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LUCAS1    Immortals
LUCAS1 only managed a paltry 21/31 KD in Immortals' series split with Liquid on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.

RotoWire Analysis

LUCAS1 essentially tripped coming out the gate in this series against Liquid. He didn't get a kill until Round 6, but then only picked up three more kills in the entirety of the match from that point on. While no one on his team really had many positives in this match, LUCAS1's play was especially bad. Thankfully, he turned it around a bit in the second game of the series on Inferno. He started off with a double and bomb plant in a pistol round win to open the map, and surpassed his Game 1 kill total by Round 7. His biggest round of the game came during Round 12 when he picked up a 4k and bomb plant in a round that his team still lost somehow. While he only registered five of his 17 kills in the second half, his team still picked up the rounds needed to lock up the 16-9 win to split the series.
kennyS    G2 Esports
kennyS played well in G2's 2-0 sweep of Astralis in the ESL Pro League, ending Tuesday with a combined KD of 53/32.

RotoWire Analysis

kennyS was a monster in Game 1, dominating Train with the AWP by picking up several early kills, including a quadra kill in Round 7 to put G2 up 7-0. With monster performances on the CT-side, kennyS' AWP was on point as he lit Astralis up to give G2 a 13-2 lead in the second half. A brilliant triple kill from kennyS couldn't save G2 from dropping the second half pistol round, leading to a surge from Astralis. Despite Astralis taking 10 rounds in the second half, kennyS would not be denied, leading Astralis to a 16-12 victory with a 31/17 KD and 101.3 ADR. kennyS had a quieter start to Game 2 on Cache, but still managed to rack up kills throughout the match. While he didn't pop off quite as hard as he did in Game 1, a 22/15 KD from kennyS helped lead G2 to a 16-9 win.
HEN1    Immortals
HEN1 ended Immortals' 1-1 split with Liquid on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League with a 29/31 KD.

RotoWire Analysis

HEN1, despite having a nice showing in the second game, came up very short in the first game. He didn't pick up a kill until Round 7, where he got a kill with his P250 before notching a double kill on the AWP in the very next round. That was about it in terms of consistency for him in this 16-3 loss to open the series. In the next game on Inferno, he was much stronger. He opened with a kill in the pistol round to set the tone for his big showing. He tallied a double kill in Rounds 7 and 9, while picking up back-to-back triple kills in Rounds 10 and 11. He was a bit more subdued in the second half, but they still played strong as a team to lock up the 16-9 win to split the series.
shox    G2 Esports
shox earned a KD of 44/27 in G2's 2-0 sweep of Astralis in ESL Pro League action on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

shox helped G2 stay on top early in Game 1 on Train with a rifle triple kill in Round 4, leading to an 8-0 lead and forcing a tactical pause from Astralis. shox combo'd well with kennyS in the later rounds of the first half, picking up a triple kill in Round 14 with a myriad of snipers as G2 took a commanding 13-2 lead into the second half. shox's hot hand cooled off in the second half, but shox remained a force to be reckoned with in spite of Astralis' surge in momentum. Displaying brilliant rifle play that led to a 29/17 KD and 96.4 ADR, shox was crucial to G2's 16-12 win. shox continued his hot streak in Game 2 on Cache, where he lit up the first half on the T-side with kills including a triple kill in Round 14 to give G2 a 13-2 lead at the half. From there, it was all G2 as, despite posting the lowest ADR of his team, shox picked up a 15/10 KD in a 16-9 win.
bodyy    G2 Esports
bodyy picked up a KD of 33/29 in G2's 2-0 win over Astralis at ESL Pro League on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

bodyy played well in the early stages of Game 1 on Train, helping G2 pick up a smoldering 12 consecutive rounds before Astralis took Round 13 to get on the board. Heading into the second half with a seemingly untouchable lead, bodyy got bodied in the second half, where he picked up a majority of his deaths. Bodyy only managed a KD of 13/16 and a team-low ADR of 61.9, but G2 finally composed itself to take Game 1 16-12. In Game 2 on Cache, bodyy dominated the first half with a pair of stunning AWP wall-bangs as G2 took a 13-2 lead. Finishing with a KD of 20/13, bodyy helped G2 secure a dominant 2-0 sweep.
NBK    G2 Esports
NBK finished G2's 2-0 sweep of Astralis with a KD of 40/30 in ESL Pro League action on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

NBK had a decent performance in the first half of Game 1 on Train, but G2 was simply dominant on the CT-side. NBK didn't do much of note as G2 rolled to a 13-2 lead heading into the second half, but Astralis came storming back in the second half. G2 only needed three more rounds to secure the win but struggled heavily in the face of Astralis' stifling defense, which held NBK to a KD of only 20/19. Despite NBK's struggles, however, kennyS and shox led G2 to a 16-12 win to take Game 1. NBK had a great start to Game 2 on Cache on the T-side, where he picked up a big quadra kill in Round 9 to push G2 to another 13-2 halftime lead. NBK finished the 16-9 win with a KD of 20/11, helping to carry G2 to a 2-0 sweep.
apEX    G2 Esports
apEX posted a KD of 33/36 in G2's ESL Pro League 2-0 sweep of Astralis on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

apEX had a quiet Game 1 on Train, where he didn't dominate rounds with fantastic accuracy or risky positioning. Playing a very safe, conservative defensive style on the CT-side, apEX helped G2 take a 13-2 lead into the second half. Astralis came roaring back on its CT-side, picking up a long string of rounds to threaten overtime, but apEX managed to help kennyS and shox secure a 16-12 win with a KD of 14/19. apEX couldn't avoid bottom-fragging again in Game 2, but not for lack of trying as the rest of G2 dominated Cache. Picking up a 19/17 KD, apEX essentially got carried to a 2-0 win over Astralis.
steel    Immortals
steel tallied a 24/30 KD in Immortals' 1-1 split with Liquid on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.

RotoWire Analysis

steel never managed to get into a nice groove in this series, even once his team surged in Game 2. He put up some consistent kills in the first half, including a 3k in Round 7, but overall he just couldn't do much to stop the bleeding for Immortals. In Game 2 on Inferno, he managed to be even more inconsistent. From Round 11 until the end of the game in Round 26, he only tallied five kills, with two of those coming in the final round. He will certainly need to be a bit more consistent for Immortals to gain some ground in the Pro League.
boltz    Immortals
boltz went 34/33 in Immortals' 1-1 split with Liquid on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.

RotoWire Analysis

boltz was fairly consistent in this series, despite his team getting blown out in the first game. That first game was a nightmare for all of Immortals, as no one was really able to gain their footing in the 16-3 loss. To his credit, boltz put up some nice double kills throughout the first half of the game. He only had two kills in the four rounds of the second half, though. When the team moved into the second game, boltz was even stronger. He picked up a kill in the first round of the game and then added in a 3k and bomb plant in Round 4 to give his team a 3-1 lead. He put up another 3k in Round 6 before falling apart a bit in the rest of the half. Between Rounds 7 and 15, he only tallied a single kill. He came on strong in the second half, though, going 13/6 to help his team pick up the 16-9 win.
fnx    Immortals
fnx posted a 37/31 KD in Immortals' 1-1 split with Liquid on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.

RotoWire Analysis

The first game of this series is one that Immortals will surely want to move past in a hurry. Despite the poor showing, fnx did his best to keep his team in things. He opened up with a 3k in the pistol round, but then couldn't do much as his team struggled mightily. He added in double kills in Rounds 13, 14 and 15 to close out the half with the only wins that Immortals would pick up in the 16-3 loss. Moving into Game 2, fnx was strong yet again, but this time he was strong in a win. He opened with a kill in the pistol round before adding in consistent damage and kills throughout the rest of the first half. His best round in the half was in Round 8 where he tallied a 3k and bomb plant to give his team a 7-1 lead. They kept on pushing, and fnx kept rolling with an 11/4 KD in the second half to lock up this 16-9 win.
jdm64    Team Liquid
jdm64 tallied a 36/24 KD in Liquid's 1-1 split with Immortals on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.

RotoWire Analysis

jdm64 was a fiend for Liquid in the first game of this series, going 21/8 in a big 16-3 win over Immortals. He didn't actually get a kill until Round 3, but then he simply didn't stop killing things on the way to his big KD. His 3k in Round 5 and double in Round 9 kept Liquid moving right along to an impressive 12-3 half. His second half was incredible to close out the win. He tallied a 3k in Round 16, a double in Round 17 and then another 3k in Round 18. Despite the strong showing in the first game, he wasn't as strong in the second game. He took a few rounds to get going, as he didn't get a kill until Round 3. Then he slumped again, putting up just one kill in the next seven rounds. His best round came in Round 11, where he got a 3k. His second half left much to be desired, as he only managed to pick up three kills in the 10 rounds of the second half.
stanislaw    Team Liquid
stanislaw posted an 18/31 KD in his team's 1-1 split with Immortals on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.

RotoWire Analysis

stanislaw was the low man on the totem pole in the opening game of this series against Immortals. While he started off well enough with a kill in Round 1, he only managed to put up another six kills in the entirety of the match. Things didn't really change much for him as the teams moved into the second map. He once again was at the bottom of his team, which ended up being a big detriment to his team's chances this time around. He looked to get off to a nice start with a 3k in Round 3, but then only notched eight more kills in the next 22 rounds. This was undoubtedly a huge factor in his team's loss in the second frame.
nitr0    Team Liquid
nitr0 finished Liquid's 1-1 split with Immortals on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League with a KD of 37/29.

RotoWire Analysis

nitr0 was one of the strongest players for Liquid in this first game against Immortals. He opened with a double kill in Round 1 and never let up from there. He added in more doubles in Rounds 3, 4 and 6, while picked up key triples in Round 7 and Round 19 to close out the big win. nitr0 started off pretty slow in the second game, not picking up a kill until Round 4. He additionally didn't notch a multi-kill until Round 9 as Liquid as a team were slumping quite a bit overall in the half. He picked up a couple more double kills in the second half, but it wasn't nearly enough for Liquid to get the win.
Twistzz    Team Liquid
Twistzz posted a 34/29 KD in Liquid's 1-1 split against Immortals on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.

RotoWire Analysis

Twistzz had a strong showing to open up this series against Immortals on Wednesday. He opened up scoring in the game with a double kill in the pistol round, which was the beginning of an incredible 12-0 start for Liquid in the first half. He didn't pick up another multi-kill until Round 11, but still managed to add in consistent kills all game long. He was also a magician when it came to planting the bomb, which was certainly a big boon to his team in the game. Going into Game 2, he started off nice with a double in the opening pistol round loss. He fell off for the next seven rounds, though, not getting another kill until picking up a double in Round 8. He added some more kills here and there during the rest of the half that saw his team go down 9-6. He once again started the half strong with another double kill in the pistol round win. His pattern carried over even further at the end of the half, with another slump that led to Liquid dropping this map to split the series.
EliGE    Team Liquid
EliGE finished Liquid's 1-1 split against Immortals on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League with a 31/22 KD.

RotoWire Analysis

EliGE had a pretty subdued game to open up this series against Immortals on Wednesday. He picked up a double kill in the Round 2 and then peppered in kills here and there throughout the rest of big first half from Liquid. He then finished up the game with a kill in each of the last four rounds of the second half needed for the big win. While EliGE ended with a respectable KD, you wouldn't have thought that was possible with how he started off the map, as he only tallied one kill in the first seven rounds of the map. He was much more consistent from there on out, but it still wasn't enough to lock up the win.
pronax    GODSENT
pronax went 21/39 in GODSENT's 0-2 loss to Astralis on Tuesday in Season 3 of the ECS.

RotoWire Analysis

pronax was the weakest link in this lopsided loss to Astralis on Tuesday. He first half on Game 1 on Overpass was fine enough, tallying a 9/12 KD. His play fell off pretty bad in the second half, though, only putting up two kills. This played a big factor in their 16-5 loss. He was even worse in Game 2, as he was once again at the bottom of his team. He had no entry frags, while also dying twice in those situations. He also put up a poor 53.4 ADR in that final game. His team will need more from him if they wish to make some strides in the ECS.
Lekr0    GODSENT
Lekr0 finished GODSENT's 0-2 loss to Astralis on Tuesday in Season 3 of the ECS with a 34/40 KD.

RotoWire Analysis

Lekr0 started off well enough in the first half of Game 1 on Overpass. While he certainly didn't light up the scoreboard or anything, he did find himself in the double digits with a 13/13 KD. The only problem was that he put up zero kills in the second half. Astralis capitalized on this with six straight wins to take the map 16-5. He was once again back on top of his game in the first half of Game 2 on Mirage, netting a 12/14 KD while his team got dominated 12-3. In the second half, GODSENT tried to go on a bit of a run led by Lekr0 and his 9/7 KD. They just had too far to travel back to try and get the win, which led to a tough 16-9 loss.
dupreeh    Astralis
dupreeh tallied a 36/29 KD in Astralis' 2-0 win over GODSENT on Tuesday in Season 3 of the ECS.

RotoWire Analysis

dupreeh is normally a background player for Astralis, which is just what he was here in this series as well. He put up a pretty nice 13/6 KD in the first half of this game. His second half was one that he will soon want to forget, though. He only picked up two kills. Luckily for him, the rest of his team was on point in the game as they locked up a 16-5 win. In Game 2 on Mirage, he was also strong in the first half of the game. He went 16/10 as his team rushed out to a big 12-3 lead at the break. Once again, he disappeared in the second half with just five kills. This was certainly part of the reason why GODSENT was able to make a bit of a run in that half. His teammates stepped up the plate, though, as Astralis locked up the split.
gla1ve    Astralis
gla1ve put up a 42/30 KD in Astralis' 2-0 over GODSENT on Tuesday in Season 3 of the ECS.

RotoWire Analysis

gla1ve started off the first half of Overapass nicely, going 14/11 while his team got out to a 10-5 lead. He was a bit more even in the second half, only tallying a 6/4 KD. Even with him not really stepping up in a big way, there wasn't much more than his team needed since they were executing extremely well as a unit. He was the second best player in the lobby during the second game on Mirage. With Kjaerbye playing so well, gla1ve didn't even need to really pop off. He still performed very well with a 13/8 KD in the first half, though. While GODSENT made a bit of a run in the second half, gla1ve stepped in with a 9/7 KD to push his team to a 16-9 win.
dev1ce    Astralis
dev1ce managed a 31/25 KD in Astralis' 2-0 win against GODSENT on Tuesday in Season 3 of the ECS.

RotoWire Analysis

dev1ce is normally the biggest contributor for Astralis, and while he was certainly not bad in this series, he was a bit more of a secondary player than anything here. In the first half of Game 1, he failed to even crack double digits in kills with just nine. He was much better in the second half, going a strong 7/1 to give his team the 16-5 win. The second game was even more lackluster for dev1ce, as he only went 15/15 in the whole game. His first half was pretty average, with a 10/9 KD. The second half was an almost invisible one for him, only tallying five kills in the half. With their opponent not being the most intimidating, this play was fine. But against a better team, it could end up being a bit of a problem.