The ESL Pro League’s seventh season is in its second week and some teams have divided themselves from the rest of the group. For some teams, this was their first set of games this season. Though it’s early, let’s power rank this week’s North American teams from best to worst.

#1 NRG Esports (6-0 0-0)

NRG is currently sitting at number one in the North American standings. At this stage that doesn’t make them the best team in the division but after playing six matches this week, they have no losses. They beat Splyce, Rogue and SK Gaming with relative ease. NRG has next week off but I expect them to continue winning points as coming up in week 4 they play against Team Dignitas, and Ghost Gaming.

#2 Team Liquid (3-0 1-0)

Liquid is the other unbeaten team in the standings. Though they have only played two matches, those two matches were against the ESL Boston Major Winners Cloud9. Though Cloud9 appears to be in a slump, Liquid was able to come back in from an 11-4 deficit at the half to win 19-16 in OT. This was thanks to outstanding play by Keith “NAF” Markovic and Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowsk.

Liquid has 3 wins on the record as SK Gaming had to forfeit a game due to traveling for WESG boot camp in Germany. We’ll see if Liquid can keep this momentum moving forward.

#3 Luminosity Gaming (5-2 0-1)

Luminosity had only two games this week against Dignitas, who is struggling in transitioning from the Mountain Dew League (MDL). In week one they traded games with Renegades, compLexity and SK Gaming.

I expect them to continue winning next week as they play against Rogue who’s sitting at .500 and dropped three games this week.

#4 Cloud9 (2-3 0-1)

The ESL Boston Major Champions, the expectations for Cloud9 are sky high. They are a team of superstars with Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, Jacky “Stewie2k”Yip and Tarik “tarik” Celik leading the way. But they’ve fallen to 9th in the standings after dropping games to Team Liquid and trading wins with OpTic Gaming. They have the best players in the North American division but right now they aren’t playing as well as they should.

#5 OpTic Gaming (4-2 0-0)

OpTic played six matches this week going 4-2. They posted two wins against compLexity and traded wins with Rogue and Cloud9. They were hit or miss in their matches. Which is expected as this is a brand new team learning to play with each other. But I expect OpTic to improve in the next few weeks as they develop as a team.

#6 Rogue (4-4 0-0)

Rogue dropped three games this week but they were against NRG and OpTic, better teams in the division. In week one they posted wins against Splyce and Ghost. Both of which aren’t the best of teams. Their chances don’t look very good against Luminosity next week either. Rogue makes it here because they do have a win against OpTic and since it’s so early it’s hard to grasp how good they are compared to the rest of the division.

#7 Renegades (2-1 1-0)

The Renegades had this week off and in week one they did have an OT win over Luminosity but their other two wins come against Ghost Gaming. It’s too soon to gauge whether they deserve to be ranked higher. Next week they’ll get to show if they deserve a higher spot with games against Splyce and Team Liquid.

#8 Splyce (2-3 1-0)

Splyce has some room for improvement after getting wins against compLexity and trading wins with Rogue last week. Though they lost twice this week against NRG. Next week they’ll have some opportunities against Ghost and Renegades to make back points.

#9 compLexity Gaming (3-4 0-1)

compLexity, like Splyce, had a tough week. They dropped two games to OpTic, though they put up a fight against OpTic in game two. They have next week off so maybe they’ll take that time to regroup because in week four they have Rogue and Cloud9.

#10 SK Gaming (2-6 0-0)

To be fair to SK Gaming this week they were forced to forfeit against Team Liquid due to being in transit to WESG boot camp in Germany and played against NRG from Cologne, Germany at 150 ping. But that means that in one week they fell from 2-2 to 2-6. Luckily for them, they’ll be off next week and when week 4 comes around they’ll be looking to turn things around against Rogue.

#11 Team Dignitas (0-4 0-0)

Team Dignitas is learning that this isn’t the MDL. They’ve not won a single match since moving up to Pro League this season. If they don’t make some changes they could be headed for relegation. It’s on to next week but they have a tough match against Team Liquid.

#12 Ghost Gaming (0-4 0-0)

GG is the other winless team in the North American division. Though they didn’t play this week they are still dead last in the rankings with a -38 round differential. They’ve made roster changes but it doesn’t seem as though there is any improvement. I expect them to lose their series against Splyce and OpTic next week. Things are looking ghastly for Ghost.

Matches to Watch

3 Rogue (4-4 0-0) vs 2 Luminosity Gaming (5-2 0-1)
Primetime series between number 2 and 3 in the standings. Luminosity is in good form. Can they keep it up?
7 Splyce (2-3 1-0) vs 8 Renegades (2-1 1-0)
This might be an interesting one, though the Renegades are the better team you might be surprised by Splyce in this series.
You can find next week’s schedule here.

Author Details
Department Head at Armchair Esports, The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
James “GundamGoku” Meetze is a Broadcast Journalism Major at the University of South Carolina. He has two loves in life: Sports and Video Games. Growing up with both, his first game system was the PlayStation 1 and he went to his first college football game at the age of four. He plays Super Smash Brothers competitively. His mains are Cloud Strife and Wolf.
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Department Head at Armchair Esports, The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
James “GundamGoku” Meetze is a Broadcast Journalism Major at the University of South Carolina. He has two loves in life: Sports and Video Games. Growing up with both, his first game system was the PlayStation 1 and he went to his first college football game at the age of four. He plays Super Smash Brothers competitively. His mains are Cloud Strife and Wolf.

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