ex-Winstrike sweep SAW to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 14

Aleksey "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev and co. exacted revenge on the Portuguese team to win ESEA Premier Season 36.

ex-Winstrike took down SAW 3-1 in the grand final of ESEA Premier Season 36, securing the victory in the BO5 final despite starting it with an 0-1 disadvantage. As the winner of the ESEA Premier season, the Russian side has secured a spot in the next season of ESL Pro League, set to start in September.

Contenders for the title from start to finish, ex-Winstrike topped their group with a 7W-1L record, and powered through the playoffs to reach the upper bracket finals. There, SAW took them down 2-1, but a rematch was on the cards after a consolidation final win over AGO.

El1an was the best performing player in ESEA Premier S36

Strong Terrorist sides defined the grand final, starting with a 9-6 offensive half from ex-Winstrike on Mirage which they closed out with perfect defense, 7-0 . Moving on to Nuke, SAW was looking good to bounce back with seven rounds on the offense, but they were again outdone by ex-Winstrike's T side, who took the map 16-11.

Train was the last chance for the Portuguese team hoping to make history by qualifying for Pro League, but it wasn't to be. Igor "⁠Forester⁠" Bezotecheskiy put up a monstrous 1.80 rating to bring the series to an end, ensuring his team a spot at the elite competition.

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 SAW K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
53 - 56 -3 76.8 0.94
35 - 58 -23 69.0 0.83
47 - 57 -10 62.7 0.82
42 - 56 -14 68.7 0.78
38 - 61 -23 61.8 0.68
 ex-Winstrike K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 45 +23 99.6 1.47
60 - 40 +20 93.2 1.42
62 - 42 +20 83.8 1.31
50 - 46 +4 74.8 1.16
47 - 42 +5 68.7 1.09

Claiming a spot in the upcoming season of ESL Pro League Season 14 adds additional value to ex-Winstrike, currently ranked 23rd, who left their former organization due to "constant breaches of contractual obligations" at the end of March.

Team coach Dmitry "⁠hooch⁠" Bogdanov revealed that they were close to signing with a new organization in April, but were left disappointed when the organization that is "very respected and quite successful in the CIS region" pulled out of the deal.

"We have really high ambitions and we don't need a lot of money", hooch said in a post-match interview, stressing that what they are looking for is a stable home. "I hope you don't miss your chance and sign us", the coach added, aiming at prospective organizations, "we are going to work more and more and become a better team, I promise."

ex-Winstrike are the first team to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 14, the $750,000 tournament that will take place on September 8 - October 10, with partner teams such as Astralis, Liquid, and Vitality also confirmed. Four more slots will be given out to winners of ESEA Premier seasons in Europe, North America, and Australia, while the remaining slots will be filled through ranking invites and potentially a new partner team.

The team list for ESL Pro League Season 14 is as follows:

Europe G2
Europe mousesports
Russia Natus Vincere
Sweden NIP
United States Liquid
France Vitality
North America ESEA Premier S36 NA
North America ESEA Premier S37 NA
Oceania ESEA Premier S36/37 AU
Other TBD
Other TBD
Other TBD

ESEA Premier Season 36 Europe final standings

1. Russia ex-Winstrike - $20,000 + ESL Pro League S14 slot
2. Portugal SAW - $12,500
3. Poland AGO - $7,500
4. Poland Wisla Krakow - $4,000
5-6. Belarus Nemiga - $2,000
5-6. Germany Sprout - $2,000
7-8. Sweden Apeks - $1,000
7-8. Poland Anonymo - $1,000
9-10. Russia forZe
9-10. France LDLC
11-12. Europe GamerLegion
11-12. Germany ALTERNATE aTTaX
13-14. Europe HellRaisers
13-14. Turkey Sangal
15. Bulgaria FATE
16. Poland PACT
17-18. Denmark Singularity
17-18. Romania Nexus

