The Pioneers, Freedom 35 through to Americas Minor closed qualifier
Over 70 teams across North American took part in the final open qualifier for the next Americas Minor, with Freedom 35 blanking burds treadmill and Gorilla Gang, while The Pioneers swept iNTACT before winning their three-map series over F1-racecar-PEEK to advance to the closed qualifier.
The first semi-final kicked off on Dust2, where Freedom 35 came out swinging to earn the pistol and the following anti-ecos in the 3-0 start. Gorilla Gang managed to throw a few rounds on the board but Freedom 35 took the lead, 9-6, at halftime. Gorilla Gang jumped out in the second half to secure the pistol, but Freedom 35’s CT-side was stout and they held off to take the 16-8 map win and series lead.
The series then landed on Inferno, where Gorilla Gang go out to a flying start winning the T-pistol before earning a 5-1 lead. Freedom 35 got back in the picture with six in a row to turn it around to 7-6, before eventually claiming the first half with an 8-7 scoreline. Gorilla Gang secured the second pistol at the start, but once again Freedom 35 dominated in the second half to win 16-11 and seal passage to the closed qualifier.
|Gorilla Gang||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Brenden 'stellar' McGrathstellar||35 - 42||-7||82.7||0.96|
|Cameron 'cam' Kerncam||32 - 35||-3||65.3||0.94|
|Josh 'oSee' OhmoSee||33 - 41||-8||75.4||0.93|
|Ryan 'ryann' Welshryann||32 - 40||-8||66.5||0.87|
|Ben 'ben1337' Smithben1337||18 - 41||-23||46.9||0.53|
|Freedom 35||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Victor 'food' Wongfood||56 - 29||+27||98.5||1.62|
|Jonathan 'Jonji' CareyJonji||44 - 34||+10||97.4||1.47|
|David 'Toy' HanToy||41 - 28||+13||85.4||1.32|
|Tyson 'TenZ' NgoTenZ||34 - 35||-1||78.8||1.10|
|Sam '4sh0t' Mariano4sh0t||24 - 24||0||46.2||0.96|
On the other side of the bracket, The Pioneers got off to a flying start on Train with a 10-5 lead at the half; however, F1-racecar-PEEK rallied back in the second half with 11 straight to secure the map and the series lead. Collin "wrath" McSweegan and his men then dominated the remainder of the series as F1-racecar-PEEK could only win five rounds across Mirage and Cache, with The Pioneers securing their spot in the closed qualifier.
|F1-racecar-PEEK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Danny 'huynh' Huynhhuynh||52 - 45||+7||87.4||1.24|
|Alex 'lanhero' Suarezlanhero||42 - 45||-3||67.2||0.92|
|Ricky 'floppy' Kemeryfloppy||44 - 48||-4||79.3||0.92|
|Gabe 'Spongey' GreinerSpongey||35 - 45||-10||66.4||0.89|
|Jake 'kaboose' McDonaldkaboose||34 - 51||-17||60.9||0.80|
|The Pioneers||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Collin 'wrath' McSweeganwrath||61 - 47||+14||106.0||1.39|
|Chad 'Oderus' MillerOderus||65 - 42||+23||85.3||1.36|
|Sebastian 'seb' Buckiseb||50 - 37||+13||89.8||1.32|
|Connor 'CONNOR93' GloverCONNOR93||38 - 46||-8||69.4||0.96|
|Michael 'MAiNLiNE' JaberMAiNLiNE||19 - 35||-16||43.5||0.76|
With eight teams confirmed from the open qualifier, eight more are still to be announced via invite for the upcoming closed qualifier. The list of teams through to the North American Closed Qualifier, scheduled for June 22-24, looks as follows: