ESL Season 9 Pro League Finals Recap
The French fans were treated to a great week of CS:GO action, with a home favourite even making it to the grand final. The Exhibition Centre in Montpellier is truly a great host to esports events.
Group Stage Recap
The event is split into two groups with each containing a double elimination bracket, every series was vital. In Group A it was business as usual until NRG upset Astralis in the match to decide who left the group with a higher seed.
Meanwhile over in Group B, Liquid suffered defeat to North in the opening round which meant they had their backs against the wall the entire event. Many fans were thrilled to see Mousesports performing well again. Despite only being to together for a short period of time, they came out on top of their group. This was after wins against MiBR, HellRaisers and FaZe.
After group stages came to an end there were six teams remaining in the tournament:
- NRG Esports
- FaZe Clan
- Team Liquid
- G2 Esports
The quarter-final matches were FaZe vs. G2 and Astralis vs. Liquid. G2 had a comfortable series against FaZe and they were truly starting to take advantage of the home crowd advantage. On the other side, Liquid found themselves 1-0 down against Liquid and pulled off the reverse sweep to knock them out of the tournament.
NRG vs. G2 and Mousesports vs. Liquid are two semi-final matches that not many would have predicted coming into this event. G2 and NRG had a back and forth series. However, the surge of home support helped G2 secure their spot in the final. Liquid defeated Mouz 2-0 but the end of the second map was insane, with Mouz managing to force overtime after some amazing clutches.
Coming into the event Liquid were favourites to reach the final but after their early defeat, they had to show great resilience to reach this spot. For the first time in a while, we got to watch a best of 5 series in the grand final.
It took overtime to split the two teams in the opening map. Then Liquid blew G2 out of the water on Overpass to go 2-0 up in the series and hold match point. G2 bounced back with a 16-12 win on Nuke to keep the series going.
It took triple overtime on the fourth map for Liquid to secure the series and be crowned ESL Pro League Season 9 Champions. Congratulations to Team Liquid, they will now have their eyes set on securing the Intel Grand Slam throughout the rest of the year.