ENCE Scores a 2-0 Win Over HEET
As expected, ENCE got their ESL Pro League Season 16 group stage campaign off to a flying start with a convincing 2-0 victory over HEET. The European mix looked switched on in their revamped roster’s debut match, crushing the Frenchmen on Dust2 16-6 before closing things out with a more hard-fought 16-11 victory on Vertigo.
ENCE’s newest additions, valde and Alvaro “SunPayus” Garcia, both had standout performances, consistently finding impact alongside their high fragging output to power themselves to 1.47 and 1.29 ratings respectively. Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer and company will look to build on their strong performance as they face off against Heroic this time around. The last time the two teams met was at PGL Major Antwerp back in May, with the European squad narrowly coming out on top after a demanding 2-1 affair.
HEET’s pick of Dust2 played host to the first map of the series, with ENCE hitting the ground running as they cruised to a 6-1 lead on the CT-side. The Frenchman’s woes continued as the opening half drew on, valde and Pavle “Maden” Bošković putting up 25 frags between the pair as ENCE surged on to double digits, 10-1.
The two teams exchanged rounds back-and-forth to get the second half underway, including a quad kill with the Desert Eagle by Thomas “Djoko” Pavoni. This overwhelming deficit proved too much for HEET to overcome in the end though, as ENCE twice returned to the A site to post the remaining two rounds they needed, closing out Dust2 16-6 in the process.
ENCE’s momentum from Dust2 carried over to get the second map of Vertigo going, with Snappi leading by example as he racked up 14 kills to propel his team to an 8-2 start. A short-lived two-round spree by the French side was enough to keep their heads above water, but ENCE were determined to end the series in two maps as they continuously hounded both bombsites with blistering pace to lead 11-4 by the swap. In the end, Maden sniped down three on the B site defense with his AWP to lock in Vertigo 16-11 and the series 2-0.
Heroic got Upset in a Disappointing Manner by MOUZ
Heroic couldn’t have had a worse start as MOUZ claimed an important ESL Pro League Season 16 opening win in a group which has no clear favorite and is expected to be a brawl for the three available playoff spots. They did so with a clean 2-0, scraping by in their Mirage pick, 16-14, before shutting Heroic down 16-9 in a wild Dust2 pick.
Heroic and MOUZ last met at IEM Cologne, where the Danish squad’s early struggles coming from the player break started to become apparent. On that occasion Casper “cadiaN” Møller and company were knocked out of the tournament in last place by MOUZ after an opening loss to Ninjas in Pyjamas. Heroic’s woes then continued on home soil at the BLAST Premier Fall Groups, where they failed to make it to the Fall Finals.
This time around, MOUZ’s newcomer, xertioN, pushed deep into Mirage’s A site to tally the first frag of the series in a successful A execute that put his team ahead. JDC then got a triple in the anti-forcebuy to ease MOUZ into a 3-0 after the anti-eco. Heroic won the first gun round in a bid to stabilize on the international squad’s map pick, but it wasn’t until a seven round streak after going down 2-6 that the Danes asserted dominance and took a 9-6 lead. Ultimately the international squad hung tight to pull off a last-round 16-14 victory.
The Danes then got off to a disastrous start on their Dust2 punish pick and were devoured by xertioN, who posted 17 kills in his team’s 9-0 start on the CT side. It wasn’t until the tenth round that Heroic found success on the A site, which opened up the can for three more round wins in a 4-11 half. Martin “stavn” Lund and company went 5-0 on the CT side in blunt enough fashion for commentator Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill to predict a third map.
The thing is that MOUZ had different plans and kicked into gear, striking with four successful attacks in a row to hit match point. Down and out, Heroic lost a 5vs3 against a B hit in the 25th round, the last dagger to the heart, which confirmed MOUZ’s first victory at ESL Pro League Season 16 in xertioN’s debut series.
ENCE vs Heroic Match Information
- Date: Friday, Sept. 16
- Time: 1:30pm ET
- ENCE vs Heroic Live Stream: Twitch.tv
ENCE vs Heroic Prediction
On paper, this might look like an even matchup, but in reality, I think that this encounter will be significantly lopsided towards an ENCE victory. Heroic is looking like nothing we’ve seen before, and I don’t mean that in a positive way. As long as they keep performing like this, we won’t be seeing them picking up significant wins any time soon.
Considering that we successfully predicted both teams’ latest results in some of our esports picks, I expect to keep the ball rolling with this one. Don’t forget to bet on esports at BetUS Sportsbook & Casino. We’ve plenty of CSGO odds for you to consider.