AVANGAR qualify for EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier

AVANGAR have defeated Imperial 2-1 in the grand final of the EPICENTER CIS Closed Qualifier to book their place at the wild card qualifier.

A total of eight teams competed in the tournament, which offered a slot at the offline wild card qualifier for the Russian event. AVANGAR made their way through to the final after a series sweep over forZe and easing past Spirit. On the other side of the bracket, Imperial topped their three-map series over HellRaisers and then punched their ticket to the final after taking down Monolith in two maps.

The grand final kicked off on Overpass, AVANGAR's map pick, but the first half would have suggested otherwise as Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas and his men gave no margin for error against the Kazakhstan side in the 13-2 T side half, before closing out the second half as CTs with a 16-2 map victory.

James' 1.47 rating helped AVANGAR secure the comeback on Cache

Mirage was next in the series, which saw a highly-contested first half result in Imperial barely claiming the 8-7 half advantage. EspiranTos' side marched into the second half winning the CT pistol and the subsequent anti-ecos, before Dzhami "Jame" Ali & company's stout offense struck back to lock down nine out of ten rounds, securing the 16-12 map victory to force the Cache decider.

Imperial came out in the decider winning five in a row right off the bat as AVANGAR struggled to hold off the Terrorists' dominant run, who claimed the 11-4 score at halftime. In the second half, AVANGAR managed to turn things around by winning five of their own before Imperial's defense ended the streak. From there, the two sides fought tooth and nail, until the Kazakhstan side finally put a nail in the coffin to secure the 16-14 map victory and a spot at the wild card qualifier.

Matchpage
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6th October 2018
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Overpass
16
16
Mirage
12
16
Cache
14
 AVANGAR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 66 - 42 +24 83.5 1.36
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 50 - 50 0 59.7 0.96
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 42 - 52 -10 63.5 0.84
Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' TurlybekovKrizzeN 39 - 57 -18 68.1 0.81
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytovfitch 34 - 60 -26 72.5 0.78
 Imperial K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' MilasauskasEspiranTo 60 - 46 +14 86.6 1.31
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 55 - 46 +9 73.0 1.16
France Ali 'hAdji' HaïnousshAdji 56 - 49 +7 74.3 1.11
Lithuania Žygimantas 'nukkye' Chmieliauskasnukkye 44 - 39 +5 68.9 1.04
Lithuania Eimantas 'pounh' Lazickaspounh 46 - 51 -5 71.3 0.99

AVANGAR are the fifth and final team confirmed for the offline wild card qualifier — scheduled for October 22 — joining Virtus.pro, ENCE, Swole Patrol, and 5POWER.

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

EPICENTER 2018 features a $300,000 prize pool and 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.

Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
693
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.09
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
690
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
#1
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Palestine zwe 
unexpected tbh
2018-10-06 23:12
#4
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Netherlands @Deji 
Yes
2018-10-06 23:12
#8
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
Im watching how u edit ur comment
2018-10-06 23:13
#10
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Palestine zwe 
yes
2018-10-06 23:13
#11
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Sweden Unluko 
n1
2018-10-06 23:14
#2
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
Best comeback ever
2018-10-06 23:12
#28
qikert | 
Canada cherryy 
+1
2018-10-06 23:36
ez
2018-10-06 23:12
#5
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
5 muslims>1 muslim 2EZ
2018-10-06 23:13
jame, hadji
2018-10-06 23:15
#29
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Myanmar xdcc 
both first name ali? coincidence????? I THINK NOT
2018-10-06 23:56
#71
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Lithuania aisTISsS 
Wtf LOL
2018-10-07 12:46
they are not muslims
2018-10-06 23:19
#6
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Poland trollorowy 
bedperial gg
2018-10-06 23:13
#7
D0cC | 
Germany SETSA217 
next top1 CIS expected
2018-10-06 23:13
#9
kNgV- | 
Italy InSuu 
NICE
2018-10-06 23:13
#13
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Russia M13f 
ez4Jame ez haha 1x9
2018-10-06 23:16
without fitch jame is shit)
2018-10-06 23:18
#18
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Russia M13f 
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov 34 - 60 -26 72.5 0.78 expected
2018-10-06 23:19
so fitch is kazak taco
2018-10-06 23:20
this he motivated team
2018-10-06 23:31
he does but opponent team
2018-10-07 09:10
lmfao
2018-10-07 09:13
#60
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Indonesia segopecel 
+1 haha
2018-10-07 10:51
But unlike taco, fitch is actually good at the game.
2018-10-07 00:52
#14
gla1ve | 
Mongolia icyou 
Ez comeback but wp espiranto u are god
2018-10-06 23:17
Ez so ez for RU and Kaz
2018-10-06 23:19
#20
World Jeza 
wtf is hAdji doing in this lineup lol
2018-10-06 23:21
#21
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Brazil stewArt1 
"James' 1.47 rating helped AVANGAR secure the comeback on Cache" its not Jame's ?
2018-10-06 23:22
#25
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Russia anime_is_g4y 
2018-10-06 23:28
#37
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United States Sillychubs 
He’s talking about the grammar. It should have been jame’s rating instead of james’ rating.
2018-10-07 00:44
JESUS fkn CHRIST hold the phone, did they just make a TYPO? THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND I ASSUME YOU WILL FIRE THE CULPRIT WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
2018-10-07 02:56
Thanks James Bond
2018-10-06 23:25
#24
speed4k | 
Russia Shkek 
WHY IS JAME SO GOOD
2018-10-06 23:25
#26
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Paraguay HighAIching 
chokeperial
2018-10-06 23:28
2 amazing comebacks from Avangar. GG
2018-10-06 23:31
Rip Imperial flying all day and then had to win two bo3
2018-10-07 00:12
#41
Arthas | 
Russia X@NjK 
sosi po fakty
2018-10-07 02:13
po fakty sosi
2018-10-07 03:07
#44
zehN | 
African Union slcwpcke 
They didnt fly all day, and they had an advantage cuz they were playing together.
2018-10-07 06:07
haha dont joke m8. Also its funny how these russians think they are strong is CS but actually hide under CIS. Its only savage KAzaks doing work
2018-10-07 07:45
lmao crying like babyragepiranto
2018-10-07 09:11
#55
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Russia ZzzonkeDD 
Jame , electronic , flamie not strong players? Wtf?
2018-10-07 09:47
#56
zehN | 
African Union slcwpcke 
Jame is literally the top fragger lol, and the real thing is how a lithuanian team is playing the cis qualifier
2018-10-07 09:57
if they wanna create little CIS e-sports region in ex-ussr then why not, lmao Lithuania want this. So much easier qualifiers, maybe even Estonia and Latvia will do something
2018-10-07 10:19
#58
zehN | 
African Union slcwpcke 
That why they lost to avangar cuz it was too easy
2018-10-07 10:27
they were jsut tired why are u so mad
2018-10-07 11:06
it wasnt so easy but whatever Imp choked so they had balls to close it out thats only a good thing
2018-10-07 11:13
#63
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Latvia latvianguy 
pounh tweeted: ''2.5 hours sleep and hot hotel room killed us, gg'' - No offense, but its their own fault if they cant get enough sleep, and I know that you can ask for fan in the room, so gg they just choked.
2018-10-07 11:28
ah man thats brutal, travelling is a bitch for some people too. For the Kazaks baushka was bringing sandwiches and tea in their little flats. But hey... Imperial need to keep grinding and thats all
2018-10-07 11:32
#65
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Latvia latvianguy 
Yeah, understand. But, it's stupid that when a favorite lose they always have some excuses *sk khem khem SK* but yeah Imperial is one of my favorite teams, they beat HR in that qual, lets hope they beat the shit out of them today too.
2018-10-07 11:33
Yes they wake up today to a new day, they can still qualify for Chicago as well. It all has to start today we all know this team is 2015 meta, pure momentum team
2018-10-07 11:35
#72
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Lithuania aisTISsS 
<3
2018-10-07 12:50
"On October 19, the team that is ranked highest in the HLTV ranking will receive a direct invitation and will not have to participate in the qualifier." HLTV ranking = meta
2018-10-07 00:16
#33
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Myanmar xdcc 
basically invite to ENCE unless HR won CIS qualifier
2018-10-07 00:21
#35
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
wait highest CIS ranked team that's not at the qualifier or what? Will Imp still count as CIS tho... EDIT: nvm I read it, rip Imp
2018-10-07 00:36
lol'd at the stats
2018-10-07 00:19
Jame qualified for qualifier you say?
2018-10-07 00:28
#38
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Namibia banned_so 
Yes
2018-10-07 00:45
#40
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Myanmar xdcc 
from wild qualifier top 1 team (ENCE) free invite, out of 4 remaining 2 invites. so imperial just got rekt as only nubs left
2018-10-07 02:01
Btw HR got last place in that qual
2018-10-07 09:24
#36
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Jame to team Russia instead of worldedit, pls
2018-10-07 00:37
#54
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Europe gayzera 
+1, he is best Russian AWPer
2018-10-07 09:47
dont give a shit mibr gonns win
2018-10-07 07:05
what a choke gg
2018-10-07 08:30
Jame improved a lot AVANGAR lost only 2 matches since fitch joined, what a nice results
2018-10-07 09:01
ez Jame
2018-10-07 09:13
#59
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Spain emCee_ 
James is a beast
2018-10-07 10:50
#67
Germany [ml] 
No kRYSTAL, no qualifier.
2018-10-07 11:55
as if they won any games online with krystal xddd
2018-10-07 15:06
#77
Germany [ml] 
Shhhh silence. Only dreams now.
2018-10-07 16:50
#69
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Ukraine w1nth 
Nice!
2018-10-07 12:32
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