MIBR lock down ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals spot
MIBR have defeated Renegades in a match for first place in Group A of ESL Pro League Season 9 Americas' second group stage, with a 2-0 victory in the series pushing the Brazilian side to the Finals in Montpellier.
The series for first place in second group stage's Group A began on Mirage, with Renegades getting off on the right foot with a pistol round victory on the Terrorist side. MIBR pulled off a forcebuy win and the two teams continued to trade rounds back and forth until it was 2-2, when the Brazilian side started to gain the upper hand.
From there on, the opening map looked out of Renegades' hands. They struggled to put the bomb down and even when they did, MIBR came in with a comfortable retake, dispatching of their opponents time and time again for a dominant, 13-2 half. Only the pistol round separated Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's squad from sealing the deal, which they did after surviving a couple of desperate forcebuy attempts from the Australian side, clinching a landslide 16-2 victory.
Train followed, and soon became a different scenario entirely. MIBR got off to the better start again, with another second-round break earning them a 4-1 lead on the T side, but this time Renegades struck back on the back of key openings and multikills from Owen "smooya" Butterfield, which saw the score equalize at 5-5.
The two sides went blow for blow until the end of the half and Renegades were the ones to take the one-round advantage, in the end. That did not last long, however, as MIBR strung together the first five rounds of the second half, with Fernando "fer" Alvarenga playing a key role in a couple of retakes in the first gunrounds.
Aaron "AZR" Ward's team still made things interesting after replying with the next three rounds, while a 1v2 from Epitacio "TACO" de Melo in another retake saw MIBR inch closer to victory. Eventually, that was the key to closing out the series, as MIBR came out on top at 16-14, 2-0.
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||40 - 25||+15||86.8||1.35|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||37 - 24||+13||82.7||1.33|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||38 - 23||+15||78.5||1.30|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||32 - 32||0||77.7||1.09|
|João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps||31 - 30||+1||68.2||1.03|
|Renegades||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Justin 'jks' Savagejks||31 - 35||-4||78.2||1.06|
|Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR||29 - 33||-4||70.2||0.99|
|Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz||25 - 36||-11||59.9||0.83|
|Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem||24 - 36||-12||59.9||0.82|
|Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya||24 - 39||-15||53.9||0.67|
Although there is one match left for Group A to finalize, MIBR have already secured the top spot with a 3-0 record and thus a place at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, which will take place in Montpellier, France on June 18-23.
The list of teams who qualified for the event so far looks as follows: