Week 4 came and with it, the form of the Poneys did too as the French went back to winning ways. Team Finest continued their immaculate season so far, contrasting with sAw, who are yet to find a win inside the server. Finally, we had plenty of Counter-Strike to watch during this ESEA Season 39 EU Premier week 4.
The first match of the group involved the unbeaten Team Finest and the reigning champions AGO. It is getting less and less surprising to see the European mix of Finest winning. The team, coached by the Brazilian João ‘righi’ Righi, is currently undefeated as they rolled past AGO in just 2 maps. 16-8 and 16-9 were the scores on Ancient and Inferno, respectively. On another server, forZe played against Sinners in a 3-map-length game, where neither team secured a win on their pick, with forZe getting demolished on “their” Mirage 16-3. The decider was Inferno, with Sinners securing the 2-1 after a near-flawless second-half, ending the map 16-9. To end the day of group A, DBL Poney went up against Wisla Krakow in a tight series that swung in favor of the French. Even though they won the series 2-0, both maps were balanced with the Poneys taking Dust2 16-12, picked by the Krakow-based team, and taking their Inferno pick 16-14.
The next day of games saw Entropiq vs. GamerLegion and forZe vs. Wisla Krakow. The Russian org, coached by Dmitry ‘hooch’ Bogdanov, debuted with a loss. After a dismal first map where they lost 16-2 on their Mirage pick, Entropiq managed to steal GamerLegion’s Vertigo pick with a similar result, 16-5. The Nuke decider ended with that same result but this time, in favor of the German organization. forZe and Wisla traded their picks, 16-12 for forZe on Wisla’s Nuke and 16-13 for Wisla on forZe’s Mirage. The game was decided on Overpass, with the Polish squad getting a large lead in the CT side, propelling them to the win, 16-9 was the final result.
To end the group A affairs, DBL Poney faced off against AGO but the French didn’t want to waste any time, as they quickly finished their business in 2 maps with their results being 16-8 and 16-6, on Inferno and Vertigo, respectively.
This week’s group B games started off with a certified banger. 1WIN and BLINK were the protagonists of one of the tightest series of EU Premier, the first map, Vertigo, picked by 1WIN, ended 16-14, with the Russians taking the win. Ancient followed, where the Kosovar org won 16-13. To finish off the series, the decider was played on Mirage and the result was the same as the previous map, 16-13, but this time in favor of 1WIN, who took home the 2-1 win.
The other series of this group is the exact contrary of this 1WIN and BLINK series. BLINK vs. Nemiga, Copenhagen Flames vs. sAw and sAw vs. BLINK all ended in a 2-0 result. The Kosovar organization won against Nemiga and sAw with very similar results in all four maps, 16-11 and 16-10 against the Belarusians and two 16-11 results against the Portuguese. CPH Flames also swept the Portuguese squad, 16-12 and 16-7 were the results of the two maps. This sAw squad seems to be struggling as of late, barely keeping their spot for this season, which resulted in a lineup change which, a few weeks later, was reverted. We will be paying close attention to the Portuguese in hopes of seeing their performances get better.