Complexity beat Virtus.pro to secure EPL playoffs; G2 out of contention

One more playoff team is left to be found in Group B.

After a drawn-out three-map series, Complexity edged out a win over Virtus.pro, claiming a spot in the playoffs. A 16-10 win by Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's team started the series on Mirage, but Complexity mustered 16-14 victories on Dust2 and Overpass to upset the world No. 5, despite playing with a stand-in.

Key to Complexity's victory was Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer, who posted a 1.27 rating and got 16 first kills - the most in the series. "I think blameF is taking a lot more space because k0nfig isn't here and doing a good job at that," Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage said in the post-match interview, praising his in-game leader's performance at the event so far.

With Complexity grabbing their third win at the event from four matches played, G2 are officially out of playoff contention. One of the favorites for the Pro League title go into the fourth round of matches without a win recorded, and can now only play spoiler to other teams in group B.

A strong performance from the IGL sees Complexity in the playoffs

Virtus.pro had a surprisingly comfortable path to victory on the first map of the series. The CIS side went into Complexity's map pick with a measly 12% win rate on Mirage, but walked away with a 16-10 win. Virtus.pro finished the first half 10-5 up, and closed out the map with a five round streak built on a 2v4 won by Jame and Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev.

On Dust2, Complexity grabbed a 3-0 lead on the defense, but Virtus.pro got back into the driver's seat in no time. Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov was at the helm of their strong T side, posting a 17-8 K-D in the first half. The majority-Danish team didn't falter, though, coming back into the game with a strong start to their offense and edging out a 16-14 in a scrappy affair.

The CIS team fell behind early on Overpass. Their pistol round win was instantly replied to by a Complexity force-buy, who ran up a massive 11-4 T side lead thanks to a number of disadvantageous rounds won. Jame's triple in the pistol gave a lifeline to Virtus.pro, who made an unexpected comeback on the offense, taking the lead at 14-13. However, a Niels Christian "⁠NaToSaphiX⁠" Sillassen 1v2 clutch and a blameF ace pushed Complexity over the line, 16-14.

Matchpage
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25th August 2021
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Mirage
10
14
Dust2
16
14
Overpass
16
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 41 +27 79.0 1.35
59 - 55 +4 69.1 1.07
56 - 55 +1 69.9 1.06
60 - 65 -5 80.9 1.01
44 - 59 -15 56.4 0.78
 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
67 - 58 +9 96.8 1.27
59 - 57 +2 74.7 1.08
57 - 56 +1 67.8 0.98
48 - 63 -15 70.0 0.93
43 - 55 -12 54.3 0.86

With OG and Complexity securing playoff spots and G2 out, the last team to advance from Group B will be decided between forZe, Virtus.pro, and SINNERS. Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov and co. can finish the job today, as a win over G2 would lock them in one of the top three spots.

Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
716
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.66
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1346
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1148
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Niels Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Niels Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1062
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.60
EZ FOR COL
2021-08-25 22:18
7 replies
Astralis, g2... Next?
2021-08-25 22:19
3 replies
#7
 | 
Europe Rokiz
Na'Vi xD
2021-08-25 22:20
gambit
2021-08-25 23:39
Gambit
2021-08-26 07:56
bye bye g2
2021-08-25 22:22
bro u got lucky😂
2021-08-25 23:24
1 reply
Bro ur trash 😂
2021-08-26 03:53
ok
2021-08-25 22:18
#3
DG | 
England MiCOOL
EZ
2021-08-25 22:18
#5
 | 
Denmark slacking
godF
2021-08-25 22:19
G2 Bye Bye…
2021-08-25 22:20
complexity won't win any way later
2021-08-25 22:21
8 replies
this is also what people said before the group
2021-08-25 23:36
5 replies
Yes there is a difference between winning against a weak virtus pro and a g2 lost and winning against the next challenge.
2021-08-25 23:58
4 replies
Virtus pro wasnt weak at all though??
2021-08-26 00:32
#35
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North America hi_mens))
They played what was in front of them and won. The stakes were the same before round robin started. Keep huffing on the copium, coL has a stand in and a new player with shuffled roles and still won.
2021-08-26 00:52
2 replies
#38
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Australia CaZeR01
+1
2021-08-26 02:28
Yeah I dont mean that they don't deserve it. It just the playoff will be harder with a stand in and a new player. I think there is a limit with their current "roster". But i think overall esetag will be a nice addition to the team. And vp is really on bad shape before and during the event. But g2 is a big upset, no doubt about it.
2021-08-26 03:05
#36
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United States soduk
Trollololololol blameF highest fragging IGL what you mad bro?
2021-08-26 01:25
1 reply
I am not CoL will lose
2021-08-26 10:26
ggg2
2021-08-25 22:24
#11
 | 
Denmark Corza
noice
2021-08-25 22:25
G2 KEKW
2021-08-25 22:27
#13
 | 
Europe robo1234
The Ruskies should ask for a recount as they won more rounds.
2021-08-25 22:28
GG LOVE YOU COL WE TAKING THE ENTIRETY OF EPL FR
2021-08-25 22:30
G2 Superteam am i right
2021-08-25 22:30
JKSEX
2021-08-25 22:34
#17
 | 
Estonia E$t0
faze wins epl
2021-08-25 22:36
#18
b1t | 
Russia DES7
so if g2 win today and tomorrow + forze lose against Sinners they can qualify to play-offs
2021-08-25 22:38
3 replies
Its over
2021-08-25 22:42
yes sinners can then
2021-08-25 22:50
no
2021-08-25 23:14
#20
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Finland AliSabid
GG
2021-08-25 22:43
"Forget the group, G2 will be seriously eyeing the ESL Pro League trophy; they are in great form and the balance of roles and chemistry in the team looks excellent." Haha
2021-08-25 22:56
1 reply
well, they were in good form. It seems to have evaporated right before our very eyes.
2021-08-26 00:37
col it’s time to win the event now LOL
2021-08-25 22:57
Since 2021 cologne, 3 of the top 5 teams of the world ranking is eliminated, who is the next? Navi or Gambit, the strongest online team Gambit is not the one probably, but Navi Online tournament really stunning me
2021-08-25 23:14
5 replies
#43
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Korea ramza72
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL BRO ? YOUR DRUNK ? NAVI ONLINER TEAM ? NO WAY YOU NEED TO WAKE UP MAN !!!
2021-08-26 04:47
4 replies
I think he called navi not onliners
2021-08-26 11:40
3 replies
Too hard for Japan guy to understanding English
2021-08-26 23:05
2 replies
That’s South Korea
2021-08-27 00:52
1 reply
LOL
2021-08-27 16:30
The Blame hype!
2021-08-26 00:05
#31
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Canada chanse
3-0 LOL, Niko to be retired
2021-08-26 00:10
Is it time for qikert to go?
2021-08-26 00:39
Lol. Bring back kennys!!!!
2021-08-26 02:10
from 2nd place in cologne to out of the group stage with currently 0 wins. wtf is going on??
2021-08-26 03:47
unluko vp
2021-08-26 03:48
#47
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Canada go1x1n00b
ez 4 goat Niels Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
2021-08-26 11:39
#49
 | 
Europe vibg0r
I don’t expect a really deep playoff run by col but who knows
2021-08-26 12:07
don't sleep on coL
2021-08-26 13:35
Complexity with fucking NaTo still able to beat G2 and VP, oh I can't wait to see them back with k0nfig, this can be a great team finally for coL. VP won't win with 4 players and 1 AWP dropper, unlucky but I said that before that they won't be consistently good with this style of play. G2 looked lost in this tournament, they played like they don't have idea of how do they want to approach the matches, they didn't deserve playoffs at all, huge dissapointment.
2021-08-26 14:11
#52
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Brunei cyLoL
G2 bad
2021-08-26 20:16
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