- 3DMAX vs. Key-Preisvergleich (19:00 CET)
- Team Dignitas vs. ex-myXMG (~21:30 CET)
The first match of the evening sees two teams fighting to stay in the Pro League. Both 3DMAX and Key-Preisvergleich lost their opening matches straight 0-2 but now the new year gives them a new chance. While myKPV have not changed their roster, 3DMAX have brought in allu, who gave good performances with his old team mousesports. Only one of these teams will remain in the ESL CS:GO Pro League – who will stand this test?
The second match takes us to the winner’s bracket of Group A. The Danish clash of Team Dignitas and ex-myXMG, now unu.AiN, sees the two teams who went 2-0 on their opening matches. With Dignitas now bringing Karrigan to the server, this match sees another star player being added to spice up this already more than interesting national battle. Who will be the superior Danish team after this match?
Thursday, 15th of January:
- ESC Gaming vs. PENTA Sports (19:00 CET)
- Epsilon eSports vs. Natus Vincere (~21:30 CET)
The teams playing on Thursday have had a slightly different run so far. Both teams in the upper bracket only won their matches 2-1, and so the situation was less clear than before. ESC Gaming and PENTA Sports both had good results by the end of 2014. PENTA not only managed to place within the top eight at DreamHack Winter but also acquired the services of strux1 and nex of Planetkey Dynamics. Is this roster swap enough for them to come back and stay alive in the Pro League?
For Epsilon eSports and Natus Vincere, this evening will be the first big form check of 2015. Both of them are still in the competition if they lose this series, but neither of them should be planning for this. Both teams have shown time and time again that they can deal damage and are top contenders. Against PENTA and ESC, they have had some problems. Have they fixed these during the holidays or might one team stumble this week?
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