ZywOo returns while NIP flop in ESL Pro League Group C

ESL Pro League Season 17 Group C saw a few of the very best CS: GO plays of the competition up until now. After returns and clutches, Vitality, FaZe, discomfort, and 00 Nation are the groups through to the playoffs.

After the snoozefest of ESL Pro League Group B, there’s plenty to discuss this time around.

Good times all around.|Credit: Adela Sznajder/ © ESL

ZywOo is back

If there’s one word for ZywOo up until now in ESL Pro League Season 17, it’s “wow”. He’s been regrettable to have actually existed rather in the shadow of s1mple. In 2023 up until now, there’s merely no competitors in between the 2. ZywOo is playing like a guy on an objective to recover his crown, backed by a Vitality who look poised for huge things with star stand-in JACKZ.

The gem in the crown of the Group Stage was an astonishing Anubis return versus FaZe, winning the map after losing the very first half 14 -1. As it ended up being clear what was taking place, the return went from memes to dreams in the Twitch chat, led by a strong ZywOo efficiency.

With his group lastly carrying out on a comparable wavelength, anticipate ZywOo to control the remainder of the competition. Even if they do not go all the method, his kind comes at the best time, providing Vitality an extraordinary opportunity at May’s CS: GO Major.

Plenty to NIP in the bud

This was expected to be various for NIP. With Aleksib as the knowledgeable IGL, headtr1ck as the brand-new m0NESY, and k0nfig as the star rifler, this was expected to be a new-look NIP, a NIP that might contend at the top once again.

What we got was dreadful, as they crashed out to 00 Nation, with coldzera rolling back the years to send out NIP house. Aleksib looked lacking concepts, and the lack of experience of 18- year-old headtr1ck was clear. Even REZ and Brollan were confidential for big parts of the competition, a defeat to Grayhound a specific low.

Much has actually been made from Aleksib’s efficiency as NIP IGL. He was slammed for not getting much from his previous star-studded G2 lineup, which under HooXi has actually seen a modification in fortunes. He’s been offered another group of super stars, and results requirement to enhance quickly. It’ll be extremely challenging for NIP to take numerous positives from this displaying in Malta.

OG’s degster issue

It does not need to resemble this for degster, among competitive CS: GO’s most clutch gamers. OG’s AWPer-turned-IGL was their shining light of Group C, top-fragging for OG in all however one match. OG crashed out to this NIP, and you can’t assist however question if degster should have much better. While a defeat to Quarter-Finalists Vitality can be forgiven, they ought to definitely be beating discomfort and NIP.

Stepping up as IGL in nexa’s lack, degster has actually done an exceptional task. He’s even tweeted about the troubles of the brand-new function, however it hasn’t impacted his specific efficiency. What’s degster’s long-lasting service?

Whether they understand it or not, Liquid requires an AWPer. Present AWPer oSee has actually had a hard time, and it’s tough to believe he’s not holding them back. While Liquid has actually typically been an NA group, the addition of Latvian YEKINDAR recommends an openness to alter. The language barrier will not be an issue, either– degster is Russian, however speaks strong English. He ‘d be ideal to take Liquid to the next level.

If there’s something to draw from OG’s efficiency in Group C, it’s that degster requires to leave there if he wishes to win competitions. He definitely has the ability to do so.

The conclusion of ESL Pro League Season 17’s Group Stage starts with Group D on March 15 th.


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