Swole Patrol stun Liquid in ESL Pro League North America
Despite being by far the lowest-ranked side at in the North American division (currently 56th), the Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir-led squad has certainly made their presence known after coming in as a replacement for one of the teams who withdrew from the competition.
Although Swole Patrol lost their opening match to 100 Thieves on Thursday, they made the Australian team sweat in a three-map series before going on to secure a confident victory against the division's favorites, Liquid, to finish the first two days of the event with a 1-1 record.
Nick "nitr0" Cannella's team initially looked in control on the offensive side of Vertigo, but the series quickly went sideways when Swole Patrol picked themselves up after a 0-5 start. By the end of the half, they had recovered with six rounds to their name and looked comfortable when sides switched, winning their pick 16-11.
Their dominance continued on Overpass, where they flew off the line with a 10-1 lead as CT on the back of a great combination from the Abadir duo. Picking up a 11-4 half in the end, Swole Patrol looked to close the series with ease when they converted a second-round forcebuy and a couple of clutches, including a 1v3 from Austin "Cooper-" Abadir, and although Liquid made a valiant effort to come back, the series came to a close at 16-12, 2-0
|Swole Patrol||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Austin 'Cooper-' AbadirCooper-||49 - 36||+13||86.9||1.29|
|Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadirfreakazoid||42 - 35||+7||86.4||1.21|
|Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis||41 - 32||+9||79.7||1.19|
|Victor 'food' Wongfood||36 - 34||+2||75.9||1.12|
|Edgar 'MarKE' MaldonadoMarKE||29 - 26||+3||62.5||1.11|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||40 - 36||+4||85.0||1.16|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||43 - 41||+2||78.7||1.07|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||26 - 40||-14||59.4||0.85|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||25 - 38||-13||52.0||0.82|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||27 - 43||-16||64.1||0.82|