WESG World Finals day one recap

Eight playoff teams were determined on the first day of WESG World Finals 2018 as four groups have been played out, with favorites such as G2, MIBR, and OpTic making it to the playoffs.

The 28 attending teams were split into four-team groups (in some cases less due to teams withdrawing from the tournament), with the eight groups being played out using a round-robin BO2 system, where winning both maps gives you three points, splitting maps gives you one point, and losing both no points.

G2 dropped just 11 rounds in the four maps they played, with kennyS leading the way

The action started with group A, where G2 cruised to the first place by dominating Singularity and Revolution, with Kenny "kennyS" Schrub finishing the latter series with a 45-9 K-D over two maps. Singularity secured the second playoff spot from that group with a victory over Revolution, 16-2, 16-1.

In group B, Valiance started with a surprising tie against NASR, losing Inferno to the United Arab Emirates team, but the Serbians, despite having a mixed roster featuring their former AWPer Aleksa "Impulse" Stankić and coach Luka "emi" Vuković in place of the two foreigners, Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas and Otto "ottoNd" Sihvo, managed to bounce back.

After cruising past Denial (16-3, 16-4), Valiance managed upset OpTic on Mirage (16-13) and Nuke (16-10). With that, Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and co. advanced to the playoffs with the first seed out of group B, with OpTic finishing in second place.

Valiance topped group B by beating OpTic after a rough start against NASR

Group C featured only two teams, MIBR and AGO, as Isurus and K23 pulled out ahead of the event. MIBR topped the group with a 2-0 win over AGO, which included a 16-5 win on Nuke, the Brazilians usual permaban.

In the final group for the day, group D, Furious fell to Absolute, 2-0. The first map, Cache, went into overtime (22-20), but Dust2 was more convincing for the Japanese squad (16-8). However, the game was a showcase of the two teams' star players, Luca "Luken" Nadotti and Koji "Laz" Ushida, as the out "Players to watch" shone through with a 1.33 and a 1.46 rating, respectively.

As both teams secured wins over the only remaining team in the group, FrostFire, and did so with identical scoreline (19-16 on the first and 16-5 on the second map), Furious and FrostFire advanced to the playoffs, with the Japanese team securing the higher seed.

The following teams secured a place in the BO3, single-elimination playoffs that start on March 13 with the round of 16:

The action continues with Groups E-H tomorrow at 05:00, when teams such as fnatic, Russia and Windigo will be looking for their spots in the playoffs.

Argentina Luca 'Luken' Nadotti
Luca 'Luken' Nadotti
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
163
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Serbia Luka 'emi' Vuković
Luka 'emi' Vuković
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
864
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Japan Koji 'Laz' Ushida
Koji 'Laz' Ushida
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
259
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
785
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
671
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Serbia Aleksa 'Impulse' Stankić
Aleksa 'Impulse' Stankić
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
408
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
690
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1584
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
fnx | 
Sweden Blueface 
I'm done wit' it
2019-03-11 17:20
#3
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Terrible event
2019-03-11 17:21
wesg>major
2019-03-11 18:22
#45
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Right. You changed my mind.
2019-03-11 18:50
#50
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
Check the flag
2019-03-11 19:31
#52
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
At least his name is a liar
2019-03-11 19:34
#60
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
LOL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH
2019-03-12 10:30
#53
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
Cuz t88 teams vs handful of t2-3 team +mix teams battle ;)
2019-03-11 19:35
#13
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Sweden Unluko 
Trash
2019-03-11 17:23
HAHAHA YOU ARE HERE AGAIN
2019-03-11 17:27
#19
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Sweden Unluko 
Yes?
2019-03-11 17:27
Good thing you are not mad this time xD
2019-03-11 17:27
#22
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Sweden Unluko 
I've never been :)
2019-03-11 17:28
#43
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Denmark Twick_ 
Fffff55555
2019-03-11 18:49
#44
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Sweden Unluko 
No
2019-03-11 18:49
#48
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Denmark Twick_ 
That’s my real life name yeah do you disagree?
2019-03-11 18:55
SO MAD LOL
2019-03-11 18:55
#47
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Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2019-03-11 18:55
#24
fer | 
United States y4kob 
f5 failed again?
2019-03-11 17:31
#4
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Asia tyrkjaranid 
ok
2019-03-11 17:21
Ez for FalleN
2019-03-11 17:21
#6
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Greece NaviGuy 
ok
2019-03-11 17:21
#7
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
MIBR topped the group with a 2-0 win over AGO
2019-03-11 17:21
any one chould have, and they were just two after all.
2019-03-11 18:37
#51
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
No Astralis, no difficult
2019-03-11 19:32
#8
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Brazil verybaitguy1 
ez4mibr
2019-03-11 17:21
#9
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Germany JeanKanne 
not 1 interesting match lol
2019-03-11 17:22
i found watching g2 going for two 16-0 matches pretty interesting XD not
2019-03-11 21:41
Ez4Mibr
2019-03-11 17:22
Ez G2
2019-03-11 17:22
lmao i dont think so
2019-03-13 21:07
#12
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
Gogo g2
2019-03-11 17:22
#14
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Brazil ChevetteChave 
IZI4MIBR
2019-03-11 17:23
Lol ez for kennyS And G2 .. Mibr will definitely lose their upcoming map on nuke
2019-03-11 17:23
They'll ban vs g2. They're just messing around.
2019-03-11 17:56
#33
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China angle409 
How do you know playoff bracket?
2019-03-11 18:20
#39
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
wouldn't be surprised if tournament organisers just purposely put G2 and MiBR on the same side of the bracket tho
2019-03-11 18:30
#58
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China Maltose 
they have put fnatic and ence on the other side tho
2019-03-12 02:01
#61
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
ENCE aren't even in it, and idk what ur saying in general
2019-03-12 11:36
#62
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China Maltose 
if u r talking about bracket, ence WAS in it, and the side was already decided
2019-03-12 12:10
#63
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
I'm talking abt playoff not group
2019-03-12 16:29
#64
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China Maltose 
isnt playoff bracket side decided by group?
2019-03-13 11:34
#65
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
that's my point, like I wouldn't be surprised if these dodgy WESG organisers ignored that and just put out random playoff games and put G2 vs MIBR right away - good to see this isn't the case tho
2019-03-13 13:38
ok
2019-03-11 17:25
28 more to go fallen*
2019-03-11 17:27
#23
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Brazil fadefedora 
NA event
2019-03-11 17:31
#25
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China BodeFuceta 
Ez500kMibr
2019-03-11 17:37
Fallen retard
2019-03-11 17:37
'''''''''JOKE''''''''' '-' <- YOU
2019-03-11 18:23
+1 can't even count, Astralis is on 29 win streak on nuke
2019-03-11 18:27
#27
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Brazil v1ctoR! 
The worst thing about this tournament is the timezone
2019-03-11 17:38
EZ 4 G2, MIBR and Furious
2019-03-11 17:39
#29
GuardiaN | 
Other Darge 
"Furious and FrostFire advanced to the playoffs, with the Japanese team securing the higher seed" Small mistake on the article there, should be Absolute instead of FrostFire.
2019-03-11 17:42
+1 please fix
2019-03-12 04:39
NUKE LUL
2019-03-11 17:55
#32
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Denmark d1ckweed 
LOL AGO advanced without a win XDDDDD
2019-03-11 18:19
LUL That's so awkward hahahaha
2019-03-11 18:24
#34
sh1ro | 
Norway Viggo^^ 
Ez4everyone
2019-03-11 18:20
How can Frostfire, Absolute and Furious advance to playoffs?
2019-03-11 18:46
#42
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Sweden Lagge15 
Stopped reading after "Valiance managed upset OpTic" That would be like saying Astralis upset ENCE in thr Katowice final
2019-03-11 18:47
lets go mibr!
2019-03-11 19:12
#54
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Oi HLTV admin. Change the line at the end, it makes it look like Frostfire made it through and not Absolute. Get it right n() () bz
2019-03-11 19:48
#57
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Romania BCallen 
go go go g2 , shox is on fire at this tournament . Ez g2-0 mibr in the grand final
2019-03-11 22:56
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