Peter “⁠ptr⁠” Gurney‘s side prevailed 3-2 in a rematch against Triumph to win ESEA Premier Season 36.

Bad News Bears have claimed victory in ESEA Premier Season 36 North America, fighting back from an 0-1 disadvantage in the best-of-five grand final against Triumph to secure a first-place finish. The win sees ptr‘s troops become the second unsigned roster to earn a berth to ESL Pro League Season 14, following ex-Winstrike‘s win over SAW in the European grand final on Sunday.

“Words can’t describe it, man,” ptr said in a post-game interview when asked how he felt about the victory. “I and Junji have been working for this moment for so long. We lost to INTZ last year, so it’s just an amazing feeling. You know, I’ve played in pro teams in the past and stuff but just was already a pro, but this was the first time that I actually earned it for myself. I fucking love my team.”

Bad News Bears had a flawless run in the regular season, going undefeated in their group and becoming a prime candidate to win the playoffs after Extra Salt withdrew to attend a gamut of tournaments in Europe. After scoring two wins to kick off their playoff run, Bad News Bears were felled by Triumph in the upper bracket final but fought past RBG in the consolidation final to set up a rematch.

A resurgent performance from Jonji allowed Bad News Bears to take down Triumph

Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side dominated the early portions of both halves of their map pick, Nuke, to kick off the grand final; however, attrition from Bad News Bears allowed them to stay in contention and fight back, edging out a 16-14 victory to even the series score immediately. Inferno and Train were one-sided affairs as the two teams traded blows, leading to a Mirage decider with it all on the line.

Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey, who was the team’s best performer during the regular season but having a rough run during playoffs, was the catalyst in a stellar showing for Bad News Bears on Mirage. After being a pivotal factor in the first three maps of the series, the 21-year-old ran rampant on Triumph‘s defense for the first half as his team took nine rounds off the bat, with the rest of the roster stepping up to cut short any hopes of a comeback from Triumph and close out the map in swift fashion.


19th April 2021










 Triumph K – D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 – 64 +6 69.4 1.06
60 – 64 -4 74.4 1.05
66 – 64 +2 74.5 1.03
63 – 63 0 67.2 1.00
57 – 71 -14 66.6 0.92
 Bad News Bears K – D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
82 – 73 +9 102.9 1.30
71 – 52 +19 72.8 1.25
67 – 67 0 66.8 1.00
57 – 67 -10 66.0 1.00
47 – 58 -11 48.6 0.82

The team list for ESL Pro League Season 14 now looks as follows:

Denmark Astralis
Europe Complexity
Europe ENCE
North America Evil Geniuses
Europe FaZe
Sweden fnatic
Russia ex-Winstrike
Europe ESEA Premier S37 Europe
Other TBD
Other TBD
Other TBD
Other TBD
Europe G2
Europe mousesports
Russia Natus Vincere
Sweden NIP
United States Liquid
France Vitality
United States Bad News Bears
North America ESEA Premier S37 NA
Oceania ESEA Premier S36/37 AU
Other TBD
Other TBD
Other TBD

ESEA Premier Season 36 North America final standings:

1. United States Bad News Bears – $20,000 + ESL Pro League S14 slot
2. United States Triumph – $12,500
3. United States RBG – $7,500
4. United States High Coast – $4,000
5-6. United States Recon 5 – $2,000
5-6. United States GGPR – $2,000
7-8. United States ChocoCheck – $1,000
7-8. United States Mythic – $1,000
9-10. North America Extra Salt*
9-10. Canada OCG**
11-12. United States Rise
11-12. United States Secret Club
13. United States Third Impact
14. United States Eclipse
15. United States SKDC
16. United States Levitate
17-18. United States ImPerium
17-18. United States Watch This
19-20. United States The Commission
19-20. United States timbermen

* Extra Salt forfeited playoffs due to being in Europe
** OCG forfeited playoffs as they were unable to field a complete roster

Source: HLTV


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