Spirit added to ESL Pro League team list as BOOM withdraw

Spirit have been called up as a last-minute replacement for ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe following BOOM's withdrawal, it has been announced.

The ex-INTZ squad have decided to return to Brazil with immediate effect after recently landing in Malta, where the Pro League season was supposed to be held before ESL decided to move the matches to online play due to the spread of the coronavirus.

On Twitter, BOOM coach Alessandro "Apoka" Marcucci revealed that the team ran the risk of being quarantined at the hotel where they were staying in Malta as the local government is stepping up measures in an effort to contain the virus, which has already infected 18 people in the country.

Spirit will face ENCE in their first match in ESL Pro League

BOOM become the third team to withdraw from ESL Pro League Season 11, after Sharks and Renegades decided against participating in the tournament for the same reason. The trio have not been disqualified from Pro League and will be invited back next season, ESL has guaranteed.

Currently ranked 27th in the world, Spirit will take BOOM's spot in Group A, which will begin on Monday, March 16. The Russian team will face Astralis, Vitality, NiP, ENCE and GODSENT in best-of-three matches, with the group winner automatically securing a spot in the next stage.

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#1
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
Expected tbh they were in an EU group as a BR team
2020-03-14 19:13
Okey? :thinking:
2020-03-14 19:13
#15
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Finland Miroyev 
They are currently in Europe but probably wanted to fly home due to recent events
2020-03-14 19:16
nah they wanted to play but there was risk of being quarantined xdd, thats why they decided to go home instead
2020-03-14 20:03
wow you read the article! nice job!
2020-03-14 22:00
yes but he clearly didnt
2020-03-14 22:31
#119
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Finland Miroyev 
lol yeah I didn't
2020-03-15 22:39
#20
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Germany currrro 
because they would have played from Malta
2020-03-14 19:18
welp thats one of the way to get your video rejected in pornhub indeed
2020-03-14 19:21
#51
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Netherlands Flevo 
Dutch g2 fan :D
2020-03-14 20:11
#53
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
henlo :D
2020-03-14 20:15
Cool
2020-03-14 19:12
2020-03-14 19:29
#4
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Brazil tucabrum 
FUCK
2020-03-14 19:12
ruski bots lol
2020-03-14 19:13
Ukrainian cs lul
2020-03-14 19:55
#50
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Belarus Gaz1beK 
Swiss cs lul
2020-03-14 20:06
#57
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Russia L0sk^^ 
Belarusian cs lul
2020-03-14 20:33
#62
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Netherlands Polakva 
forze lul
2020-03-14 20:58
#64
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Russia L0sk^^ 
jame lul
2020-03-14 21:01
#65
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Russia JazzyClubs 
Lul
2020-03-14 21:07
#66
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Russia L0sk^^ 
Lu
2020-03-14 21:08
#67
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Belarus Gaz1beK 
L
2020-03-14 21:14
#69
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Argentina XaiDN 
l
2020-03-14 21:40
#71
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Belarus Gaz1beK 
i
2020-03-14 21:43
N
2020-03-15 12:55
#114
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Russia ImAmnesiac 
I
2020-03-15 14:41
#121
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Russia Bogzz1k 
WTF
2020-03-27 15:22
#40
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CIS kryto203 
Shoulve invited ukrainian team Oh wait...
2020-03-14 19:57
did i say something about ukrainian teams?
2020-03-14 19:59
#46
s1mple | 
Russia Sample_ 
What "perspective" eu team should've they invited?
2020-03-14 20:02
mad lions, c0ntact as example. All of them better than those ruski trashes who can't pass minor
2020-03-14 20:04
#55
s1mple | 
Russia Sample_ 
mb they declined or smth, I think it should be clear how they decide which teams gets the invite
2020-03-14 20:15
They’re in flashpoint, so no chance of joining esl
2020-03-14 20:55
and? its online matches, if the match date isnt the same as flashpoint match why wouldn't they play it?
2020-03-15 10:47
