MVP PK and Grayhound have booked spots at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, in Dallas, after finishing top two at the Asia-Pacific LAN finals.
The first squad to secure a place in Dallas was Grayhound, who took on ORDER in the first semi-final of the Asia-Pacific finals, in Sydney The all-Australian clash kicked off on Mirage, ORDER's map pick, but it was Grayhound who took the lead in the series with a 16-11 victory.
Next up was Nuke, Grayhound's map pick, which was an ever tighter affair. Christopher "dexter" Nong's men hit match point at 15-11 but were then surprised by a last-gasp effort from ORDER, who reduced the deficit to a solitary round. However, Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga's men remained calm and collected, and locked down the map in the final round of regulation.
In the other semi-final, MVP PK and Tainted Minds faced off in what would turn out to be a two-map series. It all started on Inferno, the Koreans' map pick, with Keun-Chul "solo" Kang and co. securing a 9-6 half-time lead as Terrorists. After switching to the CT-side, MVP PK remained in control of the action, losing just four rounds before closing out the map.
MVP PK carried that momentum into their opponents' map pick, Train, and bagged a dominant 13-2 advantage after playing on the CT side. Tainted Minds still tried to turn things around in the second half, but it was in vain as MVP PK eventually picked up the three rounds they needed to assure themselves of a spot in Dallas.
1. MVP PK - spot at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals
2. Grayhound - spot at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals
3-4. Tainted Minds - $12,000
3-4. ORDER - $12,000
5-6. Signature - $9,500
5-6. BOOT-d[S] - $9,500
7-8. TheMongolz - $7,500
7-8. SCARZ Absolute - $7,500
The ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals will run from May 14 to 20 in Dallas, where 16 teams will battle it out for a share of the $750,000 prize pool. The team list for the event currently looks as follows:
| Natus Vincere
|| MVP PK
|Europe #5||North America #3|
|Europe #6||North America #4|
|Europe #7||North America #5|
|ESL LA League||North America #6|