Russia Igor 'Forester' Bezotecheskiy
Igor 'Forester' Bezotecheskiy
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
772
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Russia Aleksey 'El1an' Gusev
Aleksey 'El1an' Gusev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
Who?
2021-04-18 22:39
5 replies
they are improving fast, #23 rn so might overtake EG soon
2021-04-18 22:41
3 replies
#12
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United Kingdom Triturn
*will
2021-04-18 22:42
#34
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Europe chespiZ
peru ppl is 2strong
2021-04-18 23:41
#55
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United Kingdom sashat77
They recently beat EG hahaha
2021-04-19 10:58
#39
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United States squidos
if you don't know who winstrike are, you shouldn't be commenting on HLTV posts
2021-04-19 01:18
#2
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United Kingdom Triturn
Will they find success in Hellraisres tho?
2021-04-18 22:40
7 replies
didnt hellraisers wanna sign them and then say we wont pay you what you wanted and then theres this twitter.com/Reachesportscom/status/13818..
2021-04-18 22:42
6 replies
could u translate the tweet mate?
2021-04-19 03:59
5 replies
According to that hellraisers was one of the orgs concidered for flushas new team
2021-04-19 08:49
4 replies
Ah alright. I thought it would have been ex-winstrike lol
2021-04-19 10:56
3 replies
yeah but since flusha said its a completely new org so idk could easily be, but they will 100% get a team now that they have a proleague spot
2021-04-19 11:34
2 replies
Yeah. They're playing really well and I wanna see them face off with more high level opposition with more support, would be sick.
2021-04-19 12:09
1 reply
yeah rip for winstrike tho
2021-04-19 13:02
Expected more from saw but gg from winstrike
2021-04-18 22:40
Yo les noobs, Now they maybe have a chance to get signed by a real org?? Maybe??? And tbh these days when stadodo isn't popping off I find sAw very lacklustre.
2021-04-18 22:41
Pog
2021-04-18 22:40
sign them already
2021-04-18 22:40
GGs, hope they get a org!
2021-04-18 22:40
F still a great run lets hope they qualify next season
2021-04-18 22:41
#10
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Portugal Hmikas
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-04-18 22:41
2 replies
#40
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United States squidos
NT to saw, they are looking good right now. However I think you can agree that winstrike deserved this spot. have nice day btw :)
2021-04-19 01:20
1 reply
#43
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Portugal Hmikas
yes, winstrike played better thx u2 :)
2021-04-19 02:00
Ex-winstrike= hellraisers
2021-04-18 22:43
9 replies
#35
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Poland bercik20
HR sign flusha team
2021-04-18 23:47
#41
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United States squidos
apparently they are picking up flusha's squad
2021-04-19 01:20
7 replies
#44
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Didn't the news about that Flusha project mentioned an "upcoming" organisation rather than an already established one signing them?
2021-04-19 02:21
6 replies
5 replies
#47
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Sorry I don't speak whatever language that is and I don't see any connection of that Twitter handle with your or my comment either.
2021-04-19 02:37
4 replies
#48
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United States squidos
there is a translate button...
2021-04-19 02:39
3 replies
#49
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United States squidos
ok for some reason the link decided to go their twitter page and not the post I linked, never mind, just go to #11
2021-04-19 02:40
2 replies
#50
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Ah, is the source trustable? Probably the first time I have heard about Reach Esports
2021-04-19 02:47
1 reply
#51
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United States squidos
I'm not sure, haven't hear of them either, that's why I said "apparently"
2021-04-19 02:48
#14
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Russia AliasNamer
Awesome news! Another cis potential top team
2021-04-18 22:44
Very expected vs tier 3 saW
2021-04-18 22:44
#16
sausol | 
Switzerland x676
gj
2021-04-18 22:46
get org plsss
2021-04-18 22:46
#18
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Portugal GMartins77
ezz
2021-04-18 22:47
Nt sAw, keep making portugal proud :)
2021-04-18 22:50
F :(
2021-04-18 22:51
#21
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Russia mshkoda
They deserves an org at least)
2021-04-18 22:53
#22
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Poland Pete229
I hope they'll get an org
2021-04-18 22:53
#23
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Brazil hugoooo
Sad... one more CIS team bleh
2021-04-18 22:55
1 reply
#29
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Faroe Islands TheLeaNy
ahahahahahahahaha
2021-04-18 23:20
GOD El1an, his back must hurt
2021-04-18 22:55
#25
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Portugal dracø
Hope they get a decent org, this guys deserve it
2021-04-18 22:57
El1an too good.
2021-04-18 22:58
#27
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United Kingdom pzzzz
gg ex-winstrike. Clearly the best team today and good luck with getting an org and your future
2021-04-18 23:05
ez4ago
2021-04-18 23:14
Rly nice. Gg and gl to ex-w.
2021-04-18 23:32
gg
2021-04-18 23:35
surely someone will pick them up now that they are going to a t1 event
2021-04-18 23:37
#33
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Russia Veyles
road to 5 cis team in top 5
2021-04-18 23:39
Matchfixers without org on epls kekw Waiting for BadNewsBears
2021-04-18 23:57
#37
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African Union mikecool
Congrats ex-winstrike
2021-04-19 01:09
GG
2021-04-19 01:17
#45
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Pakistan LoOuU2
GGs. These guys are making big waves for very long time now, hopefully will be able to get picked by an org soon. Good luck to them!
2021-04-19 02:22
If Stadodo didnt show a good performance Saw lose
2021-04-19 14:50
#60
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
ex-Winstrike is looking great, they are a TOP 20 team for me atm. SAW just lacks firepower so hard. The core of MUTiRiS, JUST and stadodo could reach TOP 20 together, but they need right teammates.
2021-04-19 19:28
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