By: Zachary Lange
Here is The Update for Sept. 30
PUBG finishes NPL Phase 3 in sixth place
Despite two chicken dinners in a bounce-back effort from last week’s disappointing result in Phase 3 of NPL play, eUnited finished in sixth place overall.
As a result, the team did not qualify for the PUBG Global Championship 2019.
Play this week began early on Friday as six additional matches were added to the phase in place of the NPL Royale of the past. In the first day’s finale, eUnited earned a crucial 12-kill, first place finish on Erangel.
Saturday, the team struggled to find its footing. Despite a third place, five-kill contest to open up the day, the squad only found placement points in two other games. The lack of placement points, coupled with the surge of other teams into the points conversation, put eUnited on the ropes to qualify for PGC.
eUnited didn’t go down quietly, however. After a zero-point game to begin Sunday, eUnited roared back on Miramar for an eight-kill chicken dinner. Directly following their win, the squad had a second-place finish and were approximately 15 points away from third place with only three games remaining.
Had the momentum continued from that point, eUnited would have stood a chance at qualification into the biggest tournament of the year.
Fate had other plans.
A pair of games that failed to earn placement points in game’s four and five sealed the deal for eUnited to be on the outside of the points cutoff.
With a sixth-place finish, eUnited earned $8,000 in addition to their $6,000 in winnings for a half-dozen chicken dinners throughout the entirety of Phase 3.
Details on next season for the NPL are currently unannounced.
Counter Strike keep things close, fall 7-8th at ESL One New York
With limited time to prepare with the new addition of Ryan “freakazoid” Abadir, eUnited fell to Team Liquid (2-0) and ENCE (2-0) last Thursday at ESL One New York.
Held at the Barclays Center in New York City, eUnited began the tournament against No. 1 Liquid with a hotly-contested match on Overpass. After an opening-round pistol loss, eUnited earned five of the next seven rounds to go up 5-3 in round count.
The CT-sided Liquid would find an answer, however, earning five of the next seven rounds themselves to finish out the half up 8-7.
Despite a pistol win to open the second half, eUnited stumbled on the CT side, losing Overpass by a final of 16-12.
With the momentum gained from an win on eUnited’s map pick, Liquid closed out their map pick, Mirage, in a convincing 16-3 fashion. Newcomer freakazoid led the team in kills with 31 on the series.
Against No. 6 ENCE, the team once again picked Overpass but encountered the same score line of 16-12 in favor of the opposition. eUnited failed to get anything going early on the T side, dropping four-straight rounds en-route to a 10-5 half deficit. In the second half on the CT side, the squad did earn more round wins than ENCE (7-5), but the gap was insurmountable.
Train provided more headaches for eUnited on the offensive attack. With a 8-7 score in favor of ENCE at the half, eUnited fell on T side pistol, only earning three round wins on offense in total. A 16-10 loss on Train meant the end of the event for eUnited.
Despite the two losses, three out of four maps played in the Big Apple were competitive against two top-10 teams in the world. eUnited will have a short time to prepare before Season 10 of the ESL Pro League begins. It is currently unclear which group eUnited will belong to, but Group A of EPL play begins Oct. 8.
Heading back home today! Thanks @ESLCS for the tourney and good luck to the teams in Malmo. Next up for us will be pro league in a couple weeks! ✌️— Austin Abadir (@CooperCSGO) September 30, 2019
eUnited nominated for record seven Esports Awards in 2019
With multiple championships in 2019, eUnited and a handful of players and coaches are currently nominated in the annual Esports Awards.
The award ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Voting for each of the three categories featured is opening until Nov 8. Click here to vote.
A list of the categories eUnited and family are nominated for:
Esports Coach of the Year: Brice “Faccento” Faccento
Esports Console Player of the Year: James “Clayster” Eubanks
Esports Console Player of the Year: Chris “Simp” Lehr
Esports Console Rookie of the Year: Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris
Esports Console Rookie of the Year: Chris “Simp” Lehr
Esports Organization of the Year: eUnited
Regardless of results, we at eUnited would like to thank our fans for their continued support as we continue to Stand United.
We're honored to see our sucess this year be recognized alongside other top orgs with a nomination for Esports Organization of the Year!#StandUnited with us and vote eUnited!— eUnited (@eUnited) September 28, 2019
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