We are at the mid-way point of season 7 of the ESL Pro League and in North America at least, it’s clear to see who’s fighting for a Finals spot and who’s fighting for relegation. Though some undefeated squads lost their first games of the season. Let’s power rank the North American Division going into week 5.
#1 Team Liquid (10-1 1-0)
Team Liquid may have lost their first game this season but it was against Luminosity who is currently third in the standings. Keith “NAF” Markovic especially put on a great performance against Luminosity in week 4. Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski and Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella have also put on great performances week after week. 18 year-old Canadian player Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken leads the team in K/D ratio sitting at a 1.49. Liquid is the favorite coming out of North America.
#2 NRG Esports (10-1 1-0)
NRG has looked great all season even though they dropped a close game against Cloud9 they are tied with Team Liquid going into week 5. We’ll get to see NRG clash with Team Liquid in week 5.
#3 Luminosity Gaming (8-5 0-1)
Luminosity traded games with Team Liquid this week but they also traded with Splyce. They aren’t a lock to make it to Dallas either as in the second half of the season they have Cloud9, OpTic and NRG. With how SK gaming has been playing they’ll be playing to be Brazil’s North American representative.
#4 Renegades (5-3 1-1)
The boys from down under are slowly but surely picking up wins and during week 4 they lost to OpTic in overtime before taking game two with the scoreline of 8 to 16. Renegades has a lot of games to play especially in week 7 when they’ll have six games. They also still have Cloud9 and NRG on their schedule so they’ll still have some work to do. Lose a couple series and they may not make it to Dallas.
#5 OpTic Gaming (7-4 1-0)
OpTic had a great showing this week and it seems that their team is starting to figure some things out. They have a brutal schedule moving forward as they still have Liquid, Luminosity, and NRG to play against. So week 5’s match-up against SK Gaming is really important they need to get two wins against SK to make things easier moving forward.
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#6 Cloud9 (5-5 0-2)
Roster changes are coming to Cloud9 as Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham has been made inactive by the organization. And there are rumors more roster changes may be happening. It’s not surprising really as C9 has been struggling all season after coming off their historic win at the ESL Boston Major. Their goal will be to just make it to the finals at the number 6 spot but things are uncertain for them.
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#7 Rogue (7-9 0-0)
Rogue went 2-4 in week 4. They don’t have any more games until week 7 and four those games are against Cloud9 and Renegades. They can make a run if they win out but with how they’ve played so far I don’t see them making a push.
#8 compLexity Gaming (4-6 1-1)
compLexity is a very mediocre team. They’ve posted some close games against teams like OpTic and Cloud9 but have lost to teams like Splyce and Rogue. Luckily for them they have 10 games to play, though six of those games are against NRG, Liquid and Renegades.
#9 Ghost Gaming (4-7 0-1)
Well Ghost will not be fighting for a Finals spot as they’ll be fighting not to get relegated. It’s not all bad news for Ghost though as they picked up a win against Cloud9 and had a close game against NRG, losing in overtime. They’ve also had a good showing against OpTic, trading wins in that series. Ghost has improved enough that they might be able to avoid relegation if they pick up some big wins. Especially in the next two weeks as they’ll have games against SK Gaming and Team Dignitas. They also have Team Liquid next week but I don’t see them getting a win there.
#10 SK Gaming (3-7 0-0)
SK Gaming out of every team in the lower rankings has the best chance to make a run. They have 12 games left on their schedule and they’ve already ran the gantlet of the best teams in North America. Only OpTic and Renegades are left on their schedule among the better teams. Ghost, compLexity, Splyce and Dignitas are all winnable match-ups for SK Gaming. They can get to .500 if they can pick up 8 wins and they will have the opportunity to do so.
#11 Splyce (3-10 1-0)
Splyce is heading to relegation this season. With only six games left including games against Cloud9 and Team Liquid they will be toward the bottom of the standings for remainder of the season.
#12 Team Dignitas (0-8 0-0)
Dignitas is winless and they have the most games left to play but they’ve only had one close game all season, last week against NRG. But they lost that series and moving forward the only team I see them having any chance with is Splyce. They aren’t good enough for the Pro League and it shows.
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Matches to Watch
2 NRG Esports vs 1 Team Liquid
The two best teams in North America collide, who’s going to come out on top?
7 Cloud9 vs 3 Luminosity
Cloud9 is making changes to their roster but they still have a high profile game against Luminosity in week 5.