Swole Patrol to EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier over NRG

Swole Patrol have secured a spot in the wild card qualifier for EPICENTER 2018 after topping the North American closed qualifier with a 2-1 victory over NRG.

A total of six teams participated in the tournament, which offered a slot at the wild card qualifier for the Russian event, to be played offline. Swole Patrol started their journey in the quarter-finals, sweeping past both FURIA and eUnited to reach the final, while NRG, who had to field ex-Cloud9 member Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert as a stand-in as Damian "daps" Steele is in London as part of the broadcast team for the Major, began their run in the semis, taking down BlackOut 2-0.

NRG secured their map pick, Inferno, without allowing Swole Patrol to win more than five rounds. The IEM Shanghai winners carried their momentum into the next map, Cache, where they stormed to an 8-1 lead, but then Swole Patrol finally woke up and pinned their opponents against the ropes, losing only one more round before locking down the map, 16-9.

freakazoid and co. earn their place at the EPICENTER wild card qualifier

The series came down to the decider, Train, which saw NRG bounce back from the defeat to secure an 8-7 lead at halftime. Chet "ImAPet" Singh's troops also put in a strong T display and hit match point at 15-10, but, against all expectations, they let the game slip away from them as Swole Patrol won five in a row to equalise the score before running out victorious in overtime to complete the turnaround in the series.

 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 67 - 52 +15 78.1 1.18
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 61 - 53 +8 71.3 1.13
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 59 - 58 +1 88.7 1.10
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 49 - 55 -6 62.5 0.96
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbertn0thing 43 - 61 -18 65.2 0.83
 Swole Patrol K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis 63 - 52 +11 91.0 1.23
United States Austin 'Cooper-' AbadirCooper- 64 - 51 +13 73.0 1.13
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' MaldonadoMarKE 61 - 58 +3 72.4 1.09
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierceswag 47 - 56 -9 69.5 0.89
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadirfreakazoid 44 - 62 -18 67.0 0.86

Swole Patrol are the third team confirmed for the wild card qualifier - scheduled for October 22 -, joining Virtus.pro and ENCE, with two slots due to be filled by the winners of the CIS and the Chinese qualifiers.

On October 19, the team of this quintet that is ranked highest in the HLTV ranking will receive a direct invitation and will not have to participate in the qualifier.

Featuring a $300,000 prize pool, EPICENTER 2018 will kick off on October 23 with a three-day group stage, followed by the playoffs on October 27-28 at the Park of Legends Ice Palace, in Moscow.

United States Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
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Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
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United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
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2018-09-10 02:48
Argentina [Darkaren] 
Expected af, n0thing IGL vs people who actually wanna win. Sad for NRG to miss 2 big events like Epicenter and the Major. But at the same time maybe we got a bit too hyped and they're just overrated. At least the stupid people that were like "-n0thing +daps" will shut the fuck up now.
2018-09-10 04:20
Portugal Fsgsh 
wtf i dod reale that nothing was playing in nrg now... its justa a stand in?
2018-09-10 04:26
United States VRGcarsonqi 
2018-09-10 10:04
dont you mean: the "-daps +n0thing" ppl will shut up now?
2018-09-10 06:19
Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
2018-09-10 11:18
Argentina [Darkaren] 
Yeah, I'm bad at typing, but I'm not changing it beacuse I want people to know I'm a hooman.
2018-09-10 17:28
2018-09-10 08:32
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
They were obviously throwing, it was painfull to watch this gameplay, solo pushing thru smokes, zero executes as t etc.
2018-09-10 14:22
United Kingdom XNL 
It's kinda hard to have any proper executes without your IGL.
2018-09-11 15:25
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Just cause there is no IGL isnt reason to play like monkeys, push thru smokes, always rush as T etc.
2018-09-11 16:31
United Kingdom XNL 
You don't understand how much structure an IGL brings to a team.
2018-09-11 17:11
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
I understand that, i dont understand why when IGL is out all the structure is gone. Like they dont remember anything IGL teaches them
2018-09-11 17:19
United Kingdom XNL 
But you've got to understand that the IGL will watch all the demos, understand how to anti-strat a team, know what calls to make on the fly and counter a team. The rest of the team won't put in this work cos the IGL will. This means that without out an IGL the team won't know what what setups the other team play, what T strats they normally use and how to counter them on a strategic level. An IGL can make or break team.
2018-09-11 17:38
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
But they didnt even make they own strats, they were just rushing and pushing smokes.
2018-09-11 17:44
United Kingdom XNL 
I guess you've never played at a competitive level. If you go into a game unprepared (like NRG did), your play will be puggy and you'll make weird plays to counter them.
2018-09-11 18:05
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
I played onle LoL at competative level, thats why i dont understand why dont just use your old tactics without igl instead of rushing and pushing smokes
2018-09-11 18:22
United Kingdom XNL 
I play LoL too. You'd still have an IGL or someone who is calling the shots in-game.
2018-09-11 19:02
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
When there is no IGL, someone still calls something, like you take two guys - insta baron call. You dont need igl for basics like this, and i think in cs you dont need igl to not push thru smokes all the time and ofc die.
2018-09-11 19:06
Portugal Fsgsh 
2018-09-10 04:27
2018-09-10 02:49
autimatic | 
United Kingdom TBass 
2018-09-10 02:49
Ok wtf
2018-09-10 02:49
NRG bots
2018-09-10 02:50
Yea rip them. Good team that might not break through.
2018-09-10 04:14
the absolute units
2018-09-10 02:52
2018-09-10 02:52
Brazil iNf42 
Kkkkk, WTF
2018-09-10 02:54
n0thing ;( But good fucking job Swole Patrol can't wait to see FREAKGOD
2018-09-10 02:56
Poland Hell2k 
wait what
2018-09-10 02:58
NRG top 10 team OMEGALUL
2018-09-10 02:58
With a stand in and vs good t3 team. NA is finally competitive
2018-09-10 04:15
2018-09-10 08:20
poor n0thing, always sucks losing third map in OT. gj swole patrol!
2018-09-10 02:58
China Blitzer 
If I were a NRG player I would have been pissed off with daps.
2018-09-10 02:59
he was invited to the major before the dates for epicenter were announce
2018-09-10 03:04
China Blitzer 
Truth. But he's a pro player and it is his org that pays him the salary + this was a closed qualifier for a big tournament. He should have given up on being an analyst at the Major to play for his team. Just my 2 cents...
2018-09-10 03:17
He made a promise and epicenter compared to the Major, even as an analyst, is not as prestigious.
2018-09-10 03:51
Honestly Daps was about as professional as he could be about the whole thing. It sucks, but he agreed to do a job and didn't turn it down. It's not like he said yes knowing there would be a conflict, which would've been an entirely different scenario.
2018-09-10 06:48
it was a qualifier for a qualifier. theyre not in the tournament yet
2018-09-10 12:39
2018-09-10 03:18
ropz | 
Canada Bucket0 
thats what happens when your igl abandons you
2018-09-10 03:20
Everyone on reddits heads will implode when they realize nothing isn't good anymore
2018-09-10 03:47
image what will happen to hltv after they realise s1mple is overrated
2018-09-10 09:50
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
That wont happen.
2018-09-10 14:23
its impossible to overrate his performance this year people were jerking him off all of last year though when he wasn't that exceptional
2018-09-10 17:21
Indonesia Exodd 
2018-09-10 03:52
Such a shitplay from NRG. I've been watching this game and yesterday one with Blackout. They played like they didn't care, or the opponent is "too easy" for them. Well, here are the results of that.
2018-09-10 03:57
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Noticed that too. Disgusting play especially after watching how teams play in major.
2018-09-10 14:24
+1 I hope daps will kick their asses so they will be more responsible in the future.
2018-09-10 15:16
holy shit WE HAWT
2018-09-10 04:12
2018-09-10 04:37
In the water I saw you drown Down the water Saw you drown As through my shattered sight You're no longer here
2018-09-10 04:48
Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
nice ez for MarkE ORALEEEE
2018-09-10 06:04
MarKE on lan wtf?!??!?!?
2018-09-10 06:22
Freakazoid and swag bottom fragging wtf
2018-09-10 07:46
Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
2018-09-10 08:41
nrg are so fucking bad
2018-09-10 09:28
MarkE > USA
2018-09-10 09:43
2018-09-10 09:56
Denmark MakeItHappen 
why u bully me ? :(
2018-09-10 10:14
African Union mikecool 
My member is swole kreygasm
2018-09-10 10:20
nrg lul
2018-09-10 10:40
fer | 
Russia Orz 
nothing ez LUL
2018-09-10 10:40
Omg really? I think win NRG so easy
2018-09-10 10:45
Nothing should just fully retire and stop standing in for teams
2018-09-10 10:49
Sweden godname 
nothing feelsbad, hahaha freakazoid got carryed
2018-09-10 14:06
Thats a big oof
2018-09-10 14:43
Nrg is so overhyped,why tho?
2018-09-10 16:22
2018-09-10 16:46
2018-09-10 17:43
WE HAWTTTTT, happy to see freak and swag going to a international lan again
2018-09-10 19:35
Bulgaria BlindBG11 
FeelsBadMan they always fail to qualify at the finals :\
2018-09-10 22:49
United States frakazoid 
Hopefully you guys will be cheering for us :)
2018-09-11 17:25
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