ESL Pro League Season 17 Group D: Team Liquid vs Rare Atom Preview and Predictions

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ESL Pro League Season 17 Group D: Team Liquid vs Rare Atom Preview and Predictions

Last chance for both Team Liquid and Rare Atom as we go into the second round of the Lower Bracket in Group D of ESL Pro League Season 17

From the outside, this might look like just another game of this season's group stage, but make no mistake — this one's got a lot of emotion attached to it. On one hand we have last season's runner up Team Liquid, and on the other the team that put them on the path of this elimination matchup. Liquid will be licking their lips at the prospect of revenge, but Rare Atom will be boosted by the thought that beating Liquid is something they've achieved before. This preview will be useful and/or informative whether you’re into CSGO betting or not, so read on.

Team Liquid

The American side has already blown two of their three chances so far, and are clutching on their final straw towards redemption. There’s still a tremendous amount of firepower on Liquid, but they’ll have to be on point to ensure their survival. The last time they faced Rare Atom, they didn’t know the team well and were taken by surprise. This time, things are different and Liquid have a habit of making things work with their backs against the wall. 


Nick “nitr0” Cannella 

  • HLTV Rating: 0.99
  • Impact Rating: 0.98
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.1%
  • Average Damage Round: 70.6
  • Kills Per Round: 0.66

Joshua “oSee” Ohm

  • HLTV Rating: 1.14
  • Impact Rating: 1.12
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 72.9%
  • Average Damage Round: 75.6
  • Kills Per Round: 0.73

Keith “NAF” Markovic

  • HLTV Rating: 1.09
  • Impact Rating: 1.08
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 73.4%
  • Average Damage Round: 81.1
  • Kills Per Round: 0.72

Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski 

  • HLTV Rating: 1.08
  • Impact Rating: 1.23
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.2%
  • Average Damage Round: 83.2
  • Kills Per Round: 0.75

Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis

  • HLTV Rating: 1.14
  • Impact Rating: 1.29
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 68.7%
  • Average Damage Round: 82.7
  • Kills Per Round: 0.74

Player to Watch

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and we’re putting the onus on EliGE to make us proud with some stellar rifle-work. 

Rare Atom

It’s hard when the dreams you’ve built up over the course of a few days come crashing down. Rare Atom began their tournament with a bang, but like IHC Esports before them, they couldn’t translate early successes into lengthy runs. They’ll be up against a hungry, angry Liquid that is just writhing for revenge, and this time, we don’t think Rare Atom will stand a chance. Nevertheless, it’s been a fantastic learning experience for the young team, and we hope to see them back at big events regardless of the outcome of this match.


Liang “advent” Zhuo

  • HLTV Rating: 0.87
  • Impact Rating: 0.76
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.3%
  • Average Damage Round: 62.0
  • Kills Per Round: 0.56

Andrew “kaze” Khong

  • HLTV Rating: 1.18
  • Impact Rating: 1.21
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 73.7%
  • Average Damage Round: 79.1
  • Kills Per Round: 0.77

Yang “JamYoung” Yi

  • HLTV Rating: 1.19
  • Impact Rating: 1.16
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 73.9%
  • Average Damage Round: 81.3
  • Kills Per Round: 0.76

Chen “Moseyuh” Qianhao

  • HLTV Rating: 1.12
  • Impact Rating: 1.13
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.6%
  • Average Damage Round: 78.6
  • Kills Per Round: 0.71

Wang “Mercury” Jingxiang

  • HLTV Rating: 1.17
  • Impact Rating: 1.24
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 72.6%
  • Average Damage Round: 82.5
  • Kills Per Round: 0.75

Player to Watch

We’re going back to Mercury as the player to keep an eye on for this matchup. The rifler has been in good form, and we expect him to stay consistent.

ESL Pro League Season 17 Group D: Team Liquid vs Rare Atom Predictions 

As we said before, this time Liquid won’t be as clueless, and will most likely sweep Rare Atom 2-0. 


We expect Liquid to take out Inferno, which will cause Rare Atom to most likely go with Mirage while Liquid go with Overpass. As for the last map, it’s a hard one to choose but we’ll go with Ancient.


Map 1: Liquid to win with Rare Atom <10.

Map 2: Liquid to win with Rare Atom >8.

Top Fragger

We’ll put all our eggs in EliGE’s basket. Considering the veteran American’s record, we probably won’t be disappointed.

Match Links

Look up ESL’s Twitch or YouTube channels. Coverage is set to begin at 14:30 ET/13:30 CST/12:30 PT.

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ESL Pro League Season 17 Group D: Team Liquid vs Rare Atom Preview and Predictions
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