FURIA overcome Eternal Fire in Malta

The Brazilians opened their Pro League campaign with a somewhat labored win over Eternal Fire.

FURIA began their season with a 2-1 victory over Eternal Fire at ESL Pro League, taking Nuke 16-11, dropping Vertigo 17-19, and then cruising to a 16-5 win on Inferno.

The Brazilians may very well have been hoping for a more convincing win over a team they outrank by 12 places, as even the first half of Inferno could have been closer than the 10-5 score line they secured. The stellar performance of Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato will, however, be encouraging considering his shaky form towards the end of last season.

As for Eternal Fire, they will be lamenting their woeful CT sides in their map losses, taking only three rounds on the favored side of Nuke and no rounds on their Inferno defense. It was also the opinion of the analysts that a win here was needed for the Turkish squad to have realistic chances of playoff qualification.

KSCERATO was back to his best in this series

Eternal Fire’s pick of Nuke opened the series, with the Turkish squad starting on the T side. They got off to a strong start by winning the pistol and converting to a 3-0 lead, but FURIA answered back when the guns came back up and climbed to a 6-4 lead, with André "⁠drop⁠" Abreu contributing an impressive 3k upper hold in the process. Eternal Fire adjusted their attack to utilize secret and pressure the lower bombsite more and this adjustment swung the half back in their favor, securing them an 8-7 lead heading into the second period.

FURIA began their T side on the front foot with a fast-paced offense netting them four rounds on the bounce, but fell to rotating pistols after successfully rushing through ramp to lose their first of the half. Rafael "⁠saffee⁠" Costa produced a vital 3k with a hero AWP to redeem his poor start to the game and wrestle a round back for the Brazilians, and although a Engin "⁠MAJ3R⁠" Küpeli 3k won a round immediately after for his side, FURIA took control of the game and marched imperiously to a 16-11 victory.

FURIA started strong on Vertigo, grabbing the pistol off the back of an impressive 3k clutch from Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan and running out to a 6-1 lead. At this point MAJ3R came alive and took the game by the scruff of the neck to haul his team back into contention, driving his team to seven rounds in a row; the 31-year-old had 19 frags before anyone else on his team managed 10. FURIA did manage to pick up a convincing final round, but still lost the half 7-8.

Eternal Fire dropped the second pistol of the map after securing a 4v2 advantage, and despite planting the bomb to secure a strong force-buy in the following round they also lost that to put themselves firmly on the back foot.

At 10-8 a 1v2 AWP clutch from Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş secured his side their first CT round, but the Turkish squad lost all five players in winning the next to scupper their economy. The end of the map became scrappy with both squads force-buying and trading rounds back and forth, the score line eventually settling at 15-15 after FURIA squandered several series points.

It seemed FURIA had run out of steam come OT as they looked far less potent than they had during regulation, allowing Eternal Fire to grab a 19-17 win to force Inferno.

The start of Inferno was a brawl with force-buys traded back and forth after FURIA won the pistol, although it was Eternal Fire who eventually came out on top, breaking the Brazilian’s economy and taking a 4-3 lead. When the guns came back up FURIA began to take control, largely off the back of KSCERATO’s performance. Despite several rounds coming close as the half wore on, Eternal Fire couldn't clinch them, allowing their Brazilian counterparts to take a comfortable 10-5 half.

Eternal Fire put up no resistance on their defense, losing the pistol and crumbling to a disappointing 5-16 defeat to lose the series.

Matchpage
1
2
21st September 2022
11
Nuke
16
19
Vertigo
17
5
Inferno
16
 Eternal Fire K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 54 +8 82.3 1.21
60 - 64 -4 77.3 1.01
55 - 58 -3 70.2 0.98
45 - 54 -9 60.7 0.93
39 - 57 -18 59.9 0.83
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 47 +26 89.1 1.34
65 - 59 +6 89.9 1.20
51 - 54 -3 77.1 1.08
55 - 56 -1 67.7 0.96
40 - 46 -6 48.3 0.88
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1807
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
407
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Brazil André 'drop' Abreu
André 'drop' Abreu
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
181
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.63
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1011
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
933
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.58
expected
2022-09-21 20:12
#4
roeJ | 
Turkey RV14
sad
2022-09-21 20:12
I miss 2019 Woxic and Cerq
2022-09-21 20:12
That sucks
2022-09-21 20:12
gj paz
2022-09-21 20:13
2 replies
how about woxic
2022-09-21 20:14
1 reply
woxic playing 3 match good 1 match bad. So he has credit
2022-09-21 20:17
EF will easily leave the group. In 2018, SS lost the EPL first game but then slapped other teams.
2022-09-21 20:13
gg
2022-09-21 20:13
wp Furia , unlucky for xantares and maj3r also we need prime wox
2022-09-21 20:14
ETERNAL FIRE forever tier3
2022-09-21 20:16
turkiye xd
2022-09-21 20:20
ezKSCERATO
2022-09-21 20:28
-paz when
2022-09-21 20:29
#18
 | 
Brazil embaloco
Kscerato top 10+ hltv 22
2022-09-21 20:46
#19
 | 
Brazil MrLucas
ggs
2022-09-21 21:03
+Soulfy when
2022-09-21 21:05
1 reply
Not a solution
2022-09-22 03:55
#21
 | 
Brazil drydden
Honestly that was expected, EF did good tho
2022-09-21 21:28
Still sad that EF dropped Calyx and xfl0ud :(
2022-09-21 21:33
1 reply
#23
 | 
Brazil Shinoky
They could maintain Calyx and just bring Maj3r xfloud didn't have fire power for the Turkish Plan
2022-09-21 21:51
ez
2022-09-21 21:59
ez
2022-09-21 23:28
Ef and losing, name a better duo
2022-09-22 00:39
3 replies
EG and losing
2022-09-22 01:32
1 reply
coldzera and 16-0
2022-09-22 06:10
Liquid and choking Liquid and losing to Astralis
2022-09-22 03:07
nice
2022-09-22 06:24
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