steel
Lucas Lopes 
United States
Immortals
Consistent in series split
October 8, 2017
steel went 44/34 on Thursday in a 1-1 split against Misfits in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
steel came out of the gates to crush Misfits' offense in the first half of Train in Game 1 with a massive 14-1 lead. Going into the second half, steel continued to thrash in the second pistol round before Misfits fought back to win eight straight before steel led to a 16-9 Game 1 win. steel spotted a firm 25/16 KD and an 86.2 ADR in the convincing Train win. In Game 2, steel was unable to find his groove in the first half despite picking up several entry kills, but only contributing to a 12-3 deficit going into the second. He then had a better second half showing on the defense to pick up a few opening rounds to the half. However, the Misfits offense seemed to be tricky and managed to get in a few rounds to break the economy, ultimately taking the second half by storm in the 16-9 Game 2 win to earn the split. steel picked up a 19/18 KD and an 84.7 ADR in the Game 2 loss on Cache.
Keeping Immortals afloat
October 3, 2017
steel showed up in a big way with a 38/25 KD in Immortals' 1-1 split against OpTic Gaming on Tuesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
With Immortals swimming in a sea of mediocrity over the last couple weeks, they need a light to keep them moving in a positive direction. steel is that light without a doubt. While the team has been struggling mightily in the aftermath of their roster exodus, steel has been playing so consistent. He tallied an incredible 23/8 KD in the first game of the day, while also tallying a 126.5 ADR in the 16-4 win. While he couldn't bring home a second win in the 16-10 Game 2 loss, he still managed a respectable 15/17 KD in the game. If he can just get a couple members of his team to follow his lead, this team might just turn things around.
Dazed and confused
September 28, 2017
steel tallied a 26/36 KD in his team's sweep at the hands of CLG on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
The effects of HEN1, LUCAS1, and kNg leaving the team are clearly still being felt on Immortals. Just a few weeks ago at the PGL Major they went all the way to the grand finals with crisp play, but now they just look hapless and confused. steel did his best to try and keep things going, but he eventually fell by the wayside. His 12/17 KD in the second game was surely a contributing factor in the team's 16-6 trouncing.
Does his best to bring home the win
September 15, 2017
steel put up a 28/33 KD in Immortals' close loss to North on Friday in Group B of the ELEAGUE Premier.
ANALYSIS
steel was constantly in the thick of the action in this game, but it ended up not being enough in the end. He started off with a huge clutch ace in Round 8 that included a nice 1-vs-2 clutch at the end. He continued to lock up clutches on a pretty regular basis in the first half and then helped with a nice comeback in the second that got them all the way into two overtimes. They just didn't have enough to overcome the might of the Danes in the loss.
Leads his team in close series
September 1, 2017
steel put up a massive 71/53 KD in Immortals' loss at the hands of G2 Esports on Day 2 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
It's a shame that Immortals couldn't get the win in this series with how well that steel played from start to finish. He had some rough rounds in Game 1 where he peeked in positions where he probably should have hung back, but any success they had in the round was still on his shoulders. Then in Game 2, he led Immortals' resurgence in the second half of the game. They were down at the half, but he picked up kill after kill, including a 3k in Round 27 that set up map point, to push towards the win. He continued right on into Game 3, but G2 was simply swarming all over the map in this final game. He tried to lead his team to another comeback, but G2 easily recovered in this game and got right back into it to get the win.
Nerves of steel in win
August 30, 2017
steel posted a 17/23 KD in Immortals' razor-thin win over Fnatic on Day 1 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
steel started off a bit slow in this game, but he never gave up one bit. Even while he only had a single kill in the first seven rounds, his team was up 6-1. Once the game progressed, he finally turned on the jets a bit. He locked down the B-site in Round 1 before securing a huge 1-vs-2 in Round 11. He went quiet once more in the second half but made his presence felt one last time in Round 30 with a double that secured the series win.
Consistency in win
August 25, 2017
steel tallied a 41/36 KD in Immortals' 1-1 split with SK Gaming in the ESL Pro League on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
steel was nothing if not incredibly consistent in this series on Thursday. He didn't end up with the most kills in the series, but he had plenty of early aggression in the first game that helped push his team to a big win. He was rotating and picking off the opposition with ease, which was especially nice to see given that he was up against SK Gaming here. He was even better in the second game, even if he was a bit more quiet with his slaying. He was doing everything right, which put his team up 10-5 in the first half. The only problem was that the rest of Immortals were a bit off in the second half, which allowed SK to battle back for the 16-12 win.
Comes up just short in grand finals
July 24, 2017
steel tallied a 52/50 KD in Immortals' 2-1 loss to Gambit Esports in the grand finals of the PGL Major Krakow.
ANALYSIS
steel, like the rest of Immortals, started off pretty strong in this series. They came out the gate in Game 1 and took it straight to Gambit. This resulted in a strong 16-4 win. After that, however, the wheels of the Brazilian hype machine came flying off. They looked wholly unable to really handle the measured aggression of Gambit in the final two games. steel did his best to get Immortals back in it with the only positive KD in the final game of the series, but it simply wasn't enough. This was a strong performance from Immortals overall, however. They've now got Legends status and will certainly be back for the next Major.
