ESL Pro League Season 4

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ESL Pro League
2016
Tournament information
SportCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
LocationSão Paulo, Brazil
DatesAugust 17, 2016–October 30, 2016
Administrator(s)Electronic Sports League (ESL)
Teams28 teams
PurseUS$750,000
Final positions
ChampionsUnited States Cloud9
1st runners-upBrazil SK Gaming
2nd runners-upGermany mousesports
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
MVPUnited States Timothy "autimatic" Ta [1]

ESL Pro League Season 4 (shortened as EPL Season 4) was a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament run by ESL. It was the fourth season of the ESL Pro League, and had an overall prize pool of $750,000 . For the first time, the Finals took place in South America – São Paulo, Brazil, from October 28 to October 30.[2] Teams from two continents, North America and Europe competed in fourteen team leagues to attempt to qualify for the Finals.[3] Europe's season began with FaZe Clan defeating Team X (which later formed into Heroic) and ended with Team Dignitas defeating Virtus.pro in a best of three 6th place decider. North America's season started with Cloud9 defeating Team Liquid and ended with Immortals defeating Echo Fox. In the finals, Cloud9 defeated SK Gaming 2-1 to become the ESL Pro League Season 4 Champions and take home $200,000 prize money; this upset would also mark the first time a North American won an international premier event since iBUYPOWER won ESEA Season 16 - Global Invite Division in 2014.[4]

Format[edit]

The format was slightly different to the previous renditions of the tournament.

Each continent featured the top 11 teams from ESL Pro League Season 3, one team from the ESEA Season 21: Premier Division Qualifier, one team from the ESL Pro League Season 3 Relegation, and one team from the Wild Card Qualifier. Teams within each continent played each other twice to determine the top four qualifiers to the Finals in Brazil. There was be a total of nine weeks in this phase of the tournament. All games were played online.

Teams that placed seventh to eleventh are automatically invited to next season's ESL Pro League. 12th and 13th place are invited to Season 4's Relegation and 14th place will be placed in the ESEA Premier Season 24.

The Finals consisted of twelve teams, six from Europe and six from North America. These teams were separated into two groups. The group stage consisted of every team in each group playing against each other. The top three teams in each group moved on to the Playoffs. The knockout stages were a best of three format. All games in the Finals were played offline. The top team in each group received a bye and automatically moved onto the Semifinals. The other four teams played in the Round of Six. The winners of those two games moved on to the Semifinals, and the winner of the Semifinals moved onto the Finals.

Teams[edit]

North America
Europe

North America[edit]

Broadcast Talent[edit]

Host

  • United States Tom "Tsquared" Taylor

Commentators

  • United States Sam "DaZeD" Marine
  • United States John "BLU" Mullen
  • United States Jason "moses" O'Toole

Analysts

  • United States Steve "Ryu" Rattacasa
  • United States Erik "da_bears" Stromberg

Observers

  • United States Heather "sapphiRe" Garozzo
  • United States DJ "Prius" Kuntz

Standings[edit]

The final standings are shown below. Each team's in-game leader is shown first. The rosters that are shown are the rosters that were in place by the end of the season. For instance, Skyler "Relyks" Weaver left eUnited in the middle of the season and was replaced with Jacob "kaboose" McDonald. Thus, kaboose's name is shown below and Relyks's name is not shown.

North America Final Standings
Place Prize Money Team W-L RF-RA RD Pts Roster
1st TBD United States Cloud9 25-1 383-225 +158 75 United States Stewie2k, United States autimatic, United States n0thing, United States Skadoodle, Canada shroud
2nd TBD Brazil Immortals 20-6 385-234 +151 60 Brazil zews, Brazil boltz, Brazil felps, Brazil HEN1, Brazil LUCAS1
3rd TBD Brazil SK Gaming 18-8 341-225 +116 54 Brazil FalleN, Brazil coldzera, Brazil fer, Brazil fnx, Brazil TACO
4th TBD OpTic Gaming 17-9 376-306 +70 51 Canada stanislaw, Canada NAF, United States tarik, United States RUSH, Spain mixwell
5th US$18,000 Australia Renegades 17-9 371-271 +100 51 Australia AZR, Australia jks, Australia Yam, Australia USTILO, Australia Rickeh
6th TBD European Union NRG Esports 17-9 344-278 +76 51 Germany gob b, Serbia LEGIJA, Germany tabseN, United States FugLy, United States ptr
7th TBD United States Team Liquid 15-11 370-318 +52 45 United States Hiko, United States EliGE, United States jdm64, United States nitr0, Denmark Pimp
8th US$15,500 United States Echo Fox 13-13 337-353 -16 39 United States sgares, United States fREAKAZOiD, United States roca, United States ryx, United States ShahZam
9th US$13,000 United States Counter Logic Gaming 10-16 288-377 -89 30 United States reltuC, United States hazed, United States koosta, United States nahtE, Canada Subroza
10th US$10,500 Australia Winterfox 9-17 273-364 -93 27 Australia emagine, Australia apoc, Australia dexter, New Zealand ofnu, New Zealand zewsy
11th US$8,000 Canada compLexity Gaming 9-17 269-377 -108 27 Canada Uber, Canada androidx23, Canada APE, United Kingdom dephh, United Kingdom Surreal
12th US$5,500 United States Selfless Gaming 7-19 302-387 -85 21 United States Nifty, United States Brehze, United States kaboose, United States mitch, United States no_one
13th US$3,000 United Nations Splyce 3-23 240-402 -162 9 United States arya, Denmark AcillioN, Netherlands CRUC1AL, Canada DAVEY, Mongolia Machinegun
14th US$1,500 United States eUnited 2-24 239-409 -170 6 United States shinobi, Canada a2z, United States cJ, Canada Marved, United States vice
North America Results
Results
SK C9 OpTic Liquid NRG SLF RNG WFX SPY CLG coL IMT eU FOX
SK FF-W
FF-W
16-8
19-15
10-16
13-16
16-14
16-7
16-9
16-7
12-16
0-16
W-FF
W-FF
16-10
16-6
16-7
16-4
16-7
16-1
11-16
4-16
16-8
16-3
16-12
16-11
C9 W-FF
W-FF
16-3
16-12
16-8
16-10
16-5
16-10
16-12
16-12
16-12
19-16
16-11
16-7
16-13
16-2
16-11
16-10
16-9
16-5
16-5
16-14
16-6
16-8
12-16
16-8
OpTic 8-16
15-19
3-16
12-16
3-16
20-22
16-10
12-16
16-13
22-20
16-13
12-16
16-8
16-6
16-8
16-9
16-9
16-5
16-4
16-6
13-16
16-12
16-2
16-12
16-5
16-11
Liquid 16-10
16-13
8-16
10-16
16-3
22-20
14-16
7-16
13-16
16-6
10-16
12-16
16-14
16-11
16-8
16-6
16-5
12-16
16-11
16-7
16-12
12-16
16-2
16-11
10-16
16-19
NRG 14-16
7-16
5-16
10-16
10-16
16-12
16-14
16-7
16-5
16-5
9-16
16-10
16-5
16-5
16-4
16-8
14-16
16-9
16-10
16-4
6-16
7-16
16-8
16-8
16-11
16-9
SLF 9-16
7-16
12-16
12-16
13-16
20-22
13-16
6-16
5-16
5-16
13-16
10-16
16-13
16-19
16-13
16-14
15-19
16-5
9-16
16-7
1-16
8-16
12-16
16-6
13-16
14-16
RNG 16-12
16-0
12-16
16-19
13-16
16-12
16-10
16-12
16-9
10-16
16-3
16-10
16-3
16-8
16-6
16-3
16-2
9-16
10-16
16-8
2-16
13-16
16-5
16-13
16-8
14-16
WFX FF-W
FF-W
11-16
7-16
8-16
6-16
14-16
11-16
5-16
5-16
13-16
19-16
3-16
8-16
16-13
16-7
16-11
16-13
16-1
14-16
7-16
1-16
16-12
16-11
11-16
16-8
SPY 10-16
6-16
13-16
2-16
8-16
9-16
8-16
6-16
4-16
8-16
13-16
14-16
6-16
3-16
13-16
7-16
9-16
15-19
16-14
11-16
7-16
4-16
16-14
16-3
10-16
6-16
CLG 7-16
4-16
11-16
10-16
9-16
5-16
5-16
16-12
16-14
9-16
19-15
5-16
2-16
16-9
11-16
13-16
16-9
19-15
16-9
8-16
8-16
3-16
16-10
16-14
16-14
12-16
coL 7-16
1-16
9-16
5-16
4-16
6-16
11-16
7-16
10-16
4-16
16-9
7-16
16-10
8-16
11-16
16-14
14-16
16-11
9-16
16-8
7-16
16-12
16-11
19-15
9-16
19-15
IMT 16-11
16-4
5-16
14-16
16-13
12-16
12-16
16-12
16-6
16-7
16-1
16-8
16-2
16-13
16-7
16-1
16-7
16-4
16-8
16-3
16-7
12-16
16-10
10-16
16-10
16-4
eU 8-16
3-16
6-16
8-16
2-16
12-16
2-16
11-16
8-16
8-16
16-12
6-16
5-16
13-16
12-16
11-16
14-16
3-16
10-16
14-16
11-16
15-19
10-16
16-10
7-16
8-16
FOX 12-16
11-16
12-16
8-16
5-16
11-16
16-10
19-16
11-16
9-16
16-13
16-14
8-16
16-14
16-11
8-16
16-10
16-6
14-16
16-12
16-9
15-19
10-16
4-16
16-7
16-8

Europe[edit]

Broadcast Talent[edit]

Host

  • United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson

Commentators

  • United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer
  • Australia Mitch "Uber" Leslie
  • United Kingdom Lauren "Pansy" Scott
  • Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett

Analyst

  • Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović

Observers

  • United Kingdom Alex "Rushly" Rush

Standings[edit]

The final standings are shown below. Each team's in-game leader is shown first. The rosters shown reflect the rosters as they were by the end of the season. For instance, Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon was replaced with Christophe "SIXER" Xia on Team EnVyUS midway through the season. Therefore, SIXER's name is shown instead of DEVIL's.

Europe Final Standings
Place Prize Money Team W-L RF-RA RD Pts Roster
1st Sweden Fnatic 19-7 401-322 +79 57 Sweden wenton, Sweden olofmeister, Sweden twist, Sweden dennis, Sweden Lekr0
2nd Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 19-7 387-282 +105 57 Sweden Xizt, Sweden f0rest, Sweden friberg, Sweden GeT RiGhT, Sweden disco doplan
3rd Germany mousesports 18-8 381-304 +77 54 Germany denis, Germany Spiidi, Netherlands chrisJ, Spain IoWel, Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKo
4th European Union FaZe Clan 18-8 378-350 +28 54 Denmark karrigan1, Finland allu, Denmark aizy, Norway jkaem, Norway rain
5th France Team EnVyUs 16-10 337-301 +36 48 France Happy, France apEX, France kennyS, France NBK-, France SIXER
6th Denmark Team Dignitas 14-12 359-327 +32 42 Denmark MSL, Denmark cajunb, Denmark k0nfig, Denmark Magiskb0Y, Norway RUBINO
7th US$18,000 Poland Virtus.pro 14-12 334-339 -5 42 Poland NEO, Poland byali, Poland pashaBiceps, Poland Snax, Poland TaZ
8th US$15,500 Commonwealth of Independent States Natus Vincere 13-13 330-344 -14 39 Russia seized, Ukraine Edward, Russia flamie, Ukraine s1mple, Slovakia GuardiaN
9th US$13,000 France G2 Esports 13-13 354-346 +8 39 France shox, France bodyy, France Rpk, France SmithZz, Belgium ScreaM
10th US$10,500 Denmark Astralis 12-14 353-335 +18 36 Denmark karrigan1, Denmark dev1ce, Denmark dupreeh, Denmark Kjaerbye, Denmark Xyp9x
11th US$8,000 European Union Hellraisers 9-16 321-352 -31 27 Ukraine ANGE1, Ukraine bondik, Hungary Deadfox, Slovakia STYKO, Slovakia Zero
12th US$5,500 Denmark Heroic 8-18 316-375 -59 24 Denmark Snappi, Denmark Friis, Denmark gla1ve, Denmark valde, Sweden MODDII
13th US$3,000 Germany PENTA Sports 5-21 291-410 -119 15 Germany kRTSYAL, Germany tahsiN, Germany stfN, Netherlands mikeS, United Kingdom weber
14th US$1,500 Commonwealth of Independent States FlipSid3 Tactics 4-22 226-378 -152 12 Ukraine Blad3, Russia electronic, Ukraine markeloff, Russia WorldEdit, Finland waylander
Europe Results
Results
NiP Astralis Fnatic G2 Na'Vi dig FaZe mouz nV Heroic F3 HR PENTA VP
NiP 16-14
7-16
14-16
9-16
16-10
16-5
8-16
16-11
16-8
10-16
16-3
16-12
16-13
16-5
15-19
16-6
16-14
16-8
16-1
16-7
19-16
16-11
16-7
16-5
16-8
17-19
Astralis 14-16
16-7
13-16
19-17
4-16
14-16
7-16
6-16
16-10
16-6
16-19
16-11
10-16
2-16
14-16
16-3
13-16
13-16
6-16
16-12
16-13
16-8
14-16
16-5
14-16
14-16
Fnatic 16-14
16-9
16-13
17-19
13-16
16-8
16-3
16-6
11-16
9-16
9-16
22-18
16-12
16-14
14-16
16-8
16-14
16-12
16-2
16-9
19-17
15-19
16-11
16-12
16-14
16-8
G2 10-16
5-16
16-4
16-14
16-13
8-16
12-16
11-16
16-13
14-16
12-16
12-16
11-16
16-6
14-16
6-16
19-16
12-16
16-12
16-6
16-5
16-9
16-11
16-14
16-19
16-12
Na'Vi 16-8
11-16
16-7
16-6
3-16
6-16
16-12
16-11
8-16
14-16
23-25
15-19
16-8
13-16
17-19
16-10
4-16
16-7
16-12
16-7
7-16
5-16
19-17
16-7
3-16
16-9
dig 8-16
16-10
10-16
6-16
16-11
16-9
13-16
16-14
16-8
16-4
4-16
17-19
14-16
14-16
12-16
9-16
16-3
16-12
16-5
16-9
18-22
19-17
16-10
16-7
7-16
16-7
FaZe 3-16
12-16
19-16
11-16
16-9
18-22
16-12
16-12
25-23
19-15
16-4
19-17
6-16
3-16
6-16
16-10
16-13
16-5
16-14
7-16
16-14
16-11
22-18
16-10
16-8
16-5
mouz 13-16
5-16
10-16
16-2
12-16
14-16
16-11
6-16
8-16
16-13
16-14
16-14
16-6
16-3
16-9
16-9
16-14
16-4
16-4
16-9
16-8
16-12
16-11
16-13
16-8
25-28
nV 19-15
6-16
16-14
3-16
16-14
8-16
16-14
16-6
19-17
10-16
16-12
16-9
16-6
10-16
9-16
9-16
16-7
10-16
16-4
16-5
16-9
16-10
16-10
16-5
FF-W2
10-16
Heroic 14-16
8-16
16-13
16-13
14-16
12-16
16-19
16-12
16-4
16-7
3-16
12-16
13-16
5-16
14-16
4-16
7-16
16-10
7-16
16-9
14-16
16-6
16-19
16-14
12-16
10-16
F3 1-16
7-16
6-16
12-16
2-16
9-16
12-16
6-16
12-16
7-16
5-16
9-16
14-16
16-7
4-16
9-16
4-16
5-16
16-7
9-16
7-16
3-16
14-16
16-7
16-5
5-16
HR 16-19
11-16
13-16
8-16
17-19
19-15
5-16
9-16
16-7
16-5
22-18
17-19
14-16
11-16
8-16
12-16
9-16
10-16
16-14
6-16
16-7
16-3
11-16
16-7
16-14
7-16
PENTA 7-16
5-16
16-14
5-16
11-16
12-16
11-16
14-16
17-19
7-16
10-16
7-16
18-22
10-16
11-16
13-16
10-16
5-16
19-16
14-16
16-14
7-16
16-11
7-16
7-16
16-7
VP 8-16
19-17
16-14
16-14
14-16
8-16
19-16
12-16
16-3
9-16
16-7
7-16
8-16
5-16
8-16
28-25
W-FF1
16-10
16-12
16-10
5-16
16-5
14-16
16-7
16-7
10-16
Denmark Team Dignitas vs. Poland Virtus.pro Tie-breaker
Team Score Map Score Team
Denmark Team Dignitas 16 Nuke 5 Poland Virtus.pro
Denmark Team Dignitas 16 Cobblestone 12 Poland Virtus.pro
Denmark Team Dignitas Mirage Poland Virtus.pro

