MisteM more than made up for the absence of his countryman Fadey

ATK overcome MIBR to qualify for ESL Pro League

Despite being forced to use a stand-in, ATK were able to punch in their tickets to Malta.

The second day of ESL Pro League Season 17's North American Conference has come to a close, with the first of two EPL slots up for grabs being secured by ATK after a tight series against MIBR. While ATK will be celebrating qualifying for their second international outing, MIBR will be licking their wounds and preparing for a rematch against Nouns for the final EPL spot available.

The series kicked off on MIBR's pick of Ancient, where the Brazilians got off to a flying start on their T-side, racking up ten of the first eleven rounds to claim a double-digit scoreline without even breaking a sweat. Although ATK managed to scrounge three rounds towards the end of the half, they still had to face an 11-4 scoreline heading into their T-side. After MIBR swept the first four rounds of the second half to take a 15-4 scoreline, it was only a matter of time before they quickly wrapped up the map 16-8.

Despite the unfortunate showing on Ancient, ATK looked considerably more engaged on their pick of Anubis. The first half was highly contentious, with neither squad able to put up a streak larger than three rounds, but MIBR narrowly came out on top with an 8-7 lead. MIBR topped this off with a pistol round win on the defense, but ATK rallied with six rounds straight to take a 13-9 lead. The two sides traded streaks of rounds for the remainder of the second half, with ATK ultimately converting on their lead to lock down their pick 16-14.

The decider of this contentious series was Inferno, where ATK looked even more confident than on their own pick, as the international side stormed ahead with a 13-2 lead on their T-side, as MIBR were unable to keep Gareth "MisteM" Ries from cracking open the sites with his stellar 1.89 T-side rating. MIBR started their own T-side with a pistol round win which netted them a few more rounds to boot, but with only three more rounds required from ATK there was little the Brazilians could do as the series was finished 16-6.

2 - 1
All maps
ATK K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Gareth 'MisteM' Ries 52 - 47 +5 75.6 73.7% 1.16
United States Michael 'Swisher' Schmid 59 - 50 +9 82.6 72.4% 1.15
Sweden Jonathan 'b0denmaster' Bodenmalm 48 - 45 +3 65.0 75.0% 1.03
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal 45 - 54 -9 66.6 69.7% 0.87
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy 41 - 61 -20 68.0 65.8% 0.85
MIBR K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles 69 - 36 +33 95.6 81.6% 1.56
Brazil Matheus 'Tuurtle' Anhaia 47 - 50 -3 73.5 67.1% 1.03
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerda 44 - 46 -2 72.1 76.3% 1.01
Brazil Breno 'brnz4n' Poletto 52 - 59 -7 72.2 68.4% 0.98
Brazil Felipe 'insani' Yuji 42 - 54 -12 62.4 63.2% 0.81

MIBR will now be looking to beat Nouns once again in the North American Conference, with their lower bracket showdown set to begin at 09:00PM. On the other hand, ATK will be eagerly awaiting the recovery of Rhys "Fadey" Armstrong so the unit can be at full strength for ESL Pro League Season 17 in mid-February.

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#1(With 0 replies)
January 20, 2023 05:23PM
Hell yeah my boy Djay back in pro league, glad to see some more na representation this season at pro league
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