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ESL Pro League S15 Conference: Extra Salt consign Renegades to lower bracket; ORDER take on RBG to stay alive

Not since early 2020 has an international event played host to two OCE-based line-ups, but this week’s ESL Pro League Season 15 Conference will see both Renegades and Order aim to qualify to EPL Season 15’s group stage.

  • Extra Salt defeat Renegades 2-0; NA squad now one series away from Pro League
  • RNG resilient as ever but small mistakes cost them across the series
  • Both OCE squads face elimination going forward

Renegades sit just one loss away from missing out on ESL Pro League following their 0-2 (13-16, 8-16) loss to Extra Salt in last night’s second round match.

“We just made too many simple mistakes,” surmised team captain Joshua “INS” Potter following the defeat.

“There were a few desk slams during that game. It was a very frustrating series — there were some situations we didn’t react well to,” said Liam “malta” Schembri.

The opening map of Inferno saw numerous round streaks from both sides, with Extra Salt adapting to RNG’s T executes to lead at the half 9-6.

With Extra Salt claiming the second half pistol, the North American squad set up a blowout on RNG’s map pick, but Alistair “aliStair” Johnston (19-17, 1.15 HLTV rating) overcame a rough T side to get the Oceanic squad back on track.

Extra Salt cracked through the defence to open up match point, but a 7-1 run from the last eight rounds meant it would come down to the wire.

Unfortunately for Renegades fans, an anti-eco gone awry spelled the end of Inferno, with RNG falling short of the comeback 13-16.

Extra Salt began their pick of Dust 2 strongly off the back of a Josh “oSee” Ohm and Ricky “floppy” Kemery masterclass on the T side.

ES led 10-5 at the half, and despite Renegades claiming the pistol, another loss to Extra Salt’s forcebuy all but sealed the deal. ES finished the map with a 5-1 run to secure the series 16-8.

Renegades now must wait for the loser of Wisla Krakow versus Eternal Fire, but another loss would spell the end of their Pro League dreams.

Likewise for ORDER, who will take on North American team RBG tonight, with a win keeping their lower bracket run alive.

Day two saw the first two teams exit the event; Belgian squad EG Brugge and Mongolian outfit Renewal both fell to Sharks and Sprout in the opening round of the lower bracket.

We’re covering everything EPL S15 Conference — schedule, streams, results and more.

ESL Pro League S15 Conference Streams

The ESL Pro League Season 15 Conference will be streamed live on Twitch across three channels — ESL CSGO, ESL CSGO B and ESL CSGO C.

ESL CSGO — Main Channel

ESL CSGO B — Secondary Channel

ESL CSGO C — Tertiary Channel

ESL Pro League S15 Conference Schedule

This event is a 16-team double elimination bracket, with the two upper bracket finalists and the loser bracket winner qualifying for ESL Pro League Season 15’s group stage.

All matches played will be best-of-three.

Matchday 3 — Thursday, September 25

MatchTeamsTime (AEDT)
Lower Bracket Round 1ORDER v RBG11:30pm
Lower Bracket Round 1Wisla Krakow v Eternal Fire11:30pm
Lower Bracket Round 2Sharks v Anonymo2:45am
Lower Bracket Round 2Sprout v Endpoint2:45am
Lower Bracket Round 2Renegades v Loser of
Wisla Krakow/Eternal Fire
Lower Bracket Round 2LDLC v Winner of

Matchday 4 — Friday. September 26

MatchTeamsTime (AEDT)
Loser Bracket Round 3TBD11:30pm
Loser Bracket Round 3TBD2:45am
Winner Bracket Semi-FinalMAD Lions v Extra Salt6am

Matchday 5 — Saturday. September 27

MatchTeamsTime (AEDT)
Winner Bracket Semi-FinalGODSENT v Movistar Riders11:30pm
Loser Bracket Semi-FinalTBD2:45am
Loser Bracket Semi-FinalMAD Lions v Extra Salt6am

Matchday 6 — Sunday. September 28

MatchTeamsTime (AEDT)
Loser Bracket FinalTBD6am

ESL Pro League S15 Conference Results

Matchday 1 — Tuesday, September 23

MatchTeamsTime (AEDT)
Upper BracketMAD Lions 2-0 EC Brugge11:30pm
Opening RoundSharks 1-2 LDLC11:30pm
Extra Salt 2-1 Sprout2:45am
Renegades 2-0 Renewal2:45am
GODSENT 2-1 Wisla Krakow2:45am
Eternal Fire 1-2 Endpoint6am
ORDER 0-2 Anonymo6am
Movistar Riders 2-1 RBG6am

Matchday 2 — Wednesday. September 24

MatchTeamsTime (AEDT)
Upper Bracket Quarter Final 1MAD Lions 2-1 LDLC11:30pm
Lower Bracket Round 1EC Brugge 0-2 Sharks11:30pm
Upper Bracket Quarter Final 2Renegades 0-2 Extra Salt2:45am
Lower Bracket Round 1Renewal 0-2 Sprout2:45am
Upper Bracket Quarter Final 3GODSENT 2-1 Endpoint6am
Upper Bracket Quarter Final 4Anonymo 1-2 Movistar Riders6am

ESL Pro League S15 Conference — Event Preview (September 23)

ESL Pro League has returned to close out 2021’s CS:GO competition calendar, but starting with Season 15 and going forward, the format for EPL qualification has changed somewhat.

Gone are the tournament play-ins, with spots at ESL’s premier tournaments in Katowice and Cologne now earned through ESL Pro League.

Season 15 kicks off tonight with the ESL Conference, featuring sixteen teams qualifying through ten separate regions. Only the top three can progress to the ESL Pro League group stage — set for April 2022.

The ESL Pro League Conference will be the first event in two years that will feature not one but two OCE-based squads, with both Renegades and ORDER in Europe to battle it out for EPL qualification.

LookingForOrg await them in the ESL Pro League group stage following their victory at ESEA Premier Season 38.

Renegades remained in Europe following their PGL Stockholm Major campaign to boot camp ahead of the ESL Pro League Conference, with their opening match tonight marking two months overseas.

RNG are heavy favourites heading into their opening series against Mongolian squad Renewal, who come into the EPL Conference as the lowest ranked team in attendance.

It’s a different story for RNG’s compatriots in ORDER. A long time has passed since ORDER’s previous international venture; only Matthew “Valiance” Hartrick and Karlo “USTILO” Pivac remain from the roster that went down to INTZ at 2019’s ESEA Global Challenge.

Rifler Declan “Vexite” Portelli will make a long-awaited international debut at the EPL Conference, with ORDER taking on Anonymo Esports in a tough opening series.

ESL Pro League S15 Conference Rosters

The ESL Pro League Season 15 Conference sees sixteen teams from across the globe battle it out for just three spots at the EPL S15 group stage.

Spanish-based Movistar Riders enter the event as the highest ranked squad following their Masters Espana qualification and a solid run at the PGL Stockholm Major.

Renegades earned qualification through their victory at DreamHack Open OCE in September, while ORDER join thanks to their second place result at ESL ANZ Champs.

Normally, the ESL ANZ Champs victor would have qualified here, but LookingForOrg’s ESEA-P S38 victory already earned them a spot in the group stage for ESL Pro League Season 15.

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LDLCChampionnat National FRSIXERhAdjiLambertMakaKeoz
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