ESL Pro League S9 group B day 1 recap

The initial matches of ESL Pro League group B in Europe and Americas have been played out, with a blowout and a tight match in both divisions.

The first match in Europe saw FaZe, fresh off of their BLAST Pro Series Miami win, take on devils.one, formerly known as Kinguin. The Polish side, ranked 33rd at the moment, couldn't keep up with the European mixture on the first map, Train, only picking up four rounds as Terrorists and were unable to get on the board after the switch, making the map a swift 16-4.

FaZe swept devils.one in their first ESL Pro League game

Dust2 followed, where FaZe were again off to a good start, 4-0, but Wiktor "⁠TaZ⁠" Wojtas and co. managed to rally and narrow the gap to just one round after three consecutive rounds won on the Terrorist side. However, Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's squad took hold of the match again to finish 10-5 up for the half, closing out on the Terrorist side with ease, 16-6.

Matchpage
2
0
16th April 2019
16
Train
4
16
Dust2
6
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 22 +19 93.2 1.48
38 - 25 +13 107.2 1.46
32 - 20 +12 82.1 1.38
34 - 19 +15 80.1 1.34
32 - 23 +9 84.0 1.24
 devils.one K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
25 - 32 -7 63.1 0.88
21 - 37 -16 74.1 0.81
23 - 37 -14 62.9 0.72
20 - 34 -14 61.6 0.68
19 - 37 -18 58.5 0.62

NIP and Heroic took the stage next, with the Danish team attending the tournament without their coach Luis "⁠peacemaker⁠" Tadeu, who was unable to travel to Leicester due to visa issues. NIP took the early lead on Nuke, Heroic's map pick, going up 9-1 on the CT side, but Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen's impressive play kept them afloat and saw them narrow the gap to just 12-10 on the CT side. However, a clutch from Christopher "⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠" Alesund sealed the deal on Nuke, 16-11, with Train following next.

Heroic had another rough start to the map, despite winning the CT pistol, and found themselves looking down the barrel of defeat as NIP had a 9-4 lead on the less favored side. The Danes managed to recover with two rounds at the end of the half and claim four of the first five on the Terrorist side to equalize the score, 10-10. The game was a back-and-forth affair after that, but Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg managed to secure the map against his former team, despite Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg's impressive play.

It all came down to Mirage, where f0rest hit an even higher level than in the previous two maps, pushing his side to a massive, 12-3 CT half lead. Heroic managed a pistol round win and put up some resistance after that, but were unable to push it the whole distance and fell 16-10 in the end.

Sweden
Matchpage
2
1
16th April 2019
16
Nuke
11
17
Train
19
16
Mirage
10
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
98 - 55 +43 106.8 1.58
54 - 62 -8 75.7 1.00
58 - 65 -7 69.1 0.96
59 - 64 -5 65.2 0.95
52 - 60 -8 67.0 0.94
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 67 +6 79.1 1.09
60 - 66 -6 80.4 1.07
58 - 61 -3 76.6 1.06
60 - 62 -2 71.8 1.02
55 - 66 -11 65.6 0.93

Liquid started their ESL Pro League campaign by facing Lazarus, and similarly to FaZe, didn't have any issues dispatching of their initial opponent. The series started on Nuke, the pick of Lazarus, but Braxton "⁠swag⁠" Pierce and co. were unable to break through their opponents' defenses for 13 rounds straight, finishing them without even a bombplant. Liquid did lose the last two rounds of the half, but closed out Nuke 16-2 after a Terrorist side pistol win.

Overpass was a similar story, but this time Liquid started on the Terrorist side, bullying their opponents on their way to a 9-1 lead and eventually a 12-3 half. After a quiet first map (4K-5D), Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken was unleashed on Overpass, securing 31 kills and a 2.40 rating in the 16-4 stomp.

Matchpage
2
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17th April 2019
16
Nuke
2
16
Overpass
4
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
34 - 15 +19 109.2 1.68
35 - 11 +24 83.6 1.68
35 - 15 +20 83.3 1.60
35 - 15 +20 97.4 1.59
27 - 16 +11 78.1 1.33
 Lazarus K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
25 - 31 -6 79.5 0.89
16 - 34 -18 63.2 0.53
10 - 33 -23 39.6 0.33
11 - 34 -23 31.6 0.29
10 - 35 -25 38.1 0.26

The last game of the day saw Ghost take on Complexity, with the latter team playing with a stand-in as Jordan "⁠n0thing⁠" Gilbert filled in for Ricardo "⁠Rickeh⁠" Mulholland. The tightly contested game started on Mirage, where both halves finished 8-7 in favor of the CT side, seeing overtime come into play. In the added rounds, Complexity was the better team, taking the win on their map pick.

Ghost took down compLexity after a marathon series

Overpass followed, where Ghost struggled to establish themselves as Terrorists, but still mustered six rounds, enough to make the comeback after a great, 5-0 start to their defensive half. Jason "⁠neptune⁠" Tran, Joshua "⁠steel⁠" Nissan, and Ryan "⁠freakazoid⁠" Abadir combined to outperform Complexity's newest signing, Hunter "⁠SicK⁠" Mims, and tie the series score with a 16-13 on the second map.

The third map was another strongly contested one, but it seemed like Ghost would take it in regulation as they went up 13-7 in the second half, playing on the CT side. However, Complexity won eight of the next 10 rounds to force overtime, with Rory "⁠dephh⁠" Jackson leading the charge. Still, Complexity weren't able to close it out in the added rounds this time, and Ghost won Nuke 19-15 and the series 2-1.

Matchpage
2
1
17th April 2019
16
Mirage
19
16
Overpass
13
19
Nuke
15
 Ghost K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 68 +5 84.4 1.13
70 - 60 +10 73.2 1.12
71 - 61 +10 74.3 1.11
66 - 63 +3 68.2 0.96
60 - 70 -10 71.4 0.95
 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
77 - 68 +9 85.5 1.12
67 - 67 0 83.6 1.11
67 - 64 +3 71.2 1.06
60 - 70 -10 67.0 0.97
51 - 71 -20 62.4 0.79

ESL Pro League group B continues today with FaZe - Heroic starting it off at 18:20 .

United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
724
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
United Kingdom Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
705
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.72
United States Jason 'neptune' Tran
Jason 'neptune' Tran
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
307
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
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Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
361
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
456
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1508
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
1046
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
34
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1658
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
819
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
535
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
698
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.46
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.21
DPR:
0.66
#1
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United States noCap
EZ 4 GHOST
2019-04-17 11:57
3 replies
f0rest goat
2019-04-17 12:05
1 reply
#30
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United States noCap
+1
2019-04-17 12:34
#19
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Poland Unluko
F5
2019-04-17 12:08
Faze statpadding
2019-04-17 11:57
1st ha ha
2019-04-17 11:57
2 replies
You are 4st
2019-04-17 13:46
1 reply
v sad
2019-04-19 15:20
#5
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France J0riS
Ez4FaZe
2019-04-17 11:58
#6
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Poland Jancz1
1?
2019-04-17 11:58
#7
zehN | 
Finland Misttaa
Holy shit forest
2019-04-17 11:58
GOD FOREST
2019-04-17 11:58
Faze up
2019-04-17 11:59
#10
flusha | 
Italy HeSY
GOAT f0rest
2019-04-17 11:59
are these online or LAN ?
2019-04-17 12:00
3 replies
Lan
2019-04-17 12:02
1 reply
ok
2019-04-17 12:02
nt Name
2019-04-17 12:11
Forest +43 o_O
2019-04-17 12:01
+43 K/D 1.58 rating, absolute god.
2019-04-17 12:03
GOD F0REST
2019-04-17 12:05
F0rest smurfing
2019-04-17 12:08
f0rest 1.6 swag is overrated
2019-04-17 12:16
#22
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African Union mikecool
Wtf f0rest?!
2019-04-17 12:16
nip gonna win faze in 1st place decider
2019-04-17 12:17
2 replies
It's not GSL but Round Robin format, whivh means everyone is gonna play everyone else no matter what
2019-04-17 15:38
1 reply
i know, i mean both nip and faze ez walk over devils and heroic
2019-04-17 15:39
f0rest +43 fucking good
2019-04-17 12:17
1 reply
#25
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Ukraine Astrali5
*GOD
2019-04-17 12:23
LOL they actually Linkes the wrong steel
2019-04-17 12:26
2 replies
Fixed now :-(
2019-04-17 12:26
1 reply
Nt germany But better than m16r
2019-04-17 17:53
Swag overrated LUL
2019-04-17 12:36
omfg F0rest
2019-04-17 12:38
Can’t believe forest is still such a god to this day
2019-04-17 13:03
1 reply
If you watch him on lan you'll notice he's always very calm, maybe it's a key for success.
2019-04-17 14:06
#34
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Europe TheKasztan
f0rest rating 1.58 Zellsis 0.26 EU > NA
2019-04-17 13:26
5 replies
Stewie2k rating 1.68. Bot forest rating 1.58 Na> reeeeu
2019-04-17 13:34
4 replies
#36
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Denmark ghostan11
liquid playing vs tier 10 nip playing vs tier 3 3 better than 10 eu> naaa
2019-04-17 13:42
3 replies
Liquid playing vs tier 2* Nip (t2 at best) playing against a team that cant beat windigo. Eu is shit compared to NA
2019-04-17 13:56
2 replies
#40
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Denmark ghostan11
0/8 na only has liquid and that is all
2019-04-17 14:05
#46
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Hungary StraYzie
Lazarus tier 4 Heroic tier 2-3 Windigo tier 2-3
2019-04-17 16:05
Just f0rest being goat, no big deal
2019-04-17 16:01
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