ESL Pro League playoffs round 1 highlights
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What a fantastic result for the South American scene!
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The Russian squad conditioned the B site early in the half, spending the majority of their rounds bunched around and then hitting that site, only to switch up the approach as the half wore on.
9z certainly struggled after taking their 4-0 lead, but they managed to muster a half-buy win to end the half only 7-8 down. Everything to play for in the final half of play.
The South Americans did manage to string some rounds together with a grouped-up, brute force attacking style, but Virtus.pro were ultimately comfortable in securing a 16-10 victory.
Overpass is the decider, a map that both teams are proficient on, but the stats do favour Virtus.pro.
A reasonably dominant offensive half for Virtus.pro, but it could have been so different. 9z took a 2-0 lead off the back of the pistol round, and had plenty of advantageous situations throughout the half, but they were outplayed time and time again in mid-round scenarios.
Well, that absoutely was embarrassing from FURIA.
The Brazilian team were not only outclassed on their own map pick, but couldn't hold a candle to MOUZ on Mirage either.
A masterclass T side allowed the European team to mount another 12-3 lead at the half, and again they wasted no time in closing things out following the side swap, giving up just one round before clinching victory.
Kamil "siuhy" Szkaradek's men can walk away from the victory happy after looking comfortable for the entirety of the series, but don't have much time to relish the win: they have a game against FaZe to prepare for on Wednesday at 19:00 .
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It felt like a necessity, and 9z have done just enough to take their pick of Mirage and go 1-0 up in the series!
Virtus.pro were slow and ponderous at the start of their T side, an approach that garnered them absolutely nothing. A timeout heralded a switch to a more aggressive, execute-heavy style, and this earned results, but it was too late to rescue the map.
Inferno is up next, the map choice of Virtus.pro. No room for error now for the Russian squad.
The South American side started well, forcing successfully after losing the T pistol to take a solid 5-1 lead.
This is 9z's pick, they need to take this map if they are to have a serious chance of contesting the series.
FURIA's pick of Nuke backfired in spectacular fashion as they mustered just five rounds to kick off the series, with MOUZ completely running away with things thanks to a stalwart defense on the CT side.
The European combine had all four of their riflers firing on all cylinders in the first half as they cruised to a 12-3 lead at the break, and quickly moved up to match point after the side swap before closing things out with a half-buy victory to add insult to injury.
Just like that, Monte are through to the next round in Malta. From down 0-3 on Vertigo the team dominated the CT side half 11-4 off of their early-round success, and similarly on the other side just lost the first two rounds including the pistol before they got back to winning ways.
A superb team performance — Monte's players finish within seven kills from one another across the whole series:
The scoreline might not make it look so one-sided, but keep in mind fnatic started out 3-0 off the back of their pistol round win. Apart from a 2v5 fumble in round eight, all the gunrounds have gone the way of Monte thanks to early fights going their way — they are currently up 10-2 in opening duels.