ESL Pro League S9 group B day 2 recap

The second day of ESL Pro League S9 group B in the two regions has been finalized, with devils.one defeating NiP being the biggest result of the day.

FaZe kicked off the action on the European side, going into the pick of Heroic, Overpass, and impressing on the CT side straight away. After the score was 9-4, Heroic mustered two more rounds, but, powered by Håvard "rain" Nygaard, FaZe overwhelmed them on the T side to claim the map comfortably, 16-8.

Just like in their series against NiP yesterday, Heroic battled back on their opponents' map pick, this time it being Dust2. FaZe had the initial lead, 4-1, after winning a force buy, but it was the Danish side that was in control for the rest of the map, with AWPer Daniel "mertz" Mertz and youngster Martin "stavn" Lund doing the majority of the heavy lifting in the 16-11 win.

FaZe sit at the top of the group

The series was decided on Mirage, where FaZe built up a massive, 8-1 lead on the CT side, but the Danes fought back at the end of the half to give themselves a chance of a comeback, 9-6. Still, another inspired performance from rain and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács chiming in saw FaZe secure the map 16-8 and the series 2-1.

Matchpage
2
1
17th April 2019
16
Overpass
8
11
Dust2
16
16
Mirage
8
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 72 - 46 +26 106.0 1.52
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 64 - 52 +12 82.3 1.22
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 58 - 48 +10 80.2 1.17
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 46 - 45 +1 64.8 1.10
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 37 - 44 -7 61.8 0.94
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 55 - 58 -3 77.8 1.02
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 54 - 52 +2 74.5 1.01
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 46 - 53 -7 70.9 0.99
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 42 - 59 -17 72.5 0.89
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 37 - 55 -18 63.1 0.78

devils.one picked Mirage against NiP and a back-and-forth game followed, with neither team able to chain together more than four rounds throughout it. That seemingly favored the underdogs, devils.one, who brawled their way to a 16-13 victory.

The Poles continued with that momentum on Overpass, grabbing a 9-1 lead right from the start, and it seemed like they could be ending the series early. However, NiP woke up towards the end of their T-side, managing five rounds, and then put up a brick wall as CTs. devils.one were unable to even get the bomb down for 10 rounds straight, seeing the series go to the decider.

TaZ's devils.one surprised NiP at ESL Pro League

On Nuke, NiP claimed the first round on the offense, but another force buy saw devils.one take the early lead, 7-2. Then the game became a brawl, similarly to the opening map of Mirage, with NiP getting on a five-round streak to reach match point, 15-12. However, they were unable to convert, devils.one forced overtime and eventually completed the upset, 19-17.

Sweden
Matchpage
1
2
17th April 2019
13
Mirage
16
16
Overpass
10
17
Nuke
19
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 73 - 64 +9 77.4 1.16
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 57 - 56 +1 74.2 1.14
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 63 - 62 +1 82.2 1.11
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 55 - 62 -7 75.4 1.01
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 59 - 62 -3 68.6 0.98
 devils.one K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewskimouz 77 - 58 +19 85.8 1.21
Poland Karol 'rallen' Rodowiczrallen 66 - 63 +3 77.8 1.14
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dychadycha 60 - 61 -1 86.0 1.09
Poland Jacek 'MINISE' JeziakMINISE 52 - 65 -13 66.7 0.88
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 51 - 61 -10 61.2 0.86

After losing to Ghost in their initial game, Complexity faced Liquid and managed to impress on their map pick, Cache. Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan was leading the charge as they managed seven rounds on the defensive side, but completely took control of the game as Terrorists to claim the first map 16-12.

Liquid will be taking on Ghost for the direct EPL Finals slot

The next two maps were complete blowouts in favor of Liquid, though. On Dust2, Complexity mustered just two CT side rounds and their opponents easily converted the map win after the switch (16-2), with Inferno being a similar case. An inspired Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken spearheaded Liquid to a 13-2 offensive half which was concluded as a 16-3 to give Liquid their second win at ESL Pro League.

Matchpage
2
1
18th April 2019
12
Cache
16
16
Dust2
2
16
Inferno
3
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 71 - 33 +38 96.1 1.63
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 59 - 40 +19 92.0 1.35
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 41 - 43 -2 81.5 1.15
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 35 - 39 -4 60.4 1.05
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 33 - 48 -15 63.1 0.86
 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' KhanShahZaM 44 - 46 -2 74.4 1.05
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 39 - 47 -8 66.6 0.92
United States Hunter 'SicK' MimsSicK 41 - 46 -5 63.3 0.92
United Kingdom Rory 'dephh' Jacksondephh 43 - 52 -9 74.1 0.89
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbertn0thing 34 - 48 -14 73.5 0.86

In the last match of the day, Ghost took on Lazarus, with the latter team picking Inferno to start it off. Braxton "swag" Pierce and co. grabbed a 4-0 lead after winning the pistol, but the majority of the rifle rounds went Ghost's way, giving them a 9-6 lead. Lazarus got a foothold into the match after winning the early game as CT, but Joshua "steel" Nissan's side was able to close it out after the score was equalized, going from 11-11 to 16-11.

A slow start to Overpass didn't help Lazarus' cause, as Ghost managed a big, 7-3 lead on the offensive side of their map pick. Michael "dapr" Gulino and co. managed to end the half on a high, winning four out of five rounds, and then added three more after the switch thanks to the pistol. Lazarus held a 10-8 lead at that point, but similarly to the first map, Ghost then took control of the game and closed it out confidently, 16-11.

Matchpage
2
0
18th April 2019
16
Inferno
11
16
Overpass
11
 Ghost K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadirfreakazoid 46 - 26 +20 82.6 1.36
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissansteel 44 - 36 +8 89.1 1.23
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta 38 - 29 +9 82.9 1.22
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' YuWARDELL 35 - 29 +6 67.3 1.14
United States Jason 'neptune' Tranneptune 35 - 35 0 68.9 1.03
 Lazarus K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierceswag 39 - 35 +4 72.5 1.04
United States Michael 'dapr' Gulinodapr 33 - 40 -7 72.9 0.89
United States Gage 'Infinite' GreenInfinite 29 - 39 -10 64.7 0.88
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis 29 - 40 -11 69.2 0.87
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' TaoufikSubroza 24 - 44 -20 46.2 0.61

The last four matches of ESL Pro League S9 will be played today. In Europe, FaZe are looking to confirm the first spot in the group with a win over NiP, while the rest is up in the air, with a potential three-way tie on the cards.

In Americas, the winner of Ghost - Liquid will claim an ESL Pro League Finals spot, while Lazarus and Complexity will face off in a fight for survival.

United States Michael 'dapr' Gulino
Michael 'dapr' Gulino
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
509
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
956
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
628
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
611
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
438
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1172
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
525
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Freakazoid is better than your favorite player
2019-04-18 12:01
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-18 12:00
#7
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
ok
2019-04-18 12:02
nt
2019-04-18 12:02
Nice name my kontol friend men))
2019-04-18 14:42
lo siapa ajg
2019-04-18 16:01
unluko
2019-04-18 12:07
nice script
2019-04-18 12:43
#12
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Sweden Zaser5 
+1
2019-04-18 12:11
#3
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Denmark oskarsports 
ez faze
2019-04-18 12:00
Nip lmao, imagine losing to poles in 2019, fnatic would never...
2019-04-18 12:01
2019-04-18 12:18
#16
cyx | 
South Africa bonkaz 
woooosh
2019-04-18 12:21
Wooooooooooooosh
2019-04-18 12:46
#24
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Croatia DNM_ii 
r/woosh
2019-04-18 12:51
It be like dat sometimes
2019-04-18 13:34
ye, and nip lost cuz shit, lmao ruski logic.
2019-04-18 13:36
Double r/woosh
2019-04-18 13:38
WESG vs AGO....
2019-04-18 12:27
#25
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Croatia DNM_ii 
r/woosh buddy
2019-04-18 12:51
ez 4 Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
2019-04-18 12:01
#19
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
+1
2019-04-18 12:28
#6
f0rest | 
Sweden Jnordz 
nip thrash :((((((
2019-04-18 12:01
ok ez4mertz btw
2019-04-18 12:05
#10
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United Kingdom EKersh 
ez 4 rain
2019-04-18 12:06
Go go steel!
2019-04-18 12:16
#15
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Germany Youngnibba 
last part of the article wtf pls fix
2019-04-18 12:20
#17
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
"TaZ surprised NIP":51-61 not bad
2019-04-18 12:22
#20
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India Noobdian 
Axaxaxaxa
2019-04-18 12:41
#21
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Russia razorVJ 
Lost $200 on NiP. Hulk sad.
2019-04-18 12:41
RIP
2019-04-18 13:11
#27
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France IGC_Ray 
Rain is playing incredibly well since karrigan departure, it feels good to see !
2019-04-18 13:22
#31
NiKo | 
Serbia smiley69 
Rainy is back <3
2019-04-18 13:53
nice
2019-04-18 15:12
Did they unban steel?
2019-04-18 16:29
#36
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France uNLmofo 
subroza with no cheats ahah and twitzz aimlocking like never
2019-04-19 09:58
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