EURONICS and Kinguin through to the EU Minor Closed Qualifier
EURONICS made their way through the round-of-sixteen after easing past tradigt 16-2, on Overpass. Then the German team convincingly swept Tricked across Overpass and Inferno, locking their place in the semi-finals against Squared, who earned their slot after defeating fnatic Academy 2-1 in the quarter-finals.
Squared and EURONICS kicked off their series on Overpass, where the German's map pick proved to be their playground with a massive 11-4 defensive lead at the half. Christian "crisby" Schmitt and his men then fired all cylinders in the second half, winning five straight to take the map and the series lead.
The series landed on Squared's map pick, Train, where EURONICS continued to hound on the Danes for a 5-0 lead. Squared finally got on the board in the sixth round, but the Germans quickly retaliated with their own. That's when Squared finally broke the chains and won seven in a row before EURONICS claimed the last round of the half to make it 8-7.
In the second half, Squared claimed the second pistol and the following anti-eco, but EURONICS' aggression on their T-side broke the Danes run with three in a row to tie (10-10). The two sides then traded rounds back and forth until EURONICS finally reached match point, where Squared's run came to an end—the Danes were unable to force overtime and ended with a 16-14 loss.
|Squared||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|36 - 39||-3||71.5||1.01|
|29 - 35||-6||74.7||0.96|
|32 - 38||-6||73.2||0.92|
|28 - 39||-11||62.6||0.80|
|25 - 40||-15||57.6||0.73|
|EURONICS||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|47 - 31||+16||89.8||1.46|
|47 - 33||+14||88.9||1.39|
|35 - 25||+10||74.4||1.25|
|34 - 25||+9||80.8||1.21|
|28 - 36||-8||75.4||0.91|
Kinguin silenced eXtatus, 16-9, and saw off Berzerk after just two maps, before moving on to the semi-finals to go head-to-head against Singularity, who made their way to the semis after taking out Imperial and sweeping Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg's Magicians.
The series started on Overpass, Singularity's pick, where the two sides contested in the early rounds until Kinguin finally took the reins of to claim the lead, 9-6 for the CT half. Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and co. then pressed on in the second half to win seven out of eight rounds, securing the map and the series lead.
Nuke was the next map in the series. Kinguin came out of the gates swinging and pounded Singularity to the ground with 13 unanswered rounds. The Swedes were finally able to break the streak in the 14th round, but, in the end, it was Kinguin who took the half 14-1 before securing the final two rounds in the second half to close it out 2-0.
|Singularity||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|24 - 34||-10||73.6||0.75|
|20 - 34||-14||50.3||0.61|
|13 - 32||-19||55.3||0.55|
|18 - 33||-15||55.6||0.53|
|13 - 34||-21||54.4||0.51|
|Kinguin||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|43 - 19||+24||119.6||1.82|
|33 - 15||+18||81.5||1.55|
|29 - 19||+10||85.8||1.47|
|33 - 16||+17||70.7||1.45|
|29 - 19||+10||83.8||1.32|
With one more open qualifier to go, the list of teams through the Europe Minor Closed Qualifier is currently: