ESL Pro League S9 Group A day 1 recap

The first day of ESL Pro League Season 9 action in the European and American divisions has been brought to an end, with four matches being played in total.

On the Old Continent, a Danish derby took place, with Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen taking on his former team North while leading and AWPing for OpTic. The series started on Overpass, where Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and MSL topped the charts for their team, helping them to an overtime victory.

In their LAN debut, MSL's Optic took down North

The action moved to Train, where North were in control from the early stages. Despite losing both pistols, the fragging of Nicklas "gade" Gade, Philip "aizy" Aistrup, and Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye got them the majority of the rifle rounds and saw them take a 16-9 win, forcing the decider, Nuke. The first half was back-and-forth and ended in a tight scoreline, 8-7 lead for OpTic, but with Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen stepping it up on the final map, OpTic claimed it 16-11, and a 2-1 victory in their LAN debut.

Matchpage
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2
12th April 2019
16
Overpass
19
16
Train
9
11
Nuke
16
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 68 - 53 +15 87.1 1.24
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 64 - 60 +4 85.4 1.20
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 60 - 55 +5 78.1 1.12
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 56 - 60 -4 60.1 0.93
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 49 - 55 -6 61.5 0.90
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 58 - 53 +5 69.8 1.07
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 61 - 60 +1 76.2 1.01
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Alirefrezh 58 - 62 -4 75.6 0.96
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 50 - 61 -11 70.6 0.95
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 55 - 61 -6 66.7 0.94

mousesports - ex-Space Soldiers followed, with the series starting on Inferno. The European mixture was dominant on the Turkish side's map pick, running up a 13-0 lead as CTs. Buğra "Calyx" Arkın and co. then mustered a reply, tying together the last two rounds of the half, but mousesports bounced back by closing out the second half straight away, 16-2, moving on to Train.

A pistol round going ex-Space Soldiers' way was a better start to the second map, but mousesports replied in the following force buy and took control of proceedings on the offensive side of the map. With Yaman "yam" Ergenekon leading the fragging for his side ex-Space Soldiers managed sporadic rounds on the CT side, only finding some stability after Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team was already 14-5 up. The Turkish side managed to fight back to 15-10, but that is when mousesports managed to close it out, taking their first victory at ESL Pro League.

 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 42 - 20 +22 94.2 1.56
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanskýfrozen 39 - 21 +18 101.3 1.52
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 37 - 24 +13 92.8 1.40
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 34 - 22 +12 73.7 1.21
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic 28 - 25 +3 68.9 1.10
 ex-Space Soldiers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx 28 - 36 -8 74.0 0.85
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekonyam 27 - 36 -9 64.8 0.78
Turkey Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN 20 - 34 -14 55.1 0.78
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz 21 - 34 -13 57.7 0.68
Turkey Ömer 'imoRR' KarataşimoRR 16 - 40 -24 47.0 0.46

In the Americas division, NRG faced INTZ in the opening match, with the Brazilian team picking Cache as their map. Damian "daps" Steele' squad had a strong start on the CT side, 8-2, before the team using João "horvy" Horvath and Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves as stand-ins for Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe and Lucas "DeStiNy" Bullo managed to put up a stronger fight. Still, after finishing the half 10-5 up, the North American side routinely finished the match on the T side, 16-9.

Ethan spearheaded his squad to a over INTZ

The action then moved to Train, where NRG started strongly, bagging six straight rounds from the start. INTZ recovered after that, securing seven out of the next nine rounds, but finishing the defensive half with just seven rounds wasn't enough in the end. After the switch, NRG didn't break a sweat and finished the map promptly, 16-9, with Ethan "Ethan" Arnold and Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov standing out for their side.

United States
Matchpage
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0
13th April 2019
16
Cache
9
16
Train
9
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 35 - 27 +8 82.5 1.29
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 36 - 26 +10 78.0 1.28
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 41 - 32 +9 76.4 1.18
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 40 - 31 +9 84.8 1.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 28 - 28 0 60.9 0.95
 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel 30 - 35 -5 72.6 0.96
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 30 - 38 -8 73.2 0.87
Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME 24 - 36 -12 56.4 0.84
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand 34 - 36 -2 67.2 0.83
Brazil João 'horvy' Horvathhorvy 26 - 35 -9 55.3 0.79

Renegades are another team that had to play the tournament with stand-ins due to visa issues, with Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai and Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad missing out, and Stephen "reltuC" Cutler and Owen "smooya" Butterfield filling the gaps. Their series against eUnited started on Overpass but after claiming the first two rounds on the defensive side, they weren't able to tie together any rounds, letting eUnited run up a strong, 9-6 lead. After the switch the real struggles hit, though, as eUnited locked down the approaches and finished the map 16-6 after a perfect CT half.