Flashpoint is NA and epl is eu KEKW
2020-03-15 10:49
ah i thought Flashpoint is held in Stockholm as they said previously. Why is it in NA?
2020-03-15 10:50
group stage in NA, playoffs in Stockholm but now they cancelled the Stockholm part
2020-03-15 10:52
dumbass
2020-03-15 12:55
#81
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Sweden Madrigals1 
expected from ukrainian brainless nazi
2020-03-15 06:21
nah, some perspective eu team, not those ruski bots who lost to SKADE
2020-03-14 19:59
#56
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CIS kryto203 
mad lions and contact aka flashpoint paricipants You literally giving poor excuses just to hate russians stfu
2020-03-14 20:15
#82
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Sweden Madrigals1 
+1
2020-03-15 06:23
#8
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Japan Fanta_machine 
What happens to fantasy?
2020-03-14 19:13
#85
Xyp9x | 
Denmark grindz 
Just don’t pick any BOOM players and you’re good
2020-03-15 09:12
#94
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Japan Fanta_machine 
They replaced felps with sdy, all good :D
2020-03-15 10:56
#96
Xyp9x | 
Denmark grindz 
:D
2020-03-15 11:20
#9
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Canada U_S_of_Gay 
wtf so they changed fantasy only for this epl to change again
2020-03-14 19:13
well ence got no chance vs spirit atleast they got igl hahahha
2020-03-14 19:13
#11
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Russia M13F 
NICE
2020-03-14 19:14
#13
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Finland Miroyev 
That's the spirit
2020-03-14 19:15
#14
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Russia Praeter 
They deserve it, hope they'll play great
2020-03-14 19:16
#17
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Poland Hanse 
How on earth they deserved this spot?
2020-03-14 19:16
#23
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Russia Praeter 
Just a decent t2 EU team
2020-03-14 19:20
#32
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North America pieisgood186 
Beat forZe, GamerLegion, Copenhagen Flames, Movistar and BIG in the last month. Probably one of the best remaining EU/CIS teams that aren't already in EPL or Flashpoint league.
2020-03-14 19:37
#36
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Poland Hanse 
I don't deny that they are good, I deny that they deserved this spot per se, they did nothing in order to get there and basicaly just sit on ESEA bo1s now. I'm super happy to see them but wouldn't say they deserved it.
2020-03-14 19:45
#83
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Sweden Madrigals1 
Who deserved the slot more than them are already in the league or in flashpoint, and they sit perfectly on fhis slot. Or they should've invited polak teams?
2020-03-15 06:25
#98
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Poland Hanse 
Is there any polack team better than Spirit rn?
2020-03-15 12:53
#115
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Sweden Madrigals1 
I suppose Spirit are the best option, for sure
2020-03-15 15:25
next team available is ESL world rankings
2020-03-15 10:50
#16
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Poland Hanse 
RIP fantasy
2020-03-14 19:16
Thats kinda sad, i was looking forward to see them play :(
2020-03-14 19:16
SPIRIT > BOOM
2020-03-14 19:17
#21
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Switzerland x676 
BOOM so smart (cheaters), they were in a difficult group, so before being disqualified, they withdraw and they will have another (easier) chance next season.
2020-03-14 19:19
#54
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Brazil renatorib 
you need therapy
2020-03-14 20:15
#63
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United States stotte 
HLTV is getting intolerable with stupidity
2020-03-14 20:59
#120
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Brazil renatorib 
unfortunately
2020-03-16 01:00
#73
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Switzerland x676 
flag checks out
2020-03-14 22:05
#76
BnTeT | 
Indonesia lukerey 
You are dumb.
2020-03-14 22:33
#87
pinto | 
Brazil GrilO_O 
200iq play
2020-03-15 09:51
#95
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Switzerland x676 
yeah
2020-03-15 11:06
#25
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Czech Republic mitsorubi 
fantasy bruh
2020-03-14 19:23
#28
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Czech Republic mitsorubi 
somedieyoung instead of felps aight i'll take it xdd
2020-03-14 19:26
Same <3
2020-03-14 19:40
ez4magixx
2020-03-14 19:24
He's literally the worst player in spirit
2020-03-14 20:06
#27
Jamppi | 
Finland Leksi20 
ence's opponent has changed twice lol
2020-03-14 19:33
RIP my fantasy league
2020-03-14 19:29
#31
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Czech Republic mitsorubi 
RIP ez 3x bets on BOOM map handicaps :/
2020-03-14 19:34
AHAHAHAH RIP ENCE now check
2020-03-14 19:37
#35
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Russia ImAmnesiac 
Nice!
2020-03-14 19:41
+1 ez spirit
2020-03-14 19:57
#84
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Russia JazzyClubs 
EZ4Spirit
2020-03-15 07:45
EZ4Spirit
2020-03-15 14:23
Nooo i wanted to see them on LAN :((
2020-03-14 19:57
#41
ropz | 
Finland drez_Fs 
nooooooo I wanted to see felps again against these teams:(
2020-03-14 19:59
#45
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu 
Cool :)
2020-03-14 20:00
#52
ropz | 
Germany lor3nz 
spirit>boom anyway
2020-03-14 20:14
#58
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Brazil user_namer 
sad we were about to 16-0 every team
2020-03-14 20:48
#108
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Laos xtkjdtr001 
+1 #WeAreLoyal #WeAreFriendly #WeAreFromBrazil
2020-03-15 14:06
#59
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United States Shmikeb0b 
rip everyone who added felps to their fantasy team :-<
2020-03-14 20:48
#68
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Brazil 3nzow 
F
2020-03-14 21:32
cancel the whole thing already ffs
2020-03-14 21:42
wtf felps and boltz pussy bitches i wanted to watch them play(((
2020-03-14 23:02
Am I the only one thinking this is so blown out of porportions? Corona kills people under 50 in a manner of 1% of cases. None of the CS players would be even affected if they get it. Only about 15% of cases get more severe. What we really should do is take care no elderly gets infected. Instead we close all shops and events that provide money to families who need that to take care of the elderly. Even 10.000 deaths in China is so fucking low number, that country has 1,4 billion people and most live in the area where Corona got started. None of you remember H1N1 12.000 died in the US alone, and we didnt close all events there. A country like Germany with a few 1000 infected and 8 deaths lets their whole economy collapse right now. This is not Resident Evil guys - this thing just gives you a lung infection (which can kill you of course but not very likely if you are young and non-smoker)
2020-03-14 23:09
Are u stupid. The while point is to stop the spreading of the virus so that the hospitals can cope. It has nothing to do with the players getting Corona.
2020-03-15 01:34
+100000000000000000000000000000000000000
2020-03-15 10:25
#109
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Laos xtkjdtr001 
oh god please get coronavirus and kiss ur parents and grandparents TY
2020-03-15 14:07
#79
f0rest | 
Estonia VssVK 
Okey intresting...
2020-03-15 01:33
Spirit better than EU rabbish like ENCE or c0ntact.
2020-03-15 09:38
Wow such pro too good!
2020-03-15 11:53
#101
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Thank you spirit, you gave movistar a spot in playoffs!
2020-03-15 12:56
wtf are you talking about?
2020-03-15 13:45
lol but still no news on HLTV?
2020-03-15 14:03
#111
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Mdl lower tier league + the league still has one match left
2020-03-15 14:09
#105
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Since Spirit forfeit MDL movistar gets an automatic win putting it in 8th ahead of nemiga and gifting them a playoff spot. That's why movistar fans are grateful
2020-03-15 13:54
Spirit didn't forfeit lul forgot about Nordavind probably? there is no match between Spirit and Movistar Riders cause Spirit beat them a few days ago
2020-03-15 14:01
#110
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
A) If spirit forfeit the league they automatically forfeit all the games they won and lost which means they go 2-15 (BIG and HAVU) B) Nordavind then moves up a spot into 7th and 8th would be nemiga or riders, since riders beat nemiga they take 8th C) Spirit did forfeit check esea and liquipedia
2020-03-15 14:09
#117
mir | 
Russia M13F 
Cmn dude spirit not withdraw for MDL
2020-03-15 18:38
#118
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
they did check liquipedia and esea
2020-03-15 18:48
sad for BOOMers
2020-03-15 13:12
LULW
2020-03-15 14:17
ncie one
2020-03-15 18:01
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