SK CSGO Leads NA EPL, NRG Surprises with Third

by Steven Cropley

Halfway through week five of ESL Pro League season five and it's still No. 4 in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings SK Gaming leading the pack in North America. The Brazilian team holds a record of 10-0, however, it has only faced one ranked opponent in No. 12 Immortals. Outside of its Brazilian brothers, SK has only played RUSH, Selfless, Luminosity, and compLexity. RUSH and Selfless are a combined 4-22. SK is unarguably the top team in North America but has certainly benefited from a very weak schedule thus far in the season. Next up for SK is Misfits before it meets the green wall of OpTic which is slowly chipping away having been unable to rebound from the loss of Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz. Spencer "Hiko" Martin had been serving as a temporary fifth until yesterday when he revealed he would no longer be filling that role. Ryan "Freakazoid" Abadir took over as the stand-in in OpTic's matches against RUSH last night, taking the 2-0. OpTic currently sits in seventh with a record of 7-3.

(Photo: Team Liquid/ELEAGUE)

Team Liquid is holding spot number two in the standings. stanislaw's new squad is currently 9-2 but is in a similar boat with it finding itself an easy schedule to start the season. Playing RUSH, Selfless, compLexity, NRG esports, and Renegades. Liquid's got a loss from NRG and Renegades, the former coming during a time when the squad was without Jacob "Pimp" Winneche. The Danish player was in his homeland recovering from a surgery and therefore Liquid was forced to use its coach, Wilton "zews" Prado in his stead. Liquid has yet to face an opponent that will allow fans to see if stanislaw was able to fix what seemed unfixable.

Surprisingly next up is NRG in third place. This team is 8-2 in week five, taking wins over OpTic Gaming, Team Liquid, compLexity, Winterfox, and Counter Logic Gaming. The best challenge for NRG will come tomorrow, however, as Peter "ptr" Gurney's squad will take on Immortals who had a semifinal run at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. NRG looks like it could compete for the top 5 of North American Counter-Strike come the end of the season but will give us a better idea tomorrow.