ATK and ENCE will meet in the quarter-finals of the top group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17. As with many of the other starting pairs, there is no intrigue here.
Yes, it must be said that ENCE has been floating hard at the start of the new season, losing just about every other meeting. However, there's also the understanding that ATK are some kind of obvious passerby, who have been playing in Europe for a month now and have been losing to everyone in a row.
All in all, I wouldn't expect any sensation. What's more, ENCE are preparing to face us with a renewed line-up, which on paper could be a major boost to the situation.
Thus, I see no point in looking at ATK's chances, because a team that loses to Endpoint, albeit online, has no prospects. So here I would look out for a logical defeat from the ENCE team.
The 77th ranked team in the world managed to make it to the CCT North America Series 3 playoffs, where it was limited to the semi-finals. Next up, the squad fell in a close qualification for IEM Rio 2023 where they suffered two losses to Complexity Gaming and paiN Gaming.
ATK's troubles didn't end there, as they failed to qualify for the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 America RMR with three close qualifying setbacks.
After their arrival in Europe, ATK managed to finish in last place on the BetBoom Playlist Urbanistic 2023, and also crashed out of the Elisa Invitational Winter 2023 playoffs, where they were invited for some reason. All in all, a disaster, and nothing for the lads to do here.
ATK's latest results:
- A 2-0 win over Villainous.
- A 0-2 defeat to the Bad News Eagles.
- Defeat to Endpoint 1-2.
- Defeat to FORZE, 0-2.
- 0-2 defeat to Copenhagen Flames.
Top ATK cards:
- Anubis - 67% wins.
- Mirage - 58% wins.
- Inferno - 58% wins.
Don't forget that the ATK team still isn't playing on the Nuke card.
The twentieth team in the world ranking failed at the start of the new season, leaving IEM Katowice 2023 Play-In. And after beating paiN Gaming, the boys managed to lose to Cloud9 and Complexity Gaming, being left out of the group stage.
Then ENCE went on to conquer the closed qualification for IEM Rio 2023 where they even managed to get two wins. But given the problems with servers and the general instability, the team did not make it to the championship.
Of late, the team took part in the CCT Central Europe Malta Finals 1, where they made the play-offs. There, however, sAw's charges managed to lose twice to Eternal Fire, limiting themselves to a third-place finish.
Latest ENCE results:
- Victory over Movistar Riders with a score of 16-11.
- A 2-1 win over Team Spirit.
- A 0-2 loss to Eternal Fire.
- 2-1 victory over Movistar Riders.
- A 0-2 defeat to Eternal Fire.
Top ENCE cards:
- Nuke - 67% wins.
- Mirage - 67% of wins.
- Vertigo - 57% of wins.
In turn, the European team has stopped appearing on the Overpass map.
ATK - ENCE encounter statistics
The teams have not met before.
Forecast for the match ATK - ENCE
I find it difficult to see the intrigue in this match, because ATK has already managed to show its utter incompetence against TIER-2 competition. What's more, the squad's lineup has been shuffled around, which obviously doesn't add to their prospects.
ENCE, in turn, had plenty of time to get used to the game. Moreover, with a new player more options for changes inside are added. Therefore, in this case, I would recommend betting on a 2-0 win for ENCE.
ENCE are listed as the favorites of the match in the majority of bookmakers and odds on them are equal to 1.051. ATK, in turn, are the outsiders of the match. Odds on their victory are about 7.589.
Team statistics in recent matches
|5 matches (wins)||2||4|
|10 matches (wins)||4||6|
It will also be necessary to mention the history of face-to-face meetings between the opponents. The competitors have held 0 matches. In these battles ATK got 0 victories while ENCE managed to take 0 matches.