Sharks win ESL LA League S2 to book Pro League S8 Finals spot

Sharks have secured a spot at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals after defeating Isurus 3-1 in the grand final of ESL LA League Season 2.

The opening map of the best-of-three series, Nuke, quickly became a one-sided affair. It was Isurus' pick, but anyone watching the game would have said otherwise as the Argentinian side struggled to break through the water-tight Sharks defense, with the Brazilians cruising to an 11-2 lead on the back of some impressive individual plays, including an ace by Leonardo "⁠leo_drk⁠" Oliveira and a 1v3 clutch by Jhonatan "⁠jnt⁠" Silva.

It was only then that Isurus finally managed to string rounds together, bringing the deficit to seven before switching to the CT side, but then they were dealt a heavy blow as they wasted a 3v2 advantage in the pistol round. Sharks had the economy control and were far too ahead for Isurus to make a comeback, eventually locking down the map in the 21st round.

Mirage was almost an exact copy of Nuke, but this time with Isurus in command. The Argentinians came out looking for revenge and bagged a 12-3 half-time lead after preventing Sharks from stringing rounds together, with Nabil "⁠nbl⁠" Aleua impressing for his team.

Down 3-12, Renato "⁠nak⁠" Nakano's troops kept their hopes alive by winning the pistol round following an A retake. However, their recovery was short-lived as Isurus regained control after buying up in the third round and only eased off the gas once they had the map secured.

Sharks will compete at another edition of the EPL Finals

Carrying their momentum into Dust2, Isurus continued to show their prowess in pistol rounds and hopped out to an early lead. The Argentinian team were caught off-guard in the third round by a B stack from Sharks, who were on an extremely low buy. The Brazilians held off the Isurus line-up for most of the half, preventing the Terrorists from getting any economic development, and could have hit double digits if it were not for a timely flank by Gabriel "⁠1962⁠" Sinopoli in the final round.

Isurus were unwilling to let the game get out of hand and won the pistol round and the subsequent anti-eco to cut the deficit to a solitary round. Sharks responded with a third-round buy and followed that up with another round thanks to a trio of kills by Raphael "⁠exit⁠" Lacerda in a 2v3 situation, resetting Isurus' economy.

Controversy then erupted in the game as exit's computer crashed during a B execute, causing him to kill two team-mates. The two teams had already traded blows by then, but after a lengthy technical pause - one of many throughout the series - it was decided that the round would be restarted. Coincidence or not, the Argentinian players were in complete disarray after that and could not keep Sharks from running away with the game.

Isurus got off to a flying start on Train as they cruised to a 9-2 lead on the CT side after losing the pistol round. A shell-shocked Sharks then finally woke up from their slumber, picking up four rounds in a row before switching to the CT side.

The Brazilian team looked the livelier of the two sides after the break, but all of a sudden they lost control of the game, with Isurus wreaking havoc in the Brazilian defense to increase their lead to 13-9. It looked like the series would go to a fifth map, but Sharks picked themselves up and kept their opponents at bay for the remainder of the half, putting the game and the match to bed in the 30th round.

Matchpage
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14th November 2018
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Nuke
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16
Mirage
5
9
Dust2
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14
Train
16
 Isurus K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 60 +5 77.2 1.12
62 - 59 +3 61.6 0.96
61 - 76 -15 78.0 0.95
54 - 69 -15 62.7 0.88
55 - 76 -21 62.9 0.82
 Sharks K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
80 - 64 +16 81.3 1.21
70 - 57 +13 79.6 1.19
61 - 50 +11 70.4 1.17
65 - 62 +3 75.8 1.08
64 - 66 -2 72.8 1.03

This will be Sharks' second consecutive appearance at an ESL Pro League Finals. At the Season 7 event, the Brazilian team went out 13th-16th after recording losses to mousesports and Cloud9, though they raised eyebrows by taking a map off the ELEAGUE Major Boston champions.

nak's side, who are also qualified for PLG Grand Slam, have another tough test coming up as they will be taking part in the closed qualifier for the Americas Minor, in which they will be facing W7M in the first round of the double-elimination bracket.

The ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals will be taking place in Odense, Denmark, from December 4-9, with $750,000 on the line. The team list for the event looks as follows:

Brazil Leonardo 'leo_drk' Oliveira
Leonardo 'leo_drk' Oliveira
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
197
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Brazil Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
215
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Renato 'nak' Nakano
Renato 'nak' Nakano
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
277
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Argentina Nabil 'nbl' Aleua
Nabil 'nbl' Aleua
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
396
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerda
Raphael 'exit' Lacerda
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
244
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
Argentina Gabriel '1962' Sinopoli
Gabriel '1962' Sinopoli
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
234
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
#1
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Argentina borishdp
ou isurus :(
2018-11-15 04:22
#2
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Indonesia Volt_OW
Both teams have shark logos lmao
2018-11-15 04:24
10 replies
#7
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Myanmar xdcc
Budget Vega Squadrons
2018-11-15 04:25
9 replies
Isurus> Vega Wild>>Vega
2018-11-15 06:05
8 replies
#28
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Myanmar xdcc
Vega 4th time in major. Isurus + Wild will never even qualify.
2018-11-15 06:07
7 replies
Inb4 "CIS Minor bla bla bla"
2018-11-15 09:24
2 replies
#40
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Myanmar xdcc
They even played in ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier but it wasn't considered part of major back then whereas today it's challengers stage.
2018-11-15 10:32
1 reply
ikr
2018-11-15 18:27
Wild 2 EPL Vega will never even qualify
2018-11-15 11:45
3 replies
#42
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Myanmar xdcc
Lol tell me when Wild is even close to top30.
2018-11-15 11:46
1 reply
XD
2018-11-15 11:54
But its sharks
2018-11-16 12:37
#4
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Brazil mrschagas
Expected
2018-11-15 04:24
#6
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Argentina Cushiion
nice robbery that d2, Shame on ESL brazil
2018-11-15 04:25
3 replies
LATAM League host nt maldivas island
2018-11-15 04:43
Explain
2018-11-15 05:41
1 reply
EZ 4 BR
2018-11-15 04:26
#9
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Argentina damik1ng
Stolen round in d2... ESL BRASIL VERGONHA
2018-11-15 04:26
4 replies
Cry is free hermanito
2018-11-15 04:35
3 replies
#44
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Argentina damik1ng
Cheating in an event.... Nice play!
2018-11-15 13:45
2 replies
#52
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Brazil P4uloVisk
looool cry
2018-11-15 18:13
#53
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Brazil P4uloVisk
cheating in libertadores Boca Juniors and Riverplate .Palmeiras and Gremio >boca and river
2018-11-15 18:15
#10
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Chile StfanoLELE
Isurus siempre pecheandola.. Lpm):
2018-11-15 04:33
1 reply
#45
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Argentina damik1ng
ESL Brasil no solo les robo una ronda decisiva (9-11) en D2, en un mapa tambien clave; sino que tambien les tiraba le TS para que no se comuniquen... La organizacion fue totalmente parcial para favorecer a Sharks
2018-11-15 13:46
RIGGED AF, GO BACK TO EU, PORTUGUESE THIEFS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wanna buy the best apples in HLTV? call me NOW: 011-1337-APPLE and get an 80% discount on your first 5 kilos!
2018-11-15 04:33
#13
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Argentina Jijador
nice robbery motherfuckers
2018-11-15 04:36
Wasted spot
2018-11-15 04:39
1 reply
#15
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Myanmar xdcc
+1 Decent SA teams qualify in NA.
2018-11-15 04:43
#18
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United States inflict
sharks once again stealing spots from south american teams expected
2018-11-15 04:45
5 replies
This time literally stealing on dust2.
2018-11-15 05:18
1 reply
#46
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Argentina damik1ng
That's true! Stolen round on D2, a key round (9--11) where ISURUS won a full eco round... This map was also key... #ESLBRASILCORRUPTA
2018-11-15 13:51
Brazil isn't South America?
2018-11-15 08:40
2 replies
Sharks play from Europe
2018-11-15 09:35
#50
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United States inflict
Sharks play and live in Europe but come to South America to play in big lan qualifiers like this one
2018-11-15 18:00
shark vs shark throw in Vega and we have teams that dominate anywhere but on LANd
2018-11-15 04:48
1 reply
Vega are like the biggest lanners or maybe they throw online idk
2018-11-15 09:36
#21
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Europe Aguss124
Omg! The worst LAN I saw in a long time. Esl Brazil was horrible tonight. 2 and a half hours late and 17 technical pauses .There is a epl final slot in play these problems cant happen. Worse than tournament organized by cevo.
2018-11-15 04:55
ez game EU level
2018-11-15 05:28
3 replies
#47
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Argentina damik1ng
EU level? ISURUS won 1 map, it has been stolen on D2 and on train 16-14 Again EU level?
2018-11-15 13:53
2 replies
Un argentino hablando inglés para otro argentino
2018-11-16 12:56
1 reply
'An Argentinian talking in English to another Argentinian' Most likely due to the fact that this is an international site and you should post your comments only in English. Thank you in advance.
2018-11-17 00:41
#29
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Brazil mclomello
Sharks top 12 easy
2018-11-15 06:15
#32
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Brazil ChaparraL
INTZ too passed
2018-11-15 07:11
Sharks = best BR team?
2018-11-15 07:40
2 replies
#54
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Brazil P4uloVisk
no.1mibr 2intz,3furia,4lg,5team one,6sharks...
2018-11-15 18:22
1 reply
But this team actually ”won” something? :O
2018-11-15 18:50
Brazil cs lul
2018-11-15 08:42
Gj esl brazil, nice robbery, really proud of you.
2018-11-15 15:56
With teams being allowed to play in lower-tier regions without being established there, CS will never end up developing in those regions, and they'll keep being lower-tier.
2018-11-15 18:10
#55
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Brazil P4uloVisk
gg, nice game sharks !! lets go !
2018-11-15 18:23
robbed
2018-11-15 21:33
ok
2018-11-16 19:16
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