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The ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals kicked off Tuesday with the 16 best teams for the regular season heading to Odense, Denmark.
After three days of group stage matches, six teams advanced to the playoffs and moved one step closer to the $250,000 grand prize. They also moved closer to an Intel Grand Slam Season 4 victory and a direct seed at IEM Katowice 2020.
The group stage was filled with intense matches, underdogs pulling through and favorites falling to the wayside early. Here are the three best matches from the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals group stage.
3. Natus Vincere vs Evil Geniuses - Group A Upper Bracket Round 3
Natus Vincere struggled to find consistency since adding Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovacs. The team needed a big performance to get out of a strong group and it got just exactly that. The team cruised past TYLOO and MIBR before meeting Evil Geniuses in the upper bracket. Despite dropping the first map, Na`Vi won two in a row to secure a semifinal bye and at least a top four finish.
2. MIBR vs Fnatic - Group A Lower Bracket Round 2
Fnatic had a tough start to the tournament losing out to EG in a best-of-one. After advancing past Heroic, Fnatic met MIBR one round away from having a shot at qualifying for the playoffs. It was a back-and-forth series highlighted by Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson setting the regulation kill record at 44 in a losing effort. Fnatic emerged victorious overall and went on to sweep 100 Thieves to make the playoffs.
1. Astralis vs Team Liquid - Group B Upper Bracket Round 3
Just days after seeing Astralis defeat Team Liquid in the ECS Season 8 Finals, fans got yet another match between the two. Astralis, just in the final days beforehand, pulled out a victory after dropping the first map. The loss meant Team Liquid would have to go through Fnatic for a spot in the semifinals.
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