ESL Pro League playoffs round 2 highlights
Keep up with the highlights and lowlights of the second round of the ESL Pro League Season 18 playoffs here in our live post.
Round 2 of the playoffs
— Eternal Fire continued their dream run with a 2-0 over BIG
— Movistar Riders beat 9z in the Ibero-American derby
— MOUZ made light work of FaZe
— Complexity and Monte meet for the first time ever
The American side did wake up once on the CT-side, reducing the deficit down to 11-13, but ultimately lacked the stamina to complete the comeback.
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Monte are inching closer to an ESL Pro League Season 18 quarter-final spot, now just seven rounds away from winning the Anubis decider.
A large reason for their lead on the CT-side, typically seen as the harder of the two sides, is because of solid performances from Alexander "br0" Bro and Volodymyr "Woro2k" Veletniuk. The duo added 18 and 16 kills to their tallies, and will look to carry that form over to the T-side as we near the end of the delay-plagued series.
Wow, what a statement from Complexity. The American-majority roster steamrolled their way to victory on their map pick, and we now have Anubis to decide things.
Monte did wake up slightly towards the end, winning seven rounds in a row to keep things competitive, but were otherwise outclassed entirely.
The Ukrainian roster were without the USP-S and M4A1-S, but even so, it shouldn't have been so one-sided.
It's looking likely that Anubis will be needed to decide the victor.
It's weird seeing P2000s, no M4A1-S, and no skins. It's all bland and not like what we're used to seeing.
Three-map series to end a long day at the office, anyone?
Complexity and Monte are almost ready to start their playoff fixture again, with ESL stating that the match will begin in 10 minutes' time, though with default loadouts as the CS servers cannot be connected to.
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski followed up by saying that the two teams agreed to play, though without the M4A1-S and on default loadouts, to avoid a team having to play two best-of-threes on Thursday, as would have happened should the game be postponed.
The defending ESL Pro League champions looked the fool for much of the series, especially on their own map pick of Inferno. A 3-0 start on the T side was the only time that Finn "karrigan" Andersen's men were in the lead on the map as MOUZ controlled everything from that point onward, a masterclass from Dorian "xertioN" Berman and Jimi "Jimpphat" Salo allowing them to win out the half 10-5.
FaZe were offered no window back into the map in the second half as David "frozen" Čerňanský and Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás stepped up alongside their teammates, the latter finding an ace with the MAC-10 en route to the team winning six rounds straight to close things out, 16-5.
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Counter-Strike 2's release is, reportedly, imminent, and a result of that is the CS:GO servers being down.
It's this that has caused a delay in the ongoing series between Complexity and Monte. The Ukrainian side won their pick of Ancient, 16-7, and the teams are struggling to get back in the server to get the series back underway.
It's currently 21:00 in Malta, and there's no timeframe on the broadcast for when this issue will be fixed.
Jimi "Jimpphat" Salo and Dorian "xertioN" Berman have dominated much of Inferno, with a 3-0 start for FaZe now a distant memory as Finn "karrigan" Andersen's side won just two more rounds for the rest of the half.
That comeback attempt never did transpire...
Monte have earned an important leg-up in the series after dominating Complexity on their Ancient pick, a near-flawless CT-side, which began with Szymon "kRaSnaL" Mrozek's ace, powering the Ukrainian-majority team to victory.
It was Volodymyr "Woro2k" Veletniuk who did the bulk of the heavy lifting for Monte, however, ending things with 24 kills and 103 ADR to his name. The Ukrainian also went 4-0 in opening duels and had five multi-kill rounds.
Overpass is up next. Can Complexity recover?