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autimatic    Cloud9
autimatic went 10/19 when Cloud9 lost to Immortals in the Group B winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

The normally very strong fragger for Cloud9 was extremely off his game when his team took on Immortals on Friday. After winning the first three rounds of the game, C9 fell flat on their face by losing 16 of the next 20 rounds. autimatic was right there on the floor with his teammates as they couldn't make heads or tails of the matchup. While he didn't have the lowest ADR (66.0) of the match, he still failed to bring the offense in this tough loss for C9. They've got one last shot at the playoffs with the loser's final match on Saturday, but they will need to avoid another showing like this from autimatic to crack into the semifinals.
shroud    Cloud9
shroud finished Cloud9's loss to Immortals in the Group B winner's match at DreamHack Austin with a 12/18 KD.

RotoWire Analysis

Despite having some nice moments in the ESL Pro League earlier in the week, shroud had a dud of a game at the worst possible time for Cloud9. Going up against Immortals, they needed 100% from everyone on the team. While it looked as though that was going to be the case after the 3-0 start, things simply fizzled out for C9 in a hurry. shroud didn't do much to stop the fizzle, posting just 12 kills to go along with a 62.6 ADR. He was only 1/3 on entry frags and seemed to simply fall flat at every turn. C9 will need more from him and everyone else if they want to turn things around and still make it to the playoffs of this tournament.
Stewie2k    Cloud9
Stewie2k put up a 19/16 KD in Cloud9's loss to Immortals in the Group B winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

Cloud9 had a bit of a rough go of things here against Immortals on Friday. Things started off well enough with Cloud9 taking the first three rounds and looking to be well on their way to a nice win to move into the semifinals. Immortals had other plans, though. The Brazilians won 16 of the next 20 rounds to take the map in resounding fashion. It wasn't for lack of trying from Stewie2k, however. He had the highest kill total and ADR on his team. There was just simply a lack of cohesion from the team as a whole that prevented them from being able to take down the Brazilians. They aren't out of it yet, though. They've got one more shot at the semifinals on Saturday in the loser's final of Group B.
HEN1    Immortals
HEN1 tallied a 14/10 KD in Immortals' win over Cloud9 in the Group B winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

While HEN1 wasn't the worst member of Immortals in terms of KD, he certainly left a bit to be desired when it came to ADR. He was the lowest on his team, only registering a 63.7 in that category. It was perhaps a bit surprising that his damage was so low since he was on the high-powered AWP for most of the match. Outside of a 3k on that sniper rifle in Round 12, he simply couldn't seem to come up with much by the way of consistent damage. His team still managed to pull out the win, though. Still, they will definitely want a bit more from him in the semifinals on Sunday if they wish to make some major noise in the tournament.
fnx    Immortals
fnx posted a 21/15 KD in Immortals' win over Cloud9 in the Group B winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

fnx continues to impress after his move onto this team a few months back. He had been playing at a bit of a lower level on SK Gaming towards the end of 2016, but the change of scenery seems to have done him well. He started off with a double kill in Round 4 to get his team moving along in the first half before going off in the rest of the game. He also picked up a quad kill in Round 10 to tie things at five rounds apiece before Immortals took full control over the game. With Immortals on the cusp of a victory, fnx came up with a 3k in Round 21 to put his team just two wins away from the semifinals. They easily finished up the map with two more wins after this to cruise right into the semifinals.
boltz    Immortals
boltz put up a 22/15 KD in Immortals' loss to Cloud9 in the Group B winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

boltz was the top man for Immortals in this big win over Cloud9 on Friday. While C9 started off strong with a 3-0 lead, boltz never lost his composure, starting with a double in Round 4 to get his team on the board. From there, he simply never let up as the Brazilians started a massive push to gain control over this game. They were able to do so on the back of plays like the quad kill from boltz in Round 8 and his 3k in Round 19 to push his team even farther ahead. With him and really everyone on Immortals playing so well, they are sitting pretty going into the semifinals on Sunday.
Zero    HellRaisers
Zero went 20/18 in HellRaisers' loss to Gambit in the Group A winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

While he didn't have very many flashy plays, his opponent AdreN had enough for everyone in the lobby, he was the only member of his team to show up to this match. He seemed to be the only one who actually wanted it. As such, he was the strongest member of his team, and actually the strongest member in the lobby outside of AdreN. His 20 kills were the second-highest in the game between both teams. This was a very respectable performance from Zero, and his team will need more of this on Saturday if they're going to get into the playoffs.
DeadFox    HellRaisers
DeadFox tallied a minuscule 6/22 KD in HellRaisers' loss to Gambit in the Group A winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

