INTZ beat FURIA to qualify for PLG Grand Slam
With not a single top 10 team in North America taking place in the qualifier - most likely due to a schedule clash between the region's closed qualifier for the America Minor and the PLG Grand Slam event - it was with no surprise the final ended up being an all-Brazilian clash between two teams still trying to find their stride.
FURIA, who made headlined last month when they promoted 19-year-old Rinaldo "ableJ" Moda Junior from their academy squad, took the lead in the series with a convincing victory on Mirage, with Andrei "arT" Piovezan sealing the show with a 1.45 rating/+11 KDD.
The second map, Overpass, went down to the wire with big individual plays from both teams, including an ace from Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe and a 1v3 clutch from ableJ. FURIA almost overturned a 9-13 deficit before INTZ bagged the final two rounds of regulation to force a decider. Cache ended up being a pretty straightforward game as João "horvy" Horvath's men cruised to an 11-0 lead before eventually running out 16-6 victors.
|INTZ||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV-||62 - 47||+15||86.3||1.27|
|João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps||55 - 50||+5||83.9||1.14|
|Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo||53 - 50||+3||76.4||1.10|
|Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand||51 - 53||-2||68.4||1.04|
|João 'horvy' Horvathhorvy||46 - 43||+3||58.8||1.02|
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT||59 - 51||+8||78.7||1.20|
|Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih||52 - 53||-1||78.6||1.07|
|Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO||41 - 47||-6||64.7||0.91|
|Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda JuniorableJ||49 - 58||-9||66.4||0.87|
|Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI||42 - 58||-16||64.3||0.83|
The qualification comes as a timely boost for the Brazilian team, who are in the running for a spot at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals. INTZ currently lie in sixth place in the North American league, with 29 points, and will face tenth-placed Rogue in their final matches in the competition.
PLG Grand Slam will run from December 12 through 15 in Abu Dhabi, where 16 teams will duke it out for their share of a $100,000 prize pool. The team list for the event currently looks as follows: