TSM, EnVyUs to Cologne playoffs
Team SoloMid and EnVyUs are through to the ESL One Cologne quarter-finals after beating Ninjas in Pyjamas and Luminosity Gaming, respectively.
The first pair of Upper Bracket final matches featured an exciting clash between Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team SoloMid, which surprisingly ended up being a one-sided game as Finn "karrigan" Andersen's men ran were far too hot to handle.
Starting off on the Terrorist side on de_cache, TSM got off to a fantastic start and won the opening three rounds of the game. A three-man stack from NiP in B proved fruitless in the first gun round as they fell like dominoes once the Danes entered the site.
TSM are through to the last-eight stage
NiP then found a lifeline in the sixth round as Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Adam "friberg" Friberg teamed up in B to stop TSM's rush, and it seemed for a while that Richard "Xizt" Landström's men would be able to get back into the game. However, NiP's economy was fragile, and when TSM once again started picking up rounds they were left with no money to work with.
With a 12-3 lead in the bag, TSM piled more misery on their opponents as they won the pistol round in convincing fashion and followed it up with three more rounds to send NiP straight to the Lower Bracket.
K - D
Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice
20 - 7
Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x
23 - 7
Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan
17 - 11
René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb
10 - 9
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh
9 - 9
Elsewhere, EnVyUs and Luminosity played out a thrilling match that was settled only in overtime. Despite some great shots from Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, the Brazilian team were unable to keep up with the Frenchmen, who join TSM in the quarter-finals of the Cologne major.
K - D
Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX
31 - 24
Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy
30 - 26
Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS
28 - 21
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
22 - 24
Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa
20 - 27