Most of the teams currently participating in the ESL Pro League can be seen facing against each other in the Esports Championship Series 4 as well. Ten teams each from Europe and North America are fighting to qualify for the play-offs.
Out of these ten teams, eight teams from each region ranked in the top 8 in the last season. This automatically made them eligible for a slot in the current season. The 2 remaining slots were taken by teams who won ECS Promotion S4 matches.
There have been quite a few changes to the League Ladder.
ECS 4 Championship – The European Teams
Last season’s invitees are Astralis, Team EnVyUs, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, GODSENT, mousesports and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Virtus.pro and Heroic have entered through the ECS Promotion S4 matches.
Teams ranking in the top 4 in this Championship
Team EnVyUs are currently leading the ladder with 9 points, by winning 3 out of 4 matches in this Championship. They won both their matches against GODSENT. Their next opponent was Virtus.pro, and the first match between these teams was won by Virtus.pro (16:14). The second match was won by Team EnVyUs (16:4). Their current win-ratio is 75% per match, and 57% per round.
FaZe Clan hold second place on the ladder. With 2 wins out of 2 matches played in this Championship, FaZe Clan have scored 6 points. Both matches were against Heroic. Heroic were terribly outclassed in these matches. FaZe Clan won ‘Overpass’ (16:7) and ‘Inferno’ (16:4). This gives FaZe Clan a win-ratio of 100% per match, and 74% per round.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Ninjas in Pyjamas are at number 3. They scored 6 points by winning both their matches against Heroic. FaZe Clan and Heroic both won 2 matches with 0 losses. But Ninjas in Pyjamas have lost more rounds as compared to FaZe Clan, and this puts them in third place. Of course, Ninjas in Pyjamas currently have a 100% win-ratio for matches. But they have only a 64% chance of winning a round.
Virtus.pro somehow managed to slip into the top 4. With 2 wins and 2 losses, Virtus.pro have scored 6 points. They lost one match each against Team EnVyUs and G2 Esports. Winning a match against both these teams proves that Virtus.pro can still put out a good game on occasion.
Position 5th – 7th
G2 Esports played their first matches against Virtus.pro. Out of two matches played, G2 Esports were only able to win one. This gives them 3 points and the 5th position on the ladder. Their current win-rate is 48% per round.
Playing 4 matches and losing 3, GODSENT have 3 points and now stand 5th in the league. The only match which GODSENT were able to win was ‘Mirage’ (16:4), played against Heroic. GODSENT lost both their matches against Team EnVyUs, but the battles were fierce. GODSENT now has a 25% win-ratio per match, and a 48% win-rate per round.
Heroic have played the most matches from out of the European Teams, and lost most of them. Out of 6 matches played, Heroic were only able to win a single one. At the start of the week they were defeated by FaZe Clan. Later Heroic managed a win against GODSENT. But they were then defeated by Ninjas in Pyjamas in both their matches with that team. This gives Heroic the lowest win-ratio as well, which is a mere 17% a match, and 36% per round.
Astralis, Fnatic, and mousesports have not yet played in the league. All these teams – bar mousesports – will be participating in matches over the next week. Mousesports will play their first matches in Week 3.
ECS 4 Championship – The American Teams
Last season’s invitees are Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Immortals, Team Liquid, NRG Esports, OpTic Gaming, SK Gaming and Renegades
Luminosity Gaming and Ghost Gaming have entered through the ECS Promotion S4 matches.
Teams ranking in the top 4 in this Championship
With 2 losses and 8 wins, SK Gaming are at the top of the North American League Ladder. Their current score is 24 points. The only two matches they lost were against Ghost Gaming and Renegades. This gives them a 56% win-rate per round and an 80% win-rate per match.
At number two is Luminosity Gaming. They have already played 4 matches and were able to win 3 of them, gaining 9 points in all. It seems that Luminosity are really good in ‘Inferno’. Their first opponents were NRG Esports, and Luminosity Gaming won their first match 16:6. They lost their second match against NRG. The same thing happened when they went up against Team Liquid. Luminosity Gaming won the first match 16:7, which was again in ‘Inferno’. And surprisingly they won the second round against Team Liquid as well. Their current win-rate for a match is 75%, and 63% per round.
Cloud9 holds 3nd place, with 3 wins and 1 loss. This gives them a total score of 9 points. Cloud9 lost a match against NRG Esports. This was unexpected, since Cloud9 are known to be much better than NRG Esports. Cloud9’s current win-rate for matches is 75%, and 53% per round.
Team Liquid stands at number 4 on the ladder. After losing both their matches against Luminosity Gaming, Team Liquid finally won against Counter Logic Gaming. These victories give them 6 points, with a 50% win-rate for matches, and a 45% win-rate for rounds.
Position 5th – 8th
OpTic Gaming are at spot 5. This team have not been doing well in this championship. Out of 6 matches played so far, they won just 2. Their matches against Renegades were postponed.
OpTic Gaming lost both their matches against Cloud9, even though they certainly did their best. They recovered from their losses by defeating NRG Esports two matches, though this was no easy task. The first match went into overtime twice to decide the winner. The second match was won by OpTic Gaming 16:11. Their next opponents were SK Gaming. OpTic Gaming were defeated in ‘Mirage’ quite easily, but they fought back in the second match and took it into overtime. SK Gaming won the match in overtime. OpTic Gaming scored 6 points in all, with a 33% win-rate in matches, and a 46% chance of winning a round.
NRG Esports have won two encounters out of six. Their current scores is 6 points and the team holds 6th place on the ladder. The only matches NRG Esports were able to win were against Luminosity Gaming and Cloud9. NRG Esports are still struggling with their new roster. Their win-rate is a mere 33% per match, and 46% per round.
Ghost Gaming hold the 7th slot on the ladder. With 1 win and 1 loss, their current score is 3 points. Their matches were against SK Gaming. Yes, Ghost Gaming have done it again. This was very similar to their first match in ESL Pro League Season 6, where they won their first match against Team Liquid. These top-tier teams must stop underestimating Ghost Gaming, because whenever they do, they surely lose. Well, things looks good for Ghost Gaming – at least for the moment. They have a 50% win-rate per match, and a 51% chance of winning a round.
Renegades are at rank 8th, with one win and one loss, having scored 3 points. They played against SK Gaming in their first matches in the ECS 4 Championship, even winning a match. Renegades now have a 50% win-rate for matches and rounds.
The bottom of the ladder
Immortals are number 9 on the list. The team lost both their matches against SK Gaming. The new team is not as tough as they used to be. They posed no challenge to SK Gaming at all. Obviously, after losing both the matches their current win-rate for matches is still 0%. Their win-rate for rounds is 24%. There will be more chances in upcoming matches, but still we can’t see Immortals climbing into one of the top four positions. There is a chance they might stay in the top 8.
Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming have not been able to win a single match out of 4 matches played. This team’s first battles were against Team Liquid and SK Gaming. Counter Logic Gaming did reasonably well against these teams, considering the skill difference. Their current win-rate for rounds is 42%, which is not bad considering they had to fight the top two teams in North America one after the other.
That’s it for now – Teams that manage to make the top 8 will be invited to season 5, and those that get into the top 4 will qualify for the play-offs. Teams that take the last two positions on the ladder will have to play in the Promotion matches for the next season, where they will have to face the winner of Season 5’s Development League.