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ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals — Day 1 Group A

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The group stages in Odense are being split between two days, with each group playing half of their matches on the first, and the remaining on the second.
Group A has wrapped up for today, with some interesting results and standings ready to go into day two.

The first matches to take place were Fnatic versus Faze Clan and Luminosity Gaming versus Hellraisers. As these finals are continuing to use the overtime rule from the online season, whereby the winner of an overtime match gets two points and the loser gets one, it was only natural that the first two games were both decided in overtime.

Fnatic looked just as strong as they did in the online portion of the league, going head to head with arguably the best team in the world on inferno as each team take an 8-7 half in their favour. It was the Swedes who came out on top in the overtime however, without Faze picking up a single round, taking the match 19-15 and two points. HellRaisers and Luminosity however, not to be outdone, decided anything the main stream could do, the B stream could do better. As such, they decided not only would they trade halves, but they would trade them 12-3 on Cache; they then proceeded to play 18 rounds in overtime in order to decide that it would be the Brazilians who take the 2 points, whilst HellRaisers get 1.

The next set of matches were to put the two teams with stand-ins against each other as Team Liquid, using Wilton "Zews" Prado as a player whilst Lucas "steel" Lopes coaches, took on Astralis who use Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel in place of the sick Nicolai "device" Reedtz. Meanwhile, it was Fnatic who played again, this time against HellRaisers.

The battle of the stand-ins decided that they too, would like to share the overtime love with Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken once more topping the scoreboard, however there was not much to split either team. An impressive performance coming through from Prado too, as he was more than keeping up with the pace of the game, going as far as to outfrag one of the Astralis members. His input was enough to put the North American side just that much ahead of Astralis, taking two points to the Danes' one.

HellRaisers and Fnatic were back in action at the same time, with Fnatic finding themselves back on Inferno after the overtime victory over Faze. This time however they did not find the same success and certainly no overtime as Issa "ISSAA" Murad and Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow lay siege to Fnatic and take the match 16-5.

Moving on to the penultimate games for day one in Group A we have Liquid facing an even bigger challenge in a full strength Faze squad, whilst Astralis look to take points from Luminosity.

Liquid took an impressive lead over the so far floundering Faze, finding themselves 13-7 up before the mixed nationality super team started their comeback. Eventually Faze find themselves at match point, 15-14 and Liquid with their backs to the wall. But the walls were closing in, and despite their efforts the North Americans come out of the match with zero points and Faze find all three.

Meanwhile Astralis look to bounce back from their overtime loss in the previous match, but find themselves on the losing side of a CT half on train, trailing 6-9. The half time switch flicks like that to a light however and the expected Astralis come out on the terrorist side all guns blazing, taking the match 16-11.

The final two matches then see Fnatic take on Luminosity, with both teams looking for redemption from their previous losses, and HellRaisers take on Liquid. HellRaisers go into the last match of the day with a good opportunity to go into day two as the group leaders, meanwhile the other three teams are playing the catch up game.

Fnatic and Luminosity have a close fought match on Cobblestone, in which the Swedish side eventually take the victory 16 rounds to 13, with Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson topping the scoreboard, with a 1.3 rating.

HellRaisers take no prisoners on Inferno against Liquid, continuing their dominating form on the map so far this tournament. ANGE1 continues his form also, ending 21-7-12 with 110 ADR in the 16-4 destruction of Liquid. This victory leaves HellRaisers at the top of Group A going in to day two, with 7 points from three matches. Fnatic find themselves in second place on 5 points, Luminosity and Liquid are bottom of the group with 2 points each. Leaving the middle of the table occupied by Faze and Astralis on 4 points.

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