ESL Pro League Season 15: Astralis, Liquid advance to quarterfinals
Astralis stayed alive in a thrilling three-map triumph over Entropiq, while Liquid cruised past Heroic 2-0. Heroic and Entropiq were knocked out of the tournament, while Liquid will face Group A champion Ninjas in Pyjamas and Astralis will face Group B winner FURIA Esports in the next round.
Liquid, who finished second in Group B, cruised to a 16-5 victory on Overpass before finishing Fnatic off with a 16-12 victory on Nuke. Liquid’s Lotan “Spinx” Giladi led the team with 52 kills and a plus-28 kills-to-deaths difference. For Liquid, all five players of the team received positive K-Ds.
Midway through the first map 9-6 on Ancient, Liquid, the third-place finisher in Group C with a 3-2 record, trailed Heroic, the second-place team in Group D with a 4-1 record. Liquid, on the other hand, won the next 15 points, first taking 10 in a row to take the first map 16-9. Team Liquid then won the first five games on Vertigo to advance 16-10.
With 46 kills, American Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski led Liquid, while Josh “oSee” Ohm of the United States had the best kills-to-deaths differential in the match.
Astralis, who finished third in Group D with a 3-2 record, fell behind 12-7 in their first match against Entropiq, who finished second in Group A with a 4-1 record, before rallying for a 16-14 victory against Nuke. After blowing an early lead on Vertigo, Astralis forced the map into overtime, only to lose 19-15 to tie the game. On Overpass, Astralis led 12-5 in the pivotal third map, but a 9-1 Entropiq run handed them a 14-13 lead. Astralis, on the other hand, scored the remaining three points to advance.
With match-highs in kills (82) and K/D differential, Benjamin “blameF” Bremer shone for the all-Danish Astralis squad (plus-22). In the first round, the 24-team Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament was split into four round-robin groups. Each group’s winners progressed to the quarterfinals, while the teams who finished second and third moved to the round of 12. Until the best-of-five grand final on April 10, all matches are best-of-three.
The winner of the $823,000 event receives $175,000 in addition to a spot in the BLAST World Final in 2022. A total of 1,300 Pro Tour points will be awarded to that squad.
Thursday’s quarterfinal action continues with two matches:
Team Liquid vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
ENCE vs. Movistar Riders
ESL Pro League Season 15 prize pool:
1 TBD — $175,000, 2,800 BLAST Premier points
2 TBD — $70,000, 1,400 BLAST Premier points
3-4 TBD — $35,000, 875 BLAST Premier points
5-8 TBD — $17,500, 262. 5 BLAST Premier points
9-12 Players, Heroic, Entropiq — $32,000; Fnatic — $27,000
13-16 MOUZ, Team Vitality, BIG, AGO — $19,000
17-18 G2 Esports, Outsiders — $17,500
19-20 GODSENT, Complexity Gaming — $12,500
21-24 LookingForOrg, Sprout, Party Astronauts, Evil Geniuses — $6,000
Teams received $5,000 extra for each Group Stage victory, allowing some teams to earn more than others that finished in a tie.