Cloud9 top EPL Group D after besting FURIA

The Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov-led side have assured themselves of a quarter-final berth in the bracket stage.

Cloud9 have beaten FURIA 2-0 (16-8 Mirage, 16-14 Overpass) in their fourth match of ESL Pro League Season 16, maintaining their undefeated streak in the event and confirming that they will finish Group D in first place.

The loss leaves FURIA still not guaranteed of playoff contention heading into the final day of matches, with Evil Geniuses able to steal away the spot if they can win in 2-0 fashion. Liquid and Eternal Fire are also still in contention for a spot heading into the last day, the former team needing to just beat Cloud9 in order to qualify, but still having chances to make it through with a loss. The Turkish team are far less likely to advance, needing a win in their match against Movistar Riders and then a very specific set of results to favor them in tiebreaker scenarios.

Ax1Le and sh1ro led the way to victory for Cloud9

Cloud9 were quick to mount a defense on Mirage, Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov's early AWP buy in particular helping to tear apart FURIA's attempts to control mid and their individual efforts to gain ground, giving the Russian team a 5-1 lead. FURIA made an effort to fight back and brought themselves within one round of Cloud9, but were unable to overcome the combined firepower presented between sh1ro's AWP and the fearsome rifle work of Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov, who both helped their team muster a 10-5 scoreline by the break.

Multi-kill rounds from Ax1Le and Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov served to extend that lead following the side swap, a pistol win converting into a four-round spree before FURIA managed to halt the streak. Only three rounds would go the way of Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan's men from there though as Cloud9 wasted little time in getting back on the horse, with HObbit closing things out with a quad kill to take the map 16-8 for his side.

Overpass was a much more competitive affair, although it began much the same as Mirage with Cloud9 getting off to a stellar start. sh1ro and Ax1Le were again the catalysts in that effort, helped by strong teamplay and flash assists from the rest of the team that saw them dismantle FURIA's CT setups round after round.

It was only toward the end of the half that FURIA began to stall out Cloud9's attacking efforts, four rounds in a row ending with the clock expiring and Cloud9 saving a few rifles. Those guns didn't help the Russian team add more T rounds to their tally though, but they still ended up edging out a one-round lead heading into the side swap thanks to their early run of form.

A flawless pistol win for FURIA was immediately answered by Cloud9 in the ensuing round, kicking off a brief force-buy war between the two teams. It was nafany's men that came out on top of that, and momentum from that win helped them extend their lead to 13-10 before FURIA once again found their footing. The Brazilian team almost seemed set to send the series to a third map as they briefly gained the lead by winning four rounds in a row, but were shut down by Cloud9 in the final moments of the map, Ax1Le in particular stepping up in round 30 to recover a disadvantageous situation and take the map over the line for his side.

Matchpage
2
0
24th September 2022
16
Mirage
8
16
Overpass
14
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 20 +22 79.0 1.43
42 - 36 +6 83.5 1.22
31 - 23 +8 65.0 1.13
39 - 35 +4 83.2 1.12
33 - 35 -2 72.0 1.00
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 34 +1 72.1 1.09
37 - 39 -2 86.4 1.02
31 - 36 -5 67.0 0.92
24 - 41 -17 54.3 0.68
22 - 38 -16 46.9 0.65
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1192
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
892
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1018
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
893
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
965
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
Who needs flashbangs?
2022-09-24 22:15
9 replies
#22
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Norway Snaids
Oh god, did they drypeek sh1ro one by one?
2022-09-24 23:33
8 replies
#24
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Finland Cucumber))
C9 historically has low flashes and they are still winning every game 2-0
2022-09-24 23:37
7 replies
#25
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Norway Snaids
Huh, did not know that
2022-09-24 23:42
In the second map they said c9 has the second highest flash assists behind g2 rn
2022-09-25 00:18
? I don't know about over time, but in this tournament so far they have the highest rate of flash assists per round. hltv.org/stats/teams/ftu?event=6141 (see far right column) EDIT: At Big Events in 2022, Cloud9 have the lowest rate of T side flash assists and the 4th highest rate of CT side flash assists. However, they have the joint second lowest number of maps in this filter.
2022-09-25 00:26
1 reply
#34
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Finland Cucumber))
Yeah i was talking about the past and didn't check this tournament's flash assists at all for them
2022-09-25 01:05
Historically yeah, but their util has been good this tourney
2022-09-25 00:55
2 replies
#35
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Finland Cucumber))
Good improvement then i think it was really holding them back
2022-09-25 01:06
1 reply
they had a weird style of util on tside though, they didnt flash to peek they flashed to move people and take space so they never had good assists from flashes. If their T side is still bottom then idk how much actually changed
2022-09-25 15:45
#2
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Norway AlQaholic
ez
2022-09-24 22:15
#3
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Poland Astoner55
Nice!
2022-09-24 22:15
top 1 esl pro league
2022-09-24 22:15
choke later
2022-09-24 22:16
Can EG qualify if they lose to Furia?
2022-09-24 22:19
8 replies
#11
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Turkey bizonSX
There is one possibility that if EF > MRS 2 0, TL < C9 0 2, EG < Furia 0 2, then EF will qualify.
2022-09-24 22:24
5 replies
Thank you but I asked about EG LuL
2022-09-24 22:27
4 replies
typical turkish fan lmao
2022-09-24 23:47
2 replies
#40
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Australia Sify
lmfao
2022-09-25 05:46
#43
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United Kingdom timmlondon
typical kosovian
2022-09-25 11:24
#41
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Canada kse1
lmaooo
2022-09-25 07:53
#17
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Turkey El_Turko
so if they lose to furia 1-2 and c9 beats TL 2-0 EG will go up. They have to win at least a map. Also, RD will be on the table.
2022-09-24 22:40
#9
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Ukraine SwissRolls
Need every result and it’s outcome for tomorrow please
2022-09-24 22:21
#10
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Like Nafany screamed when he won the game: HAROSH BLYAT
2022-09-24 22:23
The normal stuff
2022-09-24 22:32
wp c9, nt furia, almost stole that overpass, unlucky c9 played 4b almost every round Chill day tomorrow, can watch cs without any stress and worries
2022-09-24 22:34
Gg nt
2022-09-24 22:37
#18
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Russia mshkoda
Solid😎😎😎
2022-09-24 22:50
Expected
2022-09-24 23:14
#23
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Other Perrrrkele
Next step beat navi in the finals for the ultimate chef's kiss.
2022-09-24 23:35
I expected furia to get some solid awper before RIO major, i am disappointed.
2022-09-25 00:05
3 replies
Who ? Is there any solid brazilian awper available ???
2022-09-25 00:06
1 reply
Me
2022-09-25 17:31
The roster is already locked
2022-09-25 00:16
#36
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Romania Andreyl33t
this is c9 I like
2022-09-25 01:25
free kekerato
2022-09-25 01:40
#38
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United States Illusi0n1g
Really like cloud9s style of play. Great team
2022-09-25 03:28
FURIA is a far good team, but I also wanna see KSCERATO playing in other EU teams. He could be a fine piece for other tier 1 teams I think.
2022-09-25 04:09
C9 reminds me of G2 of 2017 or Golden VP Either playing CS that nobody playing and destroying teams with the form of #1 Team or average CS losing to pretty average teams like Astralis Much more entertaining to watch them than teams that destroying everyone at every single tournament like Astralis 2018, Navi 2021
2022-09-25 12:35
Nice 8 map win streak by Gambit! GJ C9!
2022-09-25 13:40
Shiro too good
2022-09-25 14:50
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