Gfinity Masters reaches playoffs
The Gfinity Masters group stage has come to a conclusion, with a three-way tie occurring in Group B and a thrilling decider match between NiP and Na`Vi determining Group A's final advancing team.
This weekend has seen ten teams competing for a total of $50,000 at the Gfinity Spring Masters II at the company's eSports arena located in London. The tournament utilises a best-of-two round-robin system with five teams per group.
With a strange Group A taking place that featured numerous tied series, it was the Swedes of fnatic who first advanced to the playoffs after an interesting record of 1-3-0 in the group stage.
Titan nudge past rivals nV in a three-way tie in Group B
Group B meanwhile saw an equally rare three-way tie take place among EnVyUs, Titan and Virtus.pro. However, it was the latter two who advanced after winning clean series against Cloud9 and Immunity respectively.
Unlike most tournament formats, Gfinity opted for an overall round differential count as opposed to a head-to-head round differential count. The total differential for Group B can be seen here:
Meanwhile, the final team to be decided as a playoff contender was left up to the results of the day's final match between NiP and Na`Vi. With NiP only needing to secure a 1-1 score in maps, Na`Vi would have to take both maps to upset the Ninjas.
Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács delivered a monstrous performance on the first map of de_dust2 to give the Russo-Slovak-Ukrainian collective a win of 16-12 over NiP. On the second map, Na`Vi continued to give a strong account of themselves and it was Egor "flamie" Vasilyev who particularly shone for the team on that map.
In the end, Na`Vi defeated NiP 16-9 on de_inferno, becoming the final team to make playoffs.
Group A's final standings are as follows:
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Tomorrow's semi-final match-ups can be found below:
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