ATK overcome MIBR to qualify for ESL Pro League
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.
|ATK||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Gareth 'MisteM' Ries||52 - 47||+5||75.6||73.7%||1.16|
|Michael 'Swisher' Schmid||59 - 50||+9||82.6||72.4%||1.15|
|Jonathan 'b0denmaster' Bodenmalm||48 - 45||+3||65.0||75.0%||1.03|
|Jonathan 'djay' Dallal||45 - 54||-9||66.6||69.7%||0.87|
|Ian 'motm' Hardy||41 - 61||-20||68.0||65.8%||0.85|
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Henrique 'HEN1' Teles||69 - 36||+33||95.6||81.6%||1.56|
|Matheus 'Tuurtle' Anhaia||47 - 50||-3||73.5||67.1%||1.03|
|Raphael 'exit' Lacerda||44 - 46||-2||72.1||76.3%||1.01|
|Breno 'brnz4n' Poletto||52 - 59||-7||72.2||68.4%||0.98|
|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.