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Team Liquid defeat G2 Esports to win ESL Pro League Season 9 – Final Placements

Published: 23/Jun/2019 16:12 Updated: 23/Jun/2019 19:58

by Calum Patterson


Team Liquid have won the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals, after a convincing grand final victory against G2 Esports, where despite a valiant effort from the French side, the Americans cemented their place as the best team in the world on current form.

Culminating months of intense competition, the top teams from the four regions (Americas, EU, Oceania and Asia) descended on Montpellier, France for the $600,000 finals.

Some big hitters dropped out early, including Astralis who were first upset by NRG, and then eliminated by eventual finalists Team Liquid.

Liquid actually got off on the wrong foot, with a surprise defeat to North sending them to the lower bracket immediately, but there troubles ended there, as they mowed down their competition from then on.

Mousesports and NRG came out victorious from the upper bracket, securing their spot in the semi finals, with the former knocking down FaZe to do so.

Mouz then faced a Liquid side coming hot off their victory over Astralis, and despite a potential play-of-the-tournament clutch from w0xic, it wasn’t enough to stave off the top NA team.

G2 impressed to reach the final, but fell short at the final hurdle.

G2 and Liquid face off in grand final

G2 started the better of the two sides in the grand final, with a 7-1 lead early on, but after some incredible frags from Stewie2k and ELiGE, Liquid fought their way back to win a tight 19-16 overtime win on Dust2.

Despite winning the early rounds on Overpass, map 2, G2 couldn’t capitalize and were steamrolled by Liquid on their map pick, a convincing 16-3. Nuke was a closer affair, and despite an early deficit, G2 were not going to lie down and be swept, and some big individual plays in crucial rounds (helped by an underwhelming performance for Stewie2K) earned them a 16-12 win to force a fourth map.

A power outage at the venue put things on hold temporarily before Inferno began. G2 was able to make things very competitive, forcing triple overtime.

Despite the resistance from G2 on Inferno, Team Liquid was able to hold on and secure a victory against a much tougher than expected opponent.

ESL Pro League Season 9 finals – Final Placements

Place Team Prize
1 Team Liquid $250,000
2 G2 Esports $80,000
3-4 NRG $40,000
3-4 Mousesports $40,000
5-6 FaZe Clan $20,000
5-6 Astralis $20,000
7-8 Heroic $17,000
7-8 MiBR $17,000
9-12 Fnatic $15,000
9-12 Cloud9 $15,000
9-12 Hellraisers $15,000
9-12 North $15,000
13-16 Grayhound $14,000
13-16 Detona $14,000
13-16 TyLoo $14,000
13-16 Luminosity $14,000

S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.