DeadFox was little more than a bullet sponge in this HellRaisers loss on Friday. From start to finish, he merely existed to pad the stats of his opponents. There was seldom a moment in the 16-7 loss where he was alive, as he posted a game-high 22 deaths in the game. Accordingly, this left him unable to bring any offense to table at all, which led to his pitiful six kills in the loss. Even if he couldn't land the kills, he could have at least put up some consistent damage throughout the game. But his 34.3 ADR shows that he couldn't even manage that. More is required of DeadFox if he hopes to advance at all in this tournament.
bondik    HellRaisers
bondik tallied an 11/18 KD in HellRaisers' tough loss to Gambit in the Group A winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

bondik, in what was a harrowing trend for HellRaisers in this match, didn't play to the best of his ability on Friday. Outside of a 3k in Round 7 to try and bring his team back a bit early on, there was just nothing that he was able to do to help his team whatsoever. He only managed a paltry 11 kills, while registering a fairly low ADR of 66.5. He and his teammates will need to provide much more offense on Saturday in order to stick around in this tournament.
mou    Gambit Gaming
mou posted a 16/9 KD in Gambit's win over HellRaisers in the Group A winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

While he didn't tally a ton of kills in the win, what mou did was more than enough to back up his teammates in this big win. With AdreN putting on such a show, the rest of Gambit simply needed to provide consistent enough play without dying too much for them to lock up the win. That's exactly what mou did here. He actually posted the lowest deaths in the entire lobby, showing off how truly elusive he really was. That coupled with plays like his quad kill in Round 10 was what allowed Gambit to take this game and move right along to the semifinals on Sunday.
HObbit    Gambit Gaming
HObbit posted an 18/12 KD in Gambit's win against HellRaisers in the Group A winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

While AdreN was making all the flashy plays in this series, HObbit was right behind him providing some consistent damage to help Gambit lock up this big win. The vast majority of this damage came when he had bondik (6/0) and STYKO (5/1) in his sights. Picking off these players so much allowed him to be a solid rock for this Gambit squad that has been coming on quite strong of late. He may not have had many entry frags, but he did pick up his fair share of multi-kills, including a 4k once the gun rounds started. If he and his teammates can keep playing this well in the semifinals on Sunday, they've got a nice chance to lock up a surprise tournament win.
AdreN    Gambit Gaming
AdreN posted a stellar 30/12 KD in Gambit's win over HellRaisers in the Group A winner's match at DreamHack Austin.

RotoWire Analysis

AdreN continues to be a force to be reckoned with on this rising Gambit Gaming squad. He opened the map with a bang, snagging a quad kill in the opening pistol round to set his team on a nice 1-0 lead to start things off. He continued to show up in key moment all throughout the map, with his double kill in Round 9 to break a 4-4 tie immediately coming to mind. He never let up with his decisive frags, including another double on a retake in Round 20 to get his team even closer to match point. While his teammates did their part with some consistent kills, it was AdreN essentially willing them to victory that pushed Gambit directly into the semifinals with the win.
RaZ    Animal Squad
RaZ and his teammates from Winterfox have left the Winterfox organization, reports Vince Nairn of Slingshot Esports.

RotoWire Analysis

In what is an incredibly unsurprising move, RaZ and his teammates on the former Winterfox squad have left the team. It was a mutual agreement between the players and the team following multiple reports of less then stelar treatment from the organization towards the players. In addition to not being paid for a month, the players were also left stranded in Australia, where they have been playing their ESL matches with a very high ping. Despite the players getting released from the team, they managed to convince the ESL to let them keep their spot in the Pro League, although they will have to move back to North America to be eligible to play next season.
zewsy    Animal Squad
zewsy has been granted his release from Winterfox, reports Vince Nairn of Slingshot Esports.

RotoWire Analysis

When reports came out that the Winterfox manager hadn't paid his players and left them high and dry in Australia without a way back to the states, it seemed like only a matter of time until things came to a head. The players have negotiated with the team, and both sides came to the mutual agreement to let the players walk away from the organization. The team will now compete under the name Animal Squad. Additionally, they got the ESL to allow them to keep their spot in the Pro League for the rest of this season and beyond.
ofnu    Animal Squad
ofnu, along with the rest of his former Winterfox teammates, have been released and will compete under the name of Animal Squad, reports Vince Nairn of Slingshot Esports.

