FaZe through to ESL Pro League Finals; Heroic and devils.one stay alive

FaZe have secured their place at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals after topping Group B, while Heroic and devils.one move on to the second group stage following a tiebreaking scenario, which sees NiP eliminated in fourth place.

FaZe continued their strong run in London on day three of Group B, heading into their last match against NiP with a 2-0 record and looking convincing on the first half of Mirage, as they led 12-3 on the defense. The opening map turned out much more difficult than anticipated, after all, as the Swedish side held on until the very last round of regulation, when Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's team dealt the final blow.

olofmeister turned up in great form against his countrymen

As the match turned to Dust2, FaZe looked unstoppable with Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and NiKo leading the way, securing a 16-4, 2-0 victory for an overall 3-0 record in the group, locking down their spot at the Finals.

Matchpage
2
0
18th April 2019
Sweden
16
Mirage
14
16
Dust2
4
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 50 - 26 +24 94.2 1.51
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 43 - 27 +16 82.9 1.41
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 40 - 29 +11 79.0 1.22
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 33 - 31 +2 73.1 1.17
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 25 - 25 0 66.2 1.01
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 32 - 39 -7 83.2 1.01
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 35 - 39 -4 74.2 0.88
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 26 - 38 -12 62.2 0.79
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 26 - 34 -8 51.7 0.74
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 19 - 41 -22 59.2 0.53

Although the single finals spot had already been decided, devils.one and Heroic had lots to play for, as they were both in danger of placing fourth, which would see them eliminated.

The two teams went blow for blow from the get-go on Train, with Heroic pulling ahead on their defense at the end of the half, picking up a 9-6 lead. With a second-round break in the second half, Adam "friberg" Friberg & co. extended it to 12-7, but they soon found themselves unable to break through as devils.one strengthened their CT side. Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas's squad ended the opening map with a 9-2 run, securing Train 16-14.

Heroic stay alive after a grueling series with devils.one

On Overpass, the story was quite the opposite. The Poles were the ones to start strong on the defense, with a 10-2 scoreline looking likely to turn into a 2-0 series, but Heroic fought back from the end of the first half with three in a row and continued to do so when sides switched. There, although they were down 7-13 at one point, Benjamin "blameF" Bremer's side equalized the series with nine rounds in a row, including a 1v2 clutch on the B bombsite from friberg.

It came down to Nuke, where Heroic looked to rack up a great defense with a 7-3 start, but in the end only came away with an 8-7 half, which turned out to be just too little to close out on the offense. devils.one were in the driving seat after running away with the beginning of the second half, but a valiant effort to stay in contention saw the Danish squad push the deciding map to overtime.

After one set of overtime wasn't enough to determine a victor as both teams went 3-0 as CT, Heroic pulled off a 4-0 run in the second set to save their lives in the league.

Matchpage
2
1
18th April 2019
14
Train
16
16
Overpass
13
22
Nuke
18
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 86 - 58 +28 91.1 1.32
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 75 - 66 +9 84.5 1.13
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 65 - 66 -1 67.1 1.02
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 58 - 64 -6 66.4 0.95
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 53 - 69 -16 64.3 0.83
 devils.one K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Karol 'rallen' Rodowiczrallen 72 - 63 +9 83.3 1.23
Poland Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewskimouz 70 - 64 +6 76.6 1.08
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dychadycha 71 - 65 +6 70.9 0.98
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 61 - 69 -8 66.1 0.90
Poland Jacek 'MINISE' JeziakMINISE 48 - 76 -28 59.1 0.79

FaZe's 3-0 record puts them through to the finals directly, while a three-way tie between Heroic, devils.one, and NiP sees the Danish side finish second thanks to an extra map win overall and TaZ's team third on the back of a head-to-head victory against the Swedes, who finish fourth and are eliminated.

