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.

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16th April 2019
16
Train
4
16
Dust2
6
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 41 - 22 +19 93.2 1.48
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 38 - 25 +13 107.2 1.46
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 32 - 20 +12 82.1 1.38
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 34 - 19 +15 80.1 1.34
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 32 - 23 +9 84.0 1.24
 devils.one K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewskimouz 25 - 32 -7 63.1 0.88
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dychadycha 21 - 37 -16 74.1 0.81
Poland Karol 'rallen' Rodowiczrallen 23 - 37 -14 62.9 0.72
Poland Jacek 'MINISE' JeziakMINISE 20 - 34 -14 61.6 0.68
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 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
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16th April 2019
16
Nuke
11
17
Train
19
16
Mirage
10
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 98 - 55 +43 106.8 1.58
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 54 - 62 -8 75.7 1.00
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 58 - 65 -7 69.1 0.96
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 59 - 64 -5 65.2 0.95
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 52 - 60 -8 67.0 0.94
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 73 - 67 +6 79.1 1.09
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 60 - 66 -6 80.4 1.07
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 58 - 61 -3 76.6 1.06
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 60 - 62 -2 71.8 1.02
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 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.

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17th April 2019
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Nuke
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16
Overpass
4
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 34 - 15 +19 109.2 1.68
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 35 - 11 +24 83.6 1.68
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 35 - 15 +20 83.3 1.60
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 35 - 15 +20 97.4 1.59
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 27 - 16 +11 78.1 1.33
 Lazarus K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Michael 'dapr' Gulinodapr 25 - 31 -6 79.5 0.89
United States Gage 'Infinite' GreenInfinite 16 - 34 -18 63.2 0.53
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' TaoufikSubroza 10 - 33 -23 39.6 0.33
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierceswag 11 - 34 -23 31.6 0.29
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis 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
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17th April 2019
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Mirage
19
16
Overpass
13
19
Nuke
15
 Ghost K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissansteel 73 - 68 +5 84.4 1.13
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta 70 - 60 +10 73.2 1.12
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' YuWARDELL 71 - 61 +10 74.3 1.11
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadirfreakazoid 66 - 63 +3 68.2 0.96
United States Jason 'neptune' Tranneptune 60 - 70 -10 71.4 0.95
 compLexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 77 - 68 +9 85.5 1.12
United Kingdom Rory 'dephh' Jacksondephh 67 - 67 0 83.6 1.11
United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' KhanShahZaM 67 - 64 +3 71.2 1.06
United States Hunter 'SicK' MimsSicK 60 - 70 -10 67.0 0.97
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbertn0thing 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:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
728
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
710
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
United States Jason 'neptune' Tran
Jason 'neptune' Tran
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
311
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
812
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
365
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
772
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
460
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1510
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
1048
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1661
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
822
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1540
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
535
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
703
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1436
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Brazil Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.46
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.21
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
#1
s0m | 
United States Detached 
EZ 4 GHOST
2019-04-17 11:57
f0rest goat
2019-04-17 12:05
#30
s0m | 
United States Detached 
+1
2019-04-17 12:34
F5
2019-04-17 12:08
#2
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Russia zbogus 
Faze statpadding
2019-04-17 11:57
#3
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Finland aqua_rius 
yes
2019-04-17 11:57
#4
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Latvia xdMan420 
1st ha ha
2019-04-17 11:57
#37
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Brazil I_Hate_North 
You are 4st
2019-04-17 13:46
#48
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Latvia xdMan420 
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
Holy shit forest
2019-04-17 11:58
#8
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France Axsii 
GOD FOREST
2019-04-17 11:58
#9
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Hungary HunsOrdkazakh 
Faze up
2019-04-17 11:59
#10
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
GOAT f0rest
2019-04-17 11:59
#11
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India PussyHound 
are these online or LAN ?
2019-04-17 12:00
#13
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Hungary HunsOrdkazakh 
Lan
2019-04-17 12:02
#14
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India PussyHound 
ok
2019-04-17 12:02
nt Name
2019-04-17 12:11
#12
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Hungary HunsOrdkazakh 
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
#21
shox | 
Vietnam KR1MEZ 
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
#43
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Sweden fnatic_flusha 
It's not GSL but Round Robin format, whivh means everyone is gonna play everyone else no matter what
2019-04-17 15:38
i know, i mean both nip and faze ez walk over devils and heroic
2019-04-17 15:39
#24
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
f0rest +43 fucking good
2019-04-17 12:17
*GOD
2019-04-17 12:23
LOL they actually Linkes the wrong steel
2019-04-17 12:26
Fixed now :-(
2019-04-17 12:26
Nt germany But better than m16r
2019-04-17 17:53
#27
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
wp f0rest
2019-04-17 12:26
#31
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Pakistan ^NewB 
Swag overrated LUL
2019-04-17 12:36
#32
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France iNolake 
omfg F0rest
2019-04-17 12:38
#33
Canada ssau 
Can’t believe forest is still such a god to this day
2019-04-17 13:03
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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Poland KasztanCSGO 
f0rest rating 1.58 Zellsis 0.26 EU > NA
2019-04-17 13:26
#35
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United States Pyreon 
Stewie2k rating 1.68. Bot forest rating 1.58 Na> reeeeu
2019-04-17 13:34
#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
#38
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United States Pyreon 
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
#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
#42
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
f0rest <3
2019-04-17 15:30
#45
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Sweden fnatic_flusha 
Just f0rest being goat, no big deal
2019-04-17 16:01
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