ruggah Analyzes Team Performance: "Some Might Even Argue He's the Best in the World'"

May 8, 2024
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  • Date: May 7-12, 2024
  • Tournament: ESL Pro League Season 19
  • Opponent: To Be Determined
  • Prize Pool: $750,000
  • Format: The Main team is primed for the playoffs and is set to compete in a quarter-final face-off (best-of-three series)
  • Scheduled: Friday, May 9, at 16:15 CEST
  • Watch Live: Catch all the action on Astralis Watch

The ESL Pro League Season 19 Playoff Bracket has been finalized. 

The distribution of the 16 teams, based on semi-draws and rankings, has resulted in a quite competitive bottom row. This section features strong teams such as the PGL Major Copenhagen finalists FaZe and Natus Vincere as well as the dominating Frenchmen from Vitality.

For our Main team, the path to the quarter-finals appears more favorable. In the Round of 16, BetBoom and FlyQuest will compete, with the winner facing Casper 'cadian' Møller's Team Liquid.

The victor of this match will then challenge Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz and his squad, who, as undefeated winners of Group A and having triumphed over 3dmax in the Upper Final, have secured a direct spot in the quarter-finals.

ruggah: "Our map pool is solid. We've got a few maps where we're definitely world-class, though some have yet to be played much in official matches"

ruggah Confident: "We're World-Class on Several Maps"

We spoke with Casper 'ruggah' Due, the head coach of our roster, about his team's standout performance in the ESL Pro League Season 19 group stage.

He shared insights on what he believes has been the key to their success, including securing back-to-back playoffs in the two recent LAN events and going undefeated with a clean 2-0 in all matches during both group stages.

"The level has been really high," ruggah mentions.

"We've rolled over some great strategies from Chengdu. Each game, the guys get to know each other better. Our gut-feel plays and mid-round strength are killing it, and honestly, I couldn't be happier," he added.

"We're good at giving space to players like stavn and jabbi, which lets us mess with the opponent's rotations and punch holes in their defense—this is a huge part of why we're smashing it on the T side. A big shoutout to dev1ce, too; he's been fantastic at creating chances for us."

When it comes to our rosters map pool, especially their strong game on Nuke, ruggah said:

"Our map pool is solid. We've got a few maps where we're definitely world-class, though some have yet to be played much in official matches. Still, our choices throw off our opponents, giving us an edge. Plus, there's the fear factor—we often win on their map picks, which really messes with their heads."

Ruggah on Steahr: "Some Might Even Say He's the Best in the World"

When it comes to standout players, ruggah had props for the whole squad but really hyped up Staehr:

"He's super stable and nails it, especially in pistol rounds. Some might even say he's the best in the world at those nail-biter pistol rounds."

"But it's not just about one guy. The whole team is awesome at backing each other up, getting into the right spots, and talking things through, which sets us up for some epic plays. Like, remember br0's insane 1v4 clutch against FaZe in China? That just shows how strong and stacked our team is on all positions right now," ruggah wrapped up.