Space Soldiers qualify for SL i-League Invitational Shanghai
With a 2-0 victory over HAVU in the grand final of the European closed qualifier, Space Soldiers have booked their place at SL i-League Invitational Shanghai 2017.
The best-of-three series started began on Overpass, which went to overtime as HAVU could not deal the finishing blow when up 14-11. The first overtime could not decide a winner, but, in the second one, the Turkish team picked up four teams to take the map at 22-20.
Cache saw Space Soldiers take control of proceedings after losing the first two rounds of the game. Down 2-3, HAVU came close to restoring parity, but Buğra "Calyx" Arkın pulled off an impressive 1v3 clutch to keep his team in the lead.
The Turkish team continued to exert their dominance across the map, bringing the scoreline to a 9-3 advantage. HAVU then found a lifeline as they picked up two rounds in a row, with the final round of the half going to Space Soldiers.
Carrying their momentum into the second half, Space Soldiers won five rounds straight to hit match point. HAVU would then get a round on the board, but it was too little, too late, as the Turkish team wrapped things up to clinch a 2-0 victory and secure a place in the $150,000 tournament.
K - D
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES
56 - 44
Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx
56 - 35
Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R
48 - 36
Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz
39 - 43
Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN
37 - 44
With three invitees still to be determined for the event, which will run from November 2-5, here is how the team list currently looks:
|Space Soldiers||Invite #3|
|Invite #4||Invite #5|