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European Pro League: eClub Brugge and Team Blink Should Be Evenly Matched

  • eClub Brugge and Team Blink should be evenly matched

  • ALTERNATE aTTaX take on Nexus Gaming, both edging toward first place in Group B

  • los kogutos will seek their first win of the tournament against BeyondPossible

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European Pro League Picks Predictions

Pick: eClub Brugge

Both these teams are pretty evenly matched, and this should be a close series. They got off to contrasting starts in their opening games, but Brugge have a top player in ritchiEE and should come good in this game.

eClub Brugge  - Seeking Their First Win of The Group Stage

Brugge had a difficult start to the Pro League, losing their opening series 0-2 to KRC Genk Esports. Their first map was Vertigo, where Brugge have a 47% win percentage. The final score read 19-16. Rifler Richard 'ritchiEE' Mestdagh was the star of the show picking up the most kills by either team, 35, which included three triple kills and one quadrakill. He also contributed five assists and finished with a kill-death ratio of 1.35.

ritchiEE has evolved into the team’s most pivotal player since he was signed at the start of the year. Over the last three months, he’s maintained a 1.24 HLTV rating, a 1.27 impact rating, and a 73.6% KAST score. In addition, he’s averaged 0.84 kills, 0.67 deaths, and 89.9 damage per round.

Team Blink – Looking to Continue Their Winning Start

Blink kicked off the tournament with a 2-1 win over Enhanced. They won the first map Inferno with a 16-8 score, Butrint 'HYPER1' Gashi taking the lead with 24 kills and a 1.71 kill-death ratio. Fourteen of those kills were headshots, and they also included one triple kill and two quadrakills. They have a pretty good record in Inferno too, having won 61% of their games there.

After that Blink conceded Vertigo 12-16, despite coming back very well in the second half after a slow start. Then they posted a win in Ancient 16-14, Valon leading the charge this time with 25 kills. He also got in two triple kills and ended with a kill-death ratio of 1.19.

Valon 'vAloN' Etemi has been the best player over the last three months. Currently, he holds a 1.03 HLTV rating, and a 1.00 impact rating. vAloN also averages 0.7 deaths per round, 0.67 kills per round, 78.5 damage per round, and holds a KAST score of 68%.

ALTERNATE aTTaX vs Nexus Gaming

Pick: Alternate aTTaX

ALTERNATE aTTaX vs Nexus Gaming Prediction

aTTaX faces off against Nexus in the second round of Group B’s fixtures on Saturday. Both teams kicked off the league with series wins and depending on how their first rounds go this match will decide who goes to the top of the table.

ALTERNATE aTTaX – Aiming to Seal Their First Place in The Group

October was a pretty good month for aTTaX, when they climbed up the HLTV rankings from 140 all the way up to 98, where they’ve been steady for a while. Max 'PANIX' Hangebruch has been in the form of his life lately, maintaining a 1.28 HLTV rating and 1.37 impact rating over the last three months. He also averages 0.62 deaths per round, 0.82 kills per round, and 83.4 damage per round in addition to a KAST score of 74.8%. 

They started off the Pro League with a clinical 2-0 sweep over los kogutos, kicking off with a decisive 16-5 victory in MIrage. Historically this hasn’t been a good map for them with only 20% of their games won, so this must have given them a boost of confidence. 

Awzek starred in that one with a whopping 35 kills that included 16 headshots and four triple kills, and he finished with a kill-death ratio of 3.18. 

Dust II was a lot closer, and the final scoreline was tight at 19-17. Panix_ led the way in this map, ending with 32 kills, three assists, and a final kill-death ratio of 1.33. He made four triple kills and one quadrakill. Pdy also inflicted 32 kills with an identical KD ratio.

Nexus Gaming – Looking to Cement Their Place in the Top Three

Nexus started their tournament with a series win against BeyondPossible, pulling off convincing victories in both games. They breezed past BP 16-5 in Inferno, ragga surging ahead with 23 kills and 5 assists. He ended with a 2.3 kill-death ratio, 10 headshots, and three triple kills. Btn got 20 kills too with a kill-death ratio of 2.22. In the next map, Dust II, xellow took the lead with 24 kills, four assists, and a 1.7 kill-death ratio. ERSIN also contributed 23 kills and a KD ratio of 1.35.

Nexus will be relying heavily on the experience of Adrian 'XELLOW' Guță, who has played nearly a thousand maps in the pro circuit. He’s been their most impressive player over the last three months, holding a HLTV rating of 1.17 and an impact rating of 1.21. He has also maintained a KAST score of 71.6%, and an average of 0.64 kills 0.78 deaths, and 79 damage per round.

los kogutos vs BeyondPossible Pick

Pick: los kogutos

los kogutos vs BeyondPossible Prediction

Both these teams will be looking to open their account in the league heading into Saturday. Los kogutos should have the upper hand given the current form of some of their players.

los kogutos – Looking for Their First Win After a Slow Start

The all-Polish team didn’t have the best start to the Pro League, getting absolutely flattened by aTTaX in their first game. They had no answer to awzek’s assault in Mirage and succumbed 5-16. Darchevile3 took the most kills - 17 including a quadrakill - but since he was also killed 18 times his KD ratio dropped to 0.81.

Enzo took 12 kills as well, but they were no match in the end. They put up a better show in Dust II, tomiko187er topping the charts for most kills with 35, but they failed to build on their good start and aTTaX took the game away in the second half. Los kogutos will need Enzo to continue his good form to climb up the group standings from here.

BeyondPossible – Depending on rafftu to Climb up the Standings

BeyondPossible had a similarly miserable start after they went down 0-2 to Nexus Gaming in their opening series. They had a difficult time in Inferno, going down 6-16. Rock1nG took the most kills, 12, followed by SAiKY with 11, but it was nowhere near enough to compete. BeyondPossible did put up a better fight in Dust II but still lost 11-16. Here rafftu took 20 kills and 7 assists, while viltrex1337 chipped in with 18.

Kostadin 'rafftu' Turbinov will be their key player going into the second round of matches. He averages 0.73 kills and 84 damage per round and holds an HLTV rating of 1.10 along with an impact rating of 1.11.

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How to Watch the European Pro League Season 4

  • Teams: eClub Brugge vs Team Blink, ALTERNATE aTTaX vs Nexus Gaming, los kogutos vs BeyondPossible

  • Location: Europe

  • Time: Friday, November 4 at 5 am ET onwards

  • How to watch: Twitch, YouTube

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With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]

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