Face Off Against Eternal Fire in Opening Round

April 23, 2024
  • Date: April 23, 2024
  • Tournament: ESL Pro League Season 19
  • Format: Group A, Last Chance Stage, and Single-Elimination Bracket Playoffs
  • Opponent: vs. Eternal Fire (Best of Three) in the Opening Round of Group A
  • Catch all the action live on Astralis Watch

On Saturday, April 20, the Main team, led by our newly crowned in-game leader, Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, will board a flight to Malta, setting their sights on the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 19.

The 19th season of the ESL Pro League features a $750,000 prize pool and includes some of the world's best Counter-Strike teams.

Our roster, placed in Group A, will face tough competition from teams like FaZe, Virtus.pro, and Eternal Fire. The opening round face-off against Eternal Fire will be on Tuesday, April 23, at 16:30 CEST.

Map Winrate past 3 months

Eternal Fire reached the quarter-finals at the PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024, securing a 5th-8th place finish.

This match will mark the first face-off between the two teams in CS2.

  • MIrage:  25% win rate, 4 maps
  • Nuke: 25% win rate, 4 maps
  • Overpass: 80% win rate, 5 maps
  • Vertigo: 14% win rate, 7 maps
  • Ancient: 75% win rate, 8 maps
  • Mirage: 40% win rate, 5 maps
  • Inferno: 67% win rate, 6 maps
  • Nuke: 62% win rate, 8 maps
  • Overpass: 40% win rate, 5 maps
  • Vertigo: 67% win rate, 6 maps
  • Anubis: 67% win rate, 3 maps

Group A Teams:

  • Astralis
  • FaZe
  • Virtus.pro
  • Eternal Fire
  • Imperial
  • Fnatic
  • 3DMAX
  • SAW

Following our lineup's impressive performance at IEM Chengdu 2024, where both FaZe and Virtus.pro were defeated, dev1ce, and his crew are eager to build on their demonstrated form in China.

Despite a tough 2-1 loss in the semi-finals against Finn 'karrigan' Andersen's team, dev1ce proved skeptics wrong throughout the LAN tournament, shining in his dual role as team captain and star AWPer.

Not only did dev1ce stand out, but the entire team demonstrated their collective strength. Martin "stavn" Lund, Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard, and the rest of the squad showcased their individual prowess, but more importantly, their ability to work together as a unified group.

32 teams will participate in this significant LAN event in Malta from April 23 to May 12, 2024. The ESL Pro League will feature a Group Stage, a Last Chance Stage, and single-elimination bracket playoffs.

Straube: A perfect opportunity to test our map pool

Sports director Kasper Straube shared his ambitions and goals for the tournament:

"Since returning to Denmark, we've evaluated our performance in Chengdu. We'll train for a few days before heading to GameBox in Herning, then aim to advance from Group A to the playoffs at the ESL Pro League," said Straube.

"The short-term goal is to continue developing and adjusting from event to event. Being part of a new group means constant learning and refining. The ESL Pro League will be a perfect opportunity to test our map pool further and gain official gameplay experience. Despite being in a tough group, we're confident in our ability to advance to the playoffs and set new goals from there," he added.

One thing is certain: the squad is energized and ready to make another strong impression in Malta and seek revenge for their semi-final loss against FaZe.