ESL Pro League S9 group C day 1 recap

The first day of ESL Pro League group C has concluded, highlighted by a colossal upset where Luminosity bested MIBR with flying colours.

The first series of the day kicked off on Overpass, where Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and his men commenced on the defence, accruing a solid early off lead off the back of a pistol round that subsequently transitioned into a 9-6 half. A consecutive pistol went in Natus Vincere's way, as well as an additional three, but Windigo answered with nine back-to-back of their own, placing the squad on map point. Natus Vincere clawed back two, forcing overtime, but it simply postponed the inevitable as Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov and co. walked away with a 22-20 victory.

s1mple continued his outstanding form, sporting a 1.44 rating

Next was Train, where a comfortable T start for Natus Vincere set the pace for the entire map. A third consecutive pistol round set the economy up, allowing the favourites to force consistent economic upsets onto their opponents. This led to a 10-5 T half for Natus Vincere. Despite the predicament, Windigo did not falter, accruing a formidable amount of T rounds of their own. Only towards the latter portion of the series were the CIS representatives able to stabilize, closing the map 16-12.

Concluding the series was Dust2, and in line with the previous two maps it came down to double-digits. Windigo started on the T side but were unable to amass the crucial early momentum needed to dominate their opponents. After initial fallthroughs, Natus Vincere took the reins, concluding their CT side 9-6. The latter pistol went in the favourites' way, as well as two subsequent rounds, but much like on Overpass the ball was dropped, allowing Windigo a 14-12 lead. Fortunately for Natus Vincere they were able to refocus, closing out the final four rounds to produce a close 16-14 victory.

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19th April 2019
20
Overpass
22
16
Train
12
16
Dust2
14
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 96 - 55 +41 88.2 1.44
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 85 - 70 +15 96.2 1.33
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 68 - 64 +4 80.9 1.12
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 57 - 64 -7 69.6 0.99
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 54 - 71 -17 68.4 0.88
 Windigo K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilevpoizon 84 - 65 +19 80.2 1.19
Bulgaria Yanko 'blocker' Panovblocker 74 - 75 -1 86.2 1.06
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinovbubble 58 - 72 -14 69.4 0.89
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' GrigorovSHiPZ 58 - 73 -15 60.4 0.84
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankovv1c7oR 50 - 77 -27 64.4 0.80

The second series of the day saw G2 take on fnatic, with affairs commencing on Nuke. The French quintet secured their CT pistol and the next two, followed by immediate retaliation from the Swedes in the form of four rounds. This would prove to be most of what fnatic would put up on the T side, as G2 walked away with all but one round, closing out at 10-5 on the defence. Richard "Xizt" Landström and his men secured their CT pistol, as well as the following two rounds, but the momentum was squandered, allowing G2 a foot back into the map. A back-and-forth period ensued, favouring the Frenchmen, who ran out 16-11 winners.

kennyS' performance was a deciding factor in the series against fnatic

Inferno followed, where fnatic had a dominant CT-side showing, securing a 5-0 lead off the bat. The teams exchanged two rounds each, shortly after which G2's T side fired up, seeing to six consecutive rounds victories of their own, trumping the earlier streak of their opponents at 8-7. The Swedes secured a consecutive pistol round, and dominated the initial portion of the latter half. G2 found their footing after early struggles and forced overtime, in which they would prevail after some highly-contested rounds.

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19th April 2019
France
11
Nuke
16
17
Inferno
19
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 47 - 42 +5 88.3 1.12
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 46 - 48 -2 88.9 1.02
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 42 - 45 -3 72.0 0.98
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 41 - 46 -5 68.2 0.97
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 42 - 48 -6 71.1 0.92
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 52 - 45 +7 92.4 1.23
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 51 - 43 +8 87.4 1.20
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 47 - 43 +4 68.1 1.04
France Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky 43 - 45 -2 79.1 1.01
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 34 - 43 -9 67.9 0.95

The highlight of day one was the series between Luminosity and MIBR, where the underdogs breezed past the favourites with flying colours. The first map, Inferno, saw Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and co. cop the pistol, and despite an upset in round three, persevered to a 4-1 lead. This was the majority of what MIBR were able to pose on the CT side, as Luminosity accrued all but two of what was left to play to bag a 9-6 lead. MIBR secured the next pistol round, only for an immediate upset to take place, followed by seven back-to-back rounds from Luminosity to close Inferno at a dominant 16-7 scoreline.

HEN1 dominated MIBR with a monstrous 1.77 rating

Similar to the latter half of Inferno, MIBR secured the pistol. only to drop the ball in the following round. This created breathing space for Luminosity, who converted that into a 9-1 lead. After consecutive blunders, the favourites tapped into their experience and mental endurance, softening the round disparity to just 6-9 come halftime. In spite of developments that reminded of a comeback, Luminosity kept bringing the heat, and a T-side pistol victory kicked them further into the lead. Henrique "HEN1" Teles and co. extended their advantage to 14-6, vastly outperforming their compatriots, with the map ending with a 16-8 scoreline in LG's favour.

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20th April 2019
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Inferno
16
8
Train
16
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 36 - 36 0 79.2 1.07
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 32 - 36 -4 75.2 1.03
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 31 - 34 -3 75.2 0.99
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 32 - 38 -6 80.3 0.98
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 20 - 34 -14 55.7 0.67
 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 43 - 25 +18 92.8 1.51
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 44 - 30 +14 92.2 1.36
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ 30 - 35 -5 75.0 1.07
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 31 - 31 0 78.0 1.06
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 30 - 30 0 65.1 0.96

The final series of day one saw Cloud9 take down Envy, kicking off on Inferno. Maikil "Golden" Selim and co. opened the map on the CT side, amassing an immediate 4-1 lead. Envy occasionally popped up on the scoreboard, but for the majority of their T half they struggled, leading to a 5-10 deficit. After switching to the CT side, Jacob "FugLy" Medina and co. secured the pistol, only to conceded momentum after Cloud9's first rifle round. Envy clawed a single additional round prior to continued dominance from Cloud9 in the form of a five-round closer, concluding Inferno 16-8 in favour of the Swedish tactician's men.

autimatic sealed Envy's fate with a grand total of 53 frags over two maps

Mirage turned out to be the concluding map of day one, as Cloud9's dominance continued. The ferocity translated onto their CT side on the map, allowing for a dominant 10-1 start. Envy retaliated in four concluding rounds of their T side, closing the first half with a 5-10 deficit. The latter pistol went in favour of Josh "jdm64" Marzano and company, but problems persisted after the second round, allowing the leaders to stamp their authority even more. Four rounds was all she wrote for Envy, as a dominant Cloud9 closed the first day of matches with a 16-11 map score.

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20th April 2019
16
Inferno
8
16
Mirage
11
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 53 - 29 +24 95.8 1.51
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 49 - 36 +13 102.7 1.46
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 35 - 30 +5 89.1 1.23
United States Daniel 'vice' Kimvice 33 - 30 +3 58.7 0.99
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 27 - 30 -3 64.2 0.93
 Envy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 39 - 41 -2 84.7 1.05
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' FodorANDROID 36 - 37 -1 72.2 1.03
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 31 - 39 -8 67.7 0.86
United States Sam 's0m' Ohs0m 22 - 41 -19 59.1 0.75
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 27 - 39 -12 48.4 0.68

Day two of group C matches will continue this evening, seeing to further action between the eight contestants from Europe and the Americas. Natus Vincere and Luminosity will square off against G2 and Cloud9 for spotless 2-0 records, while fnatic and Envy will looks to improve their less-than-satisfactory start at the expense of Windigo and MIBR.

Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1364
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
463
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1061
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
964
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1471
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1512
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
709
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
821
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
#2
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Sweden Unluko 
Nice day!
2019-04-20 12:59
#5
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Austria shaakeh 
Second, rip
2019-04-20 12:59
Always 2nd 🤡
2019-04-20 12:59
#12
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Sweden Unluko 
I agree!
2019-04-20 13:00
#13
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United States Comethazine 
F5 and still 2nd KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-04-20 13:01
#19
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Sweden Unluko 
\____/ C R Y
2019-04-20 13:10
#21
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United States Comethazine 
F5 and still 2nd KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK \____/ C R Y
2019-04-20 13:14
+1
2019-04-20 14:57
Still 2nd OMEGALUL
2019-04-20 14:57
slow brain slow f5
2019-04-20 16:26
Finally u made #1. Not f5 here
2019-04-20 19:44
#53
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Sweden Unluko 
Thanks for the support!
2019-04-20 19:45
#3
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Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2019-04-20 12:59
#4
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Andorra dustyyh 
GHL noob
2019-04-20 12:59
EZ 4 Autimatic
2019-04-20 12:59
#7
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
96-55 pog
2019-04-20 12:59
#8
shroud | 
Europe Miichu 
F5
2019-04-20 12:59
#9
shroud | 
Europe Miichu 
MIBR 0-3 ;P
2019-04-20 12:59
#10
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United States Comethazine 
MIBR KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK SO BAD LMAO
2019-04-20 12:59
F0rest_98_frags_s1mple_96_frags
2019-04-20 13:03
#15
NiKo | 
Poland Kocykeee 
MIBR XAXAXAXAX
2019-04-20 13:03
#16
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Ukraine s1v9mple 
EZ 4 GOAT
2019-04-20 13:03
#17
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
Winning the first match easily Navi- we don’t do that here
2019-04-20 13:05
#18
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United States WilsonDS 
LETS GO C9
2019-04-20 13:09
#20
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Turkey NIP_32_0_NUKE 
s1mple +41 POG
2019-04-20 13:12
#22
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France iNolake 
EZ for the french superteam
2019-04-20 13:15
#23
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Poland Lukovsky 
there's a french superteam?
2019-04-20 13:21
As nolake says so - there is
2019-04-20 14:28
#39
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Poland Lukovsky 
where
2019-04-20 16:00
Idk, he says so - not me
2019-04-21 08:00
#45
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Iran Gagar1n 
French baguettes are so delusional.
2019-04-20 17:19
Everyone knows baguettes are french, there's no need to say french baguettes
2019-04-20 18:19
#55
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Iran Gagar1n 
Haven’t you tried Italian baguettes?
2019-04-20 22:22
Spaghettes?
2019-04-20 22:22
#24
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Sweden Bakkmann 
Tl;dr Fnatic sucks ass
2019-04-20 13:41
The match was fucking ridicilous
2019-04-20 14:28
#42
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Sweden Bakkmann 
Totally, i didnt know what the fuck was goin on
2019-04-20 16:48
mobr wtf
2019-04-20 14:13
#26
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Europe VeryHighIQ 
m16r losing to lg KEKEKEK DISBAND
2019-04-20 14:19
Mibr just wont work out
2019-04-20 14:24
MIBR XAXAXAXAXAX
2019-04-20 14:27
#31
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Finland mmusi 
What upset? Luminosity was better in every way
2019-04-20 14:32
#32
shox | 
India iejesus 
simple 96 holy shit
2019-04-20 14:35
#33
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
mibr not even best team from brazil ?
2019-04-20 14:38
#34
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
The best team on their street maybe
2019-04-20 14:50
#40
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
I think we can agree on that.
2019-04-20 16:06
#43
TaZ | 
United States FaZeKevin 
lmao
2019-04-20 17:04
Because they are only team on their street
2019-04-20 17:07
Mibr will probably go up in the hltv ranking
2019-04-20 15:48
#38
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Denmark Xipingu 
MiBR back to BOT levels, expected. Also wtf, Windigo could contend in the top 10 for sure, if not top 5
2019-04-20 15:59
#46
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Finland Weathermen)) 
lol nice
2019-04-20 17:35
#47
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United States jay_320 
I realize it was Envy but theoretically this Envy roster isn't as godawful as it was last year. It heartened me to see Autimatic and Golden fragging out like that. If Golden can be the one who improves as a fraging IGL and Vice or whoever shows up for him permanently can be a good first or second option with Autimatic maybe C9 could be decent this year. (Please Baby Jebus)
2019-04-20 17:38
#49
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Luxembourg africa_cs_lul 
Rush no longer bottom fragging PogChamp
2019-04-20 18:24
#50
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United States julian_stout 
They may have lost, but windigo is showing how good they could be, excited to see if they keep this form up.
2019-04-20 19:14
+1
2019-04-21 01:15
God Xizt carrying again smh
2019-04-20 19:23
Liquid was watching C9 thinking "we bought the wrong Asian!"
2019-04-20 20:45
#57
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Poland jedrus1 
S1mple godmode as usual
2019-04-21 00:13
ez
2019-04-21 02:22
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