It’s going to be a close race at the top of the ESL Pro League standings this season. With major teams trading wins, you have three teams sitting at 6-3 with the only difference in points being Space Soldiers losing in overtime in week 1 to NiP. Three points separates first and second place. With teams this close wins and losses are going to matter going into the second half of the season, now let’s rank the top teams Europe.
#1 Astralis (7-4 1-0)
Astralis sits at the number one spot because they have been more consistent of the teams in the upper half of the standings. Although they traded wins with G2 Esports, in close competitive matches, they sweep North with relative ease. They’ll be in action next week against Hellraisers.
#2 Natus Vincere (6-3 1-0)
Na’Vi was inactive this week. They fall one spot due to shifts in the standings, they are still a great team. They’ll be in action against Team LDLC and Team Envy.
#3 mousesports (8-5 1-0)
mousesports moves up from the number 5 spot last week. They are currently sitting at number one in the standings after playing eights matches this week and winning five of them. Including a sweep of against FaZe Clan, one of the best teams in Europe. mousesports will be inactive next week.
#4 FaZe Clan (6-4 0-2)
FaZe falls a spot after going 2-2 this week. They will be off until week 5 win they have six matches against NiP, North and Team Envy.
#5 Space Soldiers (6-3 0-1)
Like Na’Vi, Space Soldiers were inactive this week. One of this week’s seven inactive teams. They drop a spot thanks to mousesport moving up to the number 3 spot. Turkish squad will still be competitive moving forward. Next week they’ll be playing against AGO Esports and Team Envy.
#6 Hellraisers (3-1 1-1)
Hellraisers were inactive this week and have only played 6 matches. We’ll be looking to see how they play against Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas next week.
#7 Ninjas in Pyjamas (6-3 1-0)
NiP is quietly moving up in the rankings picking up wins when they can. They’ve traded games with Space Soldiers, Fnatic and mousesports and have positioned themselves at number 5 in the standings. Next week they’ll be up against Heroic, a series they should win.
#8 Fnatic (4-3 0-1)
Fnatic was inactive this week. They’ll be playing against North next week.
#9 Heroic (5-6 1-0)
Heroic is the definition of mediocre. The team is sitting at .500 and versus the better teams in the league they aren’t showing up. The ceiling isn’t very high for Heroic this season. Next week they’ll have games against NiP and G2 Esports.
#10 G2 Esports (4-9 0-1)
G2 Esports traded wins with Astralis and mousesports this week. They are a better team then anyone else in the lower half of the bracket but with nine losses already, the climb is going to be hard for G2. They can’t afford to drop two games against NiP like they did this week. They’ll have to win their series with Heroic to stand any chance of moving forward.
#11 North GG.Bet (4-8 0-0)
North dropped four games this week against Heroic and Astralis. North has a -45 round differential. They play Fnatic next week, which is a series they’ll most likely lose.
#12 Team Envy (1-2 0-1)
Envy was inactive this week and has only played four matches all season. Next week they have difficult series against Space Soldiers and Na’Vi.
#13 Team LDLC (3-6 1-0)
Team LDLC was inactive this week. They’ll be playing against Na’Vi next week.
#14 AGO Esports (2-8 0-0)
AGO Esports was inactive this week. They will be playing against Space Soldiers in week 4.
Matches To Watch
10 Hellraisers (3-1 1-1) vs 2 Astralis (7-4 1-0)
Hellraisers have only played six matches this season but have put on good showing how will they fare with a powerhouse like Astralis.
4 Natus Vincere (6-3 1-0) vs 14 Team Envy (1-2 0-1)
This is essentially the start of Envy’s season. They’ve only had four matches this season and are looking to play spoiler against Na’Vi.
You can find next week’s schedule here.
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