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valde    Heroic
Heroic's coach Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen has announced that he has benched valde as cadiaN has stepped in for ESL One Cologne closed qualifier.

RotoWire Analysis

Heroic has had some great success in recent months with a solid performance overall during EPL Season 5 as well as finishing 3rd-4th during DreamHack Austin 2017. valde an important puzzle in Heroic's recent consistent run, however, the benching came to a surprise. There has been no reasoning behind the benching as no official statement has been made by org or player. cadiaN will stand in for valde in the ESL One Cologne Closed Qualifier.
allu    FaZe Clan
allu earned a whopping 51/28 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series win over Team EnVyUs in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

allu had a slow start to Game 1 as Team EnVyus took an early 3-0 lead. Once the economy of FaZe was stable enough for an AWP, allu came back with vengeance to take a massive 11-4 lead at the half. allu played a more aggressive role with the AWP which allowed him to open the bombsites and thin out the defense during the first half. However, the second half was tilted as EnVyUs controlled the defensive side for 10 rounds until allu saved Inferno 16-14, posting a team-leading 31/19 KD and 98.7 ADR. In Game 2 allu remained composed taking yet another massive 12-3 lead at the half. allu with the AWP is trouble for his opposition as he picked apart the defense to sneak his way into the bombsites and hold in post-plant situations. allu then dominated of what was left in the second half for a four rounds blowout to take Train 16-3, posting another team-leading 20/9 KD and 107.3 ADR.
karrigan    FaZe Clan
karrigan posted a firm 39/29 KD on Wednesday in the Esports Championship Series Season 3 with a 2-0 win over Team EnVyUs.

RotoWire Analysis

karrigan had a rocky start facing a 3-0 deficit early, but the in-game leader came back to hold off the offense in the first half for an impressive 11-4 lead. karrigan had a strong showing on the defensive side racking up the kills that helped FaZe overcome the odds early in the first half. However, Team EnVyUs had something else planned in the second half winning ten rounds to pin-down FaZe before karrigan prevailed on the offense and earned a runner-up 24/19 KD and an 85.1 ADR in the 16-14 win on Inferno. In Game 2, karrigan led a massive offensive run for a 12-3 lead at the half; doing a majority of the damage by taking the A-bombsite and capitalizing on the post-plant hold to solidify the economy. karrigan had a few double kills that created some early advantages as well as great calls to counter the defense. He then went into the second half with confidence, and it showed as he contributed to a perfect 4-0 to sweep the series 16-3, earning a 15/10 KD and 79.4 ADR.
NiKo    FaZe Clan
NiKo earned a solid 34/27 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series win over Team EnVyUs in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

NiKo had a slow start to Inferno on the defensive side as they were unable to hold off the offense for a 3-0 deficit at the start. Once NiKo had a rifle to work with, he proved his worth, picking up multiple multi-kill rounds to help the team take an 11-4 lead at the half. The second half was more lopsided as nV dominated early to win 10 rounds before NiKo fragged his way through to overcome all odds and take Inferno 16-14, contributing a 19/17 KD and 64.3 ADR. NiKo had a solid first half in Game 2 picking up multiple kills and playing aggressive offense for a 12-3 lead at the half. A few closing rounds later, NiKo contributed to the perfect second half defensive blowout in four rounds to take Train 16-3, earning a 15/10 KD and 78.3 ADR.
rain    FaZe Clan
rain posted a 30/29 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series win over Team EnVyUs in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

After a slow 3-0 deficit to start the half, rain quickly began to rack up the frags in the first half on the defense. rain picked up a few double kills along his journey through the first half with great pride while holding off the offense for a strong 11-4 lead at the half. However, rain was silenced in the second half early as nV won ten rounds on the defense. rain fragged his way through the remainder of the second half to win the final round to close out Inferno 16-14. In Game 2, rain contributed to the monstrous first half with a 12-3 lead going into the second. Although rain had a big offensive first half, he didn't accumulate as many kills during the dominate run. rain then closed out the second half with a perfect defensive hold to take Game 2 16-3, posting a team-low 13/11 KD and 71.5 ADR on Train.
kioShiMa    FaZe Clan
kioShiMa 31/28 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series win over Team EnVyUs in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

