FURIA and Liquid secure EPL playoffs, Evil Geniuses and EF eliminated

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22:45 Liquid round out the top 3 after sweeping Cloud9

Liquid sealed their own fate with a 2-0 victory over Cloud9, handing Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's men their first defeat at the event. The win locked the North Americans in third place in Group D and earned them the last ticket to EPL Season 16's playoffs. This also means that Eternal Fire have been officially ruled out of playoff contention.

The series began with Liquid taking down the Russians on Inferno (16-10), and continued with the North Americans' win on Overpass (19-17). Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis was magnificent in the second map, tormenting Cloud9 across 36 rounds to earn a 1.74 rating and a 41-23 K-D.

The final standings for Group D are:


22:00 Evil Geniuses are out of playoff contention

The North American squad is now unable to compete for a top 3 spot in Group D following a 0-2 at the hands of FURIA. Sanzhar "⁠neaLaN⁠" Iskhakov's team needed at least one map to remain in the race for that last playoff spot, but the Brazilian advance was too much to handle.

KSCERATO averaged a 1.64 rating against Evil Geniuses

Liquid and Eternal Fire are the last two teams fighting for third place in the group, and Evil Geniuses's loss plays in the hand of the Turks. If the Russian squad comes back against Liquid, Engin "⁠MAJ3R⁠" Küpeli's men will go through, otherwise, it will be the North American squad to qualify.


21:40 Eternal Fire complete dominant sweep of Movistar Riders

Eternal Fire secured a 2-0 victory over the Spaniards of Movistar Riders to stay in contention for the last playoff spot. MAJ3R's men took their map pick of Vertigo (16-9) before cruising to the victory on Overpass (16-5).

Eternal Fire's playoff contention now depends on a Cloud9 comeback against Liquid and a FURIA sweep of Evil Geniuses.


20:55 FURIA qualify for playoffs, Eternal Fire and Liquid go 1-0 ahead

FURIA have secured their spot in the playoffs following their 16-11 victory against Evil Geniuses on Overpass. One map win was all that was needed for the Brazilians to qualify, and a fantastic offensive half on their opponents' pick sealed the deal.

If Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan and company sweep Evil Geniuses, it would keep Eternal Fire's playoff hopes alive. The Turkish squad currently sits 1-0 ahead against Movistar Riders after Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş powered his team to a 16-9 victory on their pick of Vertigo. If Eternal Fire complete the sweep and Cloud9 come back against Liquid, MAJ3R's men will advance.

XANTARES was the star of the show on Vertigo against Movistar Riders

Liquid's 16-10 win on Inferno against Cloud9 significantly improves their chances of advancing to the next stage as a victory over the Russians would seal their spot in the playoffs. Their map win does help a lot, with a 1-2 defeat being enough to see them through if Eternal Fire and FURIA win their respective series. However, they need either the Turks or the Brazilians to drop a map, otherwise Liquid will be eliminated.


19:35 The vetoes are in!

The series between Liquid and Cloud9 will get started on the North American pick of Inferno, while Evil Geniuses-FURIA will have Overpass as the first battlefield between the two squads. Meanwhile, Eternal Fire chose Vertigo as their map pick to begin the match against Movistar Riders

1. Liquid removed Vertigo
2. Cloud9 removed Dus2
3. Liquid picked Inferno
4. Cloud9 picked Overpass
5. Liquid removed Ancient
6. Cloud9 removed Nuke
7. Mirage was left over
1. EG removed Vertigo
2. FURIA removed Dust2
3. EG picked Overpass
4. FURIA picked Nuke
5. EG removed Ancient
6. FURIA removed Inferno
7. Mirage was left over

1. Eternal Fire removed Ancient
2. Movistar Riders removed Dust2
3. Eternal Fire picked Vertigo
4. Movistar Riders picked Overpass
5. Eternal Fire removed Nuke
6. Movistar Riders removed Mirage
7. Inferno was left over


18:55 Liquid, FURIA, Evil Geniuses, and Eternal fire are still in playoff contention

Only Cloud9 secured their post in the playoffs heading into the fifth day of play in Group D at ESL Pro League Season 16, with the race for the last two qualifying positions still wide open.

The only team out of contention is Movistar Riders. The Spaniards came into the event with very little practice with Antonio "⁠Martinez⁠" Martinez, and it showed. Four losses on the bounce means they sit at the bottom of the group and will play only for pride against Eternal Fire later today.

