mousesports qualify for ESL Pro League S9 Finals; OpTic & North to group stage 2
mousesports started the last day of ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe Group A Stage 1 by facing off against North on their map pick of Train. After a back-and-forth start, 4-3 for North, Finn "karrigan" Andersen's troops put up a strong defense and secured the remaining rounds of the half, going 11-4 up. The European mixture didn't let go of the pressure after the switch, closing out the game with a 13-round streak in total, 16-4.
Mirage followed, and similarly, North grabbed a few rounds early and made it seem like it could be a tight game, but mousesports hit a higher gear soon and ran away with the lead, 10-5 for the Terrorist side. Once again, they claimed the second pistol and finished the game promptly, not dropping a round in the second half to make it 16-5.
|mousesports||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Robin 'ropz' Koolropz||39 - 18||+21||100.5||1.62|
|Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic||40 - 19||+21||101.2||1.57|
|David 'frozen' Čerňanskýfrozen||33 - 22||+11||84.0||1.31|
|Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ||37 - 26||+11||84.3||1.25|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||23 - 25||-2||62.6||1.00|
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade||27 - 32||-5||69.2||0.86|
|Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN||25 - 35||-10||64.9||0.79|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||24 - 34||-10||73.0||0.78|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||19 - 35||-16||60.1||0.73|
|Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde||15 - 36||-21||52.6||0.55|
OpTic and ex-Space Soldiers faced off next, the Danes starting off on the CT side of Mirage and bagging the early lead, 9-1. The Turkish side finally woke up and strung four rounds together (9-5), but that was too little, too late, as OpTic's furious start in the second half saw them close out the map 16-6.
It was more of the same on Overpass, where ex-Space Soldiers had to play catch up from 7-1 on the CT side. A few rounds were mustered by Engin "ngiN" Kor and co. with the second half pistol round win putting them within reach of the Danes, 10-7. However, Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen stepped up towards the end of the game to help their side close it out and finish the group stage with two wins.
|OpTic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi||42 - 26||+16||94.8||1.43|
|Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig||40 - 29||+11||93.5||1.39|
|Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL||43 - 31||+12||81.5||1.38|
|Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko||36 - 27||+9||76.2||1.24|
|Ismail 'refrezh' Alirefrezh||26 - 21||+5||65.8||1.08|
|ex-Space Soldiers||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN||28 - 35||-7||67.3||0.89|
|Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz||33 - 39||-6||71.8||0.86|
|Yaman 'yam' Ergenekonyam||29 - 37||-8||66.4||0.85|
|Ömer 'imoRR' KarataşimoRR||23 - 39||-16||58.4||0.69|
|Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx||21 - 37||-16||53.8||0.63|
With these results, mousesports are the first team to qualify for the LAN finals, while OpTic and North will be returning to Leicester for the second group stage in hopes of securing a spot in Montpellier. ex-Space Soldiers have lost their chance to qualify for the ESL Pro League S9 LAN Finals, however, it is unknown how this will affect their status within the league moving forward, regarding relegation.