Assembly Winter day one recap
Assembly Winter 2016, taking place at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, started earlier today and the group stage is now finished. LDLC Blue and ENCE were the first teams to advance to the playoff stage.
The tournament has eight participating teams: four invited and four qualified teams. ENCE, LDLC White, RCTIC (replacing Vexed because they couldn't attend the event) and Orgless (originally invited as CSGO.one before leaving the organisation and later signing for PixelFire, even though that didn't last very long) were the four invited.
Millenium, CPH Wolves, Epiphany Bolt and LDLC Blue later qualified for the event.
The group stage draw determined that RCTIC, Orgless, CPH Wolves and LDLC Blue would play in Group A. LDLC White, ENCE, Millenium and Epiphany Bolt would face each other in Group B.
allu's first match in ENCE would be against Millenium
The opening match put CPH Wolves and LDLC Blue face to face and ended up with a win for the French team in a match where both teams showed strong T sides.
The second match in Group A was Orgless vs. RCTIC on de_dust2. The first half was taken by Orgless with a minimal advantage and then the Finns put on a convincing performance, winning nine consecutive rounds in the second half.
LDLC Blue and RCTIC, having won their first matches, were the put up against each other on de_train. Despite taking a larger number of rounds on the second half, the Finnish could not take the map and the final score settled on 16-14 in favor of LDLC Blue.
CPH Wolves fought their way through André "BARBARR" Möller's Orgless with a solid focus, winning the match with an eight round advantage.
The inaugural match for Group B was ENCE vs. Millenium on de_dust2. Both team showed their true strength on the T side, where they won 13 and 10 rounds respectively, but the win went for Aleksi "allu" Jalli's ENCE with a 16-12 score.
LDLC White and Epiphany Bolt's match followed. The teams played a pretty close game on de_cbble and the final result was 16-14 for the French.
Epiphany Bolt were next against Millenium. The Danish team managed to get a win despite Emil "hiffer" Ervolder only getting eight kills (all his team mates got at least more than double that) throughout the twenty eight rounds that were played.
LDLC White and ENCE played Group B's winner match. The Finnish team overcame a a three round disadvantage after winning ten rounds in the second half of the map to advance to the playoffs.
With a loss in the previous match, LDLC White had to win the decider match against Millenium if they still wanted to qualify for the playoff stage. Their de_dust2 game was nearly flawless and the first map's score was 16-1.
Epiphany Bolt nearly managed to snatch the second map of de_inferno but in the end Antoine "to1nou" Pirard & co. prevailed 16-13 and became the fourth and final team to advance to the playoffs.
The playoff matches will be played tomorrow in a best-of-three format and the schedule will be the following:
|13:00||LDLC Blue||vs. LDLC White|
|16:30||ENCE||vs. CPH Wolves|