TeamOne, Ghost to IEM Sydney North American closed qualifier

TeamOne and Ghost Gaming are through to the North American closed qualifier for IEM Sydney after finishing top two in the open bracket.

A total of 128 teams from the North American region competed in the open qualifier for IEM Sydney 2018, with all of the matches being BO1 leading up to the semi-final. The first portion of the qualifier saw the South Africans of Bravado eliminate Mythic and Splyce edge past Vikings in overtime, while TeamOne and Ghost breezed through their competition to stay alive through the first rounds of the playoffs.

Kory "SEMPHIS" Friesen’s Splyce went head-to-head against the Brazilians of TeamOne, who had recently turned heads at the WESG 2017 World Finals after eliminating Major champions Cloud9 in the quarter-finals. The Brazilian side started on their map pick, Cache, where Splyce controlled the first half on the terrorist side for a 9-6 lead. Both teams went back and forth throughout the second half, with Splyce eventually forcing overtime - in which Jean-Michel "mch" D'Oliveira and his men picked up two rounds in both halves to claim the series lead.

TeamOne will move on to the IEM Sydney closed qualifier

Splyce looked to even the series on Train, but the Brazilians' CT-side marched through the first half to hand David "DAVEY" Stafford and co. a 10-5 deficit. TeamOne continued their dominance through the second half, winning the first four rounds to what it seemed like a quick half. However, Splyce finally got back into the action by breaking the Brazilians' economy with a flawless A-execute that granted seven straight to bring the deficit within two. Still, TeamOne prevented Splyce from forcing the overtime rounds to clinch one of the two closed qualifier slots.

 TeamOne K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Jean-Michel 'mch' D'Oliveiramch 58 - 39 +19 87.8 1.30
Brazil Victor 'iDk' TorracaiDk 51 - 43 +8 87.9 1.22
Brazil Alencar 'trk' Rossatotrk 40 - 46 -6 77.2 1.10
Brazil Pedro 'Maluk3' CamposMaluk3 44 - 42 +2 70.7 1.09
Brazil Pedro 'drg' Limadrg 36 - 43 -7 57.2 0.86
 Splyce K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada David 'DAVEY' StaffordDAVEY 55 - 41 +14 87.3 1.24
United States Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC 48 - 39 +9 75.0 1.10
United States Zack 'XotiC' ElshaniXotiC 39 - 48 -9 61.8 0.92
United States Taylor 'Drone' JohnsonDrone 37 - 51 -14 68.1 0.88
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' FriesenSEMPHIS 34 - 50 -16 67.2 0.85

The second semi-final between Ghost and Bravado started on the South Africans' map pick, Cobblestone, where the first half was all about Ghost's T-side as the North Americans picked up 11 rounds. The sides switched and so did the momentum as Bravado began to rack rounds, but Ghost kept their cool and took the map in the final round of regulation. 

Andy "vSa" Xu and his men were determined to take home their map pick, Train, but Bravado put their foot down in the pistol round for a win. Ghost quickly rallied back to take control on their T-side, not allowing much room for Bravado to pick up their economy, resulting in a 10-5 lead at the half. Ghost continued to press on, only giving up one round in the second half, with Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik finishing the game with a 1.79 rating and a 112.6 ADR to help his team clinch the last closed qualifier slot.

 Bravado K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic 31 - 31 0 67.1 1.04
South Africa Johnny 'JT' TheodosiouJT 39 - 38 +1 75.5 1.00
South Africa Dimitri 'Detrony' HadjipaschaliDetrony 35 - 39 -4 78.8 0.95
South Africa Rhys 'Fadey' ArmstrongFadey 33 - 39 -6 75.2 0.95
South Africa Ruan 'ELUSIVE' van WykELUSIVE 24 - 38 -14 55.6 0.82
 Ghost K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' YuWARDELL 42 - 32 +10 91.3 1.39
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' TaoufikSubroza 42 - 33 +9 85.8 1.31
United Kingdom Tramaine 'stan1ey' Stanleystan1ey 37 - 31 +6 74.4 1.17
United States Sebastian 'seb' Buckiseb 38 - 33 +5 68.3 1.14
Canada Andy 'vSa' XuvSa 25 - 33 -8 64.8 0.92

With the open qualifier now behind us, the complete team list for the North American closed qualifier, which will run from March 29-30, can be found below:

North America Liquid North America Complexity
United States Torqued United States NRG
Denmark OpTic Brazil Luminosity
Brazil TeamOne Canada Ghost
Brazil Jean-Michel 'mch' D'Oliveira
Jean-Michel 'mch' D'Oliveira
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
352
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Andy 'vSa' Xu
Andy 'vSa' Xu
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
806
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Canada David 'DAVEY' Stafford
David 'DAVEY' Stafford
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
628
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
528
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
#2
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African Union BoyBetterKnow! 
epic
2018-03-29 12:09
#5
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
cool
2018-03-29 12:10
not cool
2018-03-29 12:10
Great news
2018-03-29 12:17
New Brazilian team on the scene?
2018-03-29 13:22
#38
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Peru vaniIIa 
Ghost FeelsGoodMan
2018-03-29 17:28
#3
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Australia Charlemagne814 
Tier99
2018-03-29 12:09
#18
vsm | 
Brazil edivan1987 
Team One are #24 and on the rise. Wait, wait... and you'll can see the real level of them.
2018-03-29 12:52
Kangaroo CS OMEGALUL
2018-03-29 12:57
At least Australia has a tier 1 tournament. What does Argentina have?
2018-03-29 13:21
#26
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Brazil Seleskva 
Messi
2018-03-29 13:47
who? I only know GodRonaldo
2018-03-29 13:48
#28
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Brazil Seleskva 
There is only one GodRonaldo oi64.tinypic.com/2v3lv9g.jpg
2018-03-29 13:53
#32
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Brazil de_lite 
+1
2018-03-29 16:02
#33
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Finland aake 
+1
2018-03-29 16:16
The Real MudaFUck Ronaldo, not the portuguese budget..
2018-03-29 18:25
#4
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Italy Er1cz 
Ok
2018-03-29 12:10
:) Yea
2018-03-29 12:10
#8
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Brazil skindaskill 
Lets go teamone
2018-03-29 12:11
#12
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
so ez for Ghost ft. #1 cheater Subroza
2018-03-29 12:37
Subroza ready to dodge another lan
2018-03-29 12:58
#21
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
ghost shits with 2 cheater onliners subroza and wardell carrying
2018-03-29 13:17
Really hope Liquid make it through. They deserve the invite more than C9 imo.
2018-03-29 13:29
#25
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Brazil Lucasyyz 
I really wanna see Wardell and subroza on lan
2018-03-29 13:47
ohohoho and I wanna see an unicorn making sex with an white rhinoceros
2018-03-29 18:26
EZ ONE
2018-03-29 14:29
Will laugh my ass out when one day i will wake up to the news of subroza vac
2018-03-29 15:31
hard for t1 but I hope they impress
2018-03-29 15:56
america is noobs lol, brazil is better, na 0 majors, brazil 2
2018-03-29 16:23
good but "na 0 majors"? mmm
2018-03-29 17:06
#37
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Brazil BlueLighting 
look at the name, you got baited
2018-03-29 17:10
almost called bait then I saw your name, ty for being honest and sharing your true beliefs:)
2018-03-29 17:09
vait
2018-03-29 17:46
Congratz to T1, they are currently our national pride!! get that closed qualifier, only liquid, luminosity and NRG are tough, the rest is pure garbage. sorry for my englando, IDGAF! #MAJORQUALIFIER
2018-03-29 20:13
#43
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Brazil primate_user 
Savage 👌😂🔥
2018-03-29 20:20
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