Off the Starting Block – A Look Back at Week One of the CS:GO Masters

Round 1 of the 2017 DGL CS:GO Masters has officially concluded with some interesting results coming through from our ten competing teams.

Four teams have a strong start while the others have some problems to fix going forward, but be prepared for some fairly opinionated overviews for the teams and their performance (score lines only tell so much after all).

Round 1 Recap:

Energy eSports 2-0 Ventus CS:GOThe new kid on the block managed to find itself up against a team stacked with experience and talent. While both MGO’s are newcomers to the Masters, both have quite a competitive history to back them up so this match should have been, in my opinion, a bit closer than it was. eN proved their determination to be counted as one of the top teams with a decent run in their first week.

Score: 16-5 on Cobblestone and 16-7 on Mirage.

White Rabbit Gaming 2-0 Veneration E-SportsA strong start for the WRG squad as they managed to strike down VnR 2-0, although the maps were extremely close. Without trying to divide the Masters into its own skill bracket, these teams are on even ground and will have to face much tougher opponents in the future.

Score: 16-11 on Cobblestone and 16-13 on Cache.

Aperture Gaming 2-0 eXdee Gaming The strong contender for a top finish would have to be the ApG squad and what a better way than to show their potential than a win on the first step of the journey. The ‘xD’ squad was one of my underdogs going into this event (being as stacked with experience and talent as they are), but unfortunately that was not enough to defeat the titans of ApG – though they did put up a fair bit of fight which bodes well for future match-ups

Score: 16-7 on Mirage and 16-11 on Train.

Damage Control 2-1 Pulse GamingIt was extremely enjoyable to see that these two would clash early on with an experienced DC squad against an all new up-and-coming Pulse. The game managed to go the full three map distance and we will be keeping an eye on both teams as taking one map off of one of the top title contenders can be considered a good start to the leg.

Score: 16-9 on Cache, 6-16 on Mirage and 16-11 on Overpass.

Xperts at Total Chaos 2-1 Flipsid3 TacticsAn upset was made as the xTc squad managed to defeat the reformed F3 squad in a drawn out three map best-of-three. This marks a great start for the xTc team as they have come under some heavy criticism last year. With this result having shifted criticism towards the F3 team, who have now been defeated in a match they ‘should’ have won, the next week’s matches could see some exciting games as I am sure F3 will be looking to prove their worth.

Score: 16-11 on Mirage, 14-16 on Dust II and 16-3 on Overpass.

Overall it is worth mentioning that ApG has already played their second game, against Flipsid3, managing to pick up their second win of the season in a 2-1 battle (16-12 on Mirage, 11-16 on Overpass and 22-18 on Cache). This throws ApG to the top of the brackets while leaving the F3 side down two games already.

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