Complexity Gaming sweeps HEET in ESL Pro League Season 16

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Complexity Gaming recorded a sweep from HEET on Thursday to remain unbeaten in Group C action in Malta’s ESL Pro League Season 16.

While Complexity improved to 2-0, Astralis and Heroic tied their records at 1-1 after posting sweeps from MOUZ and ENCE, respectively.

The $835,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event features 24 teams vying for a top prize of $175,000 and a spot in the BLAST Premier Global Finals. Only the Season 16 champion will earn a spot in the $1 Million Finals taking place December 14-18 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Pro League teams are divided into four groups for the initial round robin phase. The four group champions will advance to the quarter-finals of the playoffs, while the second and third-placed teams from each group will advance to the round of 16 of the playoffs.

All matches in the group stage and playoffs are best-of-three until the best-of-five final on October 2.

Groups A and B are complete, with the rest of the Group C action to be played daily until Sunday, followed by Group D from September 21-25.

Complexity Gaming recorded a 2-0 win over HEET posting a 16-8 win over Nuke and a 16-12 triumph over Overpass.

Canadian Justin “FaNg” Coakley had a team-high 43 kills and Ricky “floppy” Kemery added a plus-11 kills differential for Complexity. Aurelien “afro” Drapier joined fellow Frenchman Pierre “Ex3rcice” Bulinge with 39 eliminations and added a better KD differential of plus-4 for HEET.

Astralis bounced back from Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Complexity Gaming by claiming a 2-0 victory over MOUZ. They picked up a 16-7 win over Inferno and a 16-14 triumph over Nuke.

Denmark’s Asger “Farlig” Jensen had 51 kills and a plus-27 differential to beat Astralis. Germany’s Jon “JDC” de Castro had 42 kills and a plus-4 differential for MOUZ.

Heroic took a 2-0 victory over ENCE, recording a 16-13 victory over Ancient and a 16-10 triumph over Vertigo.

Rene “TeSeS” Madsen had 50 kills and fellow Dane Casper “cadiaN” Moller recorded a plus-22 KD for Heroic. Poland’s Pawel “dycha” Dycha had 40 kills for ENCE.

Group C action continues on Friday with three matches:
–Astralis vs. HEET
–Complex vs heroic gameplay

ESL Pro League Season 16 group standings, with win-loss record, score differential and points:
group A
1. Team Vitality, 5-0, +40, 15 points
2. Fnatic, 3-2, +36, 9 points
3. Natus Vincere, 3-2, +6, 6 points
4. Team spirit, 2-3, -9, 6 points
5. Ninjas in pajamas, 2-3, -31, 6 points
6. Full stop, 1-4, -42, 3 points

Group B
1. G2 Esports, 5-0, +73, 15 points
2. FaZe Clan, 4-1, +39, 12 points
3. Outsiders, 3-2, +27, 9 points
4. BIG, 2-3, +3, 6 points
5. MIBR, 1-4, -62, 3 points
6. FTW Esports, 0-5, -80, 0 points

Group C
1. Complexity, 2-0, +12, 6 points
2. Astralis, 1-1, +11, 3 points
3. MOUZ, 1-1, -2, 3 points
4. Heroic, 1-1, 0, 3 points
5. ENCE, 1-1, +6, 3 points
6. HEET, 0-2, -27, 0 points

Group D
Cloud 9
Movistar runners
team liquid
FURIA Esports
evil geniuses
eternal fire

–Field level media

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