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ESL Pro League Season 11: Europe & North America final results

Published: 12/Apr/2020 22:08 Updated: 13/Apr/2020 1:16

by Bill Cooney


Some of the best teams in European and North American CSGO have spent the last few weeks battling it out to see who will be crowned champion in each region, and at last we have the final results.

24 of Counter-Strike’s premier esports teams were pitted against one another for the 11th season of ESL’s Pro League. Due to the ongoing global health crisis, the entirety of Season 11 was played online between two dedicated regions: Europe and North America.

There were three European groups versus only one North American group, so both divisions went ahead and crowned a champion this season.

European Division Results

Teams for Season 11 of ESL Pro League.
24 teams total were invited to compete in ESL’s global Pro League for Season 11.

The 24 total teams in ESL Season 11 were split into four different groups of six, with 18 representing Europe and the remaining six putting on for North America.

Out of the three European groupings, Astralis, Natus Vincere, and mousesports each came out on top on the way to Stage 2, which took place from April 5 to 9.

Fnatic ended up being the team to beat after of the second stage of play though, and the Grand Final between them and mousesports went the distance before one last showdown on Mirage.

ESLFnatic put mousesports dreams of a second straight ESL Pro League Championship to rest.

After the dust had settled, it was clear Fnatic wasn’t going to let mous repeat their performance from the ESL Pro League Season 10 this year, as they walked away with the Championship and the lion’s share of the prize money.

ESL Pro League Season 11: Europe final placements and earnings

  1. Fnatic ($110,000)
  2. mousesports ($65,000)
  3. Astralis ($53,000)
  4. Natus Vincere ($43,000)
  5. FaZe Clan ($32,000)
  6. OG ($31,000)
  7. forZe ($24,000)
  8. Ninjas in Pyjamas ($24,000)
  9. Team Vitality ($24,000)
  10. G2 ($22,000)
  11. Complexity ($17,000)
  12. Godsent ($17,000)
  13. Team Spirit ($15,000)
  14. North ($15,000)
  15. ($15,000)
  16. BIG ($13,000)
  17. ENCE ($8,000)
  18. TYLOO ($3,000)

North American Division Results

Tarik competing for Evil Geniuses.
Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid battled it out for the ESL Pro League Season 11 North American Championship.

Following the European Championship, the North American Grand Finals took place between Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid.

It was a one-sided affair though, as Team Liquid cleaned up and walked away with a 3-0 Championship win against EG.

ESL Pro League Season 11: NA final placements and earnings

  1. Team Liquid ($90,000)
  2. Evil Geniuses ($45,000)
  3. FURIA Esports ($33,000)
  4. MIBR ($23,000)
  5. 100 Thieves ($15,000)
  6. Swole Patrol ($13,000)

ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.