NRG qualify for StarSeries i-League S5
NRG continue their tear in online competitions, qualifying for another LAN—this time the StarSeries i-League Season 5.
The tournament will take place in Kiev, Ukraine on May 28 - June 3, with $300,000 up for grabs. StarSeries i-League S5 is expected to have the same format as the preceding season, with BO3 Swiss System being used in the 16-team group stage and single-elimination playoffs following.
The North American qualifier for the tournament featured the likes of Rogue and Complexity, who made their way through the group stage, and the likes of Renegades and NRG who got invited directly to the bracket stage. The latter two teams showed the most in the playoffs, with NRG 2-0'ing Swole Patrol and Luminosity to reach the grand final, while Renegades defeated eUnited 2-0 before achieving a hard-fought victory over Complexity.
The grand final saw Train being played first, with Renegades' pistol round win being returned on instantly by Damian "daps" Steele's squad, who then went to take the 5-1 CT-side lead. Renegades made it competitive for the rest of the half, finishing only 9-6 down, but were blown out in the second half and NRG soon closed it out 16-8.
Overpass followed, where NRG would once again grab a good start on the CT side. Renegades took the first gun round, but an instant reset from the side of NRG left them in a tough spot and allowed them to only muster one more round for the half (13-2). After the switch, the North American side closed out the game promptly, finishing it 16-3 and taking the series.
K - D
40 - 18
44 - 22
36 - 23
30 - 21
28 - 24
NRG are now qualified for four upcoming LAN events: IEM Sydney 2018, the ESL Pro League S7 Finals, StarSeries i-League S5 and the ECS S5 Finals, only missing out on ESL One Belo Horizonte, where they were bested by Torqued in the semi-final of the qualifier.
Currently, only three teams for StarSeries i-League Season 5 are known. One CIS and two European teams are set to grab spots through their respective qualifiers, while the remaining spots at the 16-team event will be filled through invites.
The following teams are now confirmed for StarSeries i-League Season 5: