The final round of the ESL Pro League Season 14 group stage has now concluded as Ninjas in Pyjamas are the last team to book a playoff spot after Team Liquid managed to take down FURIA.
Before we headed into the last three matches in the event, only two of the six teams had something to play for. Gambit and Liquid had already secured their spot in the playoffs, while the last spot was left to be decided between FURIA and NiP. The Ninjas did everything they could as they managed to lock in a convincing 2-0 against Gambit, handing them their first loss at the event. Luckily for the Ninjas, Team Liquid managed to come out on top after OT against FURIA to wrap up the series 2-1 and send them to playoffs.
Liquid kicked off the series on Inferno by winning the pistol but FURIA quickly answered back with a force-buy win that helped them string together three rounds in a row. For the rest of the half, FalleN’s troops completely dominated the Brazilians out of the server as they finished 11-4 up. In the second half, Liquid continued where they left off and cruised to victory while denying the Brazilians to grab even a single one, 16-4.
The Brazilians started Nuke by winning the T pistol, but this time it was Liquid who answered back by winning a force-buy round to then string together 5 rounds in a row. After that, Liquid were unable to stabilize their defense as FURIA started to find their footing, managing to grab 6 rounds to lower their deficit to one round before halftime. FURIA were able to remain in comfortable control in the second half, giving up just two rounds before closing out Nuke 16-10.
FURIA were leading 15-11 on Mirage when Team Liquid came alive and managed to force overtime. FalleN and company closed out the map 19-17 and took the series 2-1 to deny FURIA a spot in the playoffs. KSCERATO played a wonderful series and did his absolute best by dropping 35 frags on Mirage (80 in total), but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to help his team get the victory.
Inferno: 16-4 | NAF – 1.62 Rating – 88.6 ADR – 19-10 K/D
Nuke: 10-16 | KSCERATO – 1.74 Rating – 109.5 ADR – 28-14 K/D
Mirage: 19-17 | NAF – 1.24 Rating – 86.0 ADR – 29-19 K/D
MVP: Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato – 1.45 Rating – 95.7 ADR – 76.8% KAST – 80-44 K/D