3DMAX book ESL Pro League S9 spot
The best-of-three game took place in Dallas, Texas, USA. Lucas "Lucky" Chastang and Audric "JaCkz" Jug, who have recently joined G2, played for 3DMAX due to this season's roster lock rules. The match kicked off on Nuke where the T-sided Polish team got off to a good start by taking the first three rounds.
Lucky got a double kill in the fourth round which 3DMAX won after he defused the bomb. The Frenchmen were unable to build a strong economy as they couldn't go on a streak. They won the eleventh round despite only having pistols and trailed 6-5.
3DMAX ended the first half 9-6 ahead following a five round streak but Virtus.pro won the second pistol as Michał "MICHU" Müller got the first and last kills of the round. Filip "NEO" Kubski & company cut the deficit to only one round after securing an anti-eco but Bryan "Maka" Canda clutched a 1vs2 in the following round to make it 10-8.
MICHU got a triple kill with a Deagle in the next round to give Virtus.pro their ninth. The Poles took the lead but lost five rounds in a row to trail 15-11. Gaëtan "JiNKZ" Jamin's 1vs2 clutch in the 28th round finished the game 16-12 in favor of 3DMAX.
The series continued on Dust2 where the CT-sided French team picked up the pistol victory thanks to a triple kill by Lucky. Michał "snatchie" Rudzki got a quad kill in the third round to give Virtus.pro their first round. The Poles got within one round of 3DMAX on three different occasions but David "Davidp" Prins's team managed to finish the half 9-6 ahead.
JiNKZ found himself in a 1vs2 in the second pistol and came out on top to extend his team's lead to 10-6. 3DMAX were close to making it 12-7 but Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski and Piotr "morelz" Taterka won a 2vs5, making it 11-8. Davidp and JiNKZ returned the favor in the 23rd round when they won a 2vs5 (13-10).
3DMAX finished off the map with a 16-10 scoreline, winning the series 2-0 and booking their place in ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe. Virtus.pro will battle AGO, Kinguin, and OpTic at the EPL Season 8 Europe Relegation to claim one of the remaining two spots at EPL Season 9.
|3DMAX||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|53 - 34||+19||98.2||1.54|
|44 - 32||+12||84.8||1.28|
|48 - 38||+10||80.6||1.23|
|31 - 33||-2||71.7||1.13|
|34 - 42||-8||79.5||0.91|
|Virtus.pro||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|47 - 41||+6||84.9||1.15|
|33 - 41||-8||66.2||0.95|
|34 - 41||-7||69.2||0.92|
|32 - 42||-10||65.1||0.91|
|33 - 46||-13||73.7||0.87|