1Finn "karrigan" Andersen was on the Astralis until the end of the regular season. However, FaZe Clan acquired the Danish in-game leader before the São Paulo Finals. Since Astralis did not qualify for the Finals and FaZe did, karrigan's name is shown in both Astralis's and FaZe's rosters.

2Team EnVyUs was forced to forfeit its first map to Virtus.pro as two of its players could not log on to their accounts. The second map was played as normal.

Finals[edit]

The finalized teams are shown below. Each team's world ranking for October 24, 2016 is also shown.

North America
Europe

Broadcast Talent[edit]

Host

  • Brazil Beatriz "Bia" Bauer

Desk Host

  • United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson

Commentators

  • United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer
  • United States John "BLU" Mullen
  • United States Jason "moses" O'Toole
  • Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett

Analysts

  • Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill
  • Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović
  • Brazil Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu

Observers

  • United States Heather "sapphiRe" Garozzo
  • United States Davis DJ "Prius" Kuntz
  • United Kingdom Alex "Rushly" Rush

Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD
1 Germany mousesports 3 1 62 47 +15
2 France Team EnVyUs 3 1 57 30 +27
3 OpTic Gaming 2 2 47 38 +9
4 United States Team Liquid1 1 3 34 62 -28
5 Brazil Immortals 1 3 41 60 -19
6 Sweden Fnatic2 0 0 0 0 0
Group A matches
Team Score Map Score Team
OpTic Gaming 16 Train 2 United States Team Liquid
Brazil Immortals 5 Cobblestone 16 France Team EnVyUs
Germany mousesports 16 Mirage 12 United States Team Liquid
Brazil Immortals 4 Cobblestone 16 OpTic Gaming
France Team EnVyUs 16 Dust II 4 United States Team Liquid
Germany mousesports 16 Cache 10 OpTic Gaming
Brazil Immortals 16 Mirage 14 Germany mousesports
OpTic Gaming 5 Cobblestone 16 France Team EnVyUs
Brazil Immortals 14 Mirage 16 United States Team Liquid
Germany mousesports 16 Cache 9 France Team EnVyUs

1Team Liquid takes Renegades's spot in the EPL Finals due to Renegades opting out of the trip to Brazil and instead headed to play in the ELEAGUE Major 2017 Asia Minor in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

2 Fnatic withdraw from the tournament due to personal problems[5]

Group B[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD
1 Brazil SK Gaming 4 1 74 35 +41
2 United States Cloud9 4 1 54 48 +6
3 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 3 2 71 63 +8
4 European Union FaZe Clan 2 3 61 75 -14
5 Denmark Team Dignitas 2 3 46 49 -3
6 United States NRG Esports 0 5 56 86 -30
Group B matches
Team Score Map Score Team
United States Cloud9 16 Dust II 14 European Union FaZe Clan
United States NRG Esports 3 Mirage 16 Denmark Team Dignitas
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Cobblestone 10 Brazil SK Gaming
United States Cloud9 16 Cache 9 United States NRG Esports
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 14 Nuke 16 Denmark Team Dignitas
Brazil SK Gaming 16 Overpass 2 European Union FaZe Clan
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Cache 14 United States NRG Esports
European Union FaZe Clan 16 Mirage 7 Denmark Team Dignitas
United States Cloud9 6 Dust II 16 Brazil SK Gaming
European Union FaZe Clan 22 Dust II 20 United States NRG Esports
Brazil SK Gaming 16 Cobblestone 7 Denmark Team Dignitas
United States Cloud9 16 Dust II 9 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
Brazil SK Gaming 16 Cobblestone 10 United States NRG Esports
United States Cloud9 16 Mirage 13 Denmark Team Dignitas
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Overpass 7 European Union FaZe Clan

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 6     Semifinals     Finals
                           
        Germany mousesports 0  
  United States Cloud9 2     United States Cloud9 2    
  OpTic Gaming 0         United States Cloud9 2
      Brazil SK Gaming 1
        Brazil SK Gaming 2    
  France Team EnVyUs 0     Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 1  
  Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2  

Round of 6 Scores[edit]

Round of 6
Team Score Map Score Team
United States Cloud9 16 Dust II 12 OpTic Gaming
United States Cloud9 16 Cobblestone 2 OpTic Gaming
United States Cloud9 Overpass OpTic Gaming
France Team EnVyUs 9 Nuke 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
France Team EnVyUs 17 Dust II 19 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
France Team EnVyUs Nuke Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Semifinals Scores[edit]

Semifinals
Team Score Map Score Team
Germany mousesports 9 Cobblestone 16 United States Cloud9
Germany mousesports 10 Mirage 16 United States Cloud9
Germany mousesports Dust II United States Cloud9
Brazil SK Gaming 10 Nuke 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
Brazil SK Gaming 16 Overpass 7 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
Brazil SK Gaming 16 Cobblestone 10 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Finals Scores[edit]

Finals
Team Score Map Score Team
United States Cloud9 17 Overpass 19 Brazil SK Gaming
United States Cloud9 16 Mirage 6 Brazil SK Gaming
United States Cloud9 16 Dust II 5 Brazil SK Gaming

Finals Standings[edit]

Final Standings
Place Prize Money Team
1st US$200,000 United States Cloud9
2nd US$90,000 Brazil SK Gaming
3rd – 4th US$45,000 Germany mousesports
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
5th – 6th US$35,000 OpTic Gaming
France Team EnVyUs
7th – 8th US$30,000 United States Team Liquid
European Union FaZe Clan
9th – 10th US$25,000 Brazil Immortals
Denmark Team Dignitas
11th – 12th US$20,000 Sweden Fnatic
United States NRG Esports

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://en.pro.eslgaming.com/csgo/proleague/news/the-us-750k-esl-csgo-pro-league-season-4-finals-are-coming-to-brazil/
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