The Cloud9 team defeated Evil Geniuses with a score of 2:0 in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 16. Thanks to this victory, the Russian team scored the first three points and got closer to reaching the playoffs of the competition.
The first confrontation within group D started on the Inferno map, which became the choice of the North American team. At the same time, the start was completely left to the Cloud9 players, who picked the attack and showed several fast rounds. And yet, by the end of the half, "Evil Geniuses" managed to rectify their position, reducing the gap - 9:6. After the change of sides, the North Americans continued their attempts to cling to the result. However, Cloud9 managed to take advantage of the opponent's mistakes to seize the initiative and take the lead in the series — 16:12.
Next, the teams moved to the Dust 2 map, which became the choice of Cloud9. But if the map started with a pistol round from Evil Geniuses, then the Russian team showed an excellent series and actually signed their final victory — 13:2. After the side switch, the North American team failed to return the intrigue to the server, allowing Cloud9 to win the first victory in the group stage of the tournament — 16:5.
In the next round, Cloud9 will play with Eternal Fire, while the North American team will face Team Liquid in a derby.
ESL Pro League Season 16 runs from August 31st to October 2nd in Malta at the Salini Resort. 24 teams from Europe, CIS, North and South America compete for a total prize pool of $835,000. The winner of the tournament will receive the main prize of $175,000, as well as tickets to BLAST Premier: World Final 2022 and IEM Katowice 2023.
Intermediate results of ESL Pro League Season 16
- 1st place: $175,000 + 2,800 BLAST Premier points + ticket to BLAST Premier: World Final 2022 + ticket to IEM Katowice 2023
- 2nd place: $70,000 + 1,400 BLAST Premier points
- 3rd-4th place: $35,000 + 875 BLAST Premier points
- 5th-8th place: $17,500 + 262.5 BLAST Premier points
- 9th-12th place: $12,000
- 13th-16th place: Team Spirit, Astralis and BIG — $19,000
- 17th-20th place: Ninjas in Pajamas — $17,500
- 17th-20th place: MIBR and ENCE - $12,500
- 21st-24th place: Endpoint and HEET — $11,000
- 21st-24th place: FTW - $6,000