DETONA to ESL Pro League S9 Americas over Sharks
The ESL Pro League Season 9 LatAM South Closed qualifier featured four teams, DETONA, Sharks, paiN and All Knights. DETONA and Sharks met in the intial game of the BO3 double-elimination bracket, where DETONA was victorious 2-1, before going on to meet again the BO5 grand final, where DETONA had a 1-0 start.
The series started on Train, where Sharks were down 12-5 after struggling to gain momentum on the T side and losing the CT pistol. However, when they got rifles in their hands, they were perfect, stringing together 11 rounds straight to win the map 16-12, Renato "nak" Nakano leading the way with 28 frags.
Moving onto Mirage, Sharks had a solid first half, 9-6 as CT, but only mustered two sporadic rounds on the offensive side, allowing DETONA to take the map 16-11. The action then moved to Inferno, where we saw a balanced CT-T side in the first half as DETONA finished the defensive side with a minimal, 8-7 lead. However, after the switch, they put pressure on Sharks, and with Vinicius "vsm" Moreira having an inspired performance, closed out the map, 16-10, and took the series.
|DETONA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|67 - 48||+19||81.0||1.28|
|63 - 50||+13||83.9||1.23|
|54 - 55||-1||73.4||1.09|
|51 - 48||+3||70.2||1.01|
|52 - 62||-10||67.8||0.91|
|Sharks||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|61 - 56||+5||80.1||1.06|
|53 - 55||-2||70.0||1.06|
|54 - 61||-7||75.4||0.98|
|47 - 54||-7||73.8||0.93|
|46 - 61||-15||61.6||0.86|
With the 16 teams from the Americas found, the team list for the competition has been finalized. The 12 teams residing in North America will be split into three, yet-to-be-announced groups, while Isurus, FULL SEND, Jaguar, and DETONA will compete against each other in a separate round 1 group. Winners of each group will advance to the LAN Finals, while second and third-placed teams will advance to the second group stage, "round 2". For more details about the tournament format, check out our announcement article.
ESL Pro League Season 9 Americas team list is as follows: