FURIA overcome FunPlus Phoenix in ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs

The Brazilian side closed out the series thanks to a brilliant performance from Vinicius "⁠VINI⁠" Figueiredo.

FURIA managed a 2-1 victory over FunPlus Phoenix in the first match of the ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs, advancing further in the bracket and eliminating their opponents from the competition.

The European team entered the server as a significant underdog due to the circumstances surrounding them. In a recent episode of 'HLTV Confirmed', Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk revealed that the EPL is likely to be Miikka "⁠suNny⁠" Kemppi's final event on the roster, and that their practice has been lacking in quantity and quality due to the Finnish player's health problems.

Leading up to the match, Jonatan "⁠Devilwalk⁠" Lundberg's men decided to gamble in the veto, banning Mirage and opening up Vertigo which they haven't played since suNny's arrival, but that wasn't an issue for FURIA who knew they were ready for either of those maps, Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson said on the post-match interview. Following a 2-1 victory inspired by VINI, the Brazilians will go on to face the winners of Liquid - G2 next.

VINI's outstanding showing denied FPX a chance to upset

The two teams traded blows on Nuke, starting with FunPlus Phoenix taking a 6-1 lead thanks to pacy Terrorist play. VINI was the standout player for FURIA as they started to put rounds on the board, with back-to-back lower-site retakes allowing the Brazilians' strong recovery, finishing the half 9-6 ahead. FunPlus Phoenix equalized the score after winning a second pistol, but a low buy from FURIA got them rolling again (14-11). Then, STYKO's quad kill in a Deagle-heavy round spurred on the European roster, seeing them pull the scoreline back to edge out a 16-14 win.

Vertigo was a different game altogether, as FURIA's pick was a quick and straightforward affair. Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan's team was 7-1 up on the offense before their opponents could tie two rounds together, with FunPlus Phoenix's late-half effort leaving them with just five nonetheless. Winning the T-side pistol gave some hope to Jesse "⁠zehN⁠" Linjala and co., but FURIA claimed the map with a 6-0 run on the CT side, moving to Inferno.

The final map of the series delivered excitement, as FunPlus Phoenix managed to claw their way back into the game from 7-2 CT side deficit to finish the half just three behind, 9-6. Asger "⁠Farlig⁠" Jensen was a key part of the puzzle as the European side equalized things with a 3-0 start, matching up with Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato on the other side. As the end of the map neared, mutlikills from VINI were the thorn in FunPlus Phoenix's side as the 21-year-old rifler pushed his team over the line for a 16-11 win.

Matchpage
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1
2nd April 2021
14
Nuke
16
16
Vertigo
7
16
Inferno
11
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 48 +25 90.3 1.42
64 - 46 +18 80.0 1.19
54 - 54 0 75.2 1.07
50 - 44 +6 61.8 1.02
39 - 52 -13 67.5 0.96
 FunPlus Phoenix K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 53 +5 76.4 1.02
49 - 57 -8 75.9 0.97
49 - 62 -13 69.8 0.87
40 - 51 -11 68.8 0.85
42 - 58 -16 62.0 0.77
Finland Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Age:
29
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
991
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
792
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
715
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.57
Denmark Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
562
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1348
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
232
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
#1
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Brazil FERRAZZZ
EASY VINI
2021-04-02 19:03
4 replies
#6
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CIS youWrong
styko solo, classic
2021-04-02 19:04
1 reply
I was really cheering for STYKO especially after the hltv confirmed
2021-04-02 23:48
#18
VINI | 
Brazil VlNl
+1
2021-04-02 19:19
Just delaying the inevitable. These match thrower clowns will be sent back home by g2/liquid ez
2021-04-02 19:59
art
2021-04-02 19:03
Wouldve won with emi.
2021-04-02 19:04
1 reply
or with godJ
2021-04-02 19:09
Vini "tubarão linguiça" on fire
2021-04-02 19:04
1 reply
#19
VINI | 
Brazil VlNl
+1
2021-04-02 19:20
vini won it for furia
2021-04-02 19:04
4 replies
#9
Polin | 
Europe Daudy
Vini and arts 4k won them the inferno i swear to god.
2021-04-02 19:06
2 replies
yeah!! furia almost threw inferno like on nuke when they lost an forcebuy
2021-04-02 19:09
1 reply
#30
Polin | 
Europe Daudy
Furia were throwing hard but they got really lucky. And fpx got sloppy.
2021-04-02 20:25
#20
VINI | 
Brazil VlNl
+1
2021-04-02 19:20
ez
2021-04-02 19:05
VINI not losing any 1v1
2021-04-02 19:06
1 reply
#21
VINI | 
Brazil VlNl
+1
2021-04-02 19:20
Props to Sunny for still being able to have some impact on first two maps while covid positive, his red face showed his condition. Unluko for FPX but with BongJ in their ranks, they will be unleashed pretty soon! Maden needs to work on his decision making though, too many unnecessary peeks which costs his team the rounds. Kudos to Furia, they won only to lose in the next game.
2021-04-02 19:06
8 replies
#14
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Brazil erfur
We have a "Mae Dinah" here...
2021-04-02 19:10
7 replies
a quick google search tells me she was an infamous predictor in BR, i dont know why has she been mentioned out there.
2021-04-02 19:18
6 replies
#22
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Brazil erfur
You just said... infamous predictor
2021-04-02 19:23
5 replies
ah i get it , well i would be really surprised if Furia bests out either of G2 or TL. Both teams have looked pretty good in this tournament, i cant say the same because of how Furia got completely dominated by C9
2021-04-02 19:25
4 replies
They got dominated by c9 in a game that they were already in the playoffs. They also destroyed NA'VI and had a pretty close game with gambit. Sure they are not favorites against TL for example, but they would put up a even game. Against g2 same thing, although I think TL is better than G2 nowadays and would be harder to furia to win against them.
2021-04-02 20:46
1 reply
well you aint wrong when you put it that way , seems like it is gonna be Furia vs Liquid later on and will really be a tough challenge for them , the one i dont see them coming out at the top of.
2021-04-02 20:55
#45
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Brazil erfur
Well Furia is a better team... it was proved today
2021-04-04 17:34
1 reply
Well, can't say thing else other than claim that they proved me wrong. Congrats to them!
2021-04-04 17:37
#11
 | 
Brazil InViktor
#gg
2021-04-02 19:08
-suNny +chrisj
2021-04-02 19:12
#16
 | 
Brazil hopezx
Vini aka king of inferno
2021-04-02 19:14
#24
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Mexico rauni90001
Why hire B1T when u can hire VINI to play Inferno this well?
2021-04-02 19:31
#25
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Brazil MrLucas
Linguiçados
2021-04-02 19:35
Unlucky, nice try
2021-04-02 19:47
Damn fpx, you scared us
2021-04-02 19:54
expected, nice match
2021-04-02 19:57
expected
2021-04-02 20:26
#32
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Brazil parrud0www
Monster vini!! Vinito
2021-04-02 20:36
A LITTLE BIT EASY
2021-04-02 20:58
Kick junior...hes just a waste of space atm ...Get a proper tier 1 awper ...ez fix
2021-04-02 21:37
#38
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El Salvador w7tv
junior ja pode começar a jogar ok en: little junior get those asses
2021-04-02 23:50
#39
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Poland SebL
FURIA showed some life in this match, I think the core of arT, yuurih and KSCERATO is really strong and I think they could be one of the best teams in the world with right teammates.FPX is looking really good, I'm actually surprised they didn't win this match, I was expecting a big surprise here, but I was wrong. GL FURIA moving further.
2021-04-03 00:19
no
2021-04-03 01:57
#41
saffee | 
Brazil uezu
Wish a good recovery to sunny,props for him for playing covid positive,get better soon!! Nice game from both sides
2021-04-03 02:44
1 reply
#42
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Brazil Anarchybr
+1
2021-04-03 05:03
Gotta respect Furia's hard work and ethics. Also, watching junior's development is such a joy.
2021-04-03 06:59
expected
2021-04-03 13:34
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