ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe group stage comes to an end

The eight surviving ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe teams will now battle it out in a double-elimination best-of-three bracket which will conclude in a best-of-five grand final.

The $450,000 ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe is advancing to the playoffs after 19 days of round-robin play, with half of the 16 original teams now out of the running and the remaining eight preparing for bracket play.

Heroic beat OG in two maps in the most crucial Group A bout of the last match day as the Danes will now proceed to the playoffs, while OG will have to watch from the sidelines. The group is topped by Natus Vincere, who finished with a 6-1 record going down only to ENCE, and beat an already eliminated G2 2-0 in their last fixture before the playoffs.

The other two final Group A matches featured BIG and ENCE on one side, playing for seeding in the next stage of the tournament, and AGO and GODSENT on the other, with both teams no longer in the running to make the playoffs. The former ended up with BIG edging out the Finns in a three-map series to finish second in the group, bouncing back from their group stage exit at ESL One Cologne, while the latter saw GODSENT beat their Polish rivals in as many maps, both teams ending their run with six points.

Heroic secured a spot in the playoffs in extremis by beating OG

The second crucial match of the final day pitted mousesports and Vitality, who were playing for the last Group B spot in the playoffs. The series started off with the European squad getting ahead on their pick, Nuke, before closing the series out on Vertigo, leaving the Frenchmen in their wake. Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen and company, who have been struggling with group stage exits for the larger part of 2020, are now poised to once again hit bracket play.

A Swedish derby was played in the last match day, which fnatic took 2-0 against a NiP missing their AWPer Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson, who took medical leave earlier this week, but the series was not transcendental as both teams were already out of playoff contention.

Complexity and Astralis, the Group A leaders, played FaZe and Spirit in their last fixtures. Astralis made quick work of Spirit to hold onto the Group B lead with 18 points while Complexity, with 15, played their three-map series out.

Being the only team to have beaten Astralis, Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer and company were in control of their fate, but they were unable to best FaZe, whose Pro Leage run was cut short after five straight losses four days ago, thus having to ultimately settle for second place in the group.

The ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe playoff upper bracket quarter-final match ups are:

Russia Natus Vincere vs. Europe mousesports | BO3
Europe Complexity vs. Finland ENCE | BO3
Germany BIG vs. Russia Spirit | BO3
Denmark Astralis vs. Denmark Heroic | BO3

Action will resume on Tuesday, September 29, with the first round of the upper bracket. The playoffs will then run daily until the best-of-five grand final on Sunday, October 4.

Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
685
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1741
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
551
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
nice
2020-09-19 21:34
easy for BIG
2020-09-19 21:34
#15
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Turkey TheKaiser
I hope so
2020-09-19 21:36
Navi gonna do it
2020-09-20 04:40
September 29 KEKW
2020-09-20 11:56
where's G2 and Vitality lul
2020-09-20 14:50
#30
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Serbia LtN))
How are BIG fans/germans always so fast?
2020-09-19 21:48
cheaters like all jermans
2020-09-19 22:01
#42
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Serbia LtN))
but how can they cheat here?
2020-09-19 22:02
Germans are insane. insane =cheat
2020-09-19 22:20
they do everything quite fast, like losing their #1 spot in the rankings
2020-09-19 22:02
#43
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Serbia LtN))
LMAO
2020-09-19 22:02
lmao
2020-09-19 22:20
It was 1 month 1 week. Not that short
2020-09-19 22:20
Insanely fast
2020-09-19 22:26
Better than EG, NAVI
2020-09-19 22:33
actually navi was there for 10 weeks
2020-09-20 01:13
EG were never number one tbh, even online. Mousesports of that time were always coming out ahead of them.
2020-09-20 10:10
xDDDD
2020-09-19 23:06
you have to win sth before you lose sth. So NA will never lose sth.
2020-09-20 07:37
germans don't use alien technology, Aliens use german Technology
2020-09-20 03:14
#94
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Serbia LtN))
Hi alien
2020-09-20 10:12
what is nice no faze
2020-09-19 21:37
ez4astralis
2020-09-19 21:38
#3
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Netherlands Sem0733
We're gonna win it all!
2020-09-19 21:34
vamouz
2020-09-20 05:01
I really hope mouz to win this
2020-09-20 13:21
#4
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Switzerland x676
ok
2020-09-19 21:34
#5
boltz | 
Brazil !Pzr
nice
2020-09-19 21:34
ez 4 col
2020-09-19 21:34
#7
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United States burzeus
lol
2020-09-19 21:34
Astralis v Heroic banger
2020-09-19 21:34
#60
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United Kingdom novaseer
battle of the danes
2020-09-19 22:49
wow. thank you for pointing that out.
2020-09-20 12:04
#9
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Denmark pdxm
EZ 4 ASTRALIS
2020-09-19 21:35
Spirit vs BIG - It will be very sick match. GL for brothers from BIG, I hope for fun game to watch #GOSPIRIT
2020-09-19 21:35
I'm sure it will be a very good match, good luck my friend! #GoBIG
2020-09-19 21:52
ASTRALIS 48-0 INCOMING
2020-09-19 21:35
a lot of spicy matchups, will be fun
2020-09-19 21:36
Complexity will win event.
2020-09-19 21:36
Congrats Navi!
2020-09-19 21:36
ty
2020-09-20 11:30
#16
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Ukraine Taira
from top5 only fake top1 is OUT LUL
2020-09-19 21:38
#18
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Vietnam Quang_Hai
+1 zywho??
2020-09-19 21:37
LMAOOOOO THEY ZYWHOO WORST TOP 1 NOT DESERVES BEST Title
2020-09-20 02:42
EZ4ENCE
2020-09-19 21:38
#21
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Italy alastt27
Navi CoL Spirit Astralis
2020-09-19 21:40
ahahahahah ez for Big bruh xd
2020-09-19 21:49
#85
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Italy alastt27
they Don,' look strong right now
2020-09-20 07:33
Syrson plays like he's on meth, xantares is ultranervous and inaccurate
2020-09-20 10:15
They really had to make sure only one danish team gets beyond quarters :(
2020-09-19 21:40
#25
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Serbia LtN))
It will be Astralis with ez3tag :)
2020-09-19 21:45
Yes, god3tag <3
2020-09-19 21:46
#27
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
its double elimination
2020-09-19 21:46
#28
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Serbia LtN))
Yes
2020-09-19 21:47
ok thank you maybe I should read the first lines of the article a bit more often
2020-09-19 21:53
¨no,,,,you can lose the first game,,,,kuk kuk low iq
2020-09-19 22:45
#62
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
are you okay?
2020-09-19 22:51
#23
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Latvia ErleN_
EZ 4 Spirit
2020-09-19 21:44
Expected results from Spirit and NaVi who went through successfully, and expected knockout results from FaZe, Vitality, G2, fnatic etc, who got dominated by better pros.... :) gg gl hf
2020-09-19 21:45
#29
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Serbia LtN))
Let's go NaVi !
2020-09-19 21:47
+1 I hope for Navi-Astralis GrandFinal
2020-09-19 22:23
#61
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United Kingdom novaseer
I mean it's basically guaranteed at this point to be either Navi/Astralis or Complexity/Astralis.
2020-09-19 22:50
#97
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Finland HARD4ENCE
Lol, nothing is guaranteed in online CS. If you have been watching these tournaments these past 6 months, you should know by now..
2020-09-20 10:36
Yeah true , but if navi continues like this , this may become true. Flamie is so on point rn it scares me , and no need to mention s1mple form...
2020-09-20 11:31
Very nice tournament, congrats to the all teams! Let's go BIG and mouz!!!
2020-09-19 21:48
#GoBIG #Vamouz
2020-09-19 21:52
+1111111111111111111111111 very true GOAT BIG FAN!
2020-09-19 22:34
LET'S GO BIG CLAN LET'S GO *CLAP* *CLAP* Make the dream come true! #GoBIG
2020-09-19 21:52
#GOBIG!!!!
2020-09-19 22:34
#37
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Finland Pitsa31
Ence just going to suprise everyone
2020-09-19 21:55
ok
2020-09-19 21:58
#40
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Brazil setsz
where is the fantasy
2020-09-19 22:01
#44
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Pakistan LoOuU2
banger of a matches tbh, excited for that Danish derby.
2020-09-19 22:04
lol, why the 10 days? lmao, its not like they need to travel anywhere or something, retarded schedule by esl, they too stupid to understand that lan schedule isnt needed in online tournaments
2020-09-19 22:12
#46
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Germany BIG2020
rest and preperation? or you want to watch pug games?
2020-09-19 22:17
>rest >online 8/8 expected from bug fan
2020-09-19 22:25
Rest for playing at home!?
2020-09-20 07:52
Are you guys stupid ? They wake up everyday very early to start their practice, workout and 10 other things that they do in a day. Atleast that s what astralis does, all of that + media day, photoshoots etc
2020-09-20 10:10
Yeah and they used to do that while being on the road.
2020-09-20 11:57
#64
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United Kingdom novaseer
twitter.com/zonic/status/130737172397783.. ast coach literally saying that a week without official matches is a good thing
2020-09-19 22:54
astralis is the team that takes the most vacations out of any lmao, expected but ofc i aint expecting normies to known theese fax)))
2020-09-20 02:04
Imagine how far Navi can go further under this situation
2020-09-19 22:20
nice
2020-09-19 22:26
why so delayed kekw
2020-09-19 22:45
#65
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United Kingdom novaseer
so the players can have a break, playing official matches everyday is why we have xyp/gla1ve/olof/nawwk situations
2020-09-19 22:56
1 month tournament isnt good idea
2020-09-19 22:57
#72
Xyp9x | 
Iceland Fridd
Agreed
2020-09-20 01:18
It should be easy for Astralis.
2020-09-19 22:51
#68
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Spain JLenny47
Rip us, could've beaten mouz and CoL
2020-09-19 23:09
#EasyforNa'Vi anyway nice results from Spirit, i hope they will beat BIG
2020-09-19 23:47
#70
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Netherlands PaasWaas
Yea. They earn thousands.. they need a break? Lmfao they get payed alot.. we need to work everyday for 1800 a month.. we cant cry.
2020-09-20 00:47
Should work a little harder if that's your salary lmao
2020-09-20 05:24
#101
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Netherlands PaasWaas
Jammer genoeg zijn de salarissen hier in nederland niet zo hoog.
2020-09-20 11:21
I love Hayden Christensen, he is so dreamy in 3 ! and Natalya Portman as well. i liked new films, but i didnt like that 1 of the main charachters was african. cuz there is no africa in space...
2020-09-20 01:41
CYAA WORST TOP 1 ZYWHOOO LUL
2020-09-20 02:43
Banger matches
2020-09-20 04:35
#112
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Denmark twinseN
Yeah it is but we kinda miss Fnatic here :/
2020-09-20 16:47
#82
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Russia VelsVivard
Team Spirit has already made me so happy with those victories against the big names. I won't be sad if they end their path here, anything else will be a great bonus. Playoff appearance in a stacked tier one champ is big, now do and crush BIG!
2020-09-20 05:15
They remember me Gambit after Zeus joined and the team slowly but steady started showing potential and even beating good teams.
2020-09-20 07:42
#89
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Russia VelsVivard
This time around the IGL can actually defend himself and the coach isn't a completely useless entity, they're looking better as the game evolves.
2020-09-20 07:44
You can talk as much shit as you want about Zeus, but Gambit 1 Major Spirit not only 0 Major but literally 0 achievements
2020-09-20 11:17
I'm not talking shit, I'm just not sugarcoating what has been seen with him and his guy on the server. I'm not comparing the two either, that's what you are doing and still I could find arguments as to it being a different time period and a different caliber of players, with players that pop up like that, while being experienced, you can win 4 on 5 with not much trouble. We have seen that too, to an extent.
2020-09-20 11:20
Just stfu already.
2020-09-20 12:49
What a bad boy.
2020-09-20 13:02
Vitality No.1 team btw
2020-09-20 06:27
Zywho is a carry?? His Nr1 was teamwork, not single work. Not even close to s1mple.
2020-09-20 07:39
look at all these onliners teams LOL
2020-09-20 09:08
9 days :(
2020-09-20 10:40
9 years for this shitty teams hehe
2020-09-20 11:58
i really like the format. good stuff @esl navi 2-1 mouz comp 2-1 ence big 2-0 spirit astralis 2-0 heroic
2020-09-20 10:47
Heroic can upset astralis so let's see
2020-09-20 18:24
Complexity or BIG gonna win this
2020-09-20 18:22
Ence gonna rip them sadly. They lose to tier 2 but tier 1 they upset for fun
2020-09-20 20:09
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