The final stage of the EPL’s first phase is Group D. Chances are we’ll see an intense series of matches as the teams battle it out for those coveted playoff spots. To add to the excitement, this phase will feature two relatively unknown teams, namely ATK and Rare Atom, taking on some of the biggest names in CS:GO including ENCE, Astralis, Team Liquid, Team Spirit and NaVi.
Given the level of competition, it’s safe to say that there will be some variability in the performance of players on these teams. So, if you are thinking of risking your money for this tournament, it is important that you read our analysis and insights.
Astralis: Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz
- Rating: 1.16
- Impact: 1.28
- KAST: 71.3%
- ADR: 80.4
To begin with, we want to draw your attention to a prominent player to watch out for in the upcoming Group D of the EPL 2023 – dev1ce. This Danish professional CS:GO player has been a fixture in the competitive scene for a considerable period. Though he has had his glory days, he struggled to maintain his form after the legendary roster of Astralis disbanded.
However, the good news is that dev1ce has rejoined the CS:GO roster of Astralis in October 2022, re-energized and eager to prove his worth once again. He’s determined to showcase his experience and help his team make it to the Playoffs of the ESL Pro League S17.
Team Liquid: Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis
- Rating: 1.14
- Impact: 1.29
- KAST: 68.7%
- ADR: 82.7
Next up, we have in our list the latest addition to the Liquid’s roster – Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis – one of the biggest transfers and best csgo players in the recent history of the NA organization.
The Latvian’s contribution was crucial to Team Liquid’s impressive performance in the BLAST Premier: World Final 2022, where they narrowly lost 0-2 to G2 Esports.
With a top EVP rating, YEKINDAR demonstrated his exceptional skills in victorious rounds with 1.15 KPR and 0.45 in lost ones. He managed to secure the opening pick in 26.3% of rounds, but also faced the opening death in 19.2%. Despite this, he’s widely regarded as one of the most impactful AWPers in the world. When YEKINDAR gets a kill, it carries more weight than those of other AWPers.
Hence, as the Group D matches approach, YEKINDAR is undoubtedly a player to keep a close eye on.
Natus Vincere: Denis “electroNic” Sharipov
- Rating: 1.09
- Impact: 1.19
- KAST: 71.6%
- ADR: 82.6
Denis “electroNic” Sharipov is the current IGL of a Ukrainian organization, and it’s safe to say that he has taken up the mantle of leadership since Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhaylov’s departure from the team due to reputational risks.
Despite the team’s decline in form since their glory days in 2021 and early 2022, and with some unconvincing performances and a new recruit who’s yet to find his footing, Denis remains one of the best individual players. In a recent qualifier match, he even managed to acquire an impressive 39 kills in a single map. Therefore, he is undoubtedly one of the strongest contenders on the list of players to watch out for in Group D of the EPL.
ENCE: Guy “NertZ” Iluz
- Rating: 1.10
- Impact: 1.28
- KAST: 68.9%
- ADR: 85.0
As of Feb. 14, 2023, the active roster of the team has replaced Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså with a 23-year-old Israeli player named NertZ, who was chosen due to differences in playstyle. Despite mainly playing on the Israeli scene, NertZ has been with Endpoint since November 2021 and has an average rating of 1.14 with the UK-based team.
The 23-year-old Guy has primarily played on the lower tier but also demonstrated his potential against some of the world’s best teams, earning a 1.20 rating in EPL Season 16. ENCE’s coach, Eetu “sAw” Saha, has been keeping an eye on NertZ for some time due to his undeniable skills and potential. It remains to be seen if NertZ will fit well into the team’s roles and personalities during the upcoming matches of the Group Stage.
Natus Vincere: Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
- Rating: 1.24
- Impact: 1.35
- KAST: 74.1%
- ADR: 85.9
Mentioned above NaVi’s Denis “electroNic” Sharipov and Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev are at the forefront of the squad’s success. s1mple is a name that needs no introduction. He made his debut in CS:GO esports with LAN DODGERS in 2013 and has since been recognized for his exceptional skills and talent.
However, it wasn’t until the recent PGL Major Stockholm 2021 that the 25-year-old finally secured a major trophy for himself and the team, cementing his status as the greatest of all time. More so, Sasha has been ranked as the number one player in the recently released HLTV Top 20 Players of 2022. Despite his impulsive behavior and unconventional interviews, the Ukrainian definitely remains a player to follow in the upcoming matches.