HellRaisers, fnatic qualify for ESL Pro League Season 9 finals

HellRaisers and fnatic bested OpTic and Aristocracy 2-0, respectively, securing slots at the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals in Montpellier, France.

The first of the final two matches of ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe Group A witnessed HellRaisers and OpTic duke it out for a coveted finals spot, commencing their series on Inferno. Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow and his men started on the defence, demonstrating a very convincing performance, as OpTic were consistently unable to get the ball rolling on the Terrorist side, amassing just two rounds over the entire initial half.

After swapping over to the CT side, OpTic showed signs of life and kept up a consistent flow of individual victories, with occasional rounds going in the way of their opponents. While a great effort was made by the Green Wall in attempting a comeback, the deficit accrued proved to be too much to bear. Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran added insult to injury by concluding the map with a 1v2 clutch, closing Inferno at 16-11.

oskar demolished the Green Wall with a 1.52 rating in the series

Mirage followed, where in spite of a fruitful pistol round, OpTic dropped the ball in the early game, allowing HellRaisers the room needed to regain control. The opportunity was not squandered, as the Terrorists propelled themselves into an early lead, and, despite pushback from OpTic, managed to maintain it through to the conclusion of the initial half at 9-6.

There was simply no stopping HellRaisers' domination after assuming the defense. In two of the initial rounds, OpTic had secured bomb plants, suggesting a healthy economy, but were still unable to find their footing. This persisted to be the case well into the latter half, as only a single round fell the Danes' favour, concluding the map 16-7 for HellRaisers.

 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 34 - 34 0 68.8 0.96
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 33 - 41 -8 89.2 0.95
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 34 - 40 -6 77.2 0.87
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 22 - 38 -16 52.5 0.66
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Alirefrezh 24 - 37 -13 50.5 0.66
 HellRaisers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 46 - 24 +22 90.9 1.52
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia AntoranloWel 42 - 28 +14 78.5 1.26
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1 39 - 34 +5 81.3 1.20
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' MuradISSAA 31 - 32 -1 73.9 1.08
Lithuania Žygimantas 'nukkye' Chmieliauskasnukkye 31 - 29 +2 77.0 1.02

The concluding series of Group A, between fnatic and Aristocracy, commenced on Nuke. The Polish quintet got off to a solid T side start, exchanging six rounds to one, but then Richard "Xizt" Landström's side converted consecutive post-plant situations into a flourishing economy. This allowed fnatic to not only bridge the round discrepancy but emerge in the lead come conclusion of the first half at a close 8-7.

The Swedes kept the momentum in swing after switching to the offense, securing the initial three rounds. Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and company retaliated in like, after which an absolute brawl ensued. In the long run, the defence was unable to keep up with their adversaries from a financial perspective, and despite a setback, courtesy of a 1vs2 clutch from Mikołaj "mouz" Karolewski, the map concluded at a very close 16-13 scoreline in fnatic's favour.

JW single-handedly impacted the outcome of Mirage with a 1.53 rating

Mirage followed in the footsteps of Nuke, in that the initial half once more saw a desperate battle for the lead. The Swedes continued their reign in the initial two rounds as Terrorists, only for Aristocracy to shove them back, assuming the lead with three of their own. A back-and-forth period ensued, where the defence was able to sweep the opposition off financial footing on occasion, allowing a slight lead at 8-7.

Upon taking on a defensive role, fnatic were visibly more comfortable. A pistol win was followed up with a round victory, and, although the Terrorists managed to find success upon securing rifles, they were unable to sustain the performance. The Swedes strung together four rounds together, after which they experienced financial ruin off the back of Aristocracy's aggression. An incredible quad kill on the B site from Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson in round 25 inspired fnatic to tighten affairs, with the CTs securing map and series point in the following round. Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Xizt concluded the match with a double and triple kill respectively, closing Mirage with a 16-11 scoreline.

Matchpage
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 Aristocracy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dychadycha 51 - 42 +9 100.4 1.28
Poland Karol 'rallen' Rodowiczrallen 38 - 36 +2 71.2 1.06
Poland Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewskimouz 35 - 41 -6 68.7 0.86
Poland Jacek 'MINISE' JeziakMINISE 29 - 43 -14 59.9 0.77
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 22 - 46 -24 50.3 0.53
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 45 - 30 +15 86.0 1.32
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 43 - 36 +7 84.2 1.25
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 46 - 43 +3 96.0 1.23
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 41 - 31 +10 72.9 1.16
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 33 - 35 -2 66.1 0.95

The ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals will take place from June 18-23 in Montpellier, with $750,000 on offer. The team list for the event currently looks as follows:

The last two European qualifying spots at the ESL Pro League Finals will be determined next week as Natus Vincere, North, BIG and Heroic will duke it out in Group B.

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewski
Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1276
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1626
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
831
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
wtf men)))))) BIG > ALL
2019-05-17 00:46
Nice comment ,..!
2019-05-17 00:46
ty))
2019-05-17 00:46
#33
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Yeah indeed
2019-05-17 01:48
Wait is nip eliminated
2019-05-17 01:34
Ye nip came 4th in their round 1 group
2019-05-17 02:24
#39
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-05-17 07:00
#43
flusha | 
Europe XXXPAK1 
Nice nick!
2019-05-17 14:59
Ni CID e!
2019-05-17 00:45
#5
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Serbia thefirsthunter 
n1
2019-05-17 00:45
First upd: Nope
2019-05-17 00:46
Original Reply: "First" Admin PLZ BAN ~🦍
2019-05-17 00:46
Nice
2019-05-17 00:46
#10
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
Awesome
2019-05-17 00:46
navi and heroic last 2
2019-05-17 00:46
.... sure
2019-05-17 00:46
LUL NIP FAN XAxAXA
2019-05-17 00:51
godskar is back ?
2019-05-17 00:47
#16
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Czech Republic stejn 
fuckkk yeaaaaaaaaa
2019-05-17 00:50
#15
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Denmark danishwarrior 
go fnatic!
2019-05-17 00:48
Taz please...
2019-05-17 00:54
I Wish FURIA attended this tournament
2019-05-17 00:54
#20
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Poland Hanse 
rip 742
2019-05-17 01:00
#34
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Poland Hanse 
Also: "The Swedes strung together four rounds together"
2019-05-17 02:04
Nt grandpa TaZ, maybe next time 1000% better than VP thou
2019-05-17 01:01
nt Aristocracy hope they get an org soon
2019-05-17 01:04
#23
ISSAA | 
Jordan deyta 
EZ 4 ISSAA
2019-05-17 01:04
#24
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Sweden flippig 
ez :)
2019-05-17 01:05
#25
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Switzerland x676 
big names but all in really bad shape, very weak group overall
2019-05-17 01:09
Fairly even I would say, the other group should have Navi and heroic through, the rest hardly matters. The important teams are fnatic and Navi
2019-05-17 15:27
Angel higher rating and ADR than ISSAA, xizt highest rating in the match. That's unusual
2019-05-17 01:21
#27
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CIS chlenixon 
only kids thinks ange1 is a bad player
2019-05-17 01:22
XD, I'm not saying he is bad, but surely his individual level is lower than ISSAA
2019-05-17 01:34
#32
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CIS chlenixon 
yes, but higher than many igl's.
2019-05-17 01:41
nope lol, his rating is constantly below one, 0.83 currently. I remember that he got like below 20 kills in two maps against Avangar. He is a decent igl, but his individual level is terrible. You will have a hard time finding a player with worse individual skill than him in tier1-1.5 teams.
2019-05-17 02:05
#38
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CIS chlenixon 
you have clearly not been to active in the csgo scene. he has been known for his individual skill since the Astana Dragons era. Up and down in impact, but always known as a skilled IGL. Who has said it? idk.. s1mple, Zero, all casters/experts in various events. nt.
2019-05-17 02:26
Yeah, yeah old days glory. And get_right was two time top one, does that have anything to do with the fact that he is no longer good when it comes to individual skills? Tactics does not lie. Rating does not lie. Try to be a fan, not a fanboy, kiddo.
2019-05-17 10:19
#statistics
2019-05-17 11:14
#45
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CIS chlenixon 
haha "kiddo" i bet half ma dick that im older than you are. and thats what i am, a Fan. thats why i know im right and ur deluded.
2019-05-18 14:56
Yeah hello then half dick idiot. Talking about delusional when ignoring the easily accessible statistics on this very website. Nt, fanboy. Just keep telling yourself that.
2019-05-19 00:25
#47
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CIS chlenixon 
statistics like an autist yes. so because he's not up with the likes of cold or s1mple he lacks individual skill? would you seriously shut the f up? You're a kid. That typa kid that says "haahaaaaaaaa you suxXxXx" if anyone has worse stats than you in some fucking Matchmaking 64tick match. Bye
2019-05-19 15:34
- 0.83 rating - only "not like simple or cold" Marvelous logic, I'm out of words. Now I seriously doubt whether you know anything about this game. It is a very common knowledge that having a rating of 1.00 means average, anything below is not good. Even get_right, who is considered as a player with low individual ability in Tier one teams, have a rating above 0.9. Guess I am wasting my time trying to reason with a delusional fangay.
2019-05-19 16:35
#49
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CIS chlenixon 
you have a very rare view on what is individual skill, man oh man. fuck off will ya.
2019-05-19 17:12
xd, pretty sure that you are having issue within you pathetic tiny brain. So you'd better fck yourself and fck off
2019-05-19 18:39
#28
device | 
Iraq a1_ 
issaa switch to be a support player , which means he won't get frags like he used to
2019-05-17 01:27
#31
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
So ez for GODSKAR
2019-05-17 01:36
#36
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Germany Neckarstadion 
It's really looking up lately, I am quite happy. As long as ange1 continues to hold his own and nukkye/oskar is performing this well, we might have some bright days ahead.
2019-05-17 02:13
#40
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Austria gex0r 
dycha is a sick headshot machine... especially with the Krieg!! :o ggwp fnatic
2019-05-17 09:31
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