Luminosity qualify for DreamHack Open Valencia over eUnited
Luminosity have earned a spot at DreamHack Open Valencia after defeating eUnited 2-1 (16-14 on Inferno, 13-16 on Overpass, and 16-2 on Mirage) in the grand final of the North American closed qualifier.
eUnited and Complexity had eased past their opponents in the quarter-finals before facing off over three maps in the semi-finals, with eUnited coming out on top. On the other side of the bracket, Rogue and Luminosity had both come close in their 2-1 series over Gorilla Gang and Bravado, respectively, before meeting each other in the last-four stage, in which the Brazilians secured victory in the decider.
The grand final kicked off on eUnited’s map pick, Inferno, where the North Americans' slow execute on B was immediately shut down by Luminosity. The Brazilians’ then picked up the anti-ecos and claimed five more, but eUnited broke the streak with a double-kill from Will "dazzLe" Loafman in the post-plant.
eUnited pressed, on breaking Luminosity’s economy to win three more, until the Brazilians’ firm hold on the A-site earned them the round win and set them up for a 10-5 half-time lead. eUnited began the second half by stopping the wrap-around attempt through CT-spawn to secure the pistol, but Luminosity took over on their T-side to rally back with three straight, 13-6.
Michael "dapr" Gulino then put eUnited back in the wheelhouse with three clutches to set the team up for a five-round streak. Luminosity then won their buy round, but eUnited were quick to contest with two as rounds went back a forth, until the Brazilians locked down the map in the 30th round.
The series then moved to Overpass, where Luminosity’s rotation to A for the plant was quickly recovered by eUnited, who claimed the CT pistol on a defuse and then took control of proceedings to secure 13 rounds straight. Finally, Lucas "steel" Lopes won the 1v1 post-plant on B to win the first round for Luminosity, who would go on to add a second to their tally before swtiching sides.
In the second half, Luminosity continued their reign on the CT-side with four straight rounds, but eUnited got their money and their wits together to reach map point. The Brazilians then snapped eUnited’s economy to win seven straight (13-15), but a late rotation to A and post-plant hold from eUnited resulted in an even series.
The decider came down to Mirage, where Luminosity came out of the gates with six straight on the T-side before eUnited could hold off for a round win. Luminosity remained in the driving seat through the first half for a 13-2 lead, which they followed up with three straight after the break to punch their ticket to DreamHack Open Valencia.
|Luminosity||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel||66 - 47||+19||92.7||1.44|
|Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel||62 - 46||+16||83.0||1.26|
|Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ||56 - 47||+9||79.5||1.17|
|Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME||57 - 51||+6||76.9||1.13|
|Vinicios 'PKL' CoelhoPKL||47 - 48||-1||68.4||1.09|
|eUnited||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kaleb 'moose' Jaynemoose||54 - 53||+1||79.1||1.08|
|Michael 'dapr' Gulinodapr||60 - 57||+3||80.6||1.03|
|Skyler 'Relyks' WeaverRelyks||44 - 57||-13||62.6||0.83|
|Will 'dazzLe' LoafmandazzLe||46 - 62||-16||71.7||0.83|
|Brandon 'Ace' WinnAce||35 - 61||-26||54.2||0.66|
Luminosity join European qualifier winners Fragsters on the team list for DreamHack Valencia, which will run from July 12-14. Five spots will be filled through invites, while the eighth team will come from an Iberian qualifier. The event's team list looks as follows: