Misfits squeeze past CLG; claim Main Qualifier spot
Misfits have claimed the first Main Qualifier spot at the Americas Minor after edging CLG in a tight series 2-1 (Cobblestone 16-13, Overpass 14-16, Mirage 16-14).
The winners bracket final for one of the spots at the Main Qualifier began on CLG's choice, Cobblestone, where Kenneth "koosta" Suen kicked things off with a quad-kill to go up 3-0. It wasn't until 6-1 when Misfits were able to string rounds together and avoid getting reset, as they went on a three-round run. Once Stephen "reltuC" Cutler got a double entry in the 11th round, CLG regained control of the half and only conceded one more round before switching over to the defense at 10-5.
Hunter "SicK" Mims's triple in the second pistol allowed Misfits to start climbing back, and a quick B execute in the first gunround saw Sean "seang@res" Gares's side equalize the scoreline at 10 apiece. CLG clinched the following round with a solid defense on A, but the economy reset came in afterward and Misfits reached their 14th round. With a close retake on B as well as a 1v2 clutch from reltuC CLG closed the gap to 13-14, but a B execute from their opponents sent them on a poor forcebuy and Misfits grabbed map one.
On their own pick, Overpass, Misfits got off to a flying start off of François "AmaNEk" Delaunay's four kills in the pistol round. Unable to find the right defense for their opponents' executes, CLG found themselves down 1-8, but two B retakes finally worked out for them as they picked up five more rounds before the half came to a close at 9-6 in favor of Misfits.
The situation was flipped at the beginning of the second half, as CLG went on a streak of six rounds for a 12-9 lead. Like their opponents in the first half, Misfits were able to stabilize and equalize the scoreline at 13-13, with seang@res pulling off a triple-kill in a crucial round that helped his team avoid an economic reset. Instead, CLG were forced on a poor buy after the next two rounds were exchanged, but a 1v2 win from Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland and a subsequent B execute made the difference to force the decider, Mirage.
Starting on the Terrorist side, CLG picked up the first four rounds and continued to rack up the lead despite losing the next. Ethan "Ethan" Arnold's 1v2 gave his team their seventh round and koosta stepping up to the plate with three kills in a 2v3 scenario pushed the score to 10-1. A 1v1 clutch from AmaNEk broke the streak and Misfits finally recovered, switching sides with four rounds to their name.
David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic and company stayed alive despite losing the following pistol round, as a few pick-offs in the next forcebuy gave them a way back into the match. A triple-kill by Ethan in the first full buy pushed CLG to 13, but a quick reset allowed Misfits to close the gap further. seang@res then clutched a tide-turning 1v2 to even things out at 13-13, and a fantastic ace from Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan gave them their first lead. The next two rounds were split, which sent CLG on low economy, and Misfits finished off the tight series at 16-14 to claim the first Main Qualifier spot.
K - D
François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk
72 - 55
Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' KhanShahZaM
65 - 54
David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevicdevoduvek
49 - 60
Sean 'seang@res' Garesseang@res
59 - 59
Hunter 'SicK' MimsSicK
47 - 59
With Misfits claiming the first spot from the Americas Minor, here is the updated list of teams of the ELEAGUE Major's Main Qualifier:
|AVANGAR||Quantum Bellator Fire|
|Europe Minor #2||Americas Minor #2|