Pied piper in Day 1 win over VP
July 6, 2017
steel thrashed Virtus Pro with a firm 23/14 KD on Tuesday for Immortals at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
steel had a rather slow start on the offense, unable to break through the Polish defense with a sluggish 3-0 deficit. Still, the last-minute call for the late rotation on the A-bombsite in Round 4 gave steel some hope after taking Immortals' first round won in the half. Virtus Pro fought back, but steel had the upper hand, taking down the Polish Plow with his precise aiming to open up the bombsites as well as strengthen the economy. steel got the ball rolling earning frag after frag, which resulted in rounds won with a definite lead, including his Round 9 A-bombsite denied retake to advance the score to within two. steel did manage to give up a few rounds late in the first half but came out on top 8-7. The second half was all steel on the defense, holding off the Plow and earning the eight rounds for a 16-12 win and 79.1 ADR along the way. Virtus Pro threw everything they had, but steel was right in front to slow them down for the win.
Second-half performance not enough
July 6, 2017
steel tallied a 16/22 KD in Immortals' loss against Cloud9 on Thursday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
steel did what he could in this game, but it ended up not being nearly enough to take down C9. His close-but-no-cigar-type play started off in the pistol round. He grabbed two kills in that round, but his team still couldn't grab the win. That first win didn't actually come until Round 4 where steel grabbed another double kills. The rest of the first half was a bit lackluster, but then he tried to come back in the second half. He found kills in almost every round of the second half, yet that still wasn't enough to keep C9 from running away with the game.
Excellent in match win over C9
May 31, 2017
steel earned a 20/14 KD on Wednesday, Day 2 in a win over Cloud9 in the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.
ANALYSIS
steel gave up the first pistol round but quickly bounced back to win three straight on the offensive side to retake the lead early. steel opened the bomb sites and managed to lurk a few rounds to catch the defense off guard. He moved along with the team as Cloud9 closed out the half down 10-5. The second half started well for Cloud9 as steel looked into the following round won for the defense. steel broke the economy of Cloud9 early on and allowed his team to take advantage of the five rounds won before closing out the half 16-8 on Mirage.
Consistent in win over G2
May 31, 2017
steel had a solid Day 2, earning a 19/15 KD on Wednesday, Day 2 in a 1-0 win over G2 in the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.
ANALYSIS
steel couldn't do much of anything in the start of the series faced with a rushing defense for a quick 3-0 lead. Round 4 steel prevailed and helped his team earn a round on the board and then some. After a six-round win streak, steel continued to apply the pressure on the defense, overrunning the opposition for a 10-5 lead at the half. The start to the second half was another slow, enduring battle, taking on another 3-0 deficit. steel finally snapped and had the economy to hold off the aggressive offense of G2 for a handful of rounds until eventually closing out the map 16-10. steel earned a solid 61.3 ADR during the late rounds of the half on Overpass.
First half efforts not enough in loss
May 30, 2017
steel had a slim 12/19 KD for Immortals on Tuesday, Day 1 with a 1-0 loss to Fnatic in the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.
ANALYSIS
steel had a rather dismal start to Inferno, as he was unable to penetrate the defense in the 7-0 deficit they took to start the first half. Although steel did manage to win Round 10 with a quad entry kill on the B-bombsite to win the force buy, that was about it in the first half. steel's late round heroics helped give the team a 10-5 half to end on a positive note. However, the start to the second half was another story as steel had another slow start. steel managed to hold off on the defense for four rounds in the second half before being closed out by Fnatic 16-9 as steel posted a 54.8 ADR in the Day 1 loss.
Falters in Game 2 loss
May 29, 2017
steel put up a 39/41 KD in Immortals' 1-1 split with SK Gaming on Sunday in the ECS.
ANALYSIS
steel started this series strong enough with a nice showing in Game 1, even though it didn't start out that way. He only managed two kills in the first three rounds as SK jumped out to an early lead. He continued to be pretty slow in the first half while his teammates started to mount a bit of a comeback. He grabbed a double kill in a Round 17 loss, but the spark was enough to get himself back into a groove. He came up with a big 3k late in the half to take a late 14-13 lead that gave them enough of a cushion to get into overtime. In the overtime period, he tallied another 3k, this time in the final round of the 19-16 win. Game 2 was a completely different story for steel, as he didn't find a single kill until Round 7 of the game. From then on, he put up some kills here and there, but no one on Immortals brought enough to the table to stop SK from taking the 16-9 win to split the series.
Does just enough to get series sweep
May 27, 2017
steel put up a 29/29 KD in Immortals' sweep over CLG on Saturday in the ECS.
ANALYSIS
steel, while not the best player on his team in this big 16-4 win on Cobblestone, still had a great game. He started with a double kill in Round 2 and went on to add in consistent frags all throughout the match as CLG was powerless to stop the Brazilian squad in this game. He did more of the same in Game 2 on Mirage. He made some nice plays in the early rounds to get his team out of the 0-4 hole they were in early. He never really did anything super impactful, as he finished at the bottom of his team with a 12/19 KD in the game. Thankfully, his teammates picked up the slack for the 16-13 win.