NRG through to Pro League Finals after three-way tie in Americas Group A
NRG have booked their spot in the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals after topping Group A of the Americas division.
The final day of Group A began with a mouth-watering clash between the two highest-ranked teams in contention as Renegades locked horns with NRG in a three-map series that began with an amazing comeback from the Australian side, who put in a flawless CT side display on Mirage to overturn a 3-12 deficit without losing a single round in the second half.
NRG replied with a hard-fought victory on Train, where Tarik "tarik" Celik topped the scoreboard with a 1.42 rating, but a reverse sweep was not to happen as Renegades ran riot on Inferno with stand-in Owen "smooya" Butterfield leading the charge (1.77 rating, 111 ADR).
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze||66 - 56||+10||96.5||1.26|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||60 - 58||+2||86.4||1.12|
|Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan||50 - 54||-4||70.9||0.95|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq||41 - 53||-12||50.8||0.81|
|Damian 'daps' Steeledaps||32 - 55||-23||58.1||0.66|
|Renegades||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya||66 - 50||+16||80.0||1.27|
|Justin 'jks' Savagejks||58 - 49||+9||88.8||1.27|
|Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz||49 - 47||+2||81.0||1.15|
|Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem||57 - 55||+2||79.8||1.13|
|Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR||45 - 50||-5||56.2||0.88|
After that match, eUnited and INTZ took the stage, with the Brazilians still looking for their first map win after losing the first two matches 0-2. Gustavo "yeL" Knittel's troops acquitted themselves well on Mirage and were in the lead for large portions of the game, but eUnited picked up the pace in the final stages to run out 16-13 victors.
The North American team carried their momentum into the following map, Overpass, and hit match point at 15-5. INTZ still tried to mount a comeback, but their resistance was finally broken seven rounds later.
|eUnited||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Austin 'Cooper-' AbadirCooper-||38 - 25||+13||67.5||1.22|
|Edgar 'MarKE' MaldonadoMarKE||41 - 35||+6||89.9||1.19|
|Kaleb 'moose' Jaynemoose||42 - 33||+9||71.9||1.12|
|Anthony 'vanity' Malaspinavanity||36 - 40||-4||83.5||1.07|
|Victor 'food' Wongfood||32 - 40||-8||60.9||0.90|
|INTZ||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Gustavo 'yeL' KnittelyeL||38 - 33||+5||69.3||1.13|
|Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo||33 - 35||-2||73.4||1.04|
|Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand||33 - 38||-5||65.8||0.96|
|Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME||35 - 44||-9||68.5||0.91|
|João 'horvy' Horvathhorvy||32 - 39||-7||61.4||0.83|
Sunday's fixtures left NRG, Renegades and eUnited in a three-way tie at the top, with Damian "daps" Steele's side finishing in first place due to having the best map difference between the trio thanks to the map that they took off the Australians.