Party Astronauts win ESEA Premier S38 over Extra Salt to qualify for ESL Pro League

The organization-less team pulled off a big upset to win the league.

After a full-length best-of-five grand final, Party Astronauts have defeated Extra Salt 3-2 (16-6 Inferno, 7-16 Overpass, 16-11 Ancient, 22-20 Nuke) to win ESEA Premier Season 38 North America, booking themselves a spot in ESL Pro League Season 15.

The result breaks the 0-4 head-to-head record for Party Astronauts against Extra Salt, and adds to a disappointing string of results for the South African-North American combine, who missed out on a spot at the PGL Major Stockholm after they were eliminated from IEM Fall NA. It also marks Party Astronauts' first confirmed international appearance after the core of the team have spent the last 18 months exclusively playing against domestic competition.

Placing second in Premier would grant Extra Salt a place at the EPL Conference, but the team had already earned a spot in the Conference division due to winning DreamHack Open June North America. It is not currently known what team will fill the extra spot at the event, as it could go to the next highest placing teams in either DreamHack Open June or ESEA Premier —00Nation and RBG, respectively — or be determined using another method.

ben1337 finally makes it over the hump

In what ended up a close series despite initially one-sided scorelines, each team won their own map picks, putting the series score at 2-2, counting the default map win Extra Salt received for coming from the upper bracket. As is to be expected at this point, Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm put up an inhuman performance over the series, putting up at least a 1.22 rating on every single map, with his best map statistically being the 11-16 loss on Ancient.

The final map, Nuke, was an all-out brawl, with each team taking short strings of rounds before the other team answered back. Eventually, the game went to overtime, where David "⁠cynic⁠" Polster stepped up for the Partynauts. After two full-length overtimes, Party Astronauts finally managed to snatch the victory, breaking their head to head curse and winning the Premier division, ensuring their spot at ESL Pro League Season 15 next March.

 Extra Salt K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
104 - 69 +35 88.9 1.36
87 - 77 +10 81.9 1.13
73 - 76 -3 76.0 1.02
68 - 78 -10 65.7 0.90
53 - 86 -33 57.6 0.79
 Party Astronauts K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
79 - 68 +11 82.6 1.14
88 - 81 +7 87.0 1.11
80 - 75 +5 69.1 1.05
65 - 73 -8 61.3 0.95
72 - 88 -16 69.6 0.91

As a result of the final, Party Astronauts join the lineup of teams set for ESL Pro League Season 15, and are the second team without an organization to qualify after LookingForOrg.

Here is the full team list for EPL S15:

Denmark Astralis
Europe ENCE
Europe FaZe
Europe G2
Russia Natus Vincere
United States Liquid
Poland AGO
Australia LookingForOrg
Other ESL World Ranking
Other ESL World Ranking
Other ESL World Ranking
Other EPL Conference
Europe Complexity
North America Evil Geniuses
United Kingdom fnatic
Europe MOUZ
Sweden NIP
France Vitality
United States Party Astronauts
Other Partner Team
Other ESL World Ranking
Other ESL World Ranking
Other EPL Conference
Other EPL Conference

Premier Season 38 North America Relegation also concluded on Sunday, seeing Detonate, Eros, Northern Forces, and Synthetic secure spots in Season 39 of ESEA Premier, while the likes of Mythic and Third Impact were relegated to Advanced.

United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
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United States David 'cynic' Polster
David 'cynic' Polster
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2021-10-18 07:36
2 replies
Germany Jermen
ahaha classic NA
2021-10-18 07:37
1 reply
North America wizQ
Classic na? Wtf does that even mean lol NA team beat an NA
2021-10-18 18:50
Finland Cucumber))
2021-10-18 07:36
wp party impressed how Salt continue their losing streak in grandfinals against anyone
2021-10-18 07:37
LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO maybe osee and fang go to a better na team (-michu +fang?) (-fallen +osee) and jt and crew form another top tier 2 na team
2021-10-18 07:42
16 replies
United States caffeineTX
osee and fallen aren't interchangeable. fallen is an igl awp'er and has a different playstyle. he fits liquid well and an AWPing IGL is what that team was built around, pretty stupid to want liquid to pull him. Especially since fallen has been playing so well.
2021-10-18 07:46
8 replies
fallen has not been playing well. He is very average still. Fallen is an igl awper in a meta that requires top awpers and top tier igls. Fallen is neither of those. Stew is a good enough igl to take liquid far with osee
2021-10-18 07:53
3 replies
United States Rayduh
+1 #20
2021-10-18 08:19
as we can see you don't understand anything about cs. next
2021-10-18 13:06
1 reply
excellent rebuttal
2021-10-18 22:32
United States Rayduh
FalleN isn’t playing well at all lol he misses more AWP shots than making it
2021-10-18 08:19
lol, stew easily can go igl and osee would be good for liquid, some agressive awper who can make plays on himself, thats what is needed for liquid to be again top3 team or better, no hate to brazilian fans, but with fallen liquid wont go far
2021-10-18 08:52
1 reply
We saw how great Stewie is as IGL(he is not a IGL) . That would be Liquid asking for team crisis coz with Stewie as IGL they looked badly. Dont change the IGL coz it's not gonna work.
2021-10-18 09:07
fallen is playing well? he can have some vintage game here and there but overall he is just average(more like bad for an awper) most of the time
2021-10-18 11:27
France Keironical
he's playing well for the team wdym? First of all, Liquid doesn't play around the awper anymore so he's doing good as in fragging and igling. osee won't fit in liquid so don't see why -fallen +osee
2021-10-18 08:13
5 replies
they never played around the awper.
2021-10-18 08:14
4 replies
France Keironical
they used to actually, remember S1mple ?
2021-10-18 08:15
3 replies
you got me xd remember kennys?(((
2021-10-18 08:15
United States bxteme
Wasn’t jdm the awper when s1mple was on the team?
2021-10-18 17:36
1 reply
France Keironical
nah when s1mple joined, jdm wasn't even hitting shots so jdm was the second awper back then
2021-10-19 04:32
-michu -cerq +osee +fang full NA let’s go boys
2021-10-18 17:08
Nice! Finally they broke the shackles, Cynic and PwnAlone getting their rightful chance to showcase their talents in EU. Well done lads.
2021-10-18 07:45
4 replies
30 year old talent PagMan
2021-10-18 15:49
3 replies
+1 30 year old talent too stronk for Oseesupremacy and Fangdango
2021-10-18 15:50
2 replies
too stronk for eu teams too, hopefully they can at least get some maps in international tournaments.
2021-10-18 15:52
1 reply
+1 Hope they fare better than BnB, I would be genuinely happy if they get an org behind them.
2021-10-18 21:50
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Poland hsal
2021-10-18 07:45
oSee needs to join a team his level
2021-10-18 07:55
6 replies
United States Rayduh
Like Liquid
2021-10-18 08:18
4 replies
nah, like EG. cerq has been underperforming for months and months
2021-10-18 09:10
3 replies
its a completely different role isnt it?
2021-10-18 09:15
2 replies
not really cerQ just very bad since 2019 level 6 faceit awper would be better than him
2021-10-18 09:34
even if it is, EG needs serious changes; maybe playing around a better awper would suit them better
2021-10-18 09:44
Netherlands daboiii
he wont. he prefers playing with his friends over trying to make a good career. waste of talent.
2021-10-18 09:17
United Kingdom MikeLCHV
Another team to go 0-5 in EPL
2021-10-18 08:00
4 replies
let us have this(((
2021-10-18 08:14
Australia mrekk
Other than faze of course
2021-10-18 08:19
1 reply
United States caffeineTX
or G2 or EG :P
2021-10-18 19:34
+1 lmao
2021-10-18 08:20
United States Rayduh
We need more NA teams
2021-10-18 08:18
2021-10-18 08:21
Hungary szia
Nice Hope they find an org
2021-10-18 08:55
damn that's a long time for Party to win against ES
2021-10-18 09:09
United Kingdom julz!
tf happened to extra salt twice they miss pro league now bntet and jkaem are free now tho, would be good pickups also cynic to Liquid/EG pending
2021-10-18 09:09
God cynic as always
2021-10-18 09:10
Germany Teztyment
ESEA is literally dog shit.
2021-10-18 09:14
extra salt wtf
2021-10-18 09:51
EG -cerq + oSee when?
2021-10-18 11:04
I swear to god ES don't want to play EPL on purpose. This is like the 3rd time in a row where they choke in the finals or don't play the playoffs at all.
2021-10-18 11:08
Doesn't matter hltv still gonna over hype ES anyway so get ready to be annoyed .
2021-10-18 11:45
extra meme
2021-10-18 13:04
Chile 1cristiaan
2021-10-18 13:48
2021-10-18 13:49
United States B0b3rT
2021-10-18 14:22
what happened to extra salt?
2021-10-18 14:33
1 reply
bens anime team happened to them
2021-10-18 15:27
osee needs a chance to compete
2021-10-18 14:55
thats 1 useless team in EPL15 then
2021-10-18 14:56
United States _intaKe
2021-10-18 15:50
Spain Nepomu
Extra choke once again
2021-10-18 16:01
WP I hope to see these guys picked up by an org, some small growth for NA.
2021-10-18 16:58
2021-10-18 17:13
i dont see PA winning double digits on any map and ES need to make some roster changes ASAP...
2021-10-18 17:21
pwn vs zywoo rematch inc
2021-10-18 17:39
no-namers in EPL, nice...
2021-10-18 17:45
1 reply
no-namers until they’re not cry is free
2021-10-18 18:38
I mean if JT^ play even slightly better they win the game on Nuke. Aside from 2 multi-kill rounds in OT I don't remember much coming from him while everyone else had their moments of big plays. I'm not sure if he is their caller but it was a rough day for him.
2021-10-18 21:24
Poland sznycel901
2021-10-19 07:28
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