First round in Bucharest over
The opening matches at PGL Regional Minor Championship Europe are complete as Space Soldiers, LDLC, Epsilon, and ENCE started their campaigns with victories.
The $50,000 EU Minor which will hand out two spots at the ELEAGUE Major Offline Qualifier started with the group stage opening matches which were played as best-of-ones.
Space Soldiers and ALTERNATE aTTaX faced off on Cobblestone and the Germans had a strong CT-side to kick things off, leading 10-5 at halftime. The Turkish team were able to come back as Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş controlled the map and secured the victory with a 16-14 scoreline.
Epsilon won their first match
GODSENT played against LDLC on Overpass in the other opening match of the group. Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans's side had a 6-0 advantage at the beginning and closed out the half 10-5 ahead. LDLC struggled on the T-side and GODSENT took the match to overtime. LDLC won the close overtime 21-19 and became the opponents of Space Soldiers in the winners' match.
The first clash in Group B was also on Cobblestone which went to overtime after both Epsilon and Heroic had 11-4 CT-side halves. Epsilon took charge in the second overtime and won the map 26-22, advancing to the winners' match.
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