ESL Pro League Season 18 - 9z book spot in event
by Ciaran Jackman in
eSports Betting News

Team Vitality maintained their unbeaten streak in ESL Pro League Season 17 on Sunday, defeating FaZe Clan 2-0 in the upper-bracket final of Group C to book a place in the quarterfinals.

Vitality are yet to lose a single map in the competition, recording consecutive 2-0 victories over Grayhound, OG, and FaZe to enter the playoffs as one of the favourites.

Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut maintained his outstanding form at ESL Pro League 17, finishing the upper-bracket final with a rating of 1.40.

That performance brought his overall rating to an astounding 1.61 across six maps, keeping him atop the player rankings ahead of Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov.

Although FaZe were defeated in the upper-bracket final, both maps went to overtime, and they were in command of Anubis after taking a 14-1 lead into half-time, but they went on to lose 18 of the next 20 rounds and went down 19-16 in overtime.

FaZe will be disappointed with their missed opportunity on Anubis, as they only needed two wins in the second half to take the map.

PaiN Gaming won the mid-bracket final, defeating Grayhound in a three-map thriller to secure a spot in the round of 16 as a high seed.

In the lower-bracket semifinals, Ninjas in Pyjamas won their series 2-0 against OG, while 00Nation defeated Grayhound 2-1 after the Brazilians were defeated by the Australian team in the lower bracket a few days earlier.

The lower-bracket final pitted Ninjas in Pyjamas against 00Nation, with the latter winning 2-1 to advance to the round of 16 as a low seed.

The final group of ESL Pro League 17 will begin on Wednesday, with the likes of Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, ENCE, and Team Spirit competing for the final four playoff spots.

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