ESL Pro League: EU Led by Surprising Squad

by Steven Cropley

Surprise! No. 16 mousesports is the number one team in the European region of the ESL Pro League going into week four.

mousesports is 7-1, only dropping one map to the No. 1 team in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings, Astralis after toppling the best team in the world prior to the loss. The organization has lost star player Nikola "NiKo" Kovač since but still managed to pick up some wins. Taking down No. 18 Kinguin was not completely unexpected but a 2-0 of No. 6 North that included 16-5 and 16-8 thrashings certainly was. mousesports has handled the loss of NiKo rather well all things considered but can it maintain the number one spot? It's hard to imagine. mousesports will take on No. 15 G2 Esports in its next matches tomorrow.

(Photo: FaZe)

The second place team? None other than NiKo's new home of FaZe Clan. FaZe is 5-3 in the Pro League, going 3-3 prior to NiKo joining the roster. Since the addition, FaZe has managed a 2-0 over the downward trending No. 9 Ninjas in Pyjamas. FaZe should be able to have a good rest of the season and can certainly be expected to finish in the top four barring any crazy shake-ups. The European mix will face No. 22 LDLC next before taking on No. 4 Natus Vincere which could lead to a swap of roles in the rankings.

The No. 1 team in the world currently holds a record of 4-4 in the ESL Pro League. Astralis is currently number three in the standings, splitting with Na'Vi and mousesports prior to a sweep of LDLC which saw map two reach overtime. This past week saw the Danish powerhouse take a 0-2 loss in a series against the No. 2 team in the world, Playing the two newest additions to the map pool Inferno and Nuke, showed the early adaptations it's known for. It's a battle of Danes this week as Astralis is set to face No. 6 North and No. 19 Heroic Wednesday and Thursday respectively. All three teams represented Denmark in the playoffs of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, showing the strength of the country in CS:GO currently.

As with last season, it appears the European region of Pro League will be a battle to the end.