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1676
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
237
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#2
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United States aust_h 
Rip nip
2019-04-19 02:27
Nip Lul
2019-04-19 02:27
#4
blameF | 
Denmark s0MATiC 
blameF beast
2019-04-19 02:28
#30
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United Kingdom C4Golden 
+1
2019-04-19 02:59
hltv.org/matches/2332293/faze-vs-heroic-.. typical bot against t1 team
2019-04-19 06:18
#81
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Finland v3gez 
<FaZe <Tier 1 team Pick one
2019-04-19 10:47
World ranking#7 Renegade World ranking#5 FaZe bad bait, zero troll
2019-04-19 13:02
#89
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Finland v3gez 
Faze fluked a tier 3 tournament and went up 2 places
2019-04-19 13:13
tier3 tournament with astralis, liquid, navi, cloud9? keep it up kinda
2019-04-19 14:38
#110
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Finland v3gez 
Astralis throwed, liquid doesnt win events, navi played bad, cloud9 is trash there even wasnt competition
2019-04-20 12:37
who care, kid? ur stupidity is not curable.
2019-04-20 15:56
Weak bait
2019-04-19 17:23
#104
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Finland v3gez 
Blast doesnt count as a tournament
2019-04-19 17:25
#105
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United States kami917 
You just called it a tournament lol, cry is free
2019-04-19 18:39
+1
2019-04-20 11:17
+1
2019-04-22 16:26
#90
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Romania Iosif 
Let me guess, Rene is a tier1 team, right?
2019-04-19 13:29
Who said this crap ?
2019-04-19 14:09
#112
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Romania Iosif 
He said FaZe is not tier 1, but he cheers for Rene. So probably he thinks Rene is tier 1.
2019-04-22 09:53
still better than his teamm8s
2019-04-19 11:34
Trash
2019-04-19 02:28
Nice! NIP deserves this 4th place btw
2019-04-19 02:28
#32
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Germany zeolikk 
+1 dog team
2019-04-19 03:03
+1
2019-04-19 03:07
+1
2019-04-19 07:17
#92
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Finland v3gez 
-Draken +Dennis was a good idea 4Head
2019-04-19 13:57
#7
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Slovakia Denysis 
RIP NIP.
2019-04-19 02:28
#9
smooya | 
United Kingdom fal36 
Tiebreak Omegalul
2019-04-19 02:29
LET'S GO FAZE!!! EZ4OLOF
2019-04-19 02:29
#13
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Kazakhstan PaBuJIb 
Nice to see that nip go home. Ty heroic
2019-04-19 02:29
#76
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Poland 12yoRetard 
Devils.one*
2019-04-19 09:29
#14
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Europe b7ack0ut 
EZ for FaZe
2019-04-19 02:29
#15
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Poland Kobel_ 
Could be better regarding the scores for DV1, but what matters is they go through Next group stage: 3 Danish teams and DV1, looking at how Poles always struggle vs Danes, gonna be tough
2019-04-19 02:30
They should have flown to MDL last season, but ESL changed the system to leave Fnatic and NiP, but NiP was crap.
2019-04-19 02:30
#17
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
Draken will be back in 2 weeks 😎
2019-04-19 02:30
#37
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Indonesia Joji6661 
+1
2019-04-19 03:18
+1 -GeT_RiGhT +draken
2019-04-19 07:17
LUL NIP
2019-04-19 02:31
#19
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France FanchD 
RiP
2019-04-19 02:32
NIP OMEGALUL
2019-04-19 02:32
That format sucks d1ck
2019-04-19 02:35
#78
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
Cry
2019-04-19 09:45
#23
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
NIP LUL
2019-04-19 02:37
#24
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United States DervGuy 
No longer just NiKo Clan PogChamp
2019-04-19 02:39
Ez4taz
2019-04-19 02:41
#27
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Indonesia youdelusional 
Draken must be laughing his ass off now
2019-04-19 02:42
True
2019-04-20 11:19
NiP eliminated?
2019-04-19 02:45
#29
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Portugal hpn- 
- nip wins - Dennis What a shame
2019-04-19 02:58
Astralis dead ??
2019-04-19 03:02
#33
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Germany zeolikk 
nip lul
2019-04-19 03:03
#34
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Poland ruhoks 
tf is this format
2019-04-19 03:04
#36
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Macau iaokachon 
NIP LUL lost to devils hahahahah
2019-04-19 03:15
bra fett nice FaZe
2019-04-19 03:18
NIP need to just get rid of DENNIS and maybe GRT... Bring back Draken Add Plopski and Nawkk Lekro Forest REZ Plopski Nawkk
2019-04-19 03:22
#44
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Europe xrnavkha 
im think ur maths not very good mens
2019-04-19 04:24
#49
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Germany Neckarstadion 
Maybe they can win with 6 against 5 on the server LUL
2019-04-19 05:04
Decided to go with Nawkk instead of Draken men)))
2019-04-19 05:06
#98
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Europe xrnavkha 
bring back draken to bench again? im see mens)))
2019-04-19 14:39
No Draken men)))
2019-04-19 15:34
They kicked draken for this, Nice nip
2019-04-19 03:22
Nice to see olof finally showing up again and faze keeping the momentum going from blast
2019-04-19 03:37
#43
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Canada suzi 
Draken must be laughing
2019-04-19 04:18
how is this thing works? why is nip eliminated? all 3 teams are 1-2 and when you look at round difference nip has -4 while others are -20. can someone explain?
2019-04-19 04:30
#47
sh1ro | 
China kazuk1 
Heroic won a map against faze,so Heroic rank 2nd,devils won against NiP,so devils 3rd ,NiP 4th
2019-04-19 04:46
that is a weird but a logical solution nonetheless. thank you for explanation.
2019-04-19 04:54
#52
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
Here map wins are given priority instead of round wins. This is better system than round wins
2019-04-19 05:43
i see, thank you man.
2019-04-19 07:40
Indeed, that's the rule but that doesn't sound logical to me at all. 1st rule - Direct match, as they are three, doesn't work. 2nd rule - map difference, heroic 4:5, Nip 3:5, devil 3:5. Heroic 2nd place - logical place. 3rd rule - Overall map difference. Ah no, we have one out so we start over again, whut? If they all tie together that's for a reason, it doesn't make sense to go back again to the top, except if you are at the bottom of the list.
2019-04-19 09:03
gg
2019-04-19 04:32
actually devils doing great, they had win over Heroic keep it up TaZ my man
2019-04-19 05:08
Get right retire ffs
2019-04-19 06:07
very smart move by nip to make people think they are bad and then win next event
2019-04-19 06:24
Dreamhack Open?
2019-04-19 06:53
masters dallas
2019-04-19 06:57
They will out in groups.
2019-04-19 10:16
yeah smart move to make people think theyre bad since 2015, it will pay off!
2019-04-19 08:21
nice try but no
2019-04-19 08:56
really nice comeback big fella what a smart guy whoo
2019-04-19 11:47
NIP is trash u nova gold
2019-04-19 13:59
anime fans now can type? wow that's progress
2019-04-19 14:03
#106
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Poland rude_wredne 
Man, stop being delusional. I would love nip to win any big tournament but this won't happen with this lineup. It just doesn't work.
2019-04-20 04:44
#56
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India Noobdian1 
Iem Sydney ez win
2019-04-19 06:25
NiP lul.
2019-04-19 06:53
devils.one > nip. its a fucking shame!
2019-04-19 08:03
#67
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China thgir_teg 
sorry for nip, need to have some change
2019-04-19 08:04
#68
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan zFaR 
AdreN ftw!
2019-04-19 08:07
bye bye RiP
2019-04-19 08:21
#71
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Other Phinks 
Weird system but ok. Devils one could and should have won this series. But they are improving quite alot actually. Good to see. <3 taz legend
2019-04-19 08:43
#73
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
shouldnt it be a 3 way tie because the 3 lower teams all got 1 win against someone of them?
2019-04-19 08:57
lmao nip
2019-04-19 09:04
#77
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Poland Hypu 
Ez for taz
2019-04-19 09:37
#79
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
Imagine thinking nip isn't a dead team and forest is good rofl
2019-04-19 09:47
How did Nip get eliminated if their round differential is way better than Devil one’s??? Wtf
2019-04-19 11:17
#87
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Ukraine Ch1caqO 
Devil's one beat NiP
2019-04-19 12:25
lul who cares NIP trash
2019-04-19 13:58
#84
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Norway uniiqueCS 
Rest in pyjamas.
2019-04-19 11:34
#91
shox | 
India iejesus 
nip.....
2019-04-19 13:56
Bot in pjamas, LULW
2019-04-19 15:19
-gtr +draken
2019-04-19 16:18
#102
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Finland Weathermen)) 
Faze is back boys
2019-04-19 16:41
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