YeaH! and Virtue have secured places in the ESL One Belo Horizonte South America closed qualifier after finishing top two in the first open qualifier.
Fresh off winning ESEA Open Brazil,YeaH! reached the last-four stage of this 50-team open qualifier after beating LiNE5 and DETONA in the Round of 16 and in the quarter-final stage of the single-elimination bracket.
Caio "zqkS" Fonseca and co. then met Wild in the semi-final, they and began the series on the right foot on Overpass, securing a dominant 11-4 half-time lead as Terrorists. Wild then picked up the second pistol, but YeaH! responded with a successful force-buy, after which they quickly locked down the map.
On Inferno, Wild's map pick, YeaH! opened up the action with a five-round winning streak on the T-side. Wild then finally got a footing in the game, but YeaH! never let their opponents take control of proceedings and switch sides with a comfortable 10-5 lead.
Carrying their momentum into the second half, YeaH! further added to their lead and quickly found themselves up 14-5. Wild still tried to mount a comeback into the game by winning four rounds in a row, but it was all for naught as zqkS' side eventually took the map at 16-9.
K - D
Victor 'bld' Rochabld
41 - 27
Guilherme 'dukeN' GóesdukeN
41 - 29
Felipe 'delboNi' DelbonidelboNi
44 - 22
Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand
40 - 29
Caio 'zqkS' FonsecazqkS
34 - 25
As for Virtue, who had beaten the likes of Team O2 and taotoma in the previous stages of the bracket, they battled it out against Renato "nak" Nakano's Sharks. It all started on Mirage, where Virtue's near-fawless CT side earned them a 16-7 victory after the first half had ended with a 9-6 scoreline.
On the second map, Overpass, Sharks looked like a much stronger team and took a commanding 10-2 lead as Terrorists. And even though Virtue then reduced the deficit to 5-10 by half-time, Sharks lost just one round in the second half before winning the map to take the series to Train.
The decider map's first half was highly-contested from the start, with Virtue taking a narrow 8-7 lead into the break. In the second half, Sharks levelled up the score after winning their T-side pistol, but then Lucas "destiny" Bullo and co. came up huge, stringing eight rounds together to seal a spot in the closed qualifier.
K - D
Rodrigo 'RCF' FigueiredoRCF
64 - 55
Raphael 'exit' Lacerdaexit
51 - 46
Jhonatan 'jnt' Silvajnt
46 - 52
Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveiraleo_druNky
47 - 51
Renato 'nak' Nakanonak
27 - 51
YeaH! and Virtue will join four invited sides and the top two sides of the second open bracket in the closed qualifier, which will run from April 24 to May 9. The team list for the qualifier currently looks as follows:
|Não Tem Como||Luminosity|
|Open qual. #2||Open. qual #2|