Pro League NA finalists decided

The North American division of ESL Pro League Season 3 concludes as Luminosity, Cloud9, OpTiC, and Liquid have booked spots at the $512,000 finals taking place in London, United Kingdom from May 12-15.

Over the course of nine weeks 12 teams in the North American region fought for four spots at the third season's finals as well as the $119,000 allocated for each divison's online portion of the third season of the ESL Pro League.

Luminosity were a step above the competition in general, winning 18 of their 22 matches (the second best record in the entire league behind NiP in Europe) and easily booking a first place berth into the finals.

The second seed in the North American division may come as a bit of a surprise as Cloud9 finished with a 16-6 record, generally winning all of their matches versus less disciplined competition (although they lost both matches in a head-to-head against Liquid) and thus staying an inch above the fray below them.


Liquid scrape through to the ESL Pro League finals in London 

Coming in next are OpTic, who managed to finish a single win above the cut-off line and thus clinch a third seed spot (partially powered by the antics of newfound addition Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas), although the mostly Canadian team did lose one of their matches to NRG on the final night and risked being part of a traffic jam tie if they lost their second match to Peter "ptr" Gurney & co. (which did not happen).

As the final spate of results trickled in, Spencer "Hiko" Martin's Liquid breezed through a game against Splyce and thus finished 14-8 with the same record as NRG. Since the two teams had a 1-1 head-to-head record, it was Liquid who advanced to the finals since they possessed far more regulation rounds won (76 to NRG's 2).

Two teams who narrowly failed to qualify for the $512,000 finals were Selfless and Renegades, who both finished 13-9 and just missed entering into a tiebreaker for fourth place.

The final standings for the North American division of Season 3 of the ESL Pro League are:

1. Brazil Luminosity - Finals spot
2. United States Cloud9 - Finals spot
3. Canada OpTic - Finals spot
4. United States Liquid - Finals spot
5. United States NRG - $27,000
6. United States Selfless - $23,500
7. Australia Renegades - $20,000
8. United States Winterfox - $16,500
9. United States Splyce -$13,000
10. United States CLG - $9,500
11. United States Complexity - $6,000
12. Canada KKona - $3,500

As ESL have adjusted the format of the league, which will have 14 spots in the next season, KKona do have a chance to stay in the league, as they will face the second-placed team from the Premier division to keep their spot.

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United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
836
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
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2016-04-27 05:11
#34
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Guatemala rugal123 
Ayy lmao. Uruguay forever 2nd. Obviously 1st Argentina.
2016-04-27 05:29
ayy lmao uruguay 15 arg 14 nt
2016-04-27 19:12
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2016-04-27 05:11
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2016-04-27 05:11
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2016-04-27 05:11
#7
sergej | 
United States t0xic93 
2
2016-04-27 05:11
n1
2016-04-27 05:11
#9
kNgV- | 
Brazil Limiited 
1
2016-04-27 05:11
1^11
2016-04-27 05:12
#11
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Brazil ilovemywife 
finally
2016-04-27 05:12
g
2016-04-27 05:12
n1
2016-04-27 05:12
#14
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Brazil Nobuga 
gg
2016-04-27 05:12
#15
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Vietnam NaMNaMNaM 
NRG out of it FeelsBadMan
2016-04-27 05:12
#16
rain | 
Norway LearnTACS 
)
2016-04-27 05:12
#17
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Brazil rickz1996 
n1
2016-04-27 05:12
Sucks for nrg, shame that c9 and g2 are at pro league.
2016-04-27 05:13
Why is that a shame? They qualified, lol. It's not like they were hand picked.
2016-04-27 05:27
both g2 and c9 won their matches, how is it a shame that they qualified?
2016-04-27 05:46
#53
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United States hehexddd 
Haha I'll never understand people like that. C9 and G2 qualified fair and square, wtf is his complaint? He thinks there are better teams? Well maybe they should've played better in the matches that counted :P
2016-04-27 06:14
C9 and G2 qualified, NRG didn't. It's as simple as that.
2016-04-27 06:37
Shut a fuck up; comit an sucide lc) :)
2016-04-27 16:00
u got rekt
2016-04-27 17:27
Yes Optic is too good.
2016-04-27 05:13
#60
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Finland coswell 
Yea, qualifying cos they got two default wins against luminosity. :P
2016-04-27 06:42
#64
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Germany Bennime 
+1
2016-04-27 07:23
#76
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Thailand KillerBee157 
W.o
2016-04-27 13:08
They had a great season anyway, but those two wins definitely helped.
2016-04-27 13:50
#86
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Finland coswell 
Yea, dont get me wrong. They were in my opinion the biggest surprise of the whole season (with NRG), but the fact that they got through with those 2 wins... It just makes it a bit ...meh.
2016-04-27 15:20
kkona is going down
2016-04-27 05:16
really wanted to see Selfless and NRG make it. another LAN with C9 getting their asses handed to em. Doubt adreN has the LAN of his life again.
2016-04-27 05:16
#23
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
RIP NRG...
2016-04-27 05:17
online qualifiers are dumb, but i guess the teams worked out ok always would prefer to see clg as they put up solid results for NA most times, but other than them its the best teams you couldve gotten i guess excited to see optic on LAN again, they looked promising at cevo as conquest (iirc they beat dignitas shouldve won a map against vp but choked 15-9 on ct inferno or something like that and won map against mouz) but havent played one since
2016-04-27 05:17
The perspective of no more KKona. Finally.
2016-04-27 05:19
optic LOL
2016-04-27 05:22
#31
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Liquid: ty LG! BRAZIL ZIL ZIL ZIL! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-04-27 05:24
elige looks like a cutie in that pic no homo
2016-04-27 05:29
man gob b has done some impressive work with NRG. silent almost making it to ESL pro finals, imagine that lolol
2016-04-27 05:31
#36
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France FlakeFag 
optic shouldnt be there. they got 2 free wins against the toughest team. if they played LG and lost both maps, NRG would be in the finals instead of them.
2016-04-27 05:32
#39
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
+1 People seem to have forgotten that the only reason why Optic even had a chance was that they got a free 2-0 against Luminosity. It was likely that they'd end up 7th in the league otherwise. Sad for NRG.
2016-04-27 05:40
#40
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Germany Bestgerman69 
+1 important person on hltv
2016-04-27 05:41
Ez clGG
2016-04-27 05:33
shitty teams
2016-04-27 05:37
easy LG
2016-04-27 05:41
KKona 1-21 LOL
2016-04-27 05:48
LG and Cloud9 will probably do best of the 4.
2016-04-27 06:04
optic and liquid>c9
2016-04-27 14:10
Liquid was before S1mple left and before Cloud9 got a new IGL. Optic is good, I agree, but I think Cloud9's map pool is larger.
2016-04-27 14:41
Ye prolly, but i dunno what to expect from liquid now, lets see
2016-04-27 15:28
LG won 2 maps for Liquid so they can choke again vs LG
2016-04-27 06:05
i just wanna see optic get shit on the fans are worse than nip i feel like now
2016-04-27 06:10
#52
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Switzerland GoTMedicine 
Sad for NRG ;(
2016-04-27 06:14
good luck, pwn these lame eu teams
2016-04-27 06:24
#57
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United States Styles_ez4c9 
easy for cloud9. it's amazing how they maintain their unbreakable god tier status through thick and thin. they might be the greatest csgo team to ever grace this gay earth.
2016-04-27 06:25
ENHORABUENA MIXWELL! Congrats Mixwell!
2016-04-27 07:03
mixwell is the new s1mple
2016-04-27 11:59
but no toxic and good comms :D
2016-04-28 14:52
#65
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Germany Bennime 
First season for nrg and already 5th with same Number of points as the 4th. Pretty impressive. These guys know each other only for 4 month and they almost made it into the finals. That just shows how good of a leader gob is. Nobody expected them to go that far with this lineup.
2016-04-27 07:28
+1
2016-04-27 08:28
lmfao gg LG
2016-04-27 07:30
#68
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
gg BRAZIL! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-04-27 08:58
it was Liquid who advanced to the finals since they possessed far more regulation rounds won (76 to NRG's 2). I believe this statistic is incorrect. I think Moses said on ESL's stream after the last NRG match tonight that Liquid qualified as the 4th seed, beating out NRG by two rounds. This article should read, "they possessed more regulations round won (30 to NRG's 28)." I don't know where the number 76 was found, but the head-to-head rounds are what counts according to Moses.
2016-04-27 09:19
i hope kkona gets kicked out that retard has been in proleague for like 3 years and hasnt done shit just quit ocean u shit fuck
2016-04-27 09:59
do #1 to #4 also win money or only spot to finals ?
2016-04-27 10:55
yes
2016-04-27 12:00
optic PogChamp
2016-04-27 12:05
#82
United Kingdom Dird 
any places for asia?
2016-04-27 14:25
NA cs is a just a pure joke !
2016-04-27 14:29
Nip vs liquid Astralis vs optic cloud9 vs fnatic LG vs g2 would these games?
2016-04-27 14:30
renegades what a joke lol, come all over to US and cant even qualify.
2016-04-27 16:37
Everyone knew that already. Worst part is they couldn't even qualify because they're lazy and bad. Had to steal the spot from the team that won premier. Hope they drown in the Vegas pool.
2016-04-27 17:32
Renegades? hahahaha. SPUNJ: "We are better than almost all NA teams".
2016-04-27 17:00
Ez 3.5k for odeag
2016-04-27 17:33
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