Draulon's Draft: ELEAGUE Season 2 Group D
Draulon's Draft: ELEAGUE Season 2 Group D
The second season of the distinguished
Played out over this weekend, Group D may be one of the most interesting groups at
A lot of storylines will come to crossroads over the next few days. Because of this, we're taking a closer look at the teams in Group D in order to see who will join
Just when people expected it to be over, the Swedish shuffle got back on the menu after GODSENT and Fnatic exchanged Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson and Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson, resulting in Fnatic effectively receiving GODSENT’s Legend status at the major.
While GODSENT seemed content with their roster, Fnatic was not and ended up replacing John "
On paper, this exchange was a very significant boost in firepower and role versatility. However, it doesn’t look like disco
While this is very unbecoming of the young Swede, the question has to be asked is whether or not he needs to play at a superstar level when he has teammates such as
Another player to note is KRiMZ, who seems to slowly rediscover his chemistry with his old teammates. While he also has a small sample size of six maps so far with Fnatic, he did show signs of that vintage KRiMZ returning, barring entry to bomb sites and putting down hooligans who threatened Fnatic’s control of the map.
Unfortunately for Fnatic, Dennis “
Fnatic still has a lot to figure out, and how far they can go in
Just when EnVyUs was planning to slowly work their way back to the top in baby steps, their heavily criticized player Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon was replaced with Christophe "SIXER" Xia from Millenium’s roster. In an interview with
It seems to be obvious that EnVyUs feel that they have much better chemistry and
EnVy have attended only three LAN events so far with their new roster. However, they have successfully managed to reach the playoffs at each one. While they smashed each North American and Brazilian team they have played so far, they still struggle against their fellow Europeans, winning only two maps out of the nine they have played against EU teams in the top ten.
So what is in store for EnVyUs at
We should be seeing marginal improvement for EnVyUs, though for them to truly succeed they need NBK to be there for them when they need him. Their track record against OpTic is one-sided, thrashing them both times they met offline. Furthermore, the real challenge will be Dignitas, whom they will be meeting straight away in their first match at
In the past few months, Dignitas took the world by storm. Spearheaded by their young superstar Emil "Magiskb0Y" Reif, the “Four-Danes-and-a-Norwegian” squad surprised everyone by winning EPICENTER 2016 and taking the grand finals against Virtus.pro in an incredibly dominant fashion.
Curiously enough, their triumph was followed by a group stage exit at the ESL Pro League S4 finals at the hands of FaZe, SK, and Cloud9. While there's no definitive explanation for the underwhelming placement, the players themselves have confirmed the fact that they simply couldn’t get the team play flowing as usual, and no one was their usual self. Whether or not this can be attributed to travel exhaustion is unknown. However, it is important to note that Dignitas have attended four offline events in the past 40 days. Taking a breather will probably help them at
For now, we can only assume that Dignitas will be their usual self at Atlanta, which also means that we should expect them to secure one of the two playoff spots.
OpTic will be representing the North American scene in Group D and have quite the task ahead of them in order to make it to the playoffs. By no means should we write them off, as they have quite an impressive track record against European teams, going far in tournaments featuring some of the best teams in the
Despite taking maps off
OpTic was finally able to reign supreme at Northern Arena 2016: Montreal, winning the event and the first title for their current lineup as well. Even though they had a relatively easy time against NRG in the group stages, the difficulty ramped up as they had a back-and-forth row with Heroic in the semi-finals before meeting G2 Esports in the grand finals. OpTic shook the French team over the course of three maps, losing the first by a small margin. Nevertheless, OpTic sealed the deal on the final
The result is both good and bad for OpTic when thinking about what they will achieve at
Keep in mind, it is
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Blaze 'Draulon' Lengyel