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 through to the finals in Montpellier

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).

United States
Matchpage
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2
15th April 2019
12
Mirage
16
16
Train
14
3
Inferno
16
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 66 - 56 +10 96.5 1.26
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 60 - 58 +2 86.4 1.12
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 50 - 54 -4 70.9 0.95
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 41 - 53 -12 50.8 0.81
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 32 - 55 -23 58.1 0.66
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya 66 - 50 +16 80.0 1.27
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 58 - 49 +9 88.8 1.27
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 49 - 47 +2 81.0 1.15
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 57 - 55 +2 79.8 1.13
Australia 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.

eUnited will move on to the second group stage

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.

Matchpage
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15th April 2019
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Mirage
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16
Overpass
11
 eUnited K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Austin 'Cooper-' AbadirCooper- 38 - 25 +13 67.5 1.22
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' MaldonadoMarKE 41 - 35 +6 89.9 1.19
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jaynemoose 42 - 33 +9 71.9 1.12
United States Anthony 'vanity' Malaspinavanity 36 - 40 -4 83.5 1.07
United States Victor 'food' Wongfood 32 - 40 -8 60.9 0.90
 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gustavo 'yeL' KnittelyeL 38 - 33 +5 69.3 1.13
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 33 - 35 -2 73.4 1.04
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand 33 - 38 -5 65.8 0.96
Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME 35 - 44 -9 68.5 0.91
Brazil 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.

NRG join mousesports on the team list for the ESL Pro League Finals, in Montpellier, while eUnited and Renegades will move on to the second Americas group stage, which will be held from May 16-23,

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
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1048
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#2
nukkye | 
Bulgaria kczr 
Dope
2019-04-15 13:27
#19
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
Why not E-united ? , I think it's not Fair for a three-way tie to have a direct qualifier to the finals
2019-04-15 13:32
#21
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
NRG beat eunited
2019-04-15 13:34
#26
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New Zealand BENd 
And lost to Renegades
2019-04-15 13:43
#34
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
And had more rounds
2019-04-15 14:00
maps
2019-04-15 14:04
#49
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Indonesia edwardnauli91 
+1
2019-04-15 14:40
#22
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France Th0p456 
That's because NRG won more maps (they lost to Renegades 1-2 while the other 2 teams had 0-2 losses). But not having that shown in the ranking makes it confusing.
2019-04-15 13:36
#29
nukkye | 
Bulgaria kczr 
Cause NRG beat eUnited and NRG has better RD than RNG.
2019-04-15 13:53
1 round
2019-04-15 13:55
#36
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
I know what others said, but i mean it's not fair , i am not against NRG , but the system like this is not fair ....
2019-04-15 14:02
#41
nukkye | 
Bulgaria kczr 
Why not tho
2019-04-15 14:08
#44
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
I mean only in case of 3 way tied..
2019-04-15 14:12
#68
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Australia JoeOnTheJoint 
Well that happens, if they wanted to go straight theough they should of gone 3-0
2019-04-15 15:55
+1
2019-04-15 14:43
it is no different than other sports, there is nothing unfair here, sure it sucks for NRG and RNG but that is the way it goes.
2019-04-15 15:53
#70
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
Yah i know , but the problem that here it's not one group, we have 4 groups and if it happens again it won't be beautiful to watch especially for the fans. Anyway that how it's going on ...
2019-04-15 16:00
#73
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United States Jammin800k 
Why not? At the end of the day all 3 teams still have a chance to make and win the LAN finals
2019-04-15 20:29
#74
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
Yah they have the chance for sure, but smaller chance despite their close results to the one who qualified .
2019-04-15 20:55
#75
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United States Jammin800k 
Due to winning less maps, dont see how that's unfair.
2019-04-15 20:58
#76
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
If this is the case, then i missed it so it's my fault, but what if the map wins were even for all, since it's not impossible?
2019-04-15 21:02
#77
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United States Jammin800k 
Points > map difference > round difference
2019-04-15 21:08
#78
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
Thanks for clarifying it ,thumbs up.
2019-04-15 21:15
#79
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United States Jammin800k 
Np good talk
2019-04-15 21:16
Not rd. It was map difference
2019-04-15 14:36
What is three way tie?
2019-04-15 15:07
F5
2019-04-15 14:04
#3
easy | 
Finland 4ENC3 
Oui oui
2019-04-15 13:27
#9
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Denmark oskarsports 
rigged
2019-04-15 13:28
#10
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Ireland TGC_ 
Rng beat nrg, but lost to eunited Eunited beat rng but lost to nrg NRG beat eunited by lost to RNG NRG through because they took a map off rng............
2019-04-15 13:28
#11
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
Using map difference as tiebreak and then display round difference in the chart, what's the point...
2019-04-15 13:28
#15
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United States fatburger 
Ikr I thought eunited qualified
2019-04-15 13:31
Who would you rather see against international competition? eUnited or NRG... I think we all know the answer to this. Rules are simply rules and everyone knows them. Want to advance? Win the matches and as many maps as possible. eUnited did not do that
2019-04-15 14:49
#55
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
Eunited had best rd, while nrg played most md thats why they went through. If rng just didnt have two standins first game, things might would have been different. But who bothers.
2019-04-15 14:52
#69
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Australia JoeOnTheJoint 
Cutler is a complete cuck
2019-04-15 15:56
#12
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Denmark Twick_ 
First
2019-04-15 13:28
round diff is the worst way to pick a winner imo
2019-04-15 13:29
#16
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Germany zeolikk 
It was map difference which decided the winner
2019-04-15 13:31
#17
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
#11
2019-04-15 13:31
using map/round differencial is just fucking ugly pls stop esl
2019-04-15 13:33
#24
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
I think they don't have time to do anymore matches so they were forced to do this
2019-04-15 13:36
welp they could play different format in groups of 4 like that wiinner and winner and loser vs loser after game 1 and no bad ties potential but i think they wanna make teams play all each other in groups for marketing purposes
2019-04-15 13:40
#30
smooya | 
United Kingdom fal36 
+1 Round robin is retarded
2019-04-15 13:55
#23
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India Noobdian1 
Nice
2019-04-15 13:36
#27
Canada ssau 
Too bad renegades didn’t have a little bit better of a ct side train, they had that series
2019-04-15 13:46
#28
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Australia x2Rolz 
That's so stupid, what was the point of renegades and EU even playing... Round difference is whack. Even more whack considering renegades beat the team that made it through in BO3.
2019-04-15 13:51
It wasn't round difference, but map difference between the three teams. Round difference between the three was the next criterion
2019-04-15 14:00
Thank you for pointing out. I mean if some guys would read the article/ comments it would be so easier to understand :)
2019-04-15 14:51
great advert for smooya, really showed he still has great potential
2019-04-15 14:00
#35
sh1ro | 
China kazuk1 
map difference, nice joke
2019-04-15 14:01
Anyone know why gratisfaction isnt playing?
2019-04-15 14:05
#40
rain | 
United Kingdom RubenRJC 
visa problems
2019-04-15 14:08
#42
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Turkey DebbSoray 
Visa issues.
2019-04-15 14:09
#43
woxic | 
Turkey Samsun85 
With Daps NRG won't get any success. Dude is literally a bot. NRG playing like with 4 player..
2019-04-15 14:11
ok, lets remove the IGL then. This is perfect stratedy, always works
2019-04-15 16:35
bot daps
2019-04-15 14:29
#46
SS | 
Germany BLITZKRlEG 
well played
2019-04-15 14:32
That’s how the cookie crumbles:)
2019-04-15 14:40
INTZ F
2019-04-15 14:41
This is how you know people do not even know the rules of this format. A lot of people are saying round difference and that was not the decider. It was map difference, so essentially, train against RNG got NRG into the playoffs
2019-04-15 14:51
#61
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United States ferric 
*train against RNG got NRG into the Group Stage of the pro league finals
2019-04-15 15:20
ty my friend...hard to follow all these stages for ESL lol
2019-04-15 15:39
Question is it was always like this that ESL chooses map difference over rounds??
2019-04-15 14:58
leave it to esl to not have any tiebreaker games planned
2019-04-15 15:01
#58
SS | 
Germany Ducarius 
-liazz +smooya
2019-04-15 15:05
He who has the gold makes the rules. :) NRG won fair and square but I was expecting a 2-1 against RNG.
2019-04-15 15:09
#62
truth | 
Norway ludvik33 
unlucky for RNG who only had 3 out of their 5 players first day, then 4/5 last two
2019-04-15 15:23
Unloko 🌶🌶🌶🌶
2019-04-15 15:42
#63
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Sweden Nokkeri 
Map difference instead of round difference? Bullshit, Sad for my boys Eunited
2019-04-15 15:29
#66
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African Union mikecool 
lame imo RNG should be there first but anyway... its the way the cookie crumbles...
2019-04-15 15:43
Map difference is not a great tie breaker but it sure is much better than round difference.
2019-04-15 16:07
gg wp
2019-04-15 22:15
deserved
2019-04-16 22:55
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