ESL Pro League S14 - Group C - Preview
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ESL Pro League S14 - Group C - Preview

The likes of s1mple and ropz will fight it out in Group C of ESL Pro League

Valle
Freelance Esports Writer
27th Aug, 21·☕️ 6 min read
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The likes of s1mple and ropz will fight it out in Group C of ESL Pro League.

Competition Information

It is time for Group C to get underway in ESL Pro League. s1mple’s NaVi will be the big favourites, but the rest of the group is quite competitive. The likes of BIG and fnatic are among the teams that have made some significant roster changes over the summer and both of them will be in action in this group. 

If you’re still not familiar with the format, here is a quick rundown:

The teams will fight it out in a round-robin group stage, where each team play each other once. Once the group has concluded, the three best teams will advance to the playoffs. The group winner will have the benefit of starting the playoffs in the quarter-finals as opposed to the round-of-twelve. 

Here is how Group C looks:

  • 🇩🇪 BIG
  • 🇸🇪 fnatic
  • 🇺🇸 Evil Geniuses
  • 🇪🇺 FaZe
  • 🇪🇺 mousesports
  • 🇷🇺 Natus Vincere

Group C of ESL Pro League Season 14 kicks off today, August 27th.

The Current Season

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere
Record: 63 / 0 / 66
Most Played Map: Mirage (66.0%)
Best Map: Mirage (66.0%)
Worst Map: Overpass (50.0%)

Natus Vincere are ranked №1 in the world right now and for good reason. This team has been on fire, winning IEM Cologne and DreamHack Masters Spring. B1T has brought in some much needed firepower to the team and they look like a much more complete team now compared to before. Natus Vincere are clear favourites to not only advance, but to top the group.

FaZe

FaZe
Record: 17 / 0 / 16
Most Played Map: Nuke (42.9%)
Best Map: Mirage (66.7%)
Worst Map: Overpass (25.0%)
It feels like olofmeister has been on the bring of retirement for ages now, but he is still sticking around with this FaZe side and it seems like he is in it for the long haul. FaZe definitely have a lineup that is both capable and experienced, and perhaps they will take exploit teams like fnatic, BIG and EG who have all been forced into making changes. 

Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses
Record: 5 / 0 / 13
Most Played Map: Inferno (20.0%)
Best Map: Mirage (100.0%)
Worst Map: Nuke (0.0%)

Evil Geniuses are going to be playing this event with daps as the IGL as stanislaw has taken a break from the game. It is a big peculiar, as we have seen it be the other way around frequently in the past. Evil Geniuses definitely have a respectable roster when it comes to pure firepower, but they still do not have a ton of experience under their belt with MICHU and not having stanislaw is probably going to hurt them. 

BIG

BIG
Record: 66 / 0 / 51
Most Played Map: Dust2 (73.3%)
Best Map: Vertigo (81.2%)
Worst Map: Ancient (0.0%)

BIG have lost one of their most skilled players in the form of XANTARES and they have interestingly picked up gade as his replacement. At first, it seemed like a bit of an odd pickup as it felt like a German player would be a more suitable option. However, it appears as if gade actually speaks German to a respectable degree, which certainly changes things. The firepower of XANTARES will definitely be sorely missed, but the communication on the team may be improved somewhat with gade on the team. 

fnatic

fnatic
Record: 8 / 0 / 7
Most Played Map: Inferno (75.0%)
Best Map: Train (100.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

fnatic revamped their roster with the addition of ALEX and mezii, transitioning to an international roster. The team’s star duo of KRIMZ and Brollan have remained, and rookie Jackinho was given the nod over the likes of JW and Golden. Sweden has sorely lacked in.game leaders, so it certainly makes sense for fnatic to transition to English if they felt like they needed a replacement for Golden. I suspect that there will be a bit of a transition period with the communication suffering initially, but they should be able to get over that hurdle. mezii is a nice addition to the team as the Brit has been performing exceptionally well since leaving Cloud9. It will be hard for fnatic to have instant impact at this event with teams like NaVi, mouz and FaZe ahead of them, but I am confident that they can do some damage.

mousesports

mousesports
Record: 54 / 0 / 41
Most Played Map: Inferno (80.0%)
Best Map: Inferno (80.0%)
Worst Map: Nuke (37.5%)

mousesport’s roster has remained intact. They had a rough go of things before the break, bombing out in last place at IEM Cologne. However, before that, they were able to take down Flashpoint 3 which had a very stacked lineup of teams. ropz has been incredible for this roster, but he needs to get some help from his supporting cast. At Flashpoint 3, frozen came up big for mousesports and he needs to continue that type of form. If he doesn’t, mousesports could easily slip up against some of the other teams in the group.

Betting Tips:

Natus Vincere are definitely the favourites in this group. The rest of the teams are far more unpredictable. I quite like FaZe because they have a lot of experience under their belt, while the likes of fnatic could struggle a bit with their new rosters. I would give the last spot to mousesports, but I could honestly see a world where they slip up.