North qualify for ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals
The series began on Nuke, with North cruising to a 3-0 start on the Terrorist side. However, Heroic found their footing to claim seven of the next nine rounds to pull the game in their favour. Adam "friberg" Friberg and co were unable to capitalise on their lead, with North picking up the final three rounds of the half for an 8-7 lead.
The second half saw Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså and squad seize control on the defensive side, securing four rounds consecutively to move into a comfortable 12-7 lead, with Heroic only managing to lock down the 20th round in reply. A single T round was all Heroic could muster, with a triple-kill from Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye helping North to reach map point at 15-8 before the team eventually closed out the game.
Mirage followed, with North continuing their early round dominance, achieving another 3-0 start to the map. A triple-kill by Benjamin "blameF" Bremer on the A bombsite in the fifth round put Heroic in the driver’s seat, however, as they went on to cop six of the following eight rounds to reclaim the lead. North found a response in the remaining rounds of the half, picking up four in a row to lead 9-6 at the halfway mark.
From there on, the map looked out of Heroic’s hands. A four-round streak after losing the pistol was all they could attain, with North dominating the remainder of half, securing the map 16-10, and the series 2-0.
|Heroic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF||35 - 36||-1||78.7||0.96|
|Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn||32 - 42||-10||63.6||0.82|
|Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag||20 - 37||-17||50.5||0.64|
|Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' SillassenNaToSaphiX||22 - 41||-19||58.0||0.60|
|Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg||19 - 37||-18||44.0||0.57|
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||41 - 24||+17||83.0||1.50|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||43 - 28||+15||93.1||1.46|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||39 - 22||+17||76.5||1.43|
|Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade||37 - 30||+7||77.9||1.23|
|Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde||32 - 24||+8||67.9||1.18|
Although North still have one match left to play in Group B, the Danes have already secured their ticket to the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, having defeated Natus Vincere and Heroic, the only other teams still in contention for a spot at the LAN finals after BIG were dismanted by the Ukrainian giants earlier on Wednesday.
The list of teams qualified for the Pro League Finals, which which will be held from June 18-23, now looks as follows: