We’re halfway through the group stage at ESL Pro League Season 16. Our next group is home to some of Counter-Strike’s most notorious names: Astralis, ENCE, and MOUZ. When we compare this to the other groups, it looks more well-rounded and unpredictable. It really is anyone’s group!
Based on results from last season and lack of experience, HEET and Complexity are the two weakest teams in this group. HEET recently acquired ex-G2 player Audric "JACKZ" Jug which is a promising move, securing them a spot in the upcoming RMR. Complexity have also made a change coming into the new season by changing out Paytyn "junior" Johnson for Hakon "hallzerk" Fjærli.
Since the change, Complexity have picked up a best-of-one win against NAVI. Before praises are given, it must be noted this was a NAVI without Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev. Complexity play their first game against Astralis, for which Pinnacle values them at 3.150*.
Group C will feature a Danish derby between Astralis and Heroic. Both teams have struggled to find convincing form as of late, with Astralis needing four attempts to reach the RMR. Heroic recently acquired Jakob "Jabbi" Nygaard and are still in the process of slotting him into the team to regain their form from the previous season.
Coming from Copenhagen Flames, “Jabbi” looked very promising during their impressive major run and was a no-brainer choice for any Danish team looking for a Rifler. Pinnacle has priced Heroic at 1.769* and Astralis at 1.980* for this match.
MOUZ have been in the process over the last year of promoting players from their Academy roster. This has given us the likes of Adam "torzsi" Torzsas who has boasted impressive numbers for the side. It’s unknown how MOUZ will do in this group as they’ve just made another recent promotion of Dorian "xertioN" Berman after dropping former FaZe Clan player Aurimas "Bymas" Pipiras. MOUZ play Heroic in their opening match, for which Pinnacle values MOUZ at 2.380*.
ENCE are the last team in the group and have also been under a lot of change. Towards the start of the new season, it was announced that Aleksander "hades" Miskiewicz and Lotan "Spinx" Giladi were leaving the squad. This left big shoes to fill with “Spinx” being ENCE’s hero who got them into a winning form.
Big shoes mean big names and ENCE have delivered with Valdemar "valde" Vangsa and Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia. “SunPayus” was consistently the best performing player in Movistar Riders and “valde” has been a huge name in the Danish scene yet to find an opportunity worthy of his own skill.
ENCE will go into this group as an unknown entity. Pinnacle values them at 2.440* against Heroic and 2.260* against Astralis. These are two bets that could be worth taking if you are confident that ENCE’s two new players will be able to replicate the impact of the two they’ve recently lost.