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Sacks early game, helps late game
July 24, 2017
Joshh finally finds his footing a little too late with a 51/69 KD in a loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Joshh once again struggled to land his shots for most of the series. His weak sight was most prominent in Round 1 Hardpoint on Throwback where he scored a double negative KD. Unsurprisingly, the abysmal KD forced Epsilon eSports into a unwinable position. However, Joshh would find some ground in Round 3 Uplink on Frost. He was able to score a KD in an incredibly difficult map against OpTic Gaming. Sloppy Payloads would be the pivot for the series, though. All of Epsilon eSports would burn their Payloads before Overtime, forcing them to make bold plays without utility.
Tries to lead in slaying
July 24, 2017
Vortex attempts to outgun OpTic Gaming with a 55/60 KD in a loss on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Vortex struggled to find much momentum against OpTic Gaming. This was partly due to some lagging teammates early on, where Vortex performed the best, while later on he ran out of steam. Round 2 Search & Destroy on Retaliation saw the best performance out of Vortex. Scoring a 9/6 KD, he did will to keep even in trades, but poor call outs and an even worse defense caused him to lose the round. For example, in Game 9 Vortex found OpTic Gaming in the Hotel Hallway, only for OpTic Gaming's flank to still catch his teammates by surprise. Round 3 Uplink was a tight round where he slowed behind his teammates. The round came down to Overtime and his slower slaying skills hurt Epsilon eSports.
Fades into the noise
July 24, 2017
Hawqeh struggles to make a difference with a 60/58 KD in a loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Hawqeh was largely invisible this series. He didn't score big, didn't make any big plays but neither did he sack his team. Instead, he kept a brisk pace. Normally, this wouldn't be bad, but against the likes of OpTic Gaming it just meant more room for them to play with. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Hawqeh perform decently with a 21/20 KD, a solid KD that wasn't enough to stop a steamrolling OpTic Gaming. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Hawqeh make some big mistakes. He would leave flanks unguarded in Game 9 and Game 8, allowing OpTic Gaming to maneuver around them. He'd close Round 3 Uplink with a 34/30 KD.
Leads his team in the late-game
July 24, 2017
Dqvee continues to be his team's core with a 65/62 KD in a loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Dqvee was once again the main slaying force for Epsilon eSports. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Dqvee score a 20/22 KD as OpTic Gaming blasted them in a one-sided map. Dqvee stepped up in Round 3 Uplink. The incredibly close round into Overtime, but Dqvee whiffed an incredibly important Active Camo. In the second half, Dqvee attempted to force a dunk by popping his Active Camo down a choke. He'd both use it too late and fail to get a point as all OpTic Gaming had to do was continue shooting. Not only that, the poor Camo use meant Epsilon eSports didn't have it going into Overtime. He closed the round with a 40/32 KD.
Slides around corners to cut down targets
July 24, 2017
Scump forces aggressive plays with a 65/61 KD in a win over Epsilon eSports on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Scump doesn't change what works. And so far, sliding around corners and beaming down people is has been dominating for him. Round 2 Search & Destroy on Retaliation was a member that especially favored his newer, aggressive style. For most of the map, Scump would attempt to control the hotel hallways in order to force Epsilon eSports to play around him, such as in Game 2. Round 3 Uplink on Frost was another map that favored Scump's SMGs, allowing him to score a 32/30 KD and a dunk. But smart coordination with Crimsix, especially in the second half of Overtime, helped him take the series.
Controls the game's objectives
July 24, 2017
Karma shifts his focus to objectives with a 63/60 KD in a win over Epsilon eSports on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
With both FormaL and Scump slaying, Karma was able to focus on the objective without any distractions. Round 1 Hardpoint on Breakout was a prime example of this with Karma scoring a 23/21 KD and a 1:24 objective time. Karma would score early rotations of the point thanks to some good opening kills over both first Rooftop and Cell Block point. Round 3 Uplink on Frost was a better example of Karma's objective focus as his teammates slayed. Scoring a 31/35 KD and three dunks, Karma had little to worry about until Overtime. Thankfully, Karma made the smart decision to hold his Active Camo until absolutely necessary, allowing him to dunk in the first half of Overtime in a minute.
Dominates in Hardpoint
July 24, 2017
FormaL drops some insane plays with a 63/56 KD in a win over Epsilon eSports on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
FormaL had an amazing game. While most of it was focused on Round 1 Hardpoint, it's hard not be impressed. Despite closing with a 24/16 KD, FormaL spent most of the round at nearly double positive, allowing OpTic Gaming to absolutely steamroll the map. He would slow down by the second Graveyard hill, but by FormaL already had a massive point lead with a suite Scorestreaks. The round ended without him using the streaks. After that, FormaL would slow down, likely out of gas after Round 1 Hardpoint, staying with an even KD. He'd close Round 3 Uplink with a 34/33 KD and a dunk.
Supports his team by scouting
July 24, 2017
Crimsix plays for his teammates with a 57/54 KD in a win over Epsilon eSports on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Crimsix keeps to his semi-supportive playstyle. Instead of hunting for kills, he largely sets them up for his teammates to take by playing far ahead of his team. This allows him to scout and tag up players before his teammates come in and take the kills. At the same time, it explains lower Crimsix lower KD since he's not suppose to be getting the big streaks. This kind of playstyle is reminiscent of eUnited's earlier tactics from before Clayster joined. Crimsix's scouting was key in Round 2 Serach & Destroy on Retaliation. For example in Game 3, Crimsix was able to cut a kill by rushing through the hotel hallway.
Flops in a key series
July 24, 2017
Assault whiffs some big plays with an 83/84 in a loss to Team EnVyUS on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Assault pulled the spotlight play this weekend. Only problem was it was a shocking mishap. Round 3 Uplink on Frost was a strange game for both sides. The map became a war of attrition with both sides waiting for their Payloads. After Team EnVyUs got the three, and only, points on the board, Assault seemed prime to tie the game. He would take the drone, ready to use his Active Camo and run around the submarine pit waiting for his team to clear lanes. But once the fight was over, Assault failed to get up from the pit and instead fall of the map with his Payload and the drone. He would do the same exact play again in the next ten seconds, whiffing a game-changing not once but twice.
Fails to give a strong finish
July 24, 2017
Aches gives an inconsistent game with a 70/89 KD in a loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Despite having a strong Day 2 performance, Aches sinks back down to mediocre levels. He has the knowledge and the game sense, but he just can't slay out. This became a massive sore point for Cloud9 in their incredibly close games against Team EnVyUs. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Cloud9 lose the map 250-249 with Aches choking a significant fifty-point lead. This was partly the result of his 23/29 KD combined with some sloppy pushes. Once Team EnVyUs got map control, Aches couldn't coordinate his teammates to break the point. Round 4 Hardpoint saw Aches burn out with an 18/32 KD, an poor score line.
Slays in a bomb of a series
July 24, 2017
Priestah shows up with a 102/82 KD in a loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Priestah finally shows up on Day 3 with his slaying skills in an attempt to play spoiler. However, Priestah would build leads only to lose it in the final seconds. Round 1 Hardpoint on Breakout was a prime example of this. Priestah dropped a 25/21 KD after a strong seven killstreak in the third set of rotations, a play that gave him a full suite of Scorestreaks. On the rotation to the third Graveyard point, Team EnVyUs would take the early rotation. Priestah used his Bombardment Scorestreak on the Graveyard a little too early, far before Team EnVyUs could fully set-up on the point thus allowing the "Boys in Blue" a clear defense. Priestah would easily redeem himself with an unbelievable 13/4 KD in Round 2 Search & Destroy, easily clutching the round by himself with insane slaying.
Fails to help close leads
July 24, 2017
Xotic struggles to turn-up with a 78/87 KD in a loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Xotic faded into the background alongside Aches in a rough and strange series. Not only was Round 1 Hardpoint lost 249-250, but Round 3 Uplink was a war of attrition while Round 4 Hardpoint was another choke. Xotic was part of the reason for this weird series. To put it simply, Xotic couldn't consistently slay. He would do well in Round 2 Search & Destroy on Retaliation by coordinating with his teammates to punish the sloppy defenses of Team EnVyUs, such as in Game 5, where he got a triple kill, or in Game 9. However, Xotic wasn't able to slay out in other rounds, which was a part of the reason for Cloud9's chokes.
Decimates in the late game
July 24, 2017
Apathy slowly heats up with an 81/88 KD in a win over Cloud9 on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Apathy couldn't show up until very late into the series, but his late arrival became key to EnVyUs's success. For most of the series, Apathy sat at a negative KD. This wouldn't become much of an issue since his score wasn't significantly negative and his teammates were able to pick up his minor slack. However, Round 3 Uplink on Frost was a bizarre showing that needs attention. Apathy dropped a 15/26 KD, accidentally turning the map into a slow war of attrition where neither side could comes up with enough slays for the win. Round 4 Hardpoint saw Apathy quickly flip his game and score a 36/29 KD, a strong score that allowed Team EnVyUs to pull ahead of Cloud9.
Clutches the tight rounds
July 24, 2017
John clutches leads with a 92/83 KD in a win over Cloud9 on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
John knew when to keep his head down and when to slay out. Round 1 Hardpoint on Breakout John survived. Cloud9 had a 40-point lead at 249-209 after a difficult hold on Cell Block hill. The break from Cloud9 cleared Graveyard for John to take the early rotation, easily racking up some points. But as Cloud9 burned all their streaks to desperately break the point, John somehow survived everything by hiding under the cliff edge while his team slayed out. This swung the entire map into EnVyUs' favor for the win. Later, John gave a strong slaying performance in Round 3 Uplink, slaying on SlasheR's high standard.
Drills through a tough defense
July 24, 2017
SlasheR melts through Cloud9 with an 87/81 KD on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR tended to have a slow start each round, which accidentally gave Cloud9 some significant leads each round. Thankfully, SlasheR closed those gaps in most rounds. Round 2 Search & Destroy was the only instance where he failed to close a lead. This loss was mainly due Team EnVyUs giving a sloppy defense. For example, Game 5 saw SlasheR drop to Xotic due to Team EnVyUs trickling into Xotic's sights. SlasheR melted on Round 3 Uplink on Frost with a 34/26 KD, but could never run away with the game due to awkward engagements. Him and his teammates simply struggled to push through Cloud9's defense in anyway, while also ignoring to move the drone during fights.