forZe, Valiance move on to IEM Sydney closed qualifier
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.
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.
|forZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyevfacecrack||45 - 31||+14||94.7||1.38|
|Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikovxsepower||38 - 24||+14||78.9||1.32|
|Andrey 'Jerry' MekhryakovJerry||41 - 34||+7||97.1||1.27|
|Evgeny 'FL1T' LebedevFL1T||34 - 23||+11||68.4||1.20|
|Almaz 'almazer' Asadullinalmazer||34 - 27||+7||78.1||1.15|
|Winstrike||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyann0rb3r7||33 - 37||-4||82.7||1.02|
|Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4||37 - 34||+3||75.8||1.02|
|Aurimas 'Kvik' KvakšysKvik||26 - 39||-13||60.6||0.66|
|Georgi 'WorldEdit' YaskinWorldEdit||23 - 39||-16||53.7||0.63|
|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.
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.
|Valiance||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter-||77 - 50||+27||107.2||1.53|
|Otto 'ottoNd' SihvoottoNd||48 - 44||+4||70.8||1.13|
|Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa||57 - 42||+15||80.6||1.12|
|Rokas 'EspiranTo' MilasauskasEspiranTo||56 - 56||0||73.3||1.01|
|Nestor 'LETN1' TanićLETN1||37 - 49||-12||53.6||0.89|
|OpTic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||66 - 56||+10||82.9||1.14|
|Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig||59 - 58||+1||89.2||1.13|
|Ismail 'refrezh' Alirefrezh||53 - 51||+2||74.8||1.04|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||35 - 56||-21||51.6||0.72|
|Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi||28 - 54||-26||55.3||0.71|
The team list for the closed qualifier currently looks as follows:
Registration for the second open qualifier, which will be held this weekend, is still available by heading over to ESEA's website.