RotoWire Analysis

Following reports of players not being paid by owner Brian Cordry, all the players on the Winterfox roster have been granted their release from the roster. The players negotiated with the team and with them unable to come up with a workable agreement that kept the players with Winterfox, they will now compete without an organization behind them for the remainder of the season. The players managed to get ESL to let the players keep their spot in the Pro League, though. The players will be competing under the name Animal Squad and are currently accepting offers from other organizations.
apoc    Animal Squad
apoc was granted his release from Winterfox and will compete with his teammates under the name Animal Squad, reports Vince Nairn of Slingshot Esports.

RotoWire Analysis

After it was reported that the owner of WInterfox failed to pay his players in March and left them stranded in Australia, the players started negotiations to be released from their contracts. Through discussions with the organization, it was mutually agreed that the player's release was in everyone's best interests. The players also negotiated with ESL and were able to keep its Pro League spot, which means they will now play under the name of Animal Squad for the remainder of the season.
LUCAS1    Immortals
LUCAS1 only managed a paltry 21/31 KD in Immortals' series split with Liquid on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.

RotoWire Analysis

LUCAS1 essentially tripped coming out the gate in this series against Liquid. He didn't get a kill until Round 6, and then only picked up three more kills in the entirety of the match from that point on. While no one on his team really had many positives in this match, LUCAS1's play was especially bad. Thankfully, he turned it around a bit in the second game of the series on Inferno. He started off with a double and bomb plant in a pistol round win to open the map, and surpassed his Game 1 kill total by Round 7. His biggest round of the game came during Round 12, when he picked up a 4k and bomb plant in a round that his team still lost somehow. While he only registered five of his 17 kills in the second half, his team still picked up the rounds needed to lock up the 16-9 win to split the series.
kennyS    G2 Esports
kennyS played well in G2's 2-0 sweep of Astralis in the ESL Pro League, ending Tuesday with a combined KD of 53/32.

RotoWire Analysis

kennyS was a monster in Game 1, dominating Train with the AWP by picking up several early kills, including a quadra kill in Round 7 to put G2 up 7-0. With monster performances on the CT-side, kennyS' AWP was on point as he lit Astralis up to give G2 a 13-2 lead in the second half. A brilliant triple kill from kennyS couldn't save G2 from dropping the second-half pistol round, leading to a surge from Astralis. Despite Astralis taking 10 rounds in the second half, kennyS would not be denied, leading Astralis to a 16-12 victory with a 31/17 KD and 101.3 ADR. kennyS had a quieter start to Game 2 on Cache, but still managed to rack up kills throughout the match. While he didn't pop off quite as hard as he did in Game 1, a 22/15 KD from kennyS helped lead G2 to a 16-9 win.
HEN1    Immortals
HEN1 ended Immortals' 1-1 split with Liquid on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League with a 29/31 KD.

RotoWire Analysis

HEN1, despite having a nice showing in the second game, came up very short in the first game. He didn't pick up a kill until Round 7, where he got a kill with his P250 before notching a double kill on the AWP in the very next round. That was about it in terms of consistency for him in this 16-3 loss to open the series. In the next game on Inferno, he was much stronger. He opened with a kill in the pistol round to set the tone for his big showing. He tallied a double kill in Rounds 7 and 9, while picking up back-to-back triple kills in Rounds 10 and 11. He was a bit more subdued in the second half, but they still played strong as a team to lock up the 16-9 win to split the series.
shox    G2 Esports
shox earned a KD of 44/27 in G2's 2-0 sweep of Astralis in ESL Pro League action on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

shox helped G2 stay on top early in Game 1 on Train with a rifle triple kill in Round 4, leading to an 8-0 lead and forcing a tactical pause from Astralis. shox combo'd well with kennyS in the later rounds of the first half, picking up a triple kill in Round 14 with a myriad of snipers as G2 took a commanding 13-2 lead into the second half. shox's hot hand cooled off in the second half, but shox remained a force to be reckoned with in spite of Astralis' surge in momentum. Displaying brilliant rifle play that led to a 29/17 KD and 96.4 ADR, shox was crucial to G2's 16-12 win. shox continued his hot streak in Game 2 on Cache, where he lit up the first half on the T-side with kills, including a triple kill in Round 14 to give G2 a 13-2 lead at the half. From there, it was all G2 as, despite posting the lowest ADR of his team, shox picked up a 15/10 KD in a 16-9 win.