North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Extra Salt have qualified for ESL Pro League Season 15. The team competed at the ESL Pro League Season 15 Conference hosted online in Europe. The event features a $27,000 prize pool and the top three teams are awarded a spot in ESL Pro League 15.
We take inferno 16-10 and the series 2-1 vs @MADLions_EN! GGWP.
That's the result we needed!#SALTERS @ESLCS
— Extra Salt (@ExtraSaltGG) November 26, 2021
Extra Salt reverse sweeps MAD Lions
Extra Salt and MAD Lions went head-to-head in the upper bracket semi-finals. Map one took the two squads to Extra Salt’s pick, Nuke. After a tough first half, MAD Lions secured a confident 9-6 lead. The second half of Nuke was highly competitive. Extra Salt’s Ricky “floppy” Kemery and Justin “FaNg” Coakley tried to carry their team to victory but fell short 13-16.
After a challenging first map, the squads faced off on MAD Lions’ pick, Ancient. On paper, MAD Lions’ past performance on Ancient suggested the team would take the win. However, Extra Salt destroyed their opponents with a 14-1 lead after the first half. The start of the second half brought more disappointment to MAD Lions as Extra Salt shut down their pistol round. MAD Lions did claw their way back and win nine rounds in a row, but while MAD’s efforts were ambitious, they didn’t make the cut. Extra Salt closed Ancient out, winning 16-10.
The series decider map, Inferno, was slated to be a competitive fight. Both Extra Salt and MAD Lions had been comfortable on the map in their respective regions and showed confident results. But the firepower duo that is FaNg and floppy went into the server ready to drop serious damage. The pair finished with a combined total of 45 kills. FaNg top fragged the server with 25 kills, nine more kills than the highest on MAD Lions. After 26 rounds, Extra Salt secured their spot in ESL Pro League with a 16-10 win.
Now relegated to the lower bracket semifinals, MAD Lions will compete vs. Sprout in a best-of-three on Saturday, Nov. 27.
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