x6tence Galaxy win DreamHack Winter qualifier
There was no shortage of drama throughout the qualifier as Syman, who had raised eyebrows after beating Vitality in the opening bracket, reached the final after beating two top 30 teams, ex-Space Soldiers and AGO, with both teams raising suspicions that the CIS side had been cheating.
From the other side of the bracket came Swedish team x6tence Galaxy, who squeezed past LDLC and Fragsters in three-map series with great individual performances from Tim "nawwk" Jonasson in both matches.
André "BARBARR" Möller's men took the lead in the series with a hard-fought victory on Train, where Nicolas "Plopski" Gonzalez Zamora shined with a 30-bomb. Syman left it late to lock down Mirage as they let the Swedes come back from a 5-15 deficit, only to wrap things up in overtime.
The series came down to Inferno, where Syman went into the break with a narrow one-round lead after overcoming a 3-6 deficit. The CIS side started the second half the sprightlier and further added to their lead, but all of a sudden they ran out of steam, with x6tence Galaxy putting the game to bed in the 29th round.
|Syman||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Artem 'iDISBALANCE' EgoroviDISBALANCE||72 - 56||+16||77.7||1.19|
|Ilya 'Perfecto' ZalutskiyPerfecto||61 - 51||+10||74.2||1.11|
|Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI||63 - 62||+1||74.9||1.10|
|Sanzhar 'neaLaN' IshkakovneaLaN||61 - 67||-6||76.2||0.96|
|Maksim 't0rick' Zaikint0rick||59 - 63||-4||68.5||0.93|
|x6tence Galaxy||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski||64 - 57||+7||73.7||1.11|
|Linus 'Bååten' AnderssonBååten||61 - 67||-6||77.9||1.05|
|André 'BARBARR' MöllerBARBARR||60 - 62||-2||68.5||0.98|
|Tim 'nawwk' Jonassonnawwk||59 - 64||-5||65.2||0.96|
|Gustav 'ZINKEN' BjörkZINKEN||54 - 66||-12||60.0||0.86|
x6tence Galaxy will be joined by the winner of the North American qualifier and by six invitees at the Swedish event, which will run from November 30 through December 2 at the Elmia Convention Center, with $100,000 on the line