ESL Pro League semi-finals highlights

Keep up with the highlights and lowlights of the ESL Pro League Season 18's semi-finals here in our live updated post.

Semi-finals day
— First up a (kind of) Ukrainian derby between Natus Vincere and Monte
— A MOUZ-ENCE rematch of the IEM Dallas 2023 grand final after

22:49 | GSTK
torzsi on Jimpphat: "He was born for Counter-Strike"

Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás took to the stage for a quick post-match interview with Tres "⁠stunna⁠" Saranthus after MOUZ's 2-1 win over ENCE, where the Hungarian AWPer was full of praise for Jimi "⁠Jimpphat⁠" Salo, the 17-year-old youngster who was promoted from the academy roster over the summer off-season.

"He was born for CS; he is such a good player, he understands the game really well and I'm really happy that we have him in our team," torzsi said. "Props to him for the last round," he concluded, talking about the Finnish rifler's 1vs2 clutch to win the game.

Dorian "⁠xertioN⁠" Berman shared the same thoughts, saying: "[Jimpphat] is a very special kid. It's been a very long time since we've seen a 17-year-old — a new 17-year-old — playing so well on a big stage."

Jimpphat has drawn the praise of his teammates
22:35 | GSTK
MOUZ overpower ENCE on Nuke; to face NAVI in Pro League grand final

Europe ENCE 8-16 Europe MOUZ

It's yet another upset win for MOUZ at ESL Pro League Season 18, the European squad now moving past ENCE to qualify for the $850,000 tournament's title decider versus Natus Vincere.

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ESL Pro League Season 18
01/10/2023
16:00
Match

The win marks MOUZ's first Big Event final since their off-season overhaul, which included the signing of Kamil "⁠siuhy⁠" Szkaradek and the promotion of Jimi "⁠Jimpphat⁠" Salo.

It was the young Finn who, in tandem with Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás, helped power the team to another eyebrow-raising win over ENCE. The duo joined forces with 47 kills and over 95 ADR each. ENCE couldn't contain the pair.

The loss also means ENCE will be without a Big Event grand final appearance for the first time since IEM Dallas in June. They previously made it to the final hurdle of IEM Cologne and Gamers8, but fell short in Malta and head home in 3-4th place.

22:27 | GSTK
ENCE still kicking on Nuke; prevent MOUZ from reaching series point

Europe ENCE 7-14 Europe MOUZ

MOUZ are so close to closing things out, but ENCE are still hanging on for dear life.

The IEM Dallas champions have won three rounds in quick succession to prevent MOUZ from making their way onto map and series point, but ENCE know they can make few mistakes — if any — if they wish to prevent MOUZ from closing things out.

ENCE's odds don't look great, but you can never count them out.

22:15 | GSTK
xertioN vs. NertZ on Nuke

Dorian "⁠xertioN⁠" Berman and Guy "⁠NertZ⁠" Iluz have been enjoying a head-to-head battle on the Nuke decider, one which included NertZ placing his knife between xertioN's shoulder blades.

Take a look at the exchange below:

22:11 | GSTK
MOUZ 'pick ENCE apart' to lead 11-4 at halftime on Nuke

Europe ENCE 4-11 Europe MOUZ

MOUZ may have been mostly dormant on the CT-side of Vertigo, but they've been incredibly potent on the Nuke decider so far.

Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás and young-gun Jimi "⁠Jimpphat⁠" Salo have been tearing ENCE limb from limb with a number of high-impact moments. ENCE are looking flat, and it's coming at the worst possible time.

Just five rounds now separate MOUZ from a spot in the ESL Pro League Season 18 grand final, where Natus Vincere await.

Can MOUZ close it out?

22:01 | GSTK
torzsi bullies ENCE with his AWP to gift MOUZ a comfortable lead

Europe ENCE 3-6 Europe MOUZ

MOUZ did drop a round to pistols — just like they had won previously — but the Kamil "⁠siuhy⁠" Szkaradek-led squad refused to let ENCE back into the driver's seat.

They now sit 6-3 up on the CT-side, mostly due to Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás and his proficiency with the Big Green. The Hungarian AWPer has already added nine AWP kills to his tally, with his 10th coming from a Desert Eagle.

21:49 | GSTK
MOUZ pull off the force buy as Nuke decider begins

Europe ENCE 2-2 Europe MOUZ

Map three, Nuke, is underway, and we've already been treated to a force-buy win by MOUZ.

Mirage and Vertigo have both been hard-fought battles at times, and judging from this start, Nuke could potentially be the same.

MOUZ made sure to convert their force-buy win, too. Now they have money in the bank, ENCE down to pistols, and a perfect opportunity to garner an early lead on the decider.

21:26 | GSTK
ENCE tie things up after dominant Vertigo T-side

Europe ENCE 11-16 Europe MOUZ

ENCE have forced the Nuke decider after prevailing on their Vertigo pick.

They came into their T-side facing a 6-9 deficit, but dropped just two rounds en route to a 16-11 victory.

Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia was top of the scoreboard for his team with 25 kills, but Guy "⁠NertZ⁠" Iluz wasn't too far behind, often stepping up with a number of multi-kills to keep MOUZ honest.

Nuke is up next and, judging by the statistics, MOUZ are the favorites with four wins on the trot on Cedar Creek leading up to this do-or-die bout.

21:08 | GSTK
ENCE string five rounds together to take the lead on Vertigo

Europe ENCE 11-9 Europe MOUZ

ENCE are back in front for the first time since their initial 3-1 start to Vertigo after chaining together five rounds.

The Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer-led squad have been in much better form since returning from the halftime intermission, and their banks are in tip-top shape as a result — Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia is on $4,450 to have the least-amount of cash on the ENCE side.

MOUZ still have ample chances to hop back in the driver's seat, but for now ENCE are in control.

20:53 | GSTK
MOUZ running rings around ENCE; lead 9-6 on Vertigo

Europe ENCE 6-9 Europe MOUZ

MOUZ are blowing ENCE out of the water on their Vertigo pick.

Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer and company won the pistol and the subsequent conversion, but were only been able to find four more rounds once rifles were in hand.

There have been moments of brilliance from ENCE's individuals, namely four-kill holds of the A site from Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia and Pavle "⁠Maden⁠" Bošković, but they've not been able to fully blunt the solid T-side we saw from MOUZ.

Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' Turlybekov
Aidyn 'KrizzeN' Turlybekov
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Montenegro Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Lithuania Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
640
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Alexander 'br0' Bro
Alexander 'br0' Bro
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
393
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Germany Jon 'JDC' de Castro
Jon 'JDC' de Castro
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Sergiy 'DemQQ' Demchenko
Sergiy 'DemQQ' Demchenko
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
793
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
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Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1191
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
Israel Dorian 'xertioN' Berman
Dorian 'xertioN' Berman
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
367
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
632
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1772
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
Spain Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
507
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.59
Israel Guy 'NertZ' Iluz
Guy 'NertZ' Iluz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
430
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1790
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1794
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Finland Jimi 'Jimpphat' Salo
Jimi 'Jimpphat' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
413
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
Romania Mihai 'iM' Ivan
Mihai 'iM' Ivan
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
973
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1365
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
618
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
Poland Kamil 'siuhy' Szkaradek
Kamil 'siuhy' Szkaradek
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
723
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
Ukraine Volodymyr 'Woro2k' Veletniuk
Volodymyr 'Woro2k' Veletniuk
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
693
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
Canada Conner 'Scrawny' Girvan
Conner 'Scrawny' Girvan
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United States Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.54
Poland Szymon 'kRaSnaL' Mrozek
Szymon 'kRaSnaL' Mrozek
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
501
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1721
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.63
GL NAVI
2023-09-30 14:12
over for s0mple
2023-09-30 14:15
Cheatingthrowingrat2k
2023-09-30 14:16
ez4Woro
2023-09-30 14:18
#5
 | 
Uzbekistan kgistiano
tf who 2k?
2023-09-30 14:19
Ez af for s1mple
2023-09-30 14:19
top 1 vs top 2 teams lets go
2023-09-30 14:20
EZ 4 God2k
2023-09-30 14:20
Small spelling mistake on lightning .. it says lighting Thanks for all you guys do tho!
2023-09-30 14:20
Ez4woro, s0mple will blame aleksib, punch im, kick jl
2023-09-30 14:24
1 reply
Navi with a quick 2-0. 16-7 and 16-2 respectively
2023-09-30 14:34
#11
jL | 
Finland iblenx
Hope for a tight match
2023-09-30 14:24
Ez for Woro
2023-09-30 14:28
navi vs ence finals surely ))
2023-09-30 14:34
#15
 | 
Belarus Ginny)
ez revenge for simp
2023-09-30 14:41
#16
 | 
Germany AndSoItWas
ez for the GOAT.
2023-09-30 14:44
1 reply
ez for woro2k
2023-09-30 15:31
i have to say it ez4simple
2023-09-30 14:45
#18
 | 
Netherlands Hiding
ok nice
2023-09-30 14:49
grudge match!
2023-09-30 14:56
#20
 | 
Hungary faltopfake
MOUZ&NAVI LET'S go!
2023-09-30 15:15
basically s1mple vs cheater
2023-09-30 15:19
1 reply
Cheater vs cheater pog
2023-09-30 15:21
no chance my friends no chance v2
2023-09-30 15:31
"jL yet to post a kill by round 11" Big oof moment from HLTV
2023-09-30 17:22
#26
 | 
Finland ramtamme
<3 sexiB
2023-09-30 18:18
it was 1 year ago last time navi in final 2022 cologne and blast lisbon win
2023-09-30 18:27
Ence need the real spanish awp
2023-09-30 20:41
Yeah, kinda like a mouse running rings around a cat hey.
2023-09-30 21:24
#30
 | 
Romania Toolfuti
VAMOUZZ
2023-09-30 22:50
"born for counter-strike" xD
2023-09-30 22:50
1 reply
#35
 | 
Faroe Islands mayerbek
lol
2023-09-30 23:54
If this b anchor was born for counter strike then donk was born for what
2023-09-30 23:03
1 reply
322
2023-10-01 11:36
#33
ropz | 
Estonia fezco
What the hell is he whaffling about
2023-09-30 23:21
it`s not about understanding a "game". it is about reading peoples mind and timings. you can transfer that to a lot of different games. whatever shooter i play, i dominate. the problem in csgo is, that i struggle with the mechanics ... too old, too less playtime, too less talent :-D but yeah, i read them all
2023-09-30 23:42
1 reply
I get what you mean, i dominate everyone ez in any shooter, but the problem is aim, somehow they aim faster then me, but yeah in my mind i am faster aimer then them.
2023-10-01 05:41
#36
 | 
Faroe Islands mayerbek
"born for counter strike" sound like the guy born for not having a real life
2023-09-30 23:55
Not for CS2?
2023-10-01 00:21
Born to shit Forced to wipe
2023-10-01 02:06
Ok
2023-10-01 02:21
jimpphat "demon time"
2023-10-01 05:32
for those who don't know. Jimpphat is sergej's younger brother. Almost everyone knows the sergej from ENCE when they were pretty solid back in 2019 with : sergej xseven aerial allu and AleksiB.
2023-10-01 09:50
#43
 | 
France MIK120
ok
2023-10-01 11:17
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