OpTic secure Major qualifier spot

OpTic Gaming defeat Tempo Storm 2-0 (16-7 on Train and 16-6 on Cobblestone) in the upper bracket final of the MLG Americas Regional Minor and are thus the first team from the Americas Minor to secure the coveted Major qualifier slot.

The final match of day three of the MLG Americas Regional Minor was the first to offer the winner a chance to qualify for the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major qualifier and it was OpTic and Tempo Storm, two teams who have dominated the Americas Minor until now, who squared off.

With the Brazilians currently ranked #11 in the world and the Canadian-American-Spanish OpTic ranked #20, the first map of the upper bracket final was Train and although Tempo Storm started off strong with the likes of Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves and Henrique "HEN1" Teles securing a couple of multi-kills on the Brazilian team's first half, OpTic finished up 8-7 after an aggressive T-side.

CT-side was even more surprising (or perhaps expected if you were studying OpTic's map vetoes at this event) with the Green Wall in full effect yet again on Train as William "RUSH" Wierzba and Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas led the effort in eight straight CT rounds to close out the first map 16-7 for OpTic.


Cobblestone was stanislaw's pistol playground

Cobblestone was next and Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz exploded with a pistoleer display for his team on their T-side pistolround, securing a quad kill and beginning OpTic's early lead on the first half. Although Tempo Storm secured piecemeal rounds here and there on the first half, the map was yet again a story of OpTic's confidence and playbook-style reads as they finished up 10-5 by halftime.

stanislaw yet again exploded onto the second pistolround and picked up a pistolround ace in a two-versus-five situation to give OpTic an even wider lead in the map and in the series. With Keith "NAF" Markovic also warming up on the CT-side, Tempo Storm seemingly had no chance as OpTic took another map convincingly, 16-6, and advanced to the MLG Americas Regional Minor grand final.

 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 41 - 24 +17 99.4 1.52
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 40 - 17 +23 83.7 1.52
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 37 - 26 +11 91.5 1.40
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 36 - 21 +15 79.8 1.35
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 31 - 24 +7 78.2 1.19
 Tempo Storm K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 33 - 31 +2 73.3 0.95
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 19 - 39 -20 69.0 0.67
Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME 23 - 35 -12 59.5 0.65
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 20 - 39 -19 50.9 0.53
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 17 - 41 -24 65.5 0.52

The list of teams who will attend the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major qualifier in Katowice, Poland is now:

France G2 Russia Gambit Europe FaZe Germany mousesports
United States Cloud9 France Envy United States Splyce Ukraine FlipSid3
CIS Empire Russia FLuffy Gangsters Australia Renegades China TYLOO
Canada OpTic Other NA Minor #2 Denmark Dignitas Europe HellRaisers

There are two more best-of-three series to play out tomorrow. Tempo Storm will get a second chance to qualify for the Major qualifier in a consolidation final match-up against TSM and the winner of that will then play OpTic for the gold medal, better seeding at the Major qualifier, and $30,000 in first place prize money.

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Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
836
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
784
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#2
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
n1
2016-05-22 00:36
nice throw tstorm
2016-05-22 00:54
#74
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United States mmotorcycle 
OMG OPTIC AND FAZE IN THE SAME CSGO TOURNAMENT :OOOO
2016-05-22 02:15
no scopes incoming.
2016-05-22 07:16
Renegades ez win
2016-05-22 08:05
ez optic
2016-05-22 08:55
#5
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Norway neveredgy69 
y0
2016-05-22 00:36
1
2016-05-22 00:36
#8
United Kingdom QY 
ez
2016-05-22 00:36
l
2016-05-22 00:36
WTF? oh, I see. Tempo can stll get the nr1 seed and 30k fuuhh, got me confused for second
2016-05-22 00:37
n1 OPTIC
2016-05-22 00:36
ez
2016-05-22 00:36
2 ez
2016-05-22 00:36
go mix
2016-05-22 00:36
NIIIIIIIICEEEEEEEEEEE MURICAAAAAAAAAAA
2016-05-22 00:36
u
2016-05-22 00:36
#21
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Norway RainTop1HLTV 
NA WOOOOOO
2016-05-22 00:36
gg
2016-05-22 00:37
#23
NEO | 
Brazil beelzebub! 
nice optic, well played. such a gr8 team <3
2016-05-22 00:37
#31
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Spain HolaBuenas 
nt tho <3
2016-05-22 00:39
Mixwell will be a star. He's a unique player. Grats espanya
2016-05-22 03:35
yeah, i wonder how there are always a few very best players from shitty countries, like niko from bosnia and stuff
2016-05-22 10:05
+Guardian from Slovakia
2016-05-22 12:26
but mixwell is kinda overrated now, yes he is a great player, but i saw him on fire only against NA teams..
2016-05-22 13:26
Actually, he is a bit overrated. He's not consistent yet, and his aggression can be problematic. But his best performances seem to me to come against non-NA teams. Astralis, LG, and now TS...
2016-05-23 14:25
#150
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Spain HolaBuenas 
Our community has always seen a potential in this guy, I want mixwell stickers so bad man :)
2016-05-22 15:26
ez
2016-05-22 00:37
#27
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Spain Alser 
Let's GO! stan pistol god
2016-05-22 00:37
Didn't expect this. gg wp.
2016-05-22 00:38
#30
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United States snack- 
Pretty sure those aren't the drafted groups but they are they're pretty well drafted
2016-05-22 00:39
They're not
2016-05-22 00:40
no those aren't the groups, top eight are just the Columbus Challengers and then it's just the Minors in the bottom eight randomly.
2016-05-22 00:41
#46
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United States snack- 
Gotcha cause I was confused how each group has a perfect draft of major attendees and qualified dudes
2016-05-22 00:41
It's the bottom 8 of Columbus, not the challengers, but we know what you mean :^)
2016-05-22 06:06
woops xD
2016-05-22 15:47
#32
Sweden T_T 
braziliones mad!! :D
2016-05-22 00:39
I hope they can qualify 4 the major so i can get m1xwell stickers. Inb4 m1xwell fanboy
2016-05-22 00:40
flag is checked
2016-05-22 12:38
gggggg
2016-05-22 00:40
Optic looks so hot right now.
2016-05-22 00:41
For sure, top 5 in NA right now IMO
2016-05-22 06:09
#45
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Australia kTw0 
Thank you for breaking the hearts of all deluded favela's :D
2016-05-22 00:41
+111111
2016-05-22 00:45
#47
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Sweden cute! 
unbexped
2016-05-22 00:41
#50
Thorin | 
United Kingdom Weldo 
Hltv has been saved.
2016-05-22 00:46
#51
Keiti | 
Canada Lizzie 
gg!
2016-05-22 00:53
#53
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
4Head peacemaker was the problem 4Head
2016-05-22 00:57
EleGiggle BRAZIL CS EleGiggle
2016-05-22 00:58
You are happy that you guys beat one t2-t3 team... AHAHAHAHA!!! Well we have a major what about you?? EleGiggle HAHAHA!! Even one ESL Pro League NA dont teams have it.
2016-05-22 01:01
Canada > Brazil Sorry favela
2016-05-22 01:01
Brazil > The entire world Favelas rocks
2016-05-22 01:21
Kek
2016-05-22 01:23
#87
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Australia kTw0 
Brazil>Uganda... That's about it
2016-05-22 02:46
Brazil>Uganda>Rest of the world...That's about it
2016-05-22 04:35
#108
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Australia kTw0 
4Head delusional favela's XD
2016-05-22 04:42
#122
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Slovenia Pitr_d_Klaun 
you forgot the Kappa
2016-05-22 10:14
+1
2016-05-22 14:23
i get the whole nationalism thing and all, but just because a team that you are a fan of won a major doesn't mean that you have a major... it means that the team you support won a major. for example, the Swedish teams have won 4(?) majors but you don't see any swedes going around saying "we are four time major champions" because they know they're not.
2016-05-22 02:16
#88
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Australia kTw0 
+71
2016-05-22 02:47
do you want me to dumb it down for you?
2016-05-22 04:48
7-1 never forget
2016-05-22 13:36
+1111111111111111111
2016-05-22 12:06
Thats how it works for a lot of people. To a fan a team is an extention of himself
2016-05-22 13:37
Stop acting like that...Many fans from FNATIC,NiP,Astralis and even Shit9 when they win something you guys just destroy the thread section saying bullshit as well, dont try to be the smart guy ppl...
2016-05-22 16:26
I have no idea what you just tried to tell me or why you are mad at me. I actually defended your mentality, but it seems you do not have the brainpower to comprehend that...
2016-05-22 17:18
Im not mad at you,i was just replying to the other guys up there buddy,do not complain with me complain with hltv and their notifications... xD
2016-05-22 18:42
Optic sticker hype
2016-05-22 01:01
not gonna happen lol
2016-05-22 01:16
Are they in the Major? or do they still need to qualify.
2016-05-22 01:06
#64
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Andorra Pocoto 
"OpTic secure MAJOR QUALIFIER spot."
2016-05-22 01:15
the list of the qualifier looks kinda scary for the teams coming from the minor
2016-05-22 01:08
yeah it does, the only teams that have a chance right now are dig and HR
2016-05-22 06:11
Rip favelas eZ major for NA
2016-05-22 01:36
favelas rekted
2016-05-22 01:52
#72
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Turkey osmanabi 
I want optic stickers. pls make it to the major
2016-05-22 02:01
Depending on their finish it is very realistic
2016-05-22 03:40
optic stickers + faze stickers + drug war vet incoming pls
2016-05-22 02:04
nice optic
2016-05-22 02:21
#78
swag | 
North America Ares872 
rofl that boltz -24 lololol but they'll find a way into the next major tempo too good not to be in but the good news is were 1 step closer to some OPTIC GAMING STICKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which weapon would they look best on? I think the Aqua Marine would probably be the best looking one!
2016-05-22 02:24
Optic stickers! Can't wait for them to qualify!
2016-05-22 12:41
Be nice if we could get a highlight clip for Stanislaw's insane pistol rounds. The MLG broadcast only showed 2 of the 9 kills, kek
2016-05-22 02:28
#82
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
tempo should have NO problem beating tsm in the last chance qualifier. if they lose against that trash they seriously need to take a look at their mistakes.
2016-05-22 02:39
TSM has been improving steadily. Wouldnt be surprised if they won. TS should be favorites
2016-05-22 02:40
I believe in a bo3 TS should be able to take it without surprises.
2016-05-22 03:06
Most people said the same before they played OpTic ;) I believe TS will win over TSM tho.
2016-05-22 03:11
My favela brothers are a bit delusional. Nvrthlss I believed the game was 55-45 for TS (and ut turned out 80-20 optic lol).
2016-05-22 03:17
TBH when i saw the maps i said either these goes 2-0 for OpTic or 2-1 for TS. It all depended on that cobble pick, it was a bold move on TS side, and it clearly didn't work out.
2016-05-22 03:22
when will these braindeads in NA learn to ban Train against Optic
2016-05-22 03:24
The dream is real, they're going to be great!
2016-05-22 03:25
#100
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Denmark geerZo 
4Head Peacemaker 4Head was 4Head the 4Head problem 4Head
2016-05-22 03:38
I am liking this new optic, Sad to see tempo storm lose though, they have been looking really solid lately.
2016-05-22 03:52
Well, gj!
2016-05-22 03:55
#105
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Other Arubian 
expected
2016-05-22 03:55
noice
2016-05-22 04:53
Quite unexpected.
2016-05-22 06:49
=D why? LG couldn't play for them so it was pretty expected.
2016-05-22 11:17
How many teams will qualify in poland to ESL in germany?
2016-05-22 07:24
#137
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France StickyRice 
8 i think (pretty sure) because 8 "Legends" teams (the ones getting to playoffs of previous major) so need 8 more teams to get the 16 teams.
2016-05-22 12:56
makes sence, ty
2016-05-22 13:15
#139
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France StickyRice 
Yeah, 8 teams from that tournament go to the major. It's confirmed here hltv.org/?pageid=18&threadid=1155276#r16..
2016-05-22 13:19
expected
2016-05-22 10:10
#126
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Russia razorVJ 
Nice I love when favelas get rekt.
2016-05-22 11:22
not so ez for favelas
2016-05-22 11:43
fantastic USA keep this monkeys in cage
2016-05-22 12:19
RIP Raynoodle's team BibleThump.
2016-05-22 12:24
You know there's something wrong when daps has 31 kills.
2016-05-22 13:32
GG
2016-05-22 15:14
these arent the groups
2016-05-22 15:14
just noticed, I'm an idiot
2016-05-22 15:15
inb4 faze, mlg, and optic stickers ingame LUL
2016-05-22 17:42
#156
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Europe Scottxaxa 
OpTic stickers are coming. Naming my Mac-10 MSMC with OG stickers on. Look it up yourself MSMC. ty
2016-05-22 20:59
faze/G2/dig/mouz for top 4, actually don't see Envyus even qualify to major lol.
2016-05-23 01:59
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