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 Jenya '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
Serbia 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.

Serbia Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
899
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1019
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
ez vali
2019-02-01 00:13
#38
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India TYZ4 
WorldEdit and BOTlander biggest bots. -BOTlander +Markeloff
2019-02-01 12:28
nice
2019-02-01 00:14
#3
BnTeT | 
United Kingdom dokunug 
OMEGALUL OPTIC OMEGALUL
2019-02-01 00:14
axaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-02-01 00:15
#4
Algeria N_nja 
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
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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
#32
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
U mean plg yes?
2019-02-01 08:32
ez spot for big lol
2019-02-01 00:15
#11
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Expected
2019-02-01 00:16
#12
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Poland Marcines 
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
#13
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
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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Sweden kAED 
Happy that forze didn't throw, now they can actually qualify for an event
2019-02-01 00:20
#15
World Jeza 
Says Vitality were eliminated by Endpoint but I don't even see them in the tournament? e: ah ok I see the earlier games were not on HLTV
2019-02-01 00:26
Yea you can find them in the bracket on esea's website. They lost 16-6. 😥
2019-02-01 05:13
#28
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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
Like anyone is going to antistrat Vitality, let alone by watching some bo1 from an open qualifier :D
2019-02-01 08:20
#34
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Makes astralis even more insane considering everyone is watching them
2019-02-01 08:49
I personally don't believe all the bullshit NBK is serving, anymore. This guy just has a big fucking mouth. If he actually said that they were trying some new stuff for the major it would have been more believable. He didnt even credit ZywOo for carrying them in the minor qualifier. Instead he said that they were good on the tactical aspect. What a way to credit himself for being the in-game leader. This guy has the biggest ego ever.
2019-02-01 08:39
#40
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France Juriska 
The interview he is talking about is actually not an interview but just a video of nbk talking to his teammates before the game start. So no bs on this one
2019-02-01 13:25
#42
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
Make a lot of BO1 against weaker teams and sometimes really unknowed could be very hard. Endpoint isn't a bad team btw, they just knew how to play them on Mirage, in a BO3 it would be completly different. Also they aren't yet enough high ranked to get invited in tournaments but that could happen more often in the futur instead of doing really long way by qualifiers etc ... (as they done for the major)
2019-02-01 14:50
#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
#21
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Sweden Jackoberto 
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
#20
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Indonesia youdelusional 
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
#22
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
♿ P T I C OMEGALUL
2019-02-01 02:02
#23
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Lithuania exzost 
expected
2019-02-01 02:11
ez for huNter
2019-02-01 03:23
#25
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African Union mikecool 
They're a Forze to be reckoned with
2019-02-01 04:04
Nice
2019-02-01 06:21
ez spot for ForZe) sorry guys
2019-02-01 10:20
#36
Estonia rYm 
Kovac family is too strong
2019-02-01 10:22
How many qualifers there are?
2019-02-01 12:23
#49
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Portugal Xa0c200 
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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