AGO, Heroic top Toyota Master Bangkok groups
The Polish team finished at the summit of Group A with two victories and two draws on account of some great individual performances - Damian "Furlan" Kislowski, Tomasz "phr" Wójcik and Kacper "kaper" Słoma all finished among the top-five rated players of the day -, only splitting maps with Renegades and TeamOne.
The Brazilians were the biggest losers of the day as they finished at the bottom of the group, even trailing local side Alpha Red, who produced one of the upsets of this phase as they beat TYLOO in a keenly-contested match to put the Chinese team against the ropes.
Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand's troops would bounce back with a 2-0 victory over archrival Renegades, who, however, still managed to finish in second place to secure the higher seed in the first round of the playoffs.
Led by coach Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu, Heroic claimed the top spot in Group B with eight points, curiously only struggling against European opposition as they were held to draws by Kinguin and pro100.
The group also produced an interesting three-way tie for third place between 5POWER, Kinguin and MVP PK, with the Chinese side - a last-minute replacement following ViCi's withdrawal due to visa issues - coming out on top due to having a better round difference in the matches between these three sides.
Below you can find the complete standings for the group stage: