G2, North qualify for ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals
As the final day of the group kicked off, the race for the top two spots was wide open as all four teams were still in the running for the LAN Finals in Odense.
G2, who had bounced back from a defeat to NiP in their first match by defeating North, ended their group stage campaign with a convincing two-map victory over BIG, who leave London without a single win but with the feeling that the series against the Danes could - and should - have gone their way.
BIG looked like the better team during the early stages of Inferno until an ace from François "AmaNEk" Delaunay changed the course of the game and powered G2 to bring the deficit to a minimum before the break. After a slow start to the second half, the Germans managed to put together a string of rounds and equalized the score at 12-12, but G2 made one final push and wrapped things up in the 28th round.
Dust2 ended up being a walk in the park for G2, who were in control from the offset. Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač was the star on this map as he led his team to a 16-6 demolition job of BIG, with the Serbian talent hammering the final nail into the Germans' coffin with a quick ace on the B site.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter-||48 - 31||+17||93.7||1.46|
|Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz||40 - 27||+13||81.9||1.31|
|Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS||37 - 27||+10||81.3||1.31|
|François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk||35 - 29||+6||78.6||1.22|
|Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa||29 - 27||+2||64.2||1.10|
|BIG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Johannes 'nex' Magetnex||35 - 35||0||75.0||1.02|
|Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES||31 - 41||-10||74.0||0.89|
|Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN||22 - 41||-19||63.5||0.77|
|Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya||26 - 36||-10||55.4||0.75|
|Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN||26 - 37||-11||58.6||0.73|
North went into their final match with their qualification hopes hanging by a thread as anything other than a 2-0 victory over NiP would see them eliminated. With no margin for error, the Danes dug deep and managed to win a slugfest of a game on Overpass, a map where NiP had destroyed Astralis at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen. The Ninjas showed great fighting spirit as they recovered from a 4-11 deficit and twice rallied from three map points down before North eventually prevailed in the second overtime.
NiP came out the brighter of the two teams on Nuke, but things quickly fell apart for them as North went on an 11-round winning streak once they had guns in hand. The Swedes won the final two rounds of the half to keep themselves in the game, but their hopes would soon be crushed as North kept the pressure on in the second half and laid the series to rest in the 21st round.
The qualification will give North some much-needed breathing room. The Danes had no other LAN tournaments on the calendar and were under intense scrutiny after placing 9th-12th at StarSeries i-League Season 8 and losing to Heroic and Tricked in the EPICENTER qualifier.
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||55 - 38||+17||94.2||1.34|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||48 - 35||+13||91.7||1.31|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||42 - 28||+14||64.0||1.18|
|Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade||38 - 39||-1||72.7||1.09|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||40 - 41||-1||69.7||1.00|
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski||46 - 41||+5||78.4||1.09|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||35 - 44||-9||71.9||0.86|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||36 - 44||-8||63.9||0.82|
|Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist||33 - 43||-10||56.2||0.78|
|Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0||30 - 52||-22||70.1||0.73|
With, G2, NiP and North involved in a three-way tie at the top, ESL resorted to the map difference in the matches between these teams to determine the final standings. The French side came out on top with a +1 map difference, followed by North (0) and then by NiP (-1).
With Group A behind us, the team count for the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals is now at 12. The European portion of the league will continue on Saturday with Group B, featuring Vitality, fnatic, FaZe and HellRaisers.
The current team list for the Pro League Finals, which will be held from December 3-8 in Odense, Denmark, currently looks as follows: