EPL Season 6 (ESL Pro League) is back in action after the initial games of the season were played earlier on in the week. Now into its 6th season, EPL is an online league with two divisions, European (EU) and North American (NA). While the majority of the league is played online, the final 6 places will be fought for on LAN. Each division has a total prize pool of $125,000 and will run from August 22nd to November 12th, 2017.
Despite only being a few games in already, a lot has happened in the NA league. Most recently, OpTic have been disqualified from yet another tournament (after being replaced by Cloud9 at DreamHack Masters Malmö) due to their latest roster changes. ELEAGUE’s rules state that if more than two players on a team’s roster changes, they will be immediately disqualified. The recent roster changes come after Tarik Celik, Will “RUSH” Wierzba, and James “hazed” Cobb left the organisation earlier in the month. OpTic’s replacement will come from the Americas Open Qualifier being held in a few days time.
As well as being first to leave, OpTic was first to start the league off with a 16-5 win over Ghost on Cache. They later played Ghost again on Inferno and while finding it slightly harder work, still managed to win 16-10. Team Liquid and SK Gaming traded a win for a win after Liquid took train 16-12, only to be demoralised in a 3-16 game on Cobble later that evening. CLG fought off Cloud9 16-11 on Train and then 16-12 on Cobble, placing them 2nd on the leaderboard behind NRG as OpTic have now been disqualified. NRG and Splyce were the only teams to go into overtime, resulting in a 19-16 win to NRG on Inferno. They later took Splyce for another ride on Cobble, landing the 2nd win with 16 rounds to 5.
The European squads are no strangers to roster changes either with Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer and Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács now playing for FaZe after coming from Fnatic and Natus Vincere respectively. These moves seem to have worked well for FaZe who are now 1st place after their initial day of the tournament. Fnatic also appear to be working well with their new recruit, Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson as they secured wins on both maps against BIG.
EU EPL couldn’t have got off to a more interesting start with FaZe thrashing French side G2 16-3 on Cache. Nikola “NiKo” Kovač was arguably “man of the match” with an impressive ADR of 106.4. FaZe later went on to clinch another win over G2 on Overpass, ending 16-13. Olofmeister seemed quite comfortable in his new position, picking up a respectable 20 kills, including an impressive 4-kill while defending bombsite B.The Danish team Heroic secured two wins against HellRaisers, first on Mirage with 16-8 and later on Overpass with a closer 16-14 result. It was Mirage that brought the only overtime in the EU EPL with GODSENT picking up a 19-16 win over Mousesports to finish the first day off with a bang.
The Danish team Heroic secured two wins against HellRaisers, first on Mirage with 16-8 and later on Overpass with a closer 16-14 result. It was Mirage that brought the only overtime in the EU EPL with GODSENT picking up a 19-16 win over Mousesports to finish the first day off with a bang.Although FaZe has 1st place, Fnatic 2nd and Heroic a close 3rd, it’s still all to play for in this season of the ESL Pro League on both sides of the pond.
Although FaZe has 1st place, Fnatic 2nd and Heroic a close 3rd, it’s still all to play for in EPL Season 6 on both sides of the pond.