Cloud9 crash out of EPL after 0-2 loss to Eternal Fire

Eternal Fire avenged an earlier loss to Cloud9 in Group D to send the Russians home from Pro League in 21st-28th place.

XANTARES put up a 1.55 rating to power Eternal Fire to victory

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.

Eternal Fire will play the winner of the series between Liquid and Lynn Vision on Sunday at 19:30 to conclude ESL Pro League Season 18's group stage and for a chance to earn that final playoff spot.

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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.

23rd September 2023
 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
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 30 +8 77.1 1.19
35 - 29 +6 78.8 1.11
24 - 34 -10 70.3 0.89
27 - 34 -7 57.2 0.79
26 - 37 -11 54.2 0.71
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
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Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
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Turkey Ali 'Wicadia' Haydar Yalçın
Ali 'Wicadia' Haydar Yalçın
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deserved for ruining my fantasy
2023-09-23 23:59
7 replies
2023-09-24 00:19
OVER $2M btw
2023-09-24 00:41
4 replies
2023-09-24 02:30
2 replies
its what c9 paid for perfecto and elec
2023-09-24 02:36
Apartment in the center of Berlin
2023-09-24 11:16
pocket change for an org like c9, if they get good in cs2 its going to pay off, but for that electronic needs to step away from the igl role
2023-09-24 11:20
Couldn’t agree more
2023-09-24 02:19
Ax1le back to form btw
2023-09-24 00:00
2 replies
2023-09-24 09:45
Ax1le more like A1exib
2023-09-24 15:02
I can't believe people genuinely thought this was a superteam in the making. And nafany seriously died for this? Instead of having two decoys, Clown9 is now a team of five decoys.
2023-09-24 00:01
8 replies
hindsight is real great isnt it
2023-09-24 00:04
The roster is at least as good as before, they weren't getting out of groups with naphony. Only problem imo was what they did to interz... he took the hit for the team and still did ok except for majors where he played like how hobbit is rn
2023-09-24 00:21
3 replies
Brazil Necro_Spa
with nafany they literally made it to the grand finals last EPL tho
2023-09-24 02:10
1 reply
2023-09-24 03:54
nafany was the heart & soul of that team. the only thing they needed was -buster +perfecto. they should have let electronic to go to EG
2023-09-24 10:15
Look at the players man. Every single one is a top player in their role or the world except for hobbit. Imagine -hobbit and get jerry or even nafany back
2023-09-24 04:27
2 replies
having great players does not mean great synergy. And this team has zero.
2023-09-24 04:37
1 reply
Or, the igl style. I hope its not synergy, would be such a waste
2023-09-24 04:38
2023-09-24 00:01
Turkish Super Team > Russian Super Team
2023-09-24 00:03
7 replies
Russian Super Team is VP.
2023-09-24 08:37
6 replies
so called "russian super team" with silent mir and lowtab f0me
2023-09-24 10:55
5 replies
you have problem with mir being silent?
2023-09-24 11:16
2 replies
gpk aka "s nulya stayu afk" but in cs
2023-09-24 11:20
1 reply
2023-09-24 11:35
you don't need to be a top team to beat monte boombl4 owns sdy 2:0 btw
2023-09-24 13:05
1 reply
Ukraine Iskyss
Sdy in playoff btw
2023-09-25 18:09
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Turkey acaroo
ez :)
2023-09-24 00:05
If the EF Pistol gets a round, no one can hold it. <3 EFWIN gg guys
2023-09-24 00:06
2023-09-24 00:07
either get rid of hobbit or make him igl
2023-09-24 00:07
1 reply
Hobbit will be the first 0.5 rating IGL in T1. He is horrible individually and probably worse IGL than electronic.
2023-09-24 01:51
justice for nafany
2023-09-24 00:07
1 reply
2023-09-25 21:49
I doubt C9 makes a roster change this soon. Even vitality need a long time until things started clicking.
2023-09-24 00:09
8 replies
But things haven't changed for Vitality with time, they kept replacing players Also they kept an IGL
2023-09-24 01:54
5 replies
Denmark Legend42p
What are you talking about? They literally went from losing everything to being major winners without changing a player. I do think that situation was very different and unique though with mixing french and Danish CS
2023-09-24 02:31
4 replies
When they just brought Dupreeh and magisk (similar to C9 now) they were quite shit. Only after they brought Spinx they got better, yes, not immediately. And they weren't as dominant as now without flamez
2023-09-24 03:50
3 replies
Denmark Legend42p
Oh shit I forgot spinx only came in later that's true I see what you mean
2023-09-24 04:17
2 replies
2023-09-24 09:59
-shiro +anarkez
2023-09-24 10:10
Also vitality had to switch to English while c9 didnt ;)
2023-09-24 02:48
1 reply
And vita had misutaa and out of form magisk and dupreeh
2023-09-24 06:43
ax1le need a break from cs and a good diet , dude is sweating overthinking making worst decisions in the whole tournament for no reason
2023-09-24 00:11
Poor sh1ro , nafany probably enjoys watching them play so bad
2023-09-24 00:14
2 replies
2023-09-24 10:10
You don't have a pice of info so man, stfu
2023-09-24 15:03
England BobDude65
EF look really solid, I think they're gonna beat Liquid tbh but I really hope Astralis don't end up playing them in R1 playoffs. C9 are absolutely terrible, who saw this coming? (me) Elec is not a good IGL, can people stop trying to force this agenda that he is now pls? Idc if his understanding of the game is elite, he clearly isn't a good IGL but you know what he is good at? Being one of the best riflers in the world, so just let him do that and bring in an IGL ffs.
2023-09-24 00:13
9 replies
Poland NaKii
i mean, Lynn Vision has a pretty high chance against Team Liquid so...
2023-09-24 00:18
7 replies
England BobDude65
I mean I'm not toxic enough to write a team out before the game has even begun but I'd be extremely surprised if Liquid lost.
2023-09-24 00:27
5 replies
I mean, that basically depends on who's gonna be dumber tomorrow. And Liquid have more to lose compared to Lynn Vision in this situation.
2023-09-24 00:41
3 replies
England BobDude65
Nah I think you are underrating Liquid, they look pretty good in EPL imo, waaaay away from where they need to be but clear improvement, I think they will beat Lynn Vision but fall to EF.
2023-09-24 00:45
2 replies
Chinese smarter race than eastern europeas
2023-09-24 06:07
no matter who wins, Liquid or Lynn Vision. Both will be eaten by Eternal Fire anyways you mean.
2023-09-24 09:48
Poland NaKii
I would be too, but Lynn Vision still isnt a easy opponent
2023-09-24 10:16
İ dont think so
2023-09-24 00:27
England BobDude65
Wow what are the odds
2023-09-25 01:33
Xantares on lan brooooo
2023-09-24 00:13
C9 is done
2023-09-24 00:28
Libya Chuffer
2023-09-24 00:37
Imagine leaving NaVi for this
2023-09-24 00:41
4 replies
Russia KopHuLLloH
more like being kicked out
2023-09-24 04:17
3 replies
Canada Yaokon
They said in a interview they chose to leave.
2023-09-24 06:21
Greece h0nest_fan
Everyone by now knows it was their own call , how come u missed it?
2023-09-24 08:21
1 reply
idk tbh. Oh well then... I hope they will come up with something in the end
2023-09-24 18:21
Bye hobbit
2023-09-24 00:44
Indonesia ivanovky
I think C9 need switch hobbit to IGL and make electronic star riffler with axile, electronic as IGL is such a waste
2023-09-24 00:56
5 replies
I think C9 need to kick hobbit and bring a real igl.
2023-09-24 02:23
2 replies
Indonesia ivanovky
yeah that may also work, but not much good IGL out there
2023-09-24 02:51
there's not many ruski speaker igl. H0bbit should call and let electronic star rifler. I always thought that elec was suppose to be a rilfer in this lineup? Maybe i missed the part, because based on scoreboards, if hobbit wasn't igling and still playing that bad then he should announce retirement soon. He's just not hungry anymore.
2023-09-24 09:51
Russia KopHuLLloH
agreed, preferably change to someone with high energy because every time i see hobbit it feels like even when he is happy about something, his memory resets like a second later and he looks all depressed for some reason
2023-09-24 04:16
1 reply
He's staying in game mode.
2023-09-24 06:03
2023-09-24 01:16
Döner on my nacken! Xantares>Russia ez as that, i love it!
2023-09-24 01:18
Poland KamilAmrah
2023-09-24 02:51
Big YIKES, c9 hit the new low with this one
2023-09-24 03:14
yikes bro IJBOL
2023-09-24 03:25
"I hope so, I don't know what's happening tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow we'll lose and something will change" - MAJ3R he jokes now, but EF are notoriously inconsistent. would be nice if they finally got a good result though
2023-09-24 03:34
2 replies
New Zealand kdeadly
yeah we all know imoor will be back the question is whos leaving lol
2023-09-24 04:13
1 reply
yep exactly. imorr always somehow gets shuffled back wicadia's doing well, so we probably won't see xfloud back though
2023-09-24 14:44
Scotland TWGKofi
T1 "Superteam" finished 21st-28th in a tournament with Literal Tier 4 teams. Yikes
2023-09-24 03:43
New Zealand kdeadly
ez game even toxic couldnt stop EF
2023-09-24 04:12
India Plashrz
C9 igl Sh1ro seems to be a suitable candidate Talks: already he gives much input/ideas for what to do in rounds Laidback awper: he can continue his style of awp, which will enable him to manage team as well That too according to him if he needs (Cadian type role, where if needed he can take over) Tbh: i dont see much difference here anyhow in c9 atleast with nafany they had protocols Ct sides were frustrating for opponents New c9 ct is miles below that Axile significant performance dip(so much that might consider alternatives) Hobbit: neutral, he sometimes gets impt rounds/frags other times ..... Perfecto: a weird place, he seems to be in all the place, taking enter dules and dying Going for trade and dying, trying to hold site/angle getting beat on reaction peeks (Role seems not to be clear) Elec: someone pls tell him, just because ur igl doesn't mean u have to push everything and die So many silly deaths with no followup gameplan either by him or his team. He should step down and focus on getting some key positions where his skill can actually provide adv to his team
2023-09-24 04:19
1 reply
2M downgrade basically
2023-09-24 13:47
-electronic +bot = C9 TOP 1 electronic only +W
2023-09-24 04:36
Poland GOD999999
perfecto and electronic without s1mple, just sad
2023-09-24 04:40
S1mple makes every player better as he is.
2023-09-24 05:03
electronic left NaVi for this FailFish
2023-09-24 05:14
another confirmation that Blad3 is a genius
2023-09-24 05:20
Flush em.
2023-09-24 05:49
electronic wiwthh worse perfomance than Hooxi hhholyyy fuck
2023-09-24 05:59
Mexico ElRez0
C9 needs to either give Hobbit his previous roles and let Electronic handle Hobbits current roles or they need to replace Hobbit/Electronic with an IGL. Blad3 saying that Electronic was already better than Boom was 99% pure blue copium. Electronic needs to throw away his pride and realize that he cannot be a star rifler and an IGL and he is better at rifling than IGLing
2023-09-24 06:34
3 replies
Germany Koalafire
+1 but i would even try out Perfecto as the new igl. He plays extremely defensive on t side, rotates from site to site to show present on ct and could coordinate his teammates this way. In my opinion Perfecto normally has the worst aim in this team, hobbit needs confidence in his old spots, electronic should be the second star rifler with Ax1le and the team should be fine. Not worth a roster change after one terrible tournament, they should learn from their mistakes and work on them to come out stronger
2023-09-24 09:51
2 replies
He has great IQ too as evidenced by his clutches
2023-09-24 16:24
Perfecto to IGL is the dumbest idea. He literally has roles that are the last one's in action. i.e. Anchor and Support. IGLs away from main action, what are they gonna call. Perfecto is the player who is in the team because he is good at Holding positions, not because he is the best at making plays.
2023-09-25 18:54
smh nafany died for this
2023-09-24 08:23
Belgium Suzuni
2m splashed and getting rekt by wicadia xddd
2023-09-24 08:44
Belgium Suzuni
-nafany was bad decision -hobbit is mandatory -interz was bad decision only fix is shiro axile elec (rifle) perfecto (support) +a random russian IGL but everyone is taken/won't come to c9 :) GG checkmate roster ruined !
2023-09-24 08:47
2 replies
I think sh1ro could IGL tbh. He looked very vocal for the last year. Either him or let HObbit try so he can ar least have an utility in this LU. If not, kick him and hire a real cis IGL Their clown coach is probably a part of the problem too.
2023-09-24 16:23
1 reply
Belgium Suzuni
+1 bro
2023-09-25 21:05
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Finland n3iki
C9 cursed org
2023-09-24 08:55
2023-09-24 09:46
I'm still yet to see a single round, including on NaVi, that makes me think electroNic can IGL. I'll believe it when I see it I guess. On the bright side C9 won't have any difficultly finding problems to fix. Great work from EF, it was especially good to see them get back into it after a shakey start on Overpass.
2023-09-24 10:27
Denmark slacking
2M for that LUL 'most firepower ever on one team' 'era incoming' 'rip vitality' russian fans blindfolded as always
2023-09-24 10:39
Malaysia Rich1eG0h
sh1ro carrying C9
2023-09-24 11:15
1 reply
2023-09-24 12:36
m0NESY | 
Poland SebL
Feels bad for C9, but I would still give this roster more time, I think they can be a trophy contender in the future, the roster is great, I think time will fix their issues, or atleast I hope so.
2023-09-24 13:34
2 replies
Electronic is no IGL, -hobbit +boomich and give it a try
2023-09-24 14:26
1 reply
I wouldn't change anything just yet.
2023-09-24 20:40
- electronic + donk - perfecto + magixx
2023-09-24 13:52
2 replies
+1 - electronic + donk
2023-09-24 13:56
And still no IGL Nice change lul
2023-09-24 15:07
Super team? More like clown team. No matter the rosters and which country you are from Clown9 is just Clown9.
2023-09-24 14:25
2 replies
The curse is strong
2023-09-24 16:20
1 reply
2023-09-25 14:26
C9 looked at electronic's underwhelming performance as Navi's IGL and said "ah, yes, that'll be perfect"
2023-09-24 15:04
Just to point out since neither the clownish esl desk nor hltv was able to mentioned it, c9 was the finalist of the last epl with nafany and buster..
2023-09-24 15:08
Despite this embarrassing loss, I do believe C9 can come back from this. They have a lot of data to look back on and fix, but they need like at least a playoff appearance at Sydney.
2023-09-24 17:11
Russia M0NESH1RO
2023-09-24 20:29
Nafany laughing right now
2023-09-24 23:21
Hoho, whoa
2023-09-25 00:36
how can you possibly be so bad xdd
2023-09-25 22:44
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