Danes shine on ESL Pro League S9 Europe day one; Ghost, Cloud9 pick up wins in Americas group

The first day of ESL Pro League Season 9 Round 2 group B has concluded, witnessing four teams ascend to a 1-0 record.

The first series of the day in Europe saw the newly-adjusted North take on Natus Vincere. The two teams kicked off on Overpass, where Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and company secured a very confident 11-4 CT side. Unwilling to concede their own map pick, the Danes subsequently mounted a comeback on the defence, taking the CIS squad down to the very last round of the map to run out 16-14 victors.

Mirage followed, where an initial 7-8 T half for Natus Vincere was followed up with a stronger showing on the defence, pushing the series to map three at 16-13. On Dust2, the teams exchanged strong CT performances, with North taking the win at 16-13 despite a 30-bomb from Denis "electronic" Sharipov.

valde led North to victory over Na`Vi on JUGi's LAN debut with the team

Next on the agenda was a series between BIG and Heroic. Inferno was first on the list, seeing to incredibly close affairs. Heroic kicked off on the defence, and through securing most of the early and mid-half managed to accrue a 9-6 lead. BIG retaliated come their time to push back the aggressors but in the end fell a single round short of overtime.

Overpass, the second and final map of the series was just as close. Benjamin "blameF" Bremer and his men demonstrated a dominant T start, which was answered with pushback from BIG, who brought the deficit to a single round by the end of the half. After swapping sides, the teams once more went shoulder-in-shoulder, but the slight leeway given to Heroic in the prior half proved sufficient in closing the series at 16-13.

The North American matches kicked off with a confident showing from Ghost, who bested Infinity in two consecutive maps. The first was Mirage, where as few as two rounds were conceded by Joshua "steel" Nissan's defence, allowing for a commanding 13-2 half right off the bat. After faltering in the next pistol, Santiago "Daveys" Galvis's squad re-secured footing, producing a string of five rounds to their name, but Ghost, who were sitting on map point, closed it out at 16-7.

Nuke proved to be even more lopsided, as the leaders commenced on the T side, and, despite a loss in the pistol and in the second, went on to absolutely dominate, concluding their offense with an 11-4 lead. A CT pistol victory on Ghost's part spelled disaster for Infinity, as the Colombian squad was unable to answer, conceding the series with a 5-16 deficit.

steel spearheaded his squad's victory with a 1.49 series rating

The concluding series of the day witnessed a close affair between Cloud9 and eUnited. Austin "Cooper-" Abadir and his men took off on Inferno, where a close-natured 8-7 initial half was followed-up with an incredibly dominant offensive display, leading to a 16-8 victory.

Having lost their own map pick, Maikil "Golden" Selim and his troops had to work extra hard on Nuke to keep themselves in the series. This graft manifested itself in a solid defence, where a 9-6 lead was accrued, followed by a nail-biter of a second half that came down to the wire at 16-14, with Cloud9 extending their series' life. Culminating the day was Dust2, where, contrary to the previous two showings, Cloud9 looked the clear better team. An initial T showing of 8-7 suggested the game would be a close one, but once defensive positions were assumed by Cloud9, eight consecutive rounds were accrued, resulting in a convincing 16-7 victory for the ELEAGUE Major Boston champions.

Below is the schedule for the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 9 Group B matches:

18:20 - Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. Germany BIG
22:00 - Denmark Heroic vs. Denmark North

02:20 - United States eUnited vs. United States Ghost
06:00 - United States Cloud9 vs. Colombia Infinity

Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1372
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:
489
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Colombia Santiago 'Daveys' Galvis
Santiago 'Daveys' Galvis
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
178
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
400
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
754
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
266
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.16
United States Austin 'Cooper-' Abadir
Austin 'Cooper-' Abadir
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
394
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.09
#2
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Rip Navi
2019-05-22 11:38
Denmark #1 Best Cs Scene.
2019-05-22 11:40
#10
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Liquid and Finns knocking at Astralis door tho.
2019-05-22 11:42
1 win call it shine LUL
2019-05-22 11:50
#19
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Austria shaakeh 
Ez for North
2019-05-22 12:17
Liquid can suck my motherfucking dick
2019-05-22 12:13
Why your dick fucking your mother men wtf))
2019-05-22 12:55
#17
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Singapore Kerk 
They always have slow starts
2019-05-22 12:03
#3
Australia b34r 
Cool
2019-05-22 11:38
Danish CS best CS
2019-05-22 11:38
Yesmen)))))
2019-05-22 11:40
+1 mens:)()()
2019-05-22 11:42
#33
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Brazil Leexo 
The best cs is no cs ;-
2019-05-22 21:00
#6
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Spain loviac 
ez valde
2019-05-22 11:38
#7
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
Classic navi
2019-05-22 11:38
#11
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United Arab Emirates K1o7a 
Navi overrate
2019-05-22 11:42
dktv.org
2019-05-22 11:46
#15
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Denmark Jackson2185 
Optic upset NIP as well :D
2019-05-22 11:52
#16
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France J0riS 
Navi always losing opening matches
2019-05-22 11:57
#20
food | 
Netherlands p2dr 
" the ELEAGUE Major Boston champions" hltv still calling this team this?
2019-05-22 12:22
#24
NAF | 
Canada Dash_ 
It was a major achievement for na so it makes sense
2019-05-22 14:12
Yeah, but it was also a fluke, happened over a year ago, with a completely different core team (a team that is now almost completely irrelevant at the top tier), and from a team that is now probably not even top 3 in NA.... and they barely even still count as an NA team
2019-05-22 15:13
#27
food | 
Netherlands p2dr 
^ this
2019-05-22 15:15
I speak the truth lol
2019-05-22 15:17
#29
food | 
Netherlands p2dr 
and i thank you for it
2019-05-22 15:31
Yw lol
2019-05-22 15:47
#31
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United States Kick_Rush_FFS 
and rain will never win one
2019-05-22 16:16
At least rain is good lol
2019-05-22 16:53
They should call Envy and LDLC major champions as well then.
2019-05-22 23:40
i like the title.
2019-05-22 12:28
#25
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
i like ur name
2019-05-22 14:24
#23
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United States @FyreCS 
EZ for NatoSaphix!
2019-05-22 13:35
Looking at Navi with S1mple Playing as bad as Yesterday - goes to show U how Navi would really Look with just about every other player then S1mple.
2019-05-22 21:21
Its why navi will never succeed. Liquid and Astralis dont have 1 player that make or break matches. They have 3-4 good players that are able to take the load on a bad day of someone. Navi only has simple and electronic and if one of them has a bad game or gets outstratted they will lose.
2019-05-22 23:42
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