ESL Pro League S9 group C day 2 recap; G2 through to finals

Day two of ESL Pro League Season 9 group C in Europe and North America has come to its conclusion, most notably with G2 already securing a spot at the finals after upsetting Natus Vincere.

After taking down fnatic on day one, G2 looked to cause another upset as they took on Natus Vincere on day two. Picking Nuke to start the series, the French got off to a slow start, with Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko & co. claiming a 5-1 lead as CT to take control of the first half, which ended at 10-5 in their favor. When the sides switched, the two teams went back and forth and Na`Vi claimed their 13th round, but G2 bolstered their defense and finished off the opening map with an 8-1 run for a 16-14 win.

G2 are through to the finals in Montpellier

Train followed with Na`Vi taking a stand on the Terrorist side to start things off, leading 6-2 despite losing the initial pistol round. The Frenchmen grabbed the next three rounds but still found themselves trailing 6-9 at halftime. G2 were able to equalize the scoreline at the beginning of the second half, but ultimately Natus Vincere's defense was too strong to handle, as Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's side only let go of one more round.

The deciding Overpass saw G2 fly off the starting line with an 11-round streak on the CT side, with Na`Vi only catching on at the end of the half with three rounds. Although they mounted a comeback attempt with a 6-1 run at the beginning of the second half, G2 found their way to the last three rounds to pick up their second victory in the round robin.

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20th April 2019
France
14
Nuke
16
16
Train
11
9
Overpass
16
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 84 - 47 +37 94.6 1.50
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 58 - 53 +5 72.0 1.09
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 58 - 58 0 83.5 1.09
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 45 - 57 -12 60.9 0.90
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 41 - 58 -17 66.5 0.89
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 60 - 60 0 83.1 1.10
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 60 - 58 +2 75.6 1.00
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 54 - 52 +2 68.3 1.00
France Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky 48 - 56 -8 77.1 0.98
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 51 - 60 -9 68.7 0.94

The second match of day two between fnatic and Windigo began on Train, where neither team could gain control of the map in a streaky first half that saw the Swedes come out just ahead at 8-7 as CT. Once fnatic were on the offense, however, they didn't let the Bulgarians string rounds together and controlled the opening map until they secured a 16-10 win.

Next up was Mirage, which began with a tightly-contested first half that once again ended at 8-7 for the CTs, where Windigo started. The two teams continued to trade blows and the second map reached late stages with fnatic up 13-12, but Georgi "SHiPZ" Grigorov & co. managed to equalize the series with a four-round streak.

fnatic survived a close encounter with Windigo

It came down to Nuke, where fnatic put together a strong hold on the defense, leading 12-3 in spite of a pistol round loss. Windigo managed quite a good CT side in return, but it wasn't good enough in the end, as fnatic found their way to the much-needed four rounds to close out the series at 16-12, 2-1.

With this result coming through, Windigo are already confirmed last in the group as they lost to both fnatic and Natus Vincere, while G2 have come out on top to make it to the finals ahead of their last match against the Bulgarian side.

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20th April 2019
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Train
10
13
Mirage
16
16
Nuke
12
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 81 - 62 +19 106.4 1.40
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 72 - 61 +11 93.4 1.22
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 60 - 56 +4 81.4 1.12
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 58 - 49 +9 74.1 1.09
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 48 - 55 -7 66.3 0.94
 Windigo K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilevpoizon 63 - 60 +3 80.6 1.15
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankovv1c7oR 60 - 65 -5 77.2 1.05
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' GrigorovSHiPZ 51 - 62 -11 74.8 0.92
Bulgaria Yanko 'blocker' Panovblocker 54 - 65 -11 71.4 0.91
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinovbubble 54 - 67 -13 70.1 0.90

In the North American side of things, MIBR fought for survival following their day one loss to Luminosity, going up against Envy on the second day.

The first map was Cache, Noah "Nifty" Francis's team's pick. After the two teams went 4-4 early on, the Brazilians pulled away on the defense, claiming a 9-6 lead before going over. Envy fought back at the beginning of the second half, managing an 8-1 run to claim 14 rounds, but they couldn't finish off their opponents, who replied with six rounds in a row to survive the scare.

When it came to Train, MIBR were in the driving seat from the get-go, with an 11-1 start on the T side seeing them finish strong with a 16-4, 2-0 win to put their first win on the board.

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0
21st April 2019
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Cache
14
16
Train
4
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 47 - 24 +23 87.3 1.55
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 42 - 28 +14 93.1 1.45
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 37 - 33 +4 81.0 1.17
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 34 - 27 +7 69.0 1.11
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 33 - 29 +4 69.0 1.10
 Envy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' FodorANDROID 34 - 37 -3 78.3 0.96
United States Sam 's0m' Ohs0m 31 - 41 -10 83.9 0.88
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 26 - 36 -10 49.7 0.73
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 28 - 41 -13 56.6 0.71
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 21 - 39 -18 65.1 0.71

Cloud9 were pitted against Luminosity in the second series to find out which team would take the lead in the group with two wins in a row.

The opening Dust2 began with the two teams trading blows until it was 5-5, when a couple of successful retakes ended with Cloud9 leading 9-6 in the first half. Luminosity brought it back to 11-12 when the sides switched, but Maikil "Golden" Selim's team finished strong with four in a row for a 1-0 lead in the series.

Cloud9 go 2-0 ahead of their encounter with MIBR

On Inferno, the Brazilian side looked to equalize the series and claimed a 4-1 lead as CT, but they couldn't turn it into a good half, with Cloud9 grabbing a close 8-7 scoreline, in the end. The match looked all but over when it was 13-8 in favor of the American team, but a great closing run saw Luminosity equalize the series at 16-14.

Mirage was left to decide with Cloud9 taking point at 4-1, but a good offense helped Lucas "steel" Lopes's team gain control and find a way to a 9-6 half. However, William "RUSH" Wierzba & co. replied with an even better T side, with a 7-0 run at the beginning putting them in a favorable position to close out the series successfully. Despite Luminosity's efforts, Cloud9 ran out victors at 16-12, 2-1, securing a 2-0 record in the round robin.

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21st April 2019
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Dust2
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Inferno
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Mirage
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 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 67 - 49 +18 81.7 1.21
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 61 - 54 +7 77.0 1.13
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 59 - 55 +4 76.3 1.11
United States Daniel 'vice' Kimvice 50 - 59 -9 74.7 0.90
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 47 - 58 -11 57.1 0.83
 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 71 - 56 +15 81.1 1.18
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ 61 - 63 -2 72.3 1.05
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 50 - 45 +5 63.1 1.04
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 50 - 57 -7 76.7 0.99
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 43 - 63 -20 69.4 0.77
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
557
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
916
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
963
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
#1
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North America ZachS721 
Cool. (Also yay got 1st for once)
2019-04-21 13:54
#5
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France EyalSword 
Congrats :)
2019-04-21 13:55
#9
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North America ZachS721 
Ty
2019-04-21 13:56
#16
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Ez for french CS
2019-04-21 14:01
#26
Stewie2K | 
Europe Joros 
Same goes for North
2019-04-21 14:08
S1mple got +37 with 1.50 rating despite on the losing side. Insane
2019-04-21 15:35
Ikr
2019-04-21 21:52
s1mple carries harder than any player, i think he needs to be in like Liquid
2019-04-22 14:45
#13
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-21 13:57
unluko
2019-04-21 14:22
#40
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Congrats on the F5. Unluko will be proud of u.
2019-04-21 15:56
#2
United Kingdom Res0 
HEN1 > LUCAS1
2019-04-21 13:54
#3
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France EyalSword 
G2 Top of group C, who saw that coming?
2019-04-21 13:55
To be honest, could have been expected... Fnatic and Navi dont shine right now while G2 slowly but surely getting their CS together since bodyy benched
2019-04-21 16:15
No, it couldn’t. I am a big fan of them, but let’s be honest : They weren’t even in the finals of Charleroi and just added AmaNEk (they just had potential). The match against NaVi was surely an upset. But we can clearly see now that they have room to break through top10.
2019-04-21 16:57
#49
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France EyalSword 
+1 They're improving but they still have a lot of work ahead
2019-04-21 18:03
yea i gotta agree i watch all the games and I was nervous that we would be the team in last as we already lost to all three teams recently.
2019-04-21 18:06
Pray for s1mple
2019-04-21 13:55
#10
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Portugal palito334 
Ez4forze
2019-04-21 13:56
#6
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Brazil Isme 
Free s1mple
2019-04-21 13:55
Not bad
2019-04-21 13:56
s1mple +37 still loses... riiiiight
2019-04-21 13:56
BOT Zeus and BOT Flamie
2019-04-21 14:05
Zeus, it's ok he got brain,but flamie?
2019-04-21 14:21
#44
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Korea ecsta_s1 
he got weight
2019-04-21 16:42
Flamie is inconsistent hot garbage
2019-04-21 21:53
#11
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
"upsetting"
2019-04-21 13:56
Carrynb
2019-04-21 13:56
Any team>NA'VI Nt Windigo, but unluko
2019-04-21 14:03
wow.
2019-04-21 14:03
How are Windigo confirmed out? If they beat G2, won't they be at the same number of points as the team that loses in Navi vs Fnatic? If Windigo win as well, wouldn't they be favoured over Fnatic if they lose today, as Windigo took a map away from Navi and Fnatic, whereas Fnatic was unable to win a single map against G2?
2019-04-21 14:04
In a personal meeting, they lost both Fnatic and Natus Vincere, and a personal meeting takes precedence over the number of cards and the difference in rounds. P.S. NaVi fucking lucky
2019-04-21 14:07
When 2 teams are equal, the one which won the face-to-face qualify. Windigo lost to Navi and Fnatic so.. Same for g2
2019-04-21 14:56
S1mple +37 and Navi still lose XD
2019-04-21 14:04
Windigo unlucky :-(
2019-04-21 14:04
i love those salty br fans. “c9 so bad” when c9 1-0 the br team “c9 should be in mdl” when c9 1-1 the br team i know its only mibr and luminosity but guess who’s on the top of the table dawg
2019-04-21 14:05
#24
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
So G2 is already qualified because they both beaten fnatic and navi? And don't care if they win or lose on windigo because they're the last team, right?
2019-04-21 14:07
correct, this rule kinda sucks tbh
2019-04-21 14:11
#28
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
Yeah
2019-04-21 14:15
So in this case, c9 already qualified too or not?
2019-04-21 15:14
they havent beaten the top seed of their group yet, which is MIBR OMEGALUL
2019-04-21 15:16
Nah Because if mibr wins against c9 and envy wins against LG, mibr is first If mibr wins and LG wins becomes a 3 way tie If c9 wins they are first no matter what
2019-04-21 16:11
#25
ZywOo | 
France Axsii 
Windigo don't deserve to be last, like Fnatic and Navi. What a group of death...
2019-04-21 14:08
Yes bro i felt the same. They might not be good as navi or fnatic but they are definitely a good team.They deserve to be at other group.
2019-04-21 17:02
I feel sad for windigo they played well, really a hard group to be in but also happy for g2
2019-04-21 14:21
So the last 2 matches are useless? At least in EU
2019-04-21 14:35
#33
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Ukraine s1v9mple 
#Frees1mple
2019-04-21 14:48
#35
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Estonia R3dFen 
G2 win
2019-04-21 15:02
#frees1mple
2019-04-21 15:32
G2 didn't upset... They were alot better than Fnatic and Navi
2019-04-21 16:13
true
2019-04-21 16:43
#46
shox | 
India iejesus 
84 kills damn
2019-04-21 16:47
#51
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Finland Weathermen)) 
ez
2019-04-21 18:18
#52
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Any other group and Windigo would've easily been 1st or 2nd. But they had to get the group of death... And on top of that they lose two super close matches vs both NaVi and fnatic... Just a few rounds going differently in those games and they could've been 2-0 or 1-1 instead of 0-2, sigh. FeelsBadMan
2019-04-21 18:32
Simple vs 9
2019-04-21 19:13
#54
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Poland jedrus1 
wut s1mple
2019-04-21 19:35
que ota
2019-04-22 03:47
#59
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Finland Weathermen)) 
epic
2019-04-22 21:53
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