Russia Cloud9 4W-0L
Brazil FURIA 3W-1L
United States Liquid 2W-2L
North America Evil Geniuses 2W-2L
Turkey Eternal Fire 1W-3L
Spain Movistar Riders 0W-4L

FURIA look poised to take a spot in the next phase of EPL

FURIA just needs one map

The Brazilians of FURIA are on the brink of securing their presence in the knockout stage. Taking one map away from Evil Geniuses will see the South American squad through without any issues, while a Cloud9 victory over Liquid would also see them advance even if they lose.

The only scenario which has FURIA miss on playoffs is if they lose to Evil Geniuses 0-2 and Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella's men beat Cloud9.

Liquid with a number of options

The situation is a little more complicated for Liquid. A victory over Cloud9 would secure the North American squad a spot in the playoffs, but even a single map win would see them through if both Eternal Fire and FURIA win. This scenario, however, does not apply if both the Turks and Brazilians sweep their opponents, in which case Liquid would be eliminated.

If Movistar Riders and FURIA win, nitr0's men will seal their spot in the playoffs, regardless of their own result. Another elimination scenario activates if Liquid lose to Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses beats FURIA.

A 2-0 secures Evil Geniuses playoffs

Things get even trickier for Evil Geniuses. neaLaN's men's are out of playoff contention in most scenarios, but even a single map win against FURIA improves their chances of advancing significantly.

They guarantee a top 3 spot if they defeat FURIA 2-0, but even a 2-1 sees them through as long as Cloud9 win against Liquid. If Evil Geniuses lose the series 1-2, they would need nafany and company to sweep Liquid and Eternal Fire to beat Movistar Riders.

Eternal Fire with theoretical chance

MAJ3R's men can only advance to the playoffs if they beat Movistar Riders and both Cloud9 and FURIA win their respective games. The Brazilians must sweep Evil Geniuses for this scenario to activate, any other variations will see the Turkish squad out of contention.

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1824
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.68
Kazakhstan Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1098
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
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United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1420
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1102
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Spain Antonio 'Martinez' Martinez
Antonio 'Martinez' Martinez
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
60
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
#1
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Europe Ignotuspuer
Lets go!
2022-09-25 18:57
2 replies
Im corious
2022-09-25 21:12
1 reply
Im stopping gambling after this rigged shit. So scripted by ESL
2022-09-25 22:58
LETS GO EG!! EZ PLAYOFFS!!
2022-09-25 18:58
3 replies
Bye NA CS
2022-09-25 19:01
2 replies
UK CS KEKW
2022-09-25 19:04
1 reply
+1
2022-09-25 19:05
#3
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United States byucatch22
Let's go TL!
2022-09-25 19:00
Lez Go! HF
2022-09-25 19:00
LETS GO LIQUID
2022-09-25 19:00
lets go ef
2022-09-25 19:02
why is prize money different for 21-24 place
2022-09-25 19:06
4 replies
A team receives extra 5k for each series win in a group satge
2022-09-25 19:11
2 replies
so movistar is playing for extra 5k
2022-09-25 19:15
1 reply
Basically yeah
2022-09-25 19:19
Prize money increases by 5k for every series win in groups
2022-09-25 19:12
Lets go EF
2022-09-25 19:06
#12
gore | 
Austria 0815
Start the matches earlier and have tie breaker bo1s if needed afterwards
2022-09-25 19:06
LETS GO EF!
2022-09-25 19:06
If both TL and EG crush their opponents (like 2-0 with huge round differences) is still possible for both TL and EG to go through?
2022-09-25 19:09
2 replies
yes i believe, but it has to be EG 2-0 second paragraph of FURIA's way
2022-09-25 19:18
#20
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England pumk1n1
round difference isnt the first tiebraker, its maps amongst teams tied first, but i believe that is correct
2022-09-25 19:17
#19
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Germany who|cars
rip 5-0 furia hopes and dream
2022-09-25 19:16
Lets go EG
2022-09-25 19:18
1 reply
EG making it would be really wild
2022-09-25 19:21
ez for Aleksib and NiP!
2022-09-25 19:21
#25
MAJ3R | 
Turkey GRIGG
ef, i believe it
2022-09-25 19:37
#26
JK | 
Asia flipflop
Congrats Furia and EF
2022-09-25 19:44
EG fluking it out of this group is probably worse for them than just bombing out because the org will actually think they have a good roster Kinda like astralis showing up at cologne before the player break
2022-09-25 19:48
1 reply
Phew
2022-09-25 22:14
#28
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United States urm@m
this makes no sense? Furia only need 1 map and can lose but EG can go through on a 2-1 win.. which is it?
2022-09-25 20:01
4 replies
There are 2 spots available. Meaning both EG and FURIA can theoretically go through.
2022-09-25 20:53
1 reply
#41
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United States urm@m
Ah okay, I thought only 1 spot available. Thanks for clarifying.
2022-09-25 22:35
#30
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India nalinboi01
EG can go through with 2-1 even if Liquid wins I think cause Liquid will come 2nd due to being ahead in the h2h map difference between EG, Liquid and Furia and then the 3 way tie breaker results in a 2-way tie breaker for 3rd spot between EG and Furia cause Liquid have come 2nd . If EG wins(even if 2-1) they'll lock in 3rd in such a case. Of course though my knowledge about tiebreaker might be wrong
2022-09-25 20:58
eg can go through on a 2-1 win if liquid lose, furia is through no matter what, rn liquid need to win to pass, if they lose they need both eg and ef to lose else they also dont pass
2022-09-25 21:00
all turks are c9 fans now
2022-09-25 21:44
2 replies
No, on the contrary, I think all Turks are enemies because cloud9 lost the match on purpose
2022-09-25 22:45
1 reply
yeah i'd rater not check c9 socials after this series
2022-09-25 22:46
Go Liquid!
2022-09-25 21:45
#35
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Hungary szia
movistar and HLTV ranking are both jokes hahaha
2022-09-25 21:54
This whole ‚team a needs to drop one map so team b advances‘ shit and all this excel sheet scenario calculating nonsense should finally wake some people up, I think this group stage format is extremely bad and confusing
2022-09-25 22:16
2 replies
+11111 fr this format's ass
2022-09-25 23:05
At least, except navi, all teams won fair and square. Col Same with liquid. It didn't decide with the rounds difference . Tbf if they had the equal score, they should just do a tiebreaker match on a Bo1 instead of this bs.
2022-09-26 02:32
#38
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Chile 1cristiaan
sad
2022-09-25 22:20
cmon cloud9
2022-09-25 22:22
Nice... KSCERATO GOD... Congratulations FURIA 👏🏻
2022-09-25 22:31
#42
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India nalinboi01
Gotta feel bad for Osee man he tried so hard to eliminate Liquid but just couldn't hold yekindar down
2022-09-25 22:41
1 reply
Haha. Feel sad for osee. He is missing easy shot rn. I hope he will return to a okay level.
2022-09-26 02:29
lul
2022-09-25 22:48
#46
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China RADNIKEY
Hooray for no fluke teams in the playoffs
2022-09-25 22:50
It took some hard carrying from kscerato for FURIA, not good
2022-09-25 22:52
Ez TOP 1 group from C9, GJ YEKINFAR!
2022-09-25 22:53
I would rather have yekindar in playoffs than turks, thanks C9
2022-09-25 22:53
#50
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Portugal dracø
Na's flagship team saved in an NA group by an NA org :> USA USA USA
2022-09-25 22:55
C9 just earned TRCS community being toxic to them
2022-09-25 22:57
2 replies
It is kinda stupid tbf. They play the whole game, but They won't give their best strats for no purpose.
2022-09-26 02:28
1 reply
yes but still
2022-09-26 10:08
EG played pretty decent. Cant be disappointed with the new roster. Cant say the outcome was expected though with the other 3 teams.
2022-09-25 23:02
Great bracket for Faze - should make it to the finals
2022-09-25 23:03
1.64 rating By KSCERATO goat 👏🏻👏🏻
2022-09-25 23:14
ez for godcerato
2022-09-25 23:18
navi always the hardest bracket
2022-09-25 23:20
Thank you Yekindar for helping TL secure playoffs! #YEKINDARPEEK
2022-09-25 23:31
3 replies
Man he is incredible to watch. Aim mechanics are hypnotizing
2022-09-26 00:04
2 replies
Clearly, cs look like a child game for him.
2022-09-26 00:29
+1
2022-09-27 17:49
#62
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Brazil rude_kid
i feel sad for Eternal Fire
2022-09-26 01:55
Happy for Liquid, sad for EF. Very happy to see Woxic having a vintage series and hope to see more of that in T1. The team looks better.
2022-09-26 07:01
#67
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ALLAHTARES
if tl-c9 wasn't the last game it'd be like 32-9 for c9. cute ruskis sold the game..
2022-09-26 08:25
KSCERATO mvp of the tournament performance atm...
2022-09-26 15:51
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