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Given an indefinite suspension by Immortals
September 22, 2017
LUCAS1 has been placed on the bench by Immortals, reports Daniel Rosen of theScore esports.
ANALYSIS
Things just keep going downhill for this Immortals squad. After LUCAS1, HEN1, and kNg asked to be transferred from Immortals back in August, the team has still been rife with turmoil. Everything came to a head a couple weeks ago at DreamHack Montreal when the trio showed up late for the grand finals against North. They were issued a forfeit for the first match and went on to lose 2-0. Following this, allegations of the three going out and partying the night before surfaced. Once such allegation came from FNS of Counter Logic Gaming on Twitter. kNg replied to the accusation with a death threat, which ultimately led to his release from the team. After he was released, LUCAS1 and HEN1 once again asked to leave the team, to which the team responded by putting them on an indefinite suspension. They will stay on the bench until their contracts are bought out by another organization.
Benched by Immortals
September 22, 2017
HEN1 has been placed on an indefinite suspension by Immortals, reports Daniel Rosen of theScore esports.
ANALYSIS
Both HEN1 and LUCAS1's benchings come after the twins requested a transfer from the team following kNg's departure earlier this week. This is yet another chapter in the ongoing saga of this trio and Immortals. They originally wanted out back in August, but ended up staying after they were unable to find homes. A couple weeks ago, however, the three showed up late for the grand finals of DreamHack Montreal, sparking rumors of partying. kNg tweeted out a death threat to CLG's FNS following one such allegation, prompting the team to respond with an internal punishment. kNg was let go, and now LUCAS1 and HEN1 have again asked to leave. Immortals have accordingly placed the two on the bench until their contracts can be bought out by another organization. This is unlikely to be the last we hear of this situation.
No longer with Immortals
September 19, 2017
kNg announced on Twitter Tuesday that he is no longer a part of Immortals.
ANALYSIS
kNg's departure from Immortals comes after a bit of turmoil, to put it lightly. After three of the five starters were late for the grand finals of DreamHack Montreal, chaos ensued. Not only did the team get charged with a forfeit before losing the next game to get bounced by North in a 2-0 sweep, but the drama continued on Twitter after the event. When FNS called out the players for allegedly being hungover during Immortals' semifinals series against CLG, kNG replied by saying in a (now deleted) tweet that he would kill the other player. Noah Winston, CEO of Immortals, then said that the team would be dealing with the issue internally. The team has yet to issue a statement on kNg's departure, but Winston stated on Tuesday night that news should come out later this week.
Shutout in grand final
September 18, 2017
EliGE posted a 50/56 KD on Sunday in the grand final against FaZe Clan with a 3-0 loss at ESL One New York.
ANALYSIS
EliGE didn't have the great start to the grand final with a tough time trying to win rounds on the offensive of Overpass for a 15-0 smackdown in the first half. Although a few rounds were put together at the start of the second half, it wasn't enough to come back with a 16-3 loss in Game 1. He faced another slow start for the defense in Game 2 of Overpass despite his triple kill to win the pistol round. From there, the defense was compromised and left with an 11-4 deficit at the half. However, EliGE turned it around in the second half with 10 rounds won on the offense to what it seemed to be Liquid to close out the map, but FaZe came back edging out the remaining rounds over EliGE to take Overpass 16-14. Third time's the charm to try and win Game 3 in the best-of-five series, but a dismal showing in the first half of Mirage set the tone for the remainder of Game 3. Although EliGE did win the last round for liquid with a 1-vs-2 win on a post-plant on the B-bombsite to settle the half 11-4. The second half had nothing to show with a five-round shutout 16-4 to go home empty-handed.
Second place in another grand final
September 18, 2017
Twistzz went 40/52 against FaZe Clan with a 3-0 loss in the grand final of ESL One New York on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Twistzz start on Inferno was one he wishes he could do over with a thrashing on the offense with a 15-0 deficit at the half. Although picking up three defensive rounds to start the second half was quickly stomped with one round for FaZe to close 16-3. In Game 2, Twistzz had a better overall performance on Overpass, despite the 11-4 score at the half, he managed to rally back in the second half on Overpass to win Round 29 with a double kill to deny the retake. Close to forcing overtime, FaZe Clan came up big to close Game 2 16-14, crushing any of Twistzz pride. A slow 4-1 start on Mirage quickly turned around for the better in Round 5 as Twistzz came up huge in a post-plant situation with a quad kill to deny the retake. However, only two more rounds were won on the offensive side for an 11-4 half. Although the second half was a dismal display of consistency as Twistzz took a five-round loss to lose Game 3 16-4, falling to FaZe in the grand final.
Unable to crack FaZe in grand final loss
September 18, 2017
stanislaw posted a 32/58 KD on Sunday in a 3-0 loss to FaZe Clan in the grand final of ESL One New York.
ANALYSIS
stanislaw led a dismal offensive first half on Inferno with a 15-0 deficit to start the second half. stanislaw managed to win the pistol and following two anti-eco round wins before losing that final round for a 16-3 loss. A contested start to Overpass made for a good series in the early rounds, however, FaZe didn't show any signs of struggle to close out the first half an 11-4 lead. stanislaw really got the ball rolling in the second half as he ordered his team to play aggressive and attack the bomb sites quickly and effectively to win 10 rounds. However, it wasn't enough to clinch Game 2 with FaZe edging Liquid 16-14. The final game of the series on Mirage started with a rough display of offense in the first half with an 11-4 score at the half. stanislaw then struggled to win rounds in the second half for a five-round blowout to send him packing 16-4.
Outrageous in grand final sweep
September 18, 2017
NiKo went 68/31 on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Team Liquid in the grand finals of ESL One New York.
ANALYSIS
NiKo was insane during the grand finals with a 3-0 sweep, including his Game 1 first half seep 15-0. The start of Inferno went better than expected, a massive lead thanks to NiKo's Round 10 triple kill hold on the push to the A-bombsite and Round 13 quad kill hold on the B-bombsite. A rightfully earned 15-0 start finally resulted in a 16-3 win. NiKo started and finished Overpass with a huge save on the B-bombsite with a quad kill entry to lead 4-0. The first half resulted in another 11-4 start to the second half as NiKo contributed to the five-round blowout, including his triple kill to close out the map 16-14. In Game 3 on Mirage, NiKo contributed to a dominating defensive first half with a triple kill hold to close out the half 11-4. He then went on to close out the series and grand final with a five-round sweep in the second half 16-4.
Raining on Liquid's parade
September 18, 2017
rain secured the grand final of ESL One New York on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Team Liquid, to earn a 56/37 KD.
ANALYSIS
rain started strong on the defense with a 3-0 opening, then in the following round, his anti-eco triple kill hold on the A-bombsite secured the 4-0 lead. His early contributions led the team to a massive 15-0 blowout going into the second. After three rounds were lost, rain finally closed out Game 1 with a 16-3 line. In the next map of Overpass, rain had a blitzing first half on the offense shredding the Liquid defense to an 11-4 lead at the half. rain then picked up a huge triple kill in the second pistol round to set the tone. Although Liquid won 10 rounds, rain remained stout on the defense to close 16-14. Game 3 on Mirage, rain had yet another impressive first half on the defense shutting down Liquid on the retakes to close out the half 11-4. The second half resulted in a five-round blowout thanks to his 1-vs-3 clutch on the B-bombsite in Round 17, taking the grand final 3-0 in the 16-4 Mirage win.
Leading the all-star's to grand final sweep
September 18, 2017
karrigan made it look easy with a 49/30 KD on Sunday in the grand final of ESL One New York with a 3-0 win over Team Liquid.
ANALYSIS
karrigan led the series with tremendous composure under the most stressful times of need when trying to win it all. A solid start to Inferno on the defensive side resulted in a massive 15-0 shutout going into the second. karrigan then led the offense of FaZe with a tough 3-0 deficit to start, however, he came up huge with a triple kill to close out the map 16-3. In Game 2 karrigan led a solid offensive showing despite giving up four rounds, but he rallied the team's eight-round streak with a Round 13 denied defuse with a triple kill to that eventually closed out the half 11-4. A bit of a lagging defense on Overpass struggled early on but karrigan stayed composed to edge for a 16-14 win. Still feeling the adrenaline from a close Game 2 finish, karrigan adjusted his defense for Mirage to lead a hefty 11-4 start. He then led his entry fragging machines olofmeister and rain to close out the second half 5-0 for a 16-4 grand final win.
Key plays from start to finish
September 16, 2017
EliGE put together a 62/66 KD in Team Liquid's 2-1 win over SK Gaming in the semifinals of ESL New York.
ANALYSIS
EliGE continued his run of strong play with yet another big showing in this series against the vaunted SK. He found some big plays in the early rounds of the first map to get Liquid out to a sizeable early lead. While SK did manage to bring it back towards the tie, EliGE made sure to keep laying on the impactful plays to eventually hold off SK for a 22-18 win in double overtime. The second game was essentially a mulligan from Liquid, as SK dominated from start to finish. In Game 3, however, they bounced back and things got interesting. He again found some big plays to stop FalleN from getting away with more shenanigans in the second half, which eventually gave Liquid a 16-14 win that punched their ticket to the grand finals.
Shows up when needed
September 16, 2017
stanislaw posted a 53/70 KD in Team Liquid's 2-1 win over SK Gaming in the semifinals of ESL New York.
ANALYSIS
stanislaw may have taken quite awhile to make a worthwhile impact on the game, he certainly made it count once he did. He bottom fragged in the first game of the series, but thankfully jdm put the team on his back to give Liquid the win. Then stanislaw only managed nine kills in Game 2. Although that wasn't necessarily all his fault, as all of Liquid looked pretty rough in this game. The final game is where he finally made it mark. While SK was threatening to walk away with the win, stanislaw showed up with some consistency to shut things down. He had a big entry frag late in the second half that gave his team a huge win that led to their 16-14 win to lock a spot in the grand finals.
Puts USA on his back
September 16, 2017
jdm64 finished Team Liquid's win over SK Gaming in the semifinals of ESL New York with a 66/57 KD.
ANALYSIS
jdm64 played the part of Captain America when Liquid went up against SK Gaming here on Saturday. While he underperformed ridiculously in the second game, he more than made up for it in the other games. Especially in Game 1 where he stood toe-to-toe with coldzera, who is widely considered as the best player in the world. They both ended with 42 kills in the match, while it was jdm's team that got the win. He had so many huge clutch plays that it became hard to keep track. Unfortunately, it seemed like he used up all of his mojo in that game because he came up so short in Game 2 with a 6/17 KD. Unsurprisingly, SK easily won the game 16-5. jdm was right back into the swing of it in the final game with some more big clutches to help give Liquid a 16-14 win that moved them into the grand finals.
Late surge can't bring home the win
September 16, 2017
fer finished SK Gaming's close loss to Team Liquid in the semifinals of ESL New York with a 70/63 KD.
ANALYSIS
fer's main problem in this series that he waited far too long to wake up and start consistently contributing. He was fine in Game 2, but his play in the first game left a lot to be desired. This was especially true in the second overtime where he only connected on two kills in the four rounds that Liquid used to pick up the 22-18 win. After a strong Game 2, he tried to will his team to victory in the second half, but it simply wasn't enough. At every crucial juncture in the half, SK seemed to come up short in the face of a surprisingly strong showing from Liquid to lock up the win and send SK packing.
Clutches not enough
September 16, 2017
FalleN tallied a 73/57 KD in SK Gaming's loss to Team Liquid in the semifinals of ESL New York on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
FalleN was up to his normal theatrics in this series with multiple clutches that gave his team some wins all throughout this series. His biggest one of the first game came in the final round that sent the game into overtime where they were narrowly edged out 22-18. He continued to play well into the second game where they easily won 16-5. He was back to picking up clutches, including a nice flick through the smoke that gave them a win in Round 25. Unfortunately for them, Liquid found their footing late in the game and walked away with a 16-14.
Comes up just short against Liquid
September 16, 2017
coldzera posted an 85/54 in SK Gaming's 2-1 loss to Team Liquid in the semifinals of ESL New York.
ANALYSIS
coldzera had a pretty spacious backpack that all of SK jumped into at certain points in this series. This was no truer than in the first game where he posted a ridiculous 42/25 KD in what ended up as a 22-18 loss. He and jdm64 were battling back and forth all throughout this one until the North American side finally prevailed. He may have slowed down a bit in the final two games, but make no mistake, he was the driving force of this team. They won Game 2 handily but got tripped up a bit in the final frame. A little more help from his teammates throughout the match and SK may have walked away with the win here.