The Australians had a better start to Mirage, claiming the first four rounds on the T side, but then once again hit a brick wall, with eUnited recovering strongly to finish the half 9-6 up. After that, Justin "jks" Savage and co. claimed another pistol round, but couldn't follow it up in rifle rounds, eventually falling to the North American squad 16-9 on Mirage, 2-0 for the series.

 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 34 - 35 -1 69.3 0.96
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya 28 - 39 -11 76.7 0.85
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 29 - 37 -8 71.5 0.82
United States Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC 20 - 37 -17 54.0 0.61
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 17 - 38 -21 51.0 0.58
 eUnited K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Victor 'food' Wongfood 34 - 26 +8 80.3 1.38
United States Austin 'Cooper-' AbadirCooper- 42 - 26 +16 89.4 1.38
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' MaldonadoMarKE 38 - 24 +14 85.4 1.33
United States Anthony 'vanity' Malaspinavanity 36 - 29 +7 88.7 1.32
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jaynemoose 36 - 24 +12 70.5 1.27

ESL Pro League Season 9 Group A continues today, with mousesports - OpTic starting the action at 18:20.

Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
787
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil João 'horvy' Horvath
João 'horvy' Horvath
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
203
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
452
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
United States Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler
Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
856
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1327
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Brazil Lucas 'DeStiNy' Bullo
Lucas 'DeStiNy' Bullo
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
698
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
655
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1104
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1310
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
532
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
641
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
496
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
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2019-04-13 11:22
#14
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-13 11:25
#21
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Germany TheyCallMeGod 
Gj Ikea
2019-04-13 12:11
Gj ikea
2019-04-13 16:22
#32
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Poland F5_detector 
F5 spit on you
2019-04-13 14:01
2
2019-04-13 11:22
#19
jks | 
United States Mirbo1 
This is MSL’s revenge to North
2019-04-13 11:39
2
2019-04-13 11:23
nt
2019-04-13 13:15
tarik 💪🏻
2019-04-13 11:23
nice
2019-04-13 11:23
#6
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China JackAuGustLee 
5
2019-04-13 11:23
F for renegades
2019-04-13 11:23
#8
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United States Glowstickgamer 
Renegades with 2 stand-ins, oof.
2019-04-13 11:23
#9
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Spain elskio 
konfig is done
2019-04-13 11:23
#10
rain | 
Slovakia TrYx_ 
W
2019-04-13 11:23
#11
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Australia |bruh| 
all these F5's also Jkaems coming tomorrow
2019-04-13 11:23
#30
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Australia Chereska 
Wait, will he be able to make it?
2019-04-13 13:32
phew
2019-04-13 14:15
#42
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Australia Chereska 
Yea saw the tweet yesterday, thank god
2019-04-13 22:09
IMORRRR
2019-04-13 11:24
#15
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Hungary StraYzie 
Poor RNG
2019-04-13 11:26
#39
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China Fan_of_SK|swe 
Why RNG though... is it a joke for NRG? what does it mean btw
2019-04-13 16:54
#40
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Hungary StraYzie 
ReNeGades +Random Number Generator
2019-04-13 17:19
#44
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China Fan_of_SK|swe 
lmao
2019-04-15 03:02
No Gratata and jkaem = no RNG
2019-04-13 11:28
That goes for any team with a system.
2019-04-13 12:12
Its about teamwork. With 2 different players in, u don't have that team chemistry if u don't practice at least a week with them.
2019-04-13 12:13
#31
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Australia Chereska 
Exactly, big "fuck you" to the guys who were dealing with grats visa
2019-04-13 13:33
#17
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Indonesia MeX0NNNN 
major W for mouz
2019-04-13 11:28
#18
 | 
India Noobdian 
Nice
2019-04-13 11:37
#20
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Turkey jayzbetter 
ex-ss without igl...
2019-04-13 12:05
#24
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Switzerland x676 
2x ex-something and you have ence and vitaly in MDL..., MDL should promote one team to EPL each season, this is so broken right now with so many trash teams in EPL
2019-04-13 12:29
in queue there are VP and AGO according ESL :V better no
2019-04-13 12:39
MSL was the problem.
2019-04-13 13:13
#27
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United States WilsonDS 
Rip renegades having to play with 2 stand ins
2019-04-13 13:14
MSL won against the team, that kicked him, that was a good revenge, I think
2019-04-13 13:18
#35
shox | 
India iejesus 
north Lul
2019-04-13 15:19
#37
s1mple | 
Turkey Duff1N 
Smooya lul. North lul.
2019-04-13 15:46
#41
Aleksib | 
Finland sakumb 
godmsl
2019-04-13 18:58
#43
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Germany GERMAN_ 
nice
2019-04-14 00:09
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