Complexity clinch final playoff spot from Group C; MOUZ claim top seed

Follow along with our live post to keep track of the race between Complexity, Astralis, and ENCE for the final playoff spot out of Group C.

00:01 Heroic deny Astralis EPL playoff berth after intense Nuke affair; Complexity claim final spot

Complexity are through to the playoffs of ESL Pro League Season 16 thanks in part to Heroic, who put an end to Astralis' hopes of a top three finish in Group C after edging out a 16-13 victory on Nuke. Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's side were on the brink of claiming victory after they shut down Heroic in a crucial round at 13-14, and even killed Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller after time had expired leaving him with no money on the T side.

Despite having just a P250 in hand, cadiaN completely turned the tides in the ensuing round by grabbing a triple kill, with Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard converting a 1vs2 clutch to give Heroic match point before they closed things out to claim victory.

In the meantime, MOUZ secured victory over HEET to lock in a first place finish in the group, the final standings for which you can find below.


22:27 Heroic, MOUZ force series deciders

Heroic have closed out Inferno over Astralis to tie the series at 1-1 and force a Nuke decider in the series that will decide the final team that heads to the ESL Pro League playoffs. If Astralis emerge victorious on the final map, they will qualify, but if Heroic can claim victory then Complexity will be through.

MOUZ also secured a win on Inferno against HEET, setting up a Vertigo decider. The match makes little difference for HEET, who were out of contention before the day got started, but could guarantee Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong and company a first place finish in the group and a direct berth to the playoff quarter-finals.


22:02 Complexity sweep ENCE 2-0 after halting comeback

Complexity have beaten ENCE 2-0 after putting a stop to their comeback effort on Nuke. The Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou-led side had a masterful performance on the CT side of the map following a stellar performance from Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince, but struggled to convert a 13-3 lead in the second half as ENCE won eleven rounds in a row. At the final hurdle though, Complexity prevailed, just barely edging out a 16-14 win to take the series and put themselves in contention for the last playoff spot.

The win against ENCE was one of the two requirements for Complexity to make it through, with their fate now entirely in the hands of Heroic. cadiaN's side need to beat Astralis in order for Complexity to advance to the playoffs, but will first need to even the series score by winning Inferno where they currently lead 12-9.


21:08 gla1ve's side are just one map away from confirming a spot in playoffs

After a short but tense overtime affair on Overpass, Astralis have taken a 1-0 lead in their series versus Heroic, with play now moving on to Inferno. Yelling across the player area only served to heat things up in the domestic matchup, one where cadiaN's side have little on the line other than denying their countrymen a spot in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, HEET managed to close out Ancient in overtime, recovering from an immense 7-15 deficit to secure victory 19-16 on their own map pick.


20:48 Astralis take Heroic to overtime; HEET comeback to force OT versus MOUZ

It seemed as if all three series would wrap up their first maps at the same time, but two of the matches have been pushed to overtime. Complexity were the only ones to close things out in regulation as the won Overpass 16-11 against ENCE, while HEET completed a comeback from a 7-15 deficit to force a set of extra rounds.

Complexity took down ENCE on Overpass to kick off their series

The Danish derby meanwhile has been a back-and-forth brawl, an initial lead from Astralis dwindling as Heroic managed to push back and claim match point first before gla1ve's side won round 30 to move into OT.


19:38 Overpass will be the battleground for Astralis-Heroic and Complexity-ENCE

The vetoes are in and play is already underway on the final day! Heroic have elected to start off the Danish derby against Astralis on Overpass, and Complexity have picked the same battleground versus ENCE. HEET, meanwhile, have taken MOUZ to Ancient. Check out the vetoes below!

1. Heroic removed Dust2
2. Astralis removed Vertigo
3. Heroic picked Overpass
4. Astralis picked Inferno
5. Heroic removed Mirage
6. Astralis removed Ancient
7. Nuke was left over
1. Complexity removed Mirage
2. ENCE removed Inferno
3. Complexity picked Overpass
4. ENCE picked Nuke
5. Complexity removed Vertigo
6. ENCE removed Dust2
7. Ancient was left over

1. HEET removed Mirage
2. MOUZ removed Dust2
3. HEET picked Ancient
4. MOUZ picked Inferno
5. HEET removed Overpass
6. MOUZ removed Nuke
7. Vertigo was left over


18:30 Astralis, Complexity lead the charge for final playoff spot in Group C; ENCE in danger

Two teams have already locked in playoff berths heading into the final day of Group C at ESL Pro League Season 16, leaving just one spot up for grabs between a trio of teams.

The overall standings will still shift depending on results of today's matches, but regardless of the outcome, Heroic and MOUZ have confirmed top three finishes for themselves while HEET are completely out of contention, residing at the bottom of the group with a 1-3 record.

Europe MOUZ: 3W-1L
Denmark Heroic: 3W-1L
Denmark Astralis: 2W-2L
North America Complexity: 2W-2L
Europe ENCE: 1W-3L
France HEET: 1W-3L

Complexity, Astralis, and ENCE all have a chance to snag the final spot in the playoffs, the former two teams coming into the final day of play with 2-2 records, and Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer's side entering the fray with a 1-3 record.

gla1ve's crew have the most clear-cut way of securing playoffs

As a result, ENCE's odds look by far the most grim, with just one scenario out of eight allowing them to advance to the playoffs.

ENCE require three specific results today, including HEET taking down MOUZ

The only way ENCE can advance is if they beat Complexity, Heroic beat Astralis, and HEET manage to upset MOUZ. Any other scenario or result in any of the given matches would guarantee ENCE are eliminated.

Complexity are also on shaky ground, and need to score a win over ENCE to have a shot at making the playoffs. On top of that, they would need Heroic to take down Astralis, which would guarantee JT's side a third place finish in the group.

The most volatile of the trio are Astralis, who can finish anywhere from first to sixth depending on how the matches play out today; however, they are also the only team out of the three who have their fate solely in their hands.

Astralis simply need to beat Heroic to ensure themselves a top three finish

If Astralis win their match, they would ensure themselves a playoff spot, and in two scenarios — if HEET beat MOUZ — they could even top the group.

Even with a loss though, Astralis can still advance: if ENCE beat Complexity and MOUZ defeat HEET, gla1ve's side would win out in tiebreaker scenarios. If HEET manage the upset in that scenario though, then ENCE would steal away the spot and knock Astralis out of contention.

MOUZ are also in pole position to lock in a first place finish in Group C, requiring a win with any scoreline over HEET. To stay up to date with how the final round of matches are unfolding, you can check back in with our live post throughout the day.

Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
915
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1083
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1722
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
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Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1601
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1024
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1496
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
nice
2022-09-18 18:49
1 reply
GG. also coL has made a quantum leap, good to see
2022-09-19 00:03
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Europe Putin69
vaMOUZ mens))
2022-09-18 18:49
3 replies
Dexter goated
2022-09-19 00:38
2 replies
#64
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Indonesia lumayan
people so dumb these days thinking dexter is the weakest link
2022-09-19 09:59
1 reply
#70
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Europe Putin69
True it's obviously jdc
2022-09-19 19:53
#3
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France I9fe
999
2022-09-18 18:50
ez4Torzsi
2022-09-18 18:50
Ok
2022-09-18 18:56
#6
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Denmark NaggingMum
Thx spreadsheet man
2022-09-18 18:58
#7
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Poland ScR1337
Interesting
2022-09-18 19:01
Cadian gonna go home crying
2022-09-18 19:03
2 replies
Based Farlig enjoyer
2022-09-18 20:56
#46
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United States DanielS^v^
How'd that work out for you?
2022-09-19 01:08
Which game will you watch? For me it's the cat fight between Glaive and Cadian.
2022-09-18 19:04
3 replies
I'm going to watch stavn destroy botstralis
2022-09-18 19:06
1 reply
I hope for that to!
2022-09-18 19:07
Glove vs comedian lol
2022-09-19 04:42
#10
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Canada SOMEBODYxD
The most chaotic group-play but intersting one
2022-09-18 19:05
astralis win cuz they only prepare for good teams
2022-09-18 19:06
2 replies
More like heroic has really no incentive to tryhard.
2022-09-18 22:05
1 reply
Cadian was not about to let Astralis beat him.
2022-09-19 05:48
sounds like it's going to be an exciting last round
2022-09-18 19:14
Les gou
2022-09-18 19:55
#16
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Argentina Aleeee
complexity does not depend on heroic-astralis result, even it they both win, complexity will be 3rd cause they won their match against atralis
2022-09-18 20:24
1 reply
#18
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United Kingdom BenPortas
I thought that but this whole time ast have Been above complexity in the table despite the loss to them. Ast have better round difference though so I wonder if they've changed it to that rather than head to head
2022-09-18 20:30
I genuinely want coL to win, it would be so rewarding for them after a streak of last place exits
2022-09-18 20:29
Atralis can either top group or no playoffs Wtf lmao.
2022-09-18 21:11
1 reply
If mouz win they top the group
2022-09-18 22:06
torzsisports ezpz
2022-09-18 21:20
#22
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Czech Republic joeyyy12
Nice
2022-09-18 21:51
Why col isn't qualified yet? They beat astralis H to H, map difference in tiebreaker with heroic?
2022-09-18 22:04
1 reply
#28
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Congo, Democratic Republic of zne_
because if Astralis win we have 3 teams with 3-2 record so its not only about Astralis-Complexity h2h but also Heroic h2h and because Heroic beat Complexity 2-0, this leaves complexity with lowest map diff. if Heroic win their match, Complexity will advance
2022-09-18 22:11
ENCE t-side is a joke. Literally MM strats.
2022-09-18 22:06
2 Map honeymoon only
2022-09-18 22:10
#29
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Spain sary44
sunpayus literally carrying ENCE lmao
2022-09-18 22:17
imagine losing to HEET xD deserved elimination for Astralis
2022-09-19 00:03
NA IS BACK
2022-09-19 00:04
hahaha
2022-09-19 00:04
Tomorrow Astralis +2 on the HLTV Ranking and gets second place Kekw
2022-09-19 00:09
Crazy
2022-09-19 00:09
#36
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France ZeroIQ
