Heroic, FunPlus Phoenix, and Complexity secured wins in the penultimate round of matches in ESL Pro League Season 13 Group A, stopping BIG and Renegades from advancing, while complicating things at the top.
A loss to FunPlus Phoenix, which included comebacks on Inferno and Nuke from the European mixture, ended BIG‘s chances in the tournament. The early Pro League elimination follows an underwhelming IEM Katowice showing from the Germans, where they finished 13-16th.
The day started with Heroic taking on OG, though, with the latter not playing with Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen for this series, instead fielding their benched member Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt. The Europeans managed to claim one map, Train, but Heroic was dominant on Mirage and Overpass to extend their flawless run to six series since adding Ismail “refrezh” Ali and Rasmus “sjuush” Beck.
Lastly, Complexity joined the battle for the first place in the group by defeating Renegades. The Australian side put up good CT sides on both Inferno and Mirage, but was unable to close out either and are still without a single map won in the tournament.
The current group stage standing looks as follows:
The final matches of ESL Pro League Season 13 group A will all be played out simultaneously, at 19:00 on Friday. The result of the Heroic – Complexity match will directly decide who will head to the play-in and skip the first round of playoffs, while OG and FunPlus Phoenix will face off for the third place in the group.