WESG World Finals day one recap
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.
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.
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: