forZe, Valiance move on to IEM Sydney closed qualifier

forZe and Valiance have claimed spots in the European closed qualifier for IEM Sydney after finishing top two in the first open bracket.

Open online qualifiers usually have upsets in abundance, and this one was no exception as several favourites bowed out of the tournament in the early best-of-one stages.

Third-seeded Virtus.pro were eliminated after just two games as they were beaten by Runtime, while French duo Vitality and LDLC met their demise against Endpoint and Sprout, respectively.

forZe will fight for a spot at IEM Sydney in the closed qualifier

The first qualifying spot was determined by a CIS derby between forZe and Winstrike. The former QB.Fire team were in high spirits after booking a spot at the IEM Katowice Major via the Minor Play-in, but they were no match for the PLG Grand Slam semi-finalists, who ran out 2-0 winners without ever letting their opponents reach double digits in a map.

Matchpage
2
0
31st January 2019
16
Nuke
9
16
Mirage
8
 forZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyevfacecrack 45 - 31 +14 94.7 1.38
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikovxsepower 38 - 24 +14 78.9 1.32
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' MekhryakovJerry 41 - 34 +7 97.1 1.27
Russia Evgeny 'FL1T' LebedevFL1T 34 - 23 +11 68.4 1.20
Russia Almaz 'almazer' Asadullinalmazer 34 - 27 +7 78.1 1.15
 Winstrike K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyann0rb3r7 33 - 37 -4 82.7 1.02
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 37 - 34 +3 75.8 1.02
Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' KvakšysKvik 26 - 39 -13 60.6 0.66
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' YaskinWorldEdit 23 - 39 -16 53.7 0.63
Russia Jan 'wayLander' RahkonenwayLander 19 - 43 -24 48.3 0.49

The other semi-final pitted first-seeded OpTic against 12th-seeded Valiance, with the Danish side drawing first blood off the back of a 30-bomb from Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke, who also averaged almost 120 damage per round.

huNter was in great form against OpTic

The Serbian side, who had recently placed fourth at the Europe Minor, fought back on Nuke after shutting down OpTic's late comeback attempt from 5-14 down. The decider map, Train, turned out to be the most lopsided of the three as Valiance ran all over their opponents, with Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač ending the game with a 2.04 rating.

Matchpage
2
1
31st January 2019
12
Mirage
16
16
Nuke
12
16
Train
3
 Valiance K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter- 77 - 50 +27 107.2 1.53
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' SihvoottoNd 48 - 44 +4 70.8 1.13
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 57 - 42 +15 80.6 1.12
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' MilasauskasEspiranTo 56 - 56 0 73.3 1.01
Serbia Nestor 'LETN1' TanićLETN1 37 - 49 -12 53.6 0.89
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 66 - 56 +10 82.9 1.14
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 59 - 58 +1 89.2 1.13
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Alirefrezh 53 - 51 +2 74.8 1.04
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 35 - 56 -21 51.6 0.72
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 28 - 54 -26 55.3 0.71

forZe and Valiance will be joined by four invitees and by the top two sides of the second open bracket in the closed qualifier, scheduled for February 6-8.

The team list for the closed qualifier currently looks as follows:

Germany BIG
Denmark North
Russia forZe
Europe Open Qual. 2

Registration for the second open qualifier, which will be held this weekend, is still available by heading over to ESEA's website.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1267
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
ez vali
2019-02-01 00:13
nice
2019-02-01 00:14
#3
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United Kingdom dokunug
OMEGALUL OPTIC OMEGALUL
2019-02-01 00:14
axaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-02-01 00:15
ggez gj nemanja fucking kovac, for sure the next big thing.
2019-02-01 00:15
lmfao optic disband pls
2019-02-01 00:14
#6
mantuu | 
Europe R2D2s
WINSTRIKE XDD
2019-02-01 00:15
devilwalk>niko
2019-02-01 00:15
forze might have a legit chance. had a nice showing at PGL, you never know what can happen
2019-02-01 00:15
U mean plg yes?
2019-02-01 08:32
ez spot for big lol
2019-02-01 00:15
#11
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Myanmar xdcc
Expected
2019-02-01 00:16
if u have surname kovac +100 to skill
2019-02-01 00:17
I am going to change my name
2019-02-01 08:11
hunter > niko
2019-02-01 00:18
hunter+niko+guardian+styko+decent igl = tier 1
2019-02-01 15:14
#14
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Brazil steambored
Happy that forze didn't throw, now they can actually qualify for an event
2019-02-01 00:20
#17
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Serbia b0klea
Good job guys
2019-02-01 00:30
#18
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Spain 7VultuR
Faze huNter
2019-02-01 01:07
Maybe someday to join his cousin
2019-02-01 01:27
#46
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Spain 7VultuR
He is way better than anyone on his team
2019-02-01 15:26
hunter+niko+guardian+styko+decent igl = tier 1
2019-02-01 15:17
#19
hye | 
Russia sosi
ez for the 2nd best cis team ForZe
2019-02-01 01:14
1.navi 2.avangar
2019-02-01 15:17
#47
hye | 
Russia sosi
1 navi 2 forze 3 avangar/winstrike
2019-02-01 15:56
Optic lel Vitality lel
2019-02-01 01:26
#29
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France |Lasso|
They are working for the major, it's can be better to not tryhard this qualifier to not show there strats. In a video by vakarm, NBK says that vitality was at 50% of their lvl against Valience in looser bracket so I suppose that they don't play at their lol in this qualifier.
2019-02-01 07:39
♿ P T I C OMEGALUL
2019-02-01 02:02
expected
2019-02-01 02:11
ez for huNter
2019-02-01 03:23
They're a Forze to be reckoned with
2019-02-01 04:04
Nice
2019-02-01 06:21
#35
mir | 
Russia M13F
ez spot for ForZe) sorry guys
2019-02-01 10:20
Kovac family is too strong
2019-02-01 10:22
How many qualifers there are?
2019-02-01 12:23
2
2019-02-01 17:44
#39
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Poland kRAMERO
GJ forZe ;)
2019-02-01 13:23
-adren +hunter
2019-02-01 13:57
nice men)
2019-02-01 17:32
Snappi GOD
2019-02-01 18:27
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