Heroic, Vitality, ENCE advance at ESL Pro League Season 14

Heroic went undefeated in its group and will be joined in the playoffs by Team Vitality and ENCE as Group A competition concluded Friday at the ESL Pro League Season 14 event.

Astralis, Team Spirit and Bad News Bears were eliminated from the tournament.

In a meeting of two all-Danish clubs, Heroic swept Astralis 2-0 to deal Astralis its third loss and the fatal blow for its playoff hopes. Heroic won 16-8 on both Inferno and Vertigo.

Heroic’s Ismail “refrezh” Ali led all players with 44 kills and a plus-18 kills-to-deaths differential. Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen paced Astralis with 29 kills.

Astralis’ loss was ENCE’s gain. ENCE secured its playoff berth with a 2-0 sweep of Bad News Bears, featuring wins of 16-4 on Overpass and 16-11 on Nuke.

Joonas “doto” Forss of Finland paced ENCE with 47 kills and a plus-21 K-D differential. American Michael “Swisher” Schmid had 45 kills and a plus-6 for BNB.

Team Vitality rallied from a map down to defeat Team Spirit, 2-1. After Spirit opened with a 16-9 win on Dust II, Vitality grabbed wins of 16-4 on Mirage and 16-13 on Nuke.

Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut of France carried Vitality with 64 kills and a plus-25 K-D differential – the only positive differential for his team. Ukraine’s Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev tallied 54 kills and a plus-10 differential for Spirit.

The champion of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event will receive $175,000 of the $750,000 prize pool plus 1,300 Pro Tour points.

Group B action begins Saturday with three matches:

G2 Esports vs. Sinners Esports
Virtus.pro vs. OG
Complexity vs. forZe

ESL Pro League Season 14 standings, prize pool:

1st – TBD — $175,000
2nd – TBD — $60,000
3rd-4th – TBD — $30,000
5th-8th – TBD — $13,750
9th-12th – TBD — $10,000
13th-16th – Astralis, TBD — $7,000
17th-20th – Team Spirit, TBD — $5,000
21st-24th – Bad News Bears, TBD — $3,000

Group A standings (record, differential, points)

1. Heroic 5-0, +59, 15 points
2. Team Vitality 4-1, +38, 12 points
3. ENCE 3-2, +42, 9 points
4. Astralis 2-3, -13, 6 points
5. Team Spirit 1-4, -35, 3 points
6. Bad News Bears 0-5 -91, 0 points

–Field Level Media

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