Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Gambit vs. Astralis headlines EPL Play-In; G2, Liquid to face off in Round of 12

Following the conclusion of the ESL Pro League Season 13 group stage on Monday, ESL revealed the match-ups for the Play-In stage and for the first round of the single-elimination playoffs.

The four group winners — Heroic, NIP, Gambit and Astralis — have guaranteed spots in the Play-In stage, which will determine the first two semi-finalists of the tournament. The losing sides will be placed in the third playoff round.

The Play-In stage will be headlined by a mouth-watering clash between the current world No.2 and 3, Astralis and Gambit, two sides who last faced off in the DreamHack Masters Winter quarter-finals, in December. In the other Play-In encounter, Heroic and NIP will also face each other for the first time this year, with the pair separated by only one place in the ranking.

In the Round of 12, all eyes will be on the highly-entertaining encounter between G2 and Liquid, who have not faced each other since February 2020, in the group stage of IEM Katowice. The opening round will also see current world No.1 Natus Vincere take on Complexity in a rematch of January’s BLAST Premier Global Final lower bracket match — which marked the beginning of the CIS giants’ title-winning run.

Below you can find the upcoming match-ups for the ESL Pro League and the schedule for the rest of the tournament:


Denmark Heroic vs. Sweden NIP
Russia Gambit vs. Denmark Astralis

Round of 12:

Brazil FURIA vs. Europe FunPlus Phoenix
Europe G2 vs. United States Liquid
Europe Complexity vs. Russia Natus Vincere
CIS vs. Europe ENCE


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