The second best team in the world has qualified for the ESL Pro League Season 10 alongside one of the best up-and-coming Brazilian teams in FURIA eSports. Team Vitality beat Sprout in the European final whereas FURIA beat Singularity in the North American final of the ESEA MDL Season 31.
On June 12, Vitality beat German side Sprout 2-0 in a best-of-three series. However, both Overpass and Mirage were extremely close.
Sprout began Overpass well, winning the first half 10-5. The team maintained their momentum as Sprout managed to win the second half pistol round. However, Sprout couldn't finish, as Vitality’s counter-terrorist side was too much for them to handle. Although the map went to overtime, Vitality were able to close the game 19-15.
Star-rifler and one of the best players in the world, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, had another incredible performance, finishing the first map with thirty frags and some important entry kills and holds on both sides.
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History repeated itself on Mirage, as Sprout once again took the early advantage. The team went up 9-6 at the half and looked extremely comfortable. However, Vitality’s terrorist side was immaculate, as the team won an impressive 10 rounds compared to Sprout’s 2. Therefore, Vitality took the second map 16-11.
On the same day, FURIA beat North American side Singularity 2-0 in a best-of-three series. In a similar fashion to the other qualifying match, it was extremely close. On Train, FURIA won the first half 9-6 and the team held their form in the second half, eventually winning 16-11. On Nuke, FURIA went down 4-11 at the first half. However, the Brazilians bounced back, winning 12 rounds on the counter-terrorist side to close out the game.
Vinicius “VINI” Figueiredo had an impressive series, finishing the match with 65 frags across two maps.
To conclude, as both Sprout and Singularity lost the finals, both teams will be placed into the ESL Pro League Season 9 pre-relegation, which could still allow both teams to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 10.