Cloud9 crash out of EPL after 0-2 loss to Eternal Fire
Eternal Fire sent Cloud9 packing from ESL Pro League Season 18 following a 2-0 victory in Group D's Last Chance bracket, striking first on Vertigo (16-6) before hammering the final nail in the Russians' coffin with a hard-fought win on Overpass (16-14).
The two teams had already faced off once in Malta and Cloud9 prevailed, 2-0, in the Group D opening round. This time, however, it was the Turkish ensemble who triumphed, doing so in a fixture with much higher stakes on the line.
The Turks not only send Cloud9 packing from Pro League altogether, rounding out a dismal 1-3 run from the Russian superteam, but they now advance to the fourth-place decider in Group D and sit just one best-of-three away from picking up the tournament's final playoff berth.
|ESL Pro League Season 18|
Eternal Fire had a phenomenal start to life on their Vertigo pick, turning to their individuals' raw aim to crack open bombsites and help run up a commanding 10-5 lead by the end of their T-side.
A triple kill from Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş' Dual Berettas kicked off the Turks' time on the defense, and Eternal Fire didn't look back from that point on, conceding just one round en route to a comfortable 16-6 victory on their map choice. Of particular note was Cloud9's toothless performance on the skyscraper-based map, with Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov (21 kills) being the only resistance to the Turks' onslaught.
Cloud9 started Overpass on the right foot, accruing an early 6-1 lead in a desperate bid to make amends after such a disappointing performance on Vertigo. Despite this, Eternal Fire quickly began to answer back with a stalwart CT-side to halt the Russians' attempt at forcing a three-map series. XANTARES and Ali "Wicadia" Haydar Yalçın, the Turks' 18-year-old young gun, joined forces with 13-kill performances to help their team win eight rounds on the trot and post a three-round buffer at the switch.
This cushion ended up being Eternal Fire's saving grace, however, as a consistently poor economy and an over-reliance on B-site rushes allowed Cloud9 to bring things back to a dead-even 14-14 stalemate. Alas, this resurgence from the Russians ultimately proved to be all for naught; the Turkish outfit, on the back of a timeout ahead of round 29, pieced together the two rounds they needed to eke out victory, 16-14, and close the series out in two maps, sending Cloud9 home from Malta in the process.
|Eternal Fire||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|42 - 26||+16||93.9||1.55|
|43 - 33||+10||83.7||1.25|
|33 - 32||+1||65.8||1.01|
|25 - 27||-2||53.0||0.96|
|20 - 32||-12||50.6||0.80|