They shouldn't have lost against HEET and Complexity, deserved for Astralis
2022-09-19 00:11
#37
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Pakistan LoOuU2
that gotta suck for Astralis and us fans but honestly , you shouldnt be moving ahead if you actually did lose to HEET and Complexity. BlameF was not his usual self throughout the whole tournament and it showed in some crucial matches , overall the team needs some massive changes , be it structural or roster ones. i heard certain someone ex-awper of the team is lingering around ..
2022-09-19 00:11
2 replies
I dont think even device can save this team, because farlig was doing good this tournament, the whole team just isnt clicking. konfig is way too inconsistent, blamef also sometimes is a no-show in crucial moments and when you have xyp and gla1ve on your team it just feels like there is a lack of firepower even when the current players are playing above average. Also the calling from gla1ve last couple of months is pretty bad tbh. There definitely has to be a change but IMO it has to be atleast a 2 player change
2022-09-19 00:46
1 reply
#69
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Pakistan LoOuU2
well i am assuming that with Device addition , Glaive will at least direct some setups towards actually setting him up unlike what happens for Farlig and in turn Blame would have less baity style to play with so that would improve the structure in itself but i agree with every point you have pointed out apart from Glaive`s calling , i think he has been doing fine , could be better for sure but team synergy and role clashes are so apparent and evident that nothing really seems to work for them in an ideal world, cut Konfig and Farlig for Fessor and Device and make Blame less baity and we might go somewhere , but i definitely feel that simply changing roles in this very roster wont be much of an improvement either
2022-09-19 15:55
#38
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Europe Wellezz
NA IS BACK
2022-09-19 00:11
The sun was shining over the landscape of Texas, until something sudden was about to happen. From the ashes of the Juggernauts, the one-time Blast Spring winning squad, there was a storm coming over Fresco... lets go col!
2022-09-19 00:12
#40
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Ukraine SwissRolls
how did konfig miss that spray on jabbi
2022-09-19 00:26
Wow, not only did Complexity win series against tier 1 teams, but they also actually qualified for the playoffs of a tier 1 event. Truly stunned.
2022-09-19 00:31
#43
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United States charybids
Astralis is so bad
2022-09-19 00:41
NA officially back.
2022-09-19 01:04
#47
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Canada N00dle5
Astralis a top-5 team.... Lol
2022-09-19 01:09
#48
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Slovakia Mr_Jumbo
My honest carlos review. Did carlos make a mistake? No he didnt and it wasnt that he was partying with the top G. His only mistake was to post it online in 2022 being a esport org CEO- industry filled with: -reddit rats, -anime weebs, -nerds, -bullied and depressed people who never experienced the touch of a woman. Above all the industry were 99% of the fans are under 18- people who have very tough time with critical thinking, people who liked to repeat shit like its a gospel that they heard or read online without looking for the actual facts. (Like that tate beat some female on video- meanwhile it was just a foreplay)
2022-09-19 01:12
4 replies
reported
2022-09-19 05:46
1 reply
#56
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Slovakia Mr_Jumbo
Go ahed weeb
2022-09-19 06:30
#68
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Portugal synyp
And what if they want a touch of a man?
2022-09-19 11:08
1 reply
#71
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Slovakia Mr_Jumbo
No problem
2022-09-20 01:32
#49
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Canada _penguins
Simply cannot stop the flop
2022-09-19 01:27
#50
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Poland gobelin77
I'm glad that the Complexity advanced , not Astralis because they deserved more.
2022-09-19 02:05
#51
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United States GiantDays
very good!
2022-09-19 03:03
thrashtralis
2022-09-19 05:48
WP Mouz! Congrats to CoL too, before the week started I thought ENCE might make it in front of them but CoL are definitely stronger right now.
2022-09-19 07:40
5 replies
And Ence is much weaker.
2022-09-19 07:54
4 replies
True, despite the huge loss of Spinx I still thought they would be better than Astralis, they are definitely weaker than expected.
2022-09-19 08:00
3 replies
I hope that it is just a slow start and that they will get better results on upcoming matches.
2022-09-19 10:10
2 replies
They haven't had long together yet to be fair, time will tell.
2022-09-19 10:37
1 reply
It sure will.
2022-09-19 10:56
junior, where are you? Now, Complexity is a team that can compete, 50/50 with Liquid xD
2022-09-19 07:50
#61
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United States MODELMAN65
So Happy for Floppy!!!! He has worked so long & Hard & put in Long, Long Hours. Glad to see Complexity starting to click & compete with the best of them!! Go FloppY!!!!!!! PLAYER OF THE WEEK WITH 9 CLUTCHES!!!! ATTA BOY!!!!!!!!!
2022-09-19 08:15
#62
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Indonesia JackF
Astralis struggling even with farlig doing well shows an underlying problem
2022-09-19 08:29
Can someone explain the system if Astralis won? Complexity beat them, so why would Astralis have progressed?
2022-09-19 08:43
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