The group stages for ESL Pro League Season 10 have come to a close, with the final two American teams claiming their spots at the $750,000 Finals in Odense, Denmark. Six teams have qualified from the Americas division, with world top-fives Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses having secured their qualifying spots in the first round.
Group A’s Singularity kicked off the second group stage round with a hard fought win over Brazilian side DETONA. Michael “dapr” Gulino put up consistent numbers throughout the series, aiding Singularity in an overtime win on the third map of the series. Day one then saw American-South African side ATK take on Envy, the latter playing with coach Zachary “Eley” Stauffer as Bradley “ANDROID” Fodor was unable to attend the event. ATK took a close 2-0 series, needing all thirty rounds on both maps.
Still fielding Stauffer, Envy found redemption on day two with a 2-1 win over DETONA - two maps reaching 40+ rounds in overtime. ATK continued their climb up the group with a quick 2-0 over Singularity, Ian “motm” Hardy dropping nearly 30 kills on both maps.
The last day saw Envy fall 1-2 to Singularity despite Noah “Nifty” Francis’s best efforts in the first two maps. ATK then took on DETONA, the NA-majority side looking to guarantee their Odense appearance. ATK’s pick of Overpass saw them come out on top, though the Brazilian squad answered back with a win on Dust2 thanks to Vinicius “vsm” Moreira’s 32 kills. The match then went to Inferno, where ATK powered themselves to a 2-1 series victory that secured one of the two remaining spots in the Odense Finals.
Group B kicked off with a quick win for FURIA, the Brazilian side dispatching Argentinian team Isurus with a dominant 2-0. The day ended with another quick series as 100 Thieves eased past eUnited with help from Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai.
Day two pit eUnited against FURIA, Austin “Cooper-” Abadir topping the scoreboard to bring the North American team to a 2-0 victory. The next series saw 100 Thieves take on Isurus, Justin “jks” Savage powering the Australian side to the win on Inferno. Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad mirrored that performance on Mirage as 100 Thieves found their second 2-0 victory.
The Aussie side next took on FURIA on the final day, Savage once again pushing the squad to a dominant 16-6 win on Vertigo. Inferno presented a closer affair, though Myrbostad came up with another strong performance to earn the 2-0 series victory. The clean-swept group earned 100 Thieves the last available spot in the Odense Finals.
One game remained for Group B, as Isurus faced off against eUnited to close out the season. The North American side took a quick 2-0, Kaleb “moose” Jayne putting up 33 kills on map two to bring eUnited to victory.
The ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals are slated to run from December 3-8th in Odense, Denmark.