ESL Pro League S9 Group A day 2 recap

Four more games have been played in the two ESL Pro League regions, with mousesports and NRG securing their second wins and topping their respective groups.

In Europe, North - ex-Space Soldiers kicked off the action, with the Turkish side picking Dust2 for the first map. Starting on the T-side, they managed three out of the first four rounds before North managed to stabilize.

The Danish side allowed their opponents only two more rounds before the end of the half to finish it with a strong, 10-5 lead. They extended that by adding two more after the switch, but then hit a brick-wall defense by ex-Space Soldiers. The Turks managed to take the lead, 12-13, but North closed it out with a streak of four rounds in the end.

cadiaN and co. managed their first points in ESL Pro League

The action moved to Train, where ex-Space Soldiers once again started well, only for North to take reigns of the map from round four onwards. Casper "cadiaN" Møller and co. dictated the pace of the game from the Terrorist side, finishing it 11-4 up, but still struggled to close it out. ex-Space Soldiers offensive hold them at bay for some time, but the Danes closed it out 16-11 in the end, taking the series 2-0.

Matchpage
2
0
13th April 2019
16
Dust2
13
16
Train
11
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 42 - 32 +10 91.0 1.31
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 43 - 30 +13 77.7 1.25
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 44 - 32 +12 79.5 1.18
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 36 - 39 -3 78.3 1.02
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 40 - 38 +2 67.0 0.99
 ex-Space Soldiers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx 35 - 39 -4 74.1 1.01
Turkey Ömer 'imoRR' KarataşimoRR 42 - 42 0 69.9 1.00
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekonyam 33 - 41 -8 68.1 0.86
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz 32 - 43 -11 62.3 0.85
Turkey Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN 28 - 40 -12 62.9 0.80

The two teams that won their initial matches, mousesports and OpTic, started their series on Overpass. Despite the map being OpTic's map pick, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's men struggled to make an impact on the T side, finishing it 11-4 down. After winning the first rifle round after the switch, Finn "karrigan" Andersen and co. closed out the map 16-7.

Dust2 followed, but this time it was mousesports that was uninspired on the Terrorist side of their map pick. They mustered a force buy win after losing the pistol but finished the half with two in total, making it an easy task for OpTic to claim the map, 16-4.

Therefore it came down to Train, where mousesports players managed to elevate their game, and with Özgür "woxic" Eker leading the charge, secure the decider with a 16-11 scoreline.

Matchpage
2
1
13th April 2019
16
Overpass
7
4
Dust2
16
16
Train
11
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic 56 - 41 +15 72.2 1.23
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 55 - 51 +4 84.7 1.16
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 49 - 47 +2 86.7 1.12
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanskýfrozen 42 - 46 -4 73.3 0.98
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 45 - 49 -4 67.9 0.96
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 58 - 52 +6 84.8 1.17
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Alirefrezh 52 - 41 +11 80.2 1.12
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 50 - 52 -2 82.3 1.08
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 37 - 50 -13 71.3 0.87
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 36 - 54 -18 55.8 0.76

After losing to eUnited in the opening game, Renegades found themselves needing a win against INTZ to have a better chance of getting to the ESL Pro League Finals. Thankfully for them, Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad managed to sort his visa in time for the match, with the team now only playing with one stand-in, Owen "smooya" Butterfield.

jkaem's timely return helped Renegades secure an important win

The two European imports ended up being standout players in the match against Gustavo "yeL" Knittel and co., as jkaem topfragged on Dust2, which Renegades won comfortably, 16-9, and smooya shining in a CT-side comeback the team managed on Mirage, 16-13.

Matchpage
2
0
14th April 2019
16
Dust2
9
16
Mirage
13
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 50 - 35 +15 92.7 1.36
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya 41 - 35 +6 92.2 1.27
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 37 - 32 +5 71.8 1.12
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 36 - 32 +4 63.6 1.02
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 29 - 32 -3 63.5 0.98
 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gustavo 'yeL' KnittelyeL 41 - 33 +8 72.1 1.12
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand 36 - 37 -1 72.5 1.02
Brazil João 'horvy' Horvathhorvy 32 - 43 -11 66.8 0.88
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 32 - 39 -7 68.7 0.85
Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME 23 - 41 -18 55.1 0.73

In the last game of the day, NRG took on eUnited, the series starting on the latter team's map pick, Dust2. Damian "daps" Steele's men looked dominant early, bagging a 10-1 lead on the defensive side, but eUnited then managed to stabilize and chain together four T-side rounds to give themselves a chance after the switch. They put up a solid CT side, but were unable to break NRG in the end, going down 16-13.

NRG showed a similar level of dominance early on the Terrorist side of Mirage, 9-2, before a six-round streak brought eUnited back to life. The team's AWPer, Austin "Cooper-" Abadir, was putting up impressive numbers, but he couldn't match the output of a whole, on-point NRG, who took the victory 16-9 to secure three more points in the group.

United States
Matchpage
2
0
14th April 2019
16
Dust2
13
16
Mirage
9
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 49 - 37 +12 87.6 1.26
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 43 - 29 +14 79.8 1.24
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 40 - 34 +6 75.7 1.17
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 33 - 35 -2 75.7 1.04
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 30 - 39 -9 72.3 0.91
 eUnited K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Austin 'Cooper-' AbadirCooper- 42 - 36 +6 73.5 1.10
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' MaldonadoMarKE 40 - 40 0 87.4 1.10
United States Anthony 'vanity' Malaspinavanity 34 - 39 -5 61.9 0.89
United States Victor 'food' Wongfood 30 - 44 -14 70.1 0.85
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jaynemoose 28 - 37 -9 62.2 0.85

The final matches of the ESL Pro League Season 9 Group A will be played today, with the teams to advance directly to the finals, as well as the two to play the second group stage, set to be found.

Brazil Gustavo 'yeL' Knittel
Gustavo 'yeL' Knittel
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
564
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
354
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
818
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1409
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1429
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
794
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
901
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
610
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Austin 'Cooper-' Abadir
Austin 'Cooper-' Abadir
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
354
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.09
#1
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New Zealand BENd 
Nice. I hope René will win against NRG.
2019-04-14 11:06
#7
wannafly | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-14 11:09
#8
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New Zealand BENd 
Actually no, Just got the notification on phone.
2019-04-14 11:09
#9
wannafly | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nice
2019-04-14 11:11
#10
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New Zealand BENd 
Very
2019-04-14 11:11
#2
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Netherlands Xexer 
No surprises, glad to see smooya play again tho.
2019-04-14 11:07
F5
2019-04-14 11:07
#4
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Pakistan ^NewB 
Nice
2019-04-14 11:07
SSSSMMMMOOOOOOOYYYYAAAA
2019-04-14 11:07
#6
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Russia Yanjkeone 
frozen overrated
2019-04-14 11:09
#11
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United States Detached 
EU EPL was overshadowed by Blast, hope to catch the final games today
2019-04-14 11:14
#12
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Australia Sk8erBoi8713 
EZ 4 SMOOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYA & EZ 4 GODJKAEM
2019-04-14 11:23
#13
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African Union mikecool 
Thank God jkaem came in time.
2019-04-14 13:54
#14
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Australia JoeOnTheJoint 
Jkaem and smooya destroying
2019-04-14 15:41
#15
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Brazil CaioOlive 
showtime is so fucking bad
2019-04-14 18:20
sick
2019-04-16 23:10
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