kioShiMa had a slow start with the rest of the team unable to hold off the pistol and the two anti-eco rounds for a 3-0 deficit early on. However, kioShiMa contributed to the teams attempted comeback by taking the first half by storm up 11-4. Though the second half was more one-sided as Team EnVyUs bounced back with ten rounds to tie it at 14-14, but kioShiMa came up big late in the second half to take Inferno 16-14, posting a team-low 11/20 KD and 38.2 ADR. In Game 2, kioShiMa performed very well in the first half of Train opening up the A-bombsite as well as his aggressive pushes in upper B for a 12-3 lead at the half. He continued to dominate in the second half for a four-round blowout to take Game 2 16-3, earning a solid 20/8 KD and a hard-hitting 104.9 ADR.
RpK    Team EnVyUs
RpK earned a solid 40/38 KD on Wednesday in a tough 2-0 loss to FaZe Clan in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

RpK had a solid start to Inferno, picking up a 3-0 lead over FaZe on the offense while also leading the team in frags early on. However, he struggled to get past the defense of FaZe in the first half giving in to an 11-4 deficit at the half. RpK shrugged off the poor performance in the first half for a much better second half showing on the defense. RpK held off FaZe for ten rounds to tie the game late 14-14 until FaZe closed out Game 1 16-14 as RpK led the team with a 25/20 KD and an 88.3 ADR. Game 2 RpK faced another tough first half on the offense, unable to generate many kills for this team to make much of an impact in the 12-3 deficit at the half. His second half performance was nothing better as RpK failed to win a round for a four-round blowout to close the map 16-3 in the 2-0 series loss. Despite the low frags in Game 2, RpK led the team again with a 15/18 KD and an 81.8 ADR on Train.
ScreaM    Team EnVyUs
ScreaM posted a 28/37 KD on Wednesday in the Esports Championship Series Season 3 after a tough loss to FaZe Clan 2-0.

RotoWire Analysis

ScreaM jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over FaZe to start Inferno on the offensive side, but the lead began to diminish as FaZe capitalized on the buy-round. ScreaM struggled to get past the defense, taking a brutal 11-4 deficit at the half. The second half was a much better showing as ScreaM marched his way through the second half on the defense shutting down FaZe for 10 rounds. ScreaM contributed to the late tie 14-14, but FaZe closed out for a 16-14 Game 1 win, posting a fair 18/21 KD and a 65.6 ADR. In Game 2, ScreaM had a miserable first half only winning three rounds for a massive 12-3 loss at the half. However, his second half performance was a shot in the dark as he took a four round blowout on the offense for a 16-3 loss on Train, posting a 10/16 KD and a 57.1 ADR.
xms    Team EnVyUs
xms had a rough day posting a 24/37 KD in the Esports Championship Series Season 3 on Wednesday in a 2-0 loss to FaZe Clan.

RotoWire Analysis

xms had a good start on Inferno contributing to a few kills in the 3-0 start on the offense, however, his fragging capabilities slowed and his confidence turned the other way for an 11-4 deficit at the half. The second half treated xms well providing 10 straight wins to tie at 14-14, earning a solid 19/21 KD and 61.7 ADR before FaZe closed Game 1 16-14. xms overall had a nightmare of a performance on Train with only a 5/16 KD and 41.1 ADR throughout both halves to show in the 16-3 Game 2 loss.
SIXER    Team EnVyUs
SIXER posted a 20/33 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series loss to FaZe Clan in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

SIXER contributed to the early 3-0 lead in the first half, but his play dwindled on the offense for a grueling 11-4 first half deficit. However, his second half performance was much better as he picked up a 14/18 KD in EnVyUs' 10-round come back to tie the game at 14. SIXER came close to holding off the offense of FaZe, but he did little damage on the defense with 44.0 ADR to close Inferno with a 16-14 loss. In Game 2 SIXER, remained silent in the first half with only three rounds won for a 12-3 deficit at the half. The second half was a disaster as SIXER was blanked for four rounds only obtaining a 6/15 KD and 40.9 ADR on Train.
Happy    Team EnVyUs
Happy posted a 29/40 KD on Wednesday in a tough 2-0 series loss to FaZe Clan in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

Happy had a solid start to Inferno winning the pistol round and the two anti-ecos for the early 3-0 lead. However, Happy struggled to read the defense of FaZe Clan after the buy rounds, which led to FaZe taking he majority of the half. Happy took a massive 11-4 blow in the first half, but the second half seemed to be promising. They won 10 rounds in the second half to tie the game 14-14 late. Happy posted a 17/22 KD and 71.6 ADR in the second half comeback that came short to a 16-14 loss in Game 1. Game 2 saw Happy fail on the defensive side only holding FaZe Clan off for three rounds in the 12-3 finish at the half. Unfortunately, Happy didn't live up to his name in the second half due to four straight sad round losses that closed out the game 16-3 in favor of FaZe, posting a 12/18 KD. Happy inflicted the most damage against FaZe clan for an 86.0 ADR on Train.
kennyS    G2 Esports
kennyS posted a 27/39 KD on Thursday in a tough 2-0 loss to FaZe Clan in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

kennyS led the team Wednesday posting a 14/19 KD and 72.7 ADR on Nuke. Although kennyS led the team with the most kills and damaged recorded, his individual display was rather rough after taking a beating on the defensive side in the first half for an 11-4 deficit at the half. The second half wasn't much better as kennyS struggled on the offense, only winning one round in the second half for a 16-5 Game 1 loss. kennyS continued to struggle throughout Game 2, taking this time an offensive beating in the first half of Overpass down 12-3. However, kennyS in the second half looked alive once the AWP was in his hands, picking up a small 13/20 KD and a 51.6 ADR to win eleven rounds before FaZe closed out their fourth round for the 2-0 sweep 16-14.
apEX    G2 Esports
apEX posted a 30/37 KD on Thursday in a 2-0 series loss to FaZe Clan in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

apEX got off to a slow start for the defense on Nuke, facing an early 3-0 deficit to Round 4 where apEX created the odd-man advantage to take the first round of the half. However, after a few more holds on the A-bombsite and the outside coverage, apEX took a rough first half fall down 11-4. The second half wasn't any better, as apEX only contributed to one round won in the second half for a 16-5 Game 1 loss, posting a 12/17 KD and 64.6 ADR. Game 2 apEX struggled to hold off the high-powered offense of FaZe Clan for a tough 12-3 deficit at the half. apEX shined in the second half, opening up the bombsites as well as holding off the defense in the post-plant situations to win eleven rounds in the second half, but came up short of an Overpass win 16-14, posting an 18/20 KD and an 82.0 ADR.
bodyy    G2 Esports
bodyy posted a 30/39 KD on the loss Thursday to FaZe Clan in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

bodyy had a slow start to Game 1 on Nuke unable to find many kills in the first half only winning four rounds for the defense in an 11-4 hole at the half. However, the second half was a dismal display as bodyy continued to struggle to pick up kills to help his team win some rounds in the second half, still only winning one round in the 16-5 Game 1 loss and posting a 9/16 KD and 41.6 ADR. Game 2 bodyy had another unfortunate event during his first-half display, taking a massive 12-3 deficit at the half. However, bodyy came alive in the second half to help G2 win some rounds with a few double kills and entry kills into the bombsites to come close to closing out Game 2 for the tie. Unfortunately, bodyy came up short of a win on Overpass, posting a solid 21/23 KD and an 80.7 ADR.
NBK    G2 Esports
NBK earned a 32/41 KD on Thursday in a 2-0 loss to FaZe Clan in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

NBK had an overall poor performance in Game 1 of Nuke only acquiring a 10/19 KD and a 66.0 ADR in the five rounds won. The first half NBK contributed to the four rounds won after coming back from a 3-0 deficit to start the half. However, NBK took a tough 11-4 loss at the half and continued to struggle in the second half on the offense, only winning one round for a 16-5 Game 1 loss. NBK had a better start in the first half of Game 2, earning a pistol ace in the second round to tie the game 1-1 early. However, NBK took a thrashing in the remainder of the first half down 12-3. NBK had a spark in the second half of Overpass, accumulating eleven rounds in the Game 2 comeback, posting a 22/22 KD and an 81.8 ADR, but falling short of a series tie 16-14 for a 2-0 series for FaZe Clan.
rain    FaZe Clan
rain earned an impressive 44/33 KD on Thursday in a 2-0 series win over G2 in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

rain got the series started on Nuke taking the first pistol round by storm with a triple kill hold on the B-bombsite on the post-plant. rain then dominated throughout the first half, leading the team to an 11-4 lead at the half. rain continued to show no mercy in the second half, only giving one offensive round up to G2 and sending Game 1 to map point after a quad kill in Round 19. rain closed out Game 1 with an impressive 16-5 run, posting an alarming 29/9 KD and 129.6 ADR. rain had a big start in Game 2 of Overpass, opening the bombsite and pouncing on the defense for a massive 12-3 lead at the half. rain contributed to a few force-buys that allowed FaZe to continue their dominance. However, G2 had a better second half, winning eleven rounds as rain played a more conservative defensive half. FaZe still managed to close out Game 2 16-14, with rain posting a team-low 15/24 KD and 56.5 ADR.
NiKo    FaZe Clan
NiKo posted a 49/27 KD on Thursday in a convincing 2-0 win over G2 in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

