9z shock VP to send them crashing out of EPL

It was a hard-fought series, but 9z maintained composure down the stretch.

9z needed all thirty rounds in both maps they won

9z have completed one of the biggest upsets of this season of ESL Pro League, defeating Virtus.pro 2-1 to send the Russian side home. 9z battled to a tight win on Mirage (16-14), dropped Inferno (10-16), before closing the series out on Overpass (16-14).

Maximiliano "⁠max⁠" Gonzalez took some time out after the inspirational victory to speak on the broadcast about what it means to his team. "This means a lot. We played against them a lot of times and couldn’t win, we continued to put hard work into ourselves, and now it’s all worth it."

It genuinely could have been a 2-0 series in 9z’s favor, considering the number of favorable situations they squandered on Inferno. max provided impact frags throughout the series and Santino "⁠try⁠" Rigal also produced a couple of highlight plays with the AWP to help guide the team forwards.

The second round of the playoffs are up next for 9z, where they will take on Movistar Riders. Should they win that matchup, a mouthwatering tie with ENCE awaits in the quarter-finals.

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9z came in hot on their map choice of Mirage, kicking off their T side by successfully forcing after losing the pistol. The South Americans ran out to a 5-1 lead off the back of this, only for Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali and Petr "⁠fame⁠" Bolyshev to awake and turn the tide. The duo repeatedly found multi-kills, fending off site takes or successfully pushing through retakes, earning a 9-6 lead for Virtus.pro at halftime.

Virtus.pro’s T side began in slow and ponderous fashion, their crawling defaults finding little traction. 9z had an easy time finding assertive opening moves, and then falling back into crossfires that were tough for Virtus.pro to break. When the South Americans got to 13 rounds Virtus.pro took an all-important timeout, after which the Russians switched to a faster-paced, more execute-heavy style. This garnered some success, but it was too little, too late for Virtus.pro, and 9z clinched a 16-14 victory.

Inferno came next, and Virtus.pro were much more comfortable on their own map pick. They had to deal with losing the pistol to kick off their offensive effort, but once guns came up, the Russian side were firmly in control. 9z did find themselves in a few advantageous situations, but they were outplayed in the mid-round time and time again, which allowed Virtus.pro to rack up a 9-6 lead heading into the second period.

Virtus.pro ran with a CT pistol win all the way to 13 to start the second half, and 9z had simply too much of a mountain to climb. The South Americans did manage to string some rounds together with their grouped-up, brute force approach, but Virtus.pro earned a relatively comfortable 16-10 win to force a decider.

The first half of Overpass was a tense affair, with 9z running out to a 4-0 lead on their defense, only for Virtus.pro to start steadily reeling them in. Virtus.pro were better in the gun rounds, probing and testing 9z’s defense with a variety of different looks. 9z managed to pick up isolated round wins, and finished the half with a wacky half-buy win to enter the second half at a mere 7-8 deficit.

9z won their offensive pistol thanks to an impactful 3k from max, and the Uruguayan continued to provide important frags as his team started to build a lead. At 12-8, Virtus.pro began to get on top of their defense, and they won a half-buy of their own to keep things close, but 9z kept their composure and exploited the B bombsite time after time, ensuring a tight 16-14 win to close the series.

26th September 2023
South America
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 36 +25 70.5 1.24
54 - 54 0 75.1 1.04
54 - 55 -1 62.4 0.97
50 - 56 -6 65.3 0.94
45 - 58 -13 70.7 0.92
 9z K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 45 0 56.6 1.04
53 - 53 0 71.4 1.03
56 - 51 +5 73.3 1.00
52 - 60 -8 74.3 0.98
49 - 57 -8 63.5 0.91
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
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Russia Petr 'fame' Bolyshev
Petr 'fame' Bolyshev
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Uruguay Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Argentina Santino 'try' Rigal
Santino 'try' Rigal
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Maps played:
South America ncrs2k
2023-09-27 00:06
5 replies
deserved, jame can save his awp for next tournament
2023-09-27 00:10
4 replies
South America ncrs2k
can save it for cs2 actually
2023-09-27 00:11
1 reply
saved awp to a different game, even better
2023-09-27 00:48
lmaooo +1
2023-09-27 00:24
so CS2, cause his next tournament is the Roobet Cup, a CS2 tournament :v
2023-09-27 01:03
xertioN | 
Europe JMFG
Wow! seriously, you need to stop inviting FURIA and Imperial to every single event to do the same lame role every time. You need to invite these guys instead. They definetely have earned it.
2023-09-27 00:06
4 replies
bro is spitting facts
2023-09-27 00:07
Brazil dudigod
imperial literally won one of the SA qualifiers to be in this tournament, they weren't invited. And by your logic, a lot of teams would earn invites just for having a single good run in a tournament.
2023-09-27 00:20
tell me you didn't see the game without telling me that
2023-09-27 00:44
1 reply
Argentina z1lar
We have played an awesome game being superior to VP, idk what u say
2023-09-27 01:01
9z 💜
2023-09-27 00:06
Jame +25
2023-09-27 00:07
3 replies
Surely that makes him a good player ?
2023-09-27 01:13
1 reply
Brazil bigb0y__
2023-09-27 15:09
Finland Kossenanet
They played 86 rounds imagine how many times jame went to save and got exit kills 😂
2023-09-27 10:29
wooooo lets go amigoooosss Why are we wasting time inviting Brazilian teams, bring these guys instead And why are we consistently referring blameF as a massive baiter when Jame does it far more and worse.
2023-09-27 00:09
4 replies
He baits so much he actually got awped by his own teammate.
2023-09-27 00:17
3 replies
+1 this was so funny
2023-09-27 00:49
Argentina Saazu
Did this really happen? Or did I miss the joke? Lol because I dont get it
2023-09-27 01:11
1 reply
mir killed him with AWP from B site to heaven
2023-09-27 01:13
I knew they f'ed up when Jame had the money to drop a teammate and didnt while fame dropped him the AWP sacrificing kevlar and only going with a P250
2023-09-27 00:09
8 replies
jame's awp is the most unimpactful thing in the universe
2023-09-27 00:45
7 replies
except when he decides rounds with it, like many times in the group stage
2023-09-27 07:42
Brazil jaozera99
are you blind or dumb?
2023-09-27 15:03
5 replies
Brazil bigb0y__
2023-09-27 15:11
have you seen the game? this guy literally robs his teammates to miss shots with awp. inferno against liquid and 9z on overpass
2023-09-27 15:11
3 replies
Brazil jaozera99
so because you watch one game where Jame does not go full carry mode his awping "is the most unimpactful thing in the universe"? interesting
2023-09-27 16:07
2 replies
check title of the thread, what game are we supposed to talk about?
2023-09-27 16:08
1 reply
Brazil jaozera99
okay, now I confirm that you are just dumb
2023-09-27 16:14
Portugal Joaoman73
my fantasy died here
2023-09-27 00:12
Italy Karimk03
Vp pickers in shambles
2023-09-27 00:19
9z is such an underrated team. They have some nice runs in tournaments under their belt.
2023-09-27 00:25
1 reply
they are, but VP there choked really hard
2023-09-27 00:46
VP had to beat Ence at Katowice 2023 Grand Finals to earn their spot at Proleague s18 They took an Inferno win off of G2 Beat Liquid 2-1 then again 2-1 Beat Eternal Fire 2-0 on their best map Vertigo Then Jame baits his team against the worst team imaginable losing two 16-14 16-14 and Jame attempting to save at elimination point in a half hearted clutch attempt after sending his star riflers to die. How fitting Just watch last round where Jame actually hesitated and wanted to back out in that 2v1 for eliminatiob...must be physically exhausting watching him as a teammate drain your money and play not to lose instead of trying to win, deserved loss for lack of initiative and the Time Lord draining teammate morale..feels bad for mir,fame,fl1t but Norbert holding monster tunnel actually makes Quickert look good so good riddance
2023-09-27 00:40
3 replies
tbf Eternal Fire now and EF against VP are 2 completely different teams
2023-09-27 00:47
1 reply
Yea I love EF and MAJ3R, they’re doing great things but I just think stylistically VP always do well against teams like that, and to be fair to your point I did notice MAJ3R attempt to play mind games and different stylistically compared to regular EF games Maybe it’s because VP are better at punishing small mistakes teams make..who knows, I’m rooting for EF though
2023-09-27 00:56
Europe kuu1
They won more rounds so they should ask for a recount and invade the Capitol.
2023-09-27 02:33
jL | 
Chile Tua_BOLA
2023-09-27 00:29
Argentina kladny_
2023-09-27 00:33
United States cybonics
2023-09-27 00:41
VAMOS 9Z!!!!
2023-09-27 00:48
United States Dungles
Thank god! Wouldn't want to watch another VP slogfest again.
2023-09-27 00:58
Montenegro Ponja
2023-09-27 01:02
2023-09-27 01:12
4 replies
Exposed? It’s an actual meme for years now seen by millions...nothing new here.
2023-09-27 01:16
3 replies
Brazil nexusgg
why you mad, jame?
2023-09-27 14:38
2 replies
Because now I have to endure watching another 9z series.
2023-09-27 14:43
1 reply
Brazil jaozera99
simply do not watch?
2023-09-27 15:05
Norbert played that same position on monster a few too many times.
2023-09-27 01:27
6 replies
Yes tbf he lost them the game. Makes Quickert holding monster and anchoring b look good.
2023-09-27 01:42
Yeah it was a weak link. They abused him gaining 1 free entry on crucial rounds. Then the whole B defense crumbled. It was 1 near monster, 1 flusha/pillar/barrels and the other one backsite lol, so they evenly traded each other on the offense.
2023-09-27 02:39
3 replies
+1 he did the same thing 3 different crucial rounds, allowing them close monster and a free entry, not once,not twice,but 3 times allowing mir-fl1t to die blinded without any resistance. During very critical financial moments as well.
2023-09-27 05:19
2 replies
Germany Koalafire
yep, don't see Jame losing the game, n0rber7 basically lost all crucial rounds with a terrible monster hold, every single time they pushed through the smoke, without any utility and just killed him from his back and opened site that way. Jame held A quite well except of the one round where try killed him and fame for free... If you consider the pistol round too n0rber7 lost them 4 crucial rounds, but no one talks about him as Jame is to blame... Deserved lose, but if you consider it Jame is not to blame, amazing performance on Mirage, solid A hold on Overpass and supportwise amazing performance on t side.
2023-09-27 10:30
1 reply
Yea and critically resetting them financially, but Jame did strip resources away from players and certainly wasn't attempting to take any initiative and plug any holes, he kept just draining resources which left them without mollies,smokes,guns,flashes and rinse-repeated continuesly until it was too late
2023-09-27 14:28
Call me crazy, but VP , in every map at CT side, always seem to play the same positions, Like Norbert in pit on inferno, always one way smoking
2023-09-27 10:28
muchachos ahora nos volvimos a ilusionar!!!
2023-09-27 01:50
2 replies
2023-09-27 02:43
Aguante la VIOLETA!!!!
2023-09-27 03:14
Argentina TinchoxS
2023-09-27 02:17
lmao nt vp
2023-09-27 02:37
can't believe who is proffesional player nowadays thanks to online CS platforms. That's why we have trash quality in overall last 5-6 years congratz 9Z, glad you beat these illiterate bots. GL further
2023-09-27 03:17
Virtus.clown could show competition fight against ENCE, 9z cannot they are a very stupid team. I think the jame's teamplay is extremely fragile, he needs to find a way out of this team or reconsider his views on the game GG
2023-09-27 03:08
EZ 4 La Violeta
2023-09-27 03:13
max | 
Argentina valecs
2023-09-27 03:16
61-36 what a great level of baiting
2023-09-27 03:38
Glad for 9z, vp disband when? Jame IGL not worth it, eco on buy rounds to buy an awp. Jame amazing player terrible IGL for t1
2023-09-27 05:25
Looks like a hard game based on scores and stats. VP system broken? They never roll opponents.
2023-09-27 06:16
Virtus Throw, u ruined fantasy Hope CS2 gives them a curse for this throw!
2023-09-27 06:18
8 replies
donk | 
Brunei Im_new
Ruined fantasy ? U have to be very dumb to pick nonamers like vp
2023-09-27 08:01
7 replies
Supposed to farm pts v 9z and MR, sadly they get scared of CS2
2023-09-27 13:26
They best Spirit and showed donk who's boss at PARI DUNAV. Jame lives rent free in Ole choppers head
2023-09-27 14:49
5 replies
donk | 
Brunei Im_new
what ?
2023-09-27 14:59
???? Content
2023-09-27 15:12
3 replies
PARI Dunav 2023 Virtus Pro vs Team Spirit on Overpass CCT online Grand Finals Spirit vs Virtus Pro
2023-09-27 17:20
2 replies
1 reply
Like I said, the map Overpass at PARI Dunav which VP won 16-8 against Spirit, same map they lost 16-14 to 9z . That was the point, they schooled Spirit CCT Grand Finals on Overpass 16-11 winning 30k$
2023-09-27 17:43
NiKo | 
Turkey 3bouss
so 3 teams from last seed won their matches, only Mouz as a 3rd seed won, interesting. I want to see how 2nd seed hold their ground today,
2023-09-27 11:23
Hell yeah 9z. Wp
2023-09-27 11:50
Brazil bigb0y__
2023-09-27 15:11
New Zealand kdeadly
bye vp, the most annoying team
2023-09-28 00:23
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