We’ve seen some epic battles in Group C in the ELEAGUE Premier this year. While top-tier teams always tend to firefight with legendary savagery, some of the battles here are the most closely fought that we’ve seen in some time…
Team EnVyUs vs Virtus.pro (16:6)
The first match in Group C was between Team EnVyUs and Virtus.pro. Both the teams agreed on battling in Cobblestone. It was a BO1 match.
Team EnVyUs started out as Terrorists
Virtus.pro went all-out and won the first round. Team EnVyUs decided to force-buy for the second round. This was a calculated risk that worked in favor of Team EnVyUs. Deciding to force-buy won Team EnVyUs the second round. After that, Team EnVyUs kept winning round after round on Bombsite A.
Team EnVyUs were leading the first half 6:1 when they decided to move to Bombsite B. Virtus.pro and Team EnVyUs decimated each other, leaving both sides with only one player. It was “SIXER” vs “Snax”.
“SIXER” decided to stay with his AWP. “Snax” outplayed him and killed him with his knife, gaining a victory for Virtus.pro.
Virtus.pro revived after that round
They then went on to win four rounds in succession. Team EnVyUs started to run out of cash. But EnVyUs bounced back with some brilliant plays by “RpK”. He managed to take 3 kills with his CZ-75 and also got his hands on an AWP.
Even though Team EnVyUs were short on cash, these extra kills and the AWP helped them to win the next round. Team EnVyUs were back in the game, going on to win the first half 9:6.
Team EnVyUs started out strong in the second half
They won the first two rounds with pistols. This gave them a huge advantage in the next rounds. Team EnVyUs then managed to win a round by shutting down all the entries to Bombsite A. Virtus.pro were not able to plant the bomb in time, and ended by losing that round. The score was 13:6.
Team EnVyUs played very calmly and then won the next three rounds, winning the match 16:6.They then made their way to Match 3. Virtus.pro were moved to Match 4 of the ELEAGUE Premier.
Cloud9 vs Ninjas in Pyjamas (16:6)
The next match was between Cloud9 and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Mirage was chosen as the battleground.
Ninjas in Pyjamas’ “draken” got off to an amazing start
That was in round 1. He managed to get 4K in cash, right in the pistol round. This gave the ninjas a boost right at the start.
But Cloud9 went all tactical, and decided to eco to save cash, and go for a full-equip. This strategy worked, and Cloud9 managed to win 2 rounds in quick succession.
Ninjas in Pyjamas were soon short on cash
Ninjas in Pyjamas then decided to go with pistols and a single AWPer. This worked in their favor and they managed to secure round four. But Cloud9 was on a roll. In the next round, Cloud9 played a very controlled and calm game and managed to win the round.
In round 11, “Stewie2k” of Cloud9 went up against – and decimated – three opponents, pushing directly through the Counter Terrorists’ spawn base, gaining a quick victory for the team.
Cloud9 managed to win the first half 10:5 as Terrorists.
In the second half, Cloud9 took the initiative
That was in the pistol round. “Skadoodle” from Cloud9 brought in a triple kill in round 1 with the USP-S. But Ninjas in Pyjamas managed to win a buy round themselves, leaving Cloud9 in a bad way financially.
Cloud9 decided take the risk of a force-buy for the next round. This got them a win, thanks to no small extent to “Skadoodle” once again, with some very fine team-work around Bombsite B.
The score was Cloud9 – 14, and Ninjas in Pyjamas – 6
Ninjas in Pyjamas couldn’t afford any more losses if they were to save the match. They decided to force-buy for the round. Cloud9 easily managed to defeat Ninjas in Pyjamas, leaving them with no cash for the next round.
With nothing but pistols and no armor, Ninjas in Pyjamas lost the remaining rounds to Cloud9. The match ended 16:6 in favor of Cloud9.
Cloud9 vs Team EnVyUs (16:2)
Cloud9 have made their way to the Quarter Finals… and have become the top team in Group C of the ELEAGUE Premier.
Team EnVyUs started out as Terrorists
This was on Train. Team EnVyUs lost the first round to Cloud9. Cloud9 showed some amazing teamwork, and were able to win the next two rounds as well. Team EnVyUs managed to hit back in round 4, and win their first round in the first half.
Cloud9 adapted quickly, though, and managed to retain the upper-hand.
In one of the rounds, Team EnVyUs managed to eliminate three members of Cloud9 at the loss of only a single player.
In this dire situation Cloud9’s “RUSH” incredibly managed to eliminate three players from the enemy’s team in a 2 vs 4 situation.
Cloud9 began to dominate the match
“Skadoodle” managed seven kills in just two rounds. Cloud9 had only lost a single round to EnVyUs until round 15.
Cloud9’s “autimatic” got too confident, which cost their team the last the round. Still Cloud9 won the first half 13:2.
Cloud9 now only needed three more rounds
That’s all they needed to secure their place in the Quarter Finals.
Cloud9 took the lead right away, and a desperate EnVyUs decided to force-buy in the second round, which turned against them. Cloud9 shut down their force-buy round and won the next round as well.
There was no chance for EnVyUs after that, and the match ended 16:2.
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Virtus.pro (2-0)
Ninjas in Pyjamas kicked Virtus.pro from the ELEAGUE Premier.
It was a BO3 fight. Ninjas in Pyjamas got the first pick for match one, and they chose Overpass as the battleground.
Ninjas in Pyjamas started out as Terrorists
It seems they were right at home in Overpass. Ninjas in Pyjamas won the first ten rounds in the first half.
In the eleventh round, Virtus.pro finally somehow managed a win, with just pistols and Kevlar. This boosted team morale, and they won the next three rounds as well. It was all made possible because Virtus.pro’s “NEO” took quadruple kills in a round.
The last round was taken by Ninjas in Pyjamas. The first half ended 11:4.
Virtus.pro learned from their mistakes in the first half
The team went for an explosive start in the second half, winning round after round. “Snax” from Virtus.pro dominated here.
Ninjas in Pyjamas managed to save their AWP in round four. With a saved AWP “f0rest” took a triple kill and Ninjas Pyjamas had their first win in the second half.
With this victory, Ninjas in Pyjamas’ economics were finally secure. This allowed them to win four more rounds.
Ninjas in Pyjamas won the first match 16:8.
In the second match NiP started as Counter Terrorists
“REZ” from Ninjas in Pyjamas took a triple kill while defending Bombsite B. With this sort of advantage Ninjas in Pyjamas won the first five rounds fairly easily.
Virtus.pro did win round six. But Ninjas in Pyjamas won all the pistol rounds, and changed the situation. Now Virtus.pro had to go eco, since they were low on cash.
Ninjas in Pyjamas then kept scoring to lead 12:1. Virtus.pro’s “byali” took four kills and won round 14.
The last round of the first half ended in “byali” and Ninjas in Pyjamas’ “draken” facing off, where “draken” won the encounter, wining the round for the team.
The first half ended 13:2 in favor of Ninjas in Pyjamas.
In the second half, Virtus.pro did their best to save the match
“NEO” from Virtus.pro took a triple kill in the first round. But they only managed to win one more round after that.
Ninjas in Pyjamas staged their comeback when “f0rest” and “draken” took triple kills one after another.
Virtus.pro’s “byali” again saved a round for the team. But Ninjas in Pyjamas closed the match by winning the next round in Bombsite A.
Ninjas in Pyjamas won the second match 16:5.
Team EnVyUs vs Ninjas in Pyjamas (2-1)
This was the final showdown in Group C of the ELEAGUE Premier, where Team EnVyUs and Ninjas in Pyjamas fought for a place in the playoffs.
Team EnVyUs chose Cobblestone for the first match
Ninjas in Pyjamas started out as Terrorists in the first half and won the pistol round. NiP won the next two rounds as well. This gave them considerable momentum, and they went on to win 10 rounds.
Team EnVyUs managed to win round 11. By the end of the first half, Team EnVyUs had managed to win just four rounds out of fifteen.
Playing as Counter Terrorists, Ninjas in Pyjamas won the first three rounds in the second half. Team EnVyUs played brilliantly and managed to delay Ninjas in Pyjamas’ victory, and won the next five rounds.
But, Ninjas in Pyjamas won the ninth round in the second half and so won the first match 16:9.
The tide turns…
Ninjas in Pyjamas chose Cache as their battleground for the second match.
Team EnVyUs started as Terrorists and won the first six rounds in the first half.
But the match didn’t stay that one-sided, and Ninjas in Pyjamas started to hit back – slowly at first, and then with more confidence.
From a score of 6:0 at the start of the match, Ninjas in Pyjamas ended the first half 7:8.
Team EnVyUs at this point led by just 1 round
Team EnVyUs played very well as Counter Terrorists and won a series of pistol rounds in the second half.
In one of the rounds “xms” won a firefight against two Ninjas in Pyjamas. Perhaps if they hadn’t been in those pyjamas…
Team EnVyUs was not done yet.
With the score 11:7, “ScreaM” executed a brilliant triple kill that led the team to increase its lead to 13:7.
Ninjas in Pyjamas were able to win the next two rounds.
But Team EnVyUs hit back effectively, and won the next three consecutive rounds, taking the second 16:9.
The series moved on to the third battleground, Nuke
Playing as Counter Terrorists, Team EnVyUs took the lead 3:0. Ninjas in Pyjamas managed to win the gun round, but Team EnVyUs did not lose focus, and won another three rounds.
Ninjas in Pyjamas tried their best, but were only able to win two more rounds.
The first half ended with Team EnVyUs winning 13 rounds.
Team EnVyUs continued their winning streak in the second half
Ninjas in Pyjamas had to force-buy. However, Ninjas in Pyjamas not only won the force-buy round, but also manage to win two more rounds after that.
Team EnVyUs quickly adapted, though, and stopped Ninjas in Pyjamas cold.
EnVyUs moved on to win the next three rounds, and took the match 16:6.
EnVyUs are in the Playoffs of the ELEAGUE Premier
And Ninjas in Pyjamas have retreated to wherever ninjas go to plot their revenge.