HEET, FTW secure ESL Pro League group stage berths

The ESL Pro League Conference stage in Sweden has come to an end with six squads through to the league's group stage.

HEET and FTW have booked their tickets to the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 16 group stage after taking the final two spots up for grabs at ESL Pro League Conference in Jönköping, Sweden. Becoming the last two teams to qualify, they did so through a grueling lower bracket, as both squads had fallen in the first round of play.

HEET made it to the Pro League group stage the hard way

HEET qualified by taking down their Falcons countrymen in a three-map series that started out going the way of Bryan "⁠Maka⁠" Canda and company, who won their Dust2 map pick before HEET brought things back to even on Nuke and finally eased through to the next stage of ESL Pro League with a comfortable victory on the Vertigo decider.

Prior to today’s match, HEET’s only defeat came in the opening series last Thursday against Endpoint, after which Alexandre "⁠bodyy⁠" Pianaro and his men went on a clean run in the lower bracket with 2-0 victories over Encore and HUMMER. HEET’s stand-out players at the event were Aurélien "⁠afro⁠" Drapier and Lucas "⁠Lucky⁠" Chastang, with 1.20 and 1.18 ratings, respectively.

The last team to book their ticket to the group stage from Conference was the youngest team at the event, FTW, who average only 21 years of age. They did so by taking out Illuminar in their final series, having beaten ORDER and Sprout in their previous lower bracket matches following an opening loss to Eternal Fire.

The Portuguese squad completed their Cinderella run after making waves in Iberia, where they won ESL Masters against the two regional titans, Movistar Riders and SAW, and have since been the rise in the world rankings going all the way to 37th place from a lowly 173rd in March.

Only four spots are now left to be confirmed in the 24 team Pro League, which will be decided by team’s placings in the ESL world ranking. With the Conference stage now done and dusted, the group stage will take place right after the player break, on August 31-October 2.

The ESL Pro League teams confirmed after the Conference stage are:

France Bryan 'Maka' Canda
Bryan 'Maka' Canda
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1188
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
France Aurélien 'afro' Drapier
Aurélien 'afro' Drapier
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
569
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1319
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
France Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1202
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
#1
jhd | 
Finland JHdash77
no one here?
2022-06-20 22:59
2 replies
Nope
2022-06-20 22:59
#26
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Yugoslavia Acceb
reported, you wont be here either
2022-06-21 00:36
grats to both teams and what a comeback from FTW
2022-06-20 22:59
FTW 🥳
2022-06-20 23:00
EZ 4 PORTUGAL
2022-06-20 23:00
#6
fox | 
Portugal Eroo
Another day for the history books of Portugal !!
2022-06-20 23:01
Gl Portugal!
2022-06-20 23:01
#8
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Portugal ron4r
sweetrice is coming for epl
2022-06-20 23:02
#9
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United States Virgin Islands Gr8b8m8_8|8
FTW
2022-06-20 23:02
#10
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Portugal H3NR
HERÓIS DO MAR, NOBRE POVO
2022-06-20 23:04
2 replies
#41
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Portugal L0newa1ker
NAÇÃO VALENTE, IMORTAL
2022-06-21 11:11
1 reply
#43
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Portugal couves0007
LEVANTAI HOJE DE NOVO
2022-06-21 13:05
Thanks FTW <3
2022-06-20 23:09
massive underdog story
2022-06-20 23:11
Good job FTW, Good job bodyy
2022-06-20 23:11
#14
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Spain elk878
I may be wrong but, isnt heroic a partner team? in liquipedia appears like that, anyway they would qualify via esl ranking
2022-06-20 23:12
1 reply
Yes, hltv article says hltv.org/news/32604/furia-big-heroic-ent.. FURIA and BIG have entered the partnership with immediate effect, while Heroic's will start in the second half of 2022 due to the disruption caused by ESIC's inquiry into the organization and some of its players.
2022-06-20 23:23
#15
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Portugal n0xiv4
Vamos we'll eat so much arroz doce
2022-06-20 23:13
#16
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Portugal tiagoacf23
EPL has become sweeter ;)
2022-06-20 23:16
Too easy for arrozdoce
2022-06-20 23:17
EZ 4 Portugal
2022-06-20 23:18
1 reply
ty irmão
2022-06-21 00:38
#19
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France brunky
EG rank #92 what a fkn joke to still see them. without money this org is a total disrespect for their name
2022-06-20 23:20
#21
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Portugal Stadoido
What a display!
2022-06-20 23:30
ez4portugal
2022-06-20 23:48
What a beauty that is for Portugal! One day after Blast Spirng Finals in Lisbon, portugal made history by reaching the first time ever the ESL Pro League, such a joy to see little scenes growing. Congratz Portugal!
2022-06-20 23:50
1 reply
#45
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Portugal n0xiv4
Thanks, we're so happy too!
2022-06-21 15:02
#24
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Serbia Ljannister
So og, c9, heroic and spirit are last 4? According to esl rankings
2022-06-20 23:59
RAFAEL WING, MORE KNOWN HAS ARROZDOCE OR SWEETRICE FOR THE ENGLANDOS, LETS GOOO
2022-06-21 00:23
3 replies
as*
2022-06-21 00:38
2 replies
sry irmao, the "H" was a little mistake
2022-06-21 19:55
1 reply
its ok!!! im just helping you get better!!
2022-06-23 01:32
#27
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India ananthu
Let's go FTW. HYPED
2022-06-21 00:37
#30
l | 
Germany _car
Ez 4 Portugal
2022-06-21 00:59
lets go bodyy!
2022-06-21 01:02
PORTUGAL LETS GO BORA CARALHO
2022-06-21 01:02
#33
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Turkey BlackOwL
Congratz FTW
2022-06-21 01:32
#34
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Spain moorakami
OG? Cloud9?
2022-06-21 07:37
1 reply
Only four spots are now left to be confirmed in the 24 team Pro League, which will be decided by team’s placings in the ESL world ranking.
2022-06-21 07:39
nice
2022-06-21 08:59
#37
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Belgium Soldierce
So probable invitdes : C9, heroic Fighting for last 2 spots : Spirit;, og, pain, imperial, movistar riders
2022-06-21 09:15
#38
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Germany X5ander
so sad, one of the best (Krystal) isn't in ProLeague.
2022-06-21 09:52
EZ4PORTUGAL
2022-06-21 10:05
ez4 esl ranking x4
2022-06-21 10:49
Interestingly, teams losing to EF have qualified
2022-06-21 12:32
#44
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Turkey _PKD_
Wp Ftw
2022-06-21 14:56
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