NiKo had a stellar first half on Nuke with a flawless 11-4 lead on the offense. NiKo is almost certain to contribute with an abundance of kills in each game, and he did just that, opening up the A-bombsite as well as exploiting the defense with his passive-aggressive playstyle. The second half NiKo continued to thrash G2, who only won one round in the second half, for a 16-5 Game 1 win, posting a 23/10 KD and 110.3 ADR. Game 2 NiKo dominated in the first half of Overpass, including a Round 8 triple kill on the offense to open the B-bombsite to extend the lead 7-1. Then in Round 13, NiKo secured the round with a triple kill on the B-bombsite once again. NiKo continued to rip open the bombsites and play more aggressive in the later rounds to close the first half 12-3. The second half tilted for NiKo as he struggled to hold off the offense, who won eleven rounds against the defense. However, NiKo managed to contribute to the last few rounds won to close Game 2 16-14, posting a team-leading 26/17 KD and 90.8 ADR.
kioShiMa    FaZe Clan
kioShiMa earned a 36/27 KD on Thursday in a dominating 2-0 win over G2 in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

kioShiMa had an explosive first half on Nuke, beating the opposition in each angle he took. kioShiMa did a little bit of everything on the offensive side by opening up the bombsites, holding the post-plant and winning his duels to lift the team up in the first half 11-4. kioShiMa continued to surge throughout the second half on the defense to close out the second half with a quick five-round win 16-5, earning a 15/8 KD and 60.9 ADR. Game 2 kioShiMa excelled in the first half putting up a massive 12-3 lead on Overpass. His quick decision making allowed him to perfectly time rotations between the sites to apply the bomb plants which helped secure the team's' economy. However, the second half was favored by G2 as they controlled a majority of the half until kioShiMa contributed to the few defensive rounds won to sweep the series 16-14, posting a solid 21/19 KD and 76.8 ADR.
allu    FaZe Clan
allu earned a 32/33 KD on Thursday in a close Game 2 win to sweep G2 2-0 in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.

RotoWire Analysis

allu rained down on the defense of G2 in the first half, picking up multiple entry kills as well as consistently dominating on the outside to the lower B-bombsite for control. allu allowed his teammate to make their entries into the bombsites to secure the plant, adding more bank to the FaZe economy. After an 11-4 lead at the half, allu would continue his reign in the second half winning five out of six rounds to take Nuke 16-5, posting a 14/12 KD and 69.6 ADR. Game 2 allu remained poised on the offense to take a massive 12-3 lead at the half. allu was able to slowly pick apart the defense to allow his team to adjust accordingly when executing a site. He also made some strong holds in several post-plant situations. His second-half performance dwindled, but nevertheless he came back to send Game 2 to map point, with a Round 27 triple snipe down on the A-bombsite 15-12. Eventually, allu closed the series with a 16-14 win posting an 18/21 KD and 65.5 ADR.
karrigan    FaZe Clan
karrigan posted a 35/36 KD on Thursday in the Esports Championship Series Season 3 with a 2-0 win over G2.

RotoWire Analysis

karrigan had a prideful day leading the offense in the first half with a dominating performance, ripping apart the defense of G2 for a massive 11-4 lead at the half. karrigan didn't stop there, as he continued to show no mercy, winning five out of six rounds on the defense to take Nuke 16-5. karrigan posted a 10/14 KD and 64.0 ADR in Game 1 to take the series lead 1-0. Game 2 karrigan got the ball rolling with a double-kill retake on the A-bombsite to take the first pistol round won. He then called a force-buy in Round 3 that flawlessly worked to keep FaZe back in the game. G2 had nothing against the high-powered offense led by karrigan for a 12-3 lead at the half. However, his second-half performance was tested as G2 won eleven rounds on the offense, controlling the second half. karrigan quickly acted once FaZe hit map point, and G2 came back to get the score 15-14 by holding off a patient B-bombsite execute to shutdown G2 and take Overpass 16-14, earning the team a solid 25/22 KD and 86.5 ADR in the series sweep 2-0.