Bad News Bears take down Triumph to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 14

Peter "⁠ptr⁠" Gurney's side prevailed 3-2 in a rematch against Triumph to win ESEA Premier Season 36.

Bad News Bears have claimed victory in ESEA Premier Season 36 North America, fighting back from an 0-1 disadvatange in the best-of-five grand final against Triumph to secure a first place finish. The win sees ptr's troops become the second unsigned roster to earn a berth to ESL Pro League Season 14, following ex-Winstrike's win over SAW in the European grand final on Sunday.

"Words can't describe it man," ptr said in a post-game interview when asked how he felt about the victory. "Me and Jonji have been working for this moment for so long. We lost to INTZ last year, so it's just an amazing feeling. You know, I've played in pro teams in the past and stuff but just was already pro, but this was the first time that I actually earned it for myself. I fucking love my team."

Bad News Bears had a flawless run in the regular season, going undefeated in their group and becoming a prime candidate to win the playoffs after Extra Salt withdrew to attend a gamut of tournaments in Europe. After scoring two wins to kick off their playoff run, Bad News Bears were felled by Triumph in the upper bracket final, but fought past RBG in the consolidation final to set up a rematch.

A resurgent performance from Jonji allowed Bad News Bears to take down Triumph

Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman's side dominated the early portions of both halves of their map pick, Nuke, to kick off the grand final; however, attrition from Bad News Bears allowed them to stay in contention and fight back, edging out a 16-14 victory to even the series score immediately. Inferno and Train were one-sided affairs as the two teams traded blows, leading to a Mirage decider with it all on the line.

Jonathan "⁠Jonji⁠" Carey, who was the team's best performer during the regular season but having a rough run during playoffs, was the catalyst in a stellar showing for Bad News Bears on Mirage. After being a pivotal factor in the first three maps of the series, the 21-year-old ran rampant on Triumph's defense for the first half as his team took nine rounds off the bat, with the rest of the roster stepping up to cut short any hopes of a comeback from Triumph and close out the map in swift fashion.

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Nuke
16
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Inferno
16
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Train
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Mirage
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 Triumph K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 - 64 +6 69.4 1.06
60 - 64 -4 74.4 1.05
66 - 64 +2 74.5 1.03
63 - 63 0 67.2 1.00
57 - 71 -14 66.6 0.92
 Bad News Bears K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
82 - 73 +9 102.9 1.30
71 - 52 +19 72.8 1.25
67 - 67 0 66.8 1.00
57 - 67 -10 66.0 1.00
47 - 58 -11 48.6 0.82

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

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

ESEA Premier Season 36 North America final standings:

1. United States Bad News Bears - $20,000 + ESL Pro League S14 slot
2. United States Triumph - $12,500
3. United States RBG - $7,500
4. United States High Coast - $4,000
5-6. United States Recon 5 - $2,000
5-6. United States GGPR - $2,000
7-8. United States ChocoCheck - $1,000
7-8. United States Mythic - $1,000
9-10. North America Extra Salt*
9-10. Canada OCG**
11-12. United States Rise
11-12. United States Secret Club
13. United States Third Impact
14. United States Eclipse
15. United States SKDC
16. United States Levitate
17-18. United States ImPerium
17-18. United States Watch This
19-20. United States The Commission
19-20. United States timbermen

* Extra Salt forfeited playoffs due to being in Europe
** OCG forfeited playoffs as they were unable to field a complete roster

United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1072
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
879
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
NA CS LMAO
2021-04-19 06:57
1 reply
LETS GOOOOOOO BNB
2021-04-19 10:29
Sign them!
2021-04-19 06:59
3 replies
#3
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United States hellokappa
+1
2021-04-19 07:00
1 reply
+1 they have such potential
2021-04-19 10:21
Seriously! 100T, NRG, OpTic, TSM... anyone!
2021-04-19 15:22
BNB looks promising
2021-04-19 07:02
#5
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United States Prattatat
ORG Please?
2021-04-19 07:02
Extra Salt forfeited playoffs (that could get them to EPL-14) to play blast showdown? Doesn't seem like a great decision to me...
2021-04-19 07:05
11 replies
they're also playing in funspark tomorrow
2021-04-19 07:08
8 replies
"Tomorrow" Tomorrow doesn't clash with this tournament that ended yesterday. They had to choose between showdown and this tournament. Of course, I am not taking travel restrictions into consideration here.
2021-04-19 07:13
7 replies
#17
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Canada Fingy123
yeah the grand final was the first day of matches. Sike. Of course not. The playoffs started nearly a week ago.
2021-04-19 07:17
#23
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Australia kaos0002
Dood ones in America other EU learn geography
2021-04-19 07:45
4 replies
At least try to understand what I said. I don't think it takes 2 days to travel to EU from US. They could finish this tourny, then travel to EU, at the cost of missing showdown. It would be hectic, but it's possible. Once again, I didn't consider travel restrictions and other quirks, like mandatory Covid tests, etc.
2021-04-19 08:04
3 replies
#45
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United Kingdom galaxyv2
they miss two tournaments if they play in premier playoffs tho
2021-04-19 13:44
1 reply
People thinking like Just because it takes 8 hours to get to europe from NA, it takes 8 hours to prepare and be fully ready for tournaments
2021-04-19 22:04
#62
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Australia kaos0002
Jet lag and covid you dumbass
2021-04-20 15:01
How could they finish ESEA today, and play Funspark the day after.
2021-04-19 07:54
#24
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Italy a_Guilty
They did the best thing they could go to eu and play eu teams was the best thing
2021-04-19 07:51
#41
ISSAA | 
Palestine 3BooD
They will come back in S37
2021-04-19 12:51
#7
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Brazil hugoooo
paiN next year, GL
2021-04-19 07:08
1 reply
+1
2021-04-19 07:15
hopefully triumph don't drop their roster or kick shake
2021-04-19 07:08
1 reply
kick cooper* shake is actually a good igl
2021-04-19 09:12
nt
2021-04-19 07:10
The Right Opportunity
2021-04-19 07:10
RIP timbermen you will be remembered
2021-04-19 07:10
2 replies
So stupid how Elige can just end careers like that without remorse
2021-04-21 01:27
1 reply
nah faceit + esea did it, banning players for ~1 year / permanently based on messages off their servers and unrelated to them. sad really
2021-04-21 02:06
#14
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China HEIDASHUAi
Wrong Eclipse team lmao That Chinese Eclipse team disbanded in 2018
2021-04-19 07:13
2 replies
#18
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Canada Fingy123
2 time major attendee ptr back to win pro league season 14
2021-04-19 07:18
1 reply
#22
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China HEIDASHUAi
ez for ptr
2021-04-19 07:39
#15
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Japan ang9r5193
Dirty Peek Pete back at it again
2021-04-19 07:14
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-04-19 07:18
Org plz
2021-04-19 07:19
#21
vberg | 
North America Mang0
Ptr showing that OG source players still can do something @ 30 in CSGO haha
2021-04-19 07:33
#27
Snax | 
Europe skrekc
Nice! Hopefully someone will sign them
2021-04-19 08:05
Sign GOD Ptr plzl
2021-04-19 08:06
They will lose everything in epl
2021-04-19 09:12
someone sign BNB and ex-winstrike plzz
2021-04-19 09:13
#32
TBD | 
Andorra DG84
Nice they won last place in EPL group XDD
2021-04-19 09:28
#33
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United States B0b3rT
Really glad for these guys but wanted to see high coast maybe next season
2021-04-19 10:13
Unfair indeed
2021-04-19 10:22
#37
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CIS cardison
ptr stick around while ocean leave .. say alot about these world
2021-04-19 11:10
there is so many orgs that can pick them but idk why they are not picking them. if they change 2 players they can be stable top 20 team
2021-04-19 12:24
Extra salt got 9-10th place wtf happened to them lol
2021-04-19 12:44
2 replies
They went Europe to get smashed by Spirit
2021-04-19 14:09
#53
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United States Bhu_Tang
They went to europe so they dropped out of the playoffs, would've won if they stayed for sure though.
2021-04-19 14:43
#40
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Finland tonyi
ptr returns to save counter-strike
2021-04-19 12:45
It always feels great when a team win a final starting with 0-1 scoreline.
2021-04-19 12:52
Only two NA teams to go to EU are the ones that have ex-Chaos members....CHAOS DISBANDING HURTS SO MUCH MAN
2021-04-19 13:05
3 replies
+1 one of NA's largest losses in a while. Such a fucking shame
2021-04-19 14:37
#52
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United States Bhu_Tang
True. So sad that we lost the best upcoming team and no org decided to pick them up even though they had spots at prestigious tournaments.
2021-04-19 14:42
Tell me about it man, it was horrible to watch
2021-04-19 15:19
nice
2021-04-19 13:08
the return of ptr to save NA CS
2021-04-19 13:46
#47
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
nice!
2021-04-19 14:00
#49
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United States D0xx
lets gooooooo
2021-04-19 14:25
Why is BNB without org? wtf?
2021-04-19 14:36
LETS GO JONJI
2021-04-19 15:06
LETS GO JON
2021-04-19 15:19
YES JONJI
2021-04-19 15:51
#59
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Brazil parrud0www
Stupid jonji
2021-04-19 17:07
Bad News Bears > Vitality
2021-04-19 22:10
iBUYBNB
2021-04-26 00:25
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