NRG beat FURIA to lock down ECS Season 7 Finals spot
The second week of ECS play in North America saw most of week one teams return, with the exception of Rogue, the winners of the first tournament, and Liquid, who are currently in São Paulo, about to compete at BLAST Pro Series.
Two Pinnacle Cup teams, FURIA and Bad News Bears, competed in the second tournament instead, with the latter replacing Cloud9 who are dealing with a roster shortage. The Brazilians around Yuri "yuurih" Santos were quickly getting traction as they beat compatriots Luminosity in the quarter-finals and Complexity in semis with 2-1 scorelines.
On the other side of the bracket, NRG, who placed third-fourth during the first week after a loss to Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's team, had little trouble defeating Spacestation and picked INTZ apart to advance to the spot-deciding series against the Brazilian side.
In the grand final, FURIA continued their successful run on the opening map, Inferno, where they began both halves at a disadvantage but turned it around with a strong showing across the gunrounds to clinch a 16-11 victory.
They looked to end things quickly with an 11-4 defense on Overpass thanks to a great effort from Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato, but NRG made their opponents sweat as they came back from 11-15 to take the second map to overtime. After two sets, the North American side prevailed before securing the deciding Train 16-6 after a flawless CT side.
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze||66 - 60||+6||79.6||1.11|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||65 - 62||+3||73.4||1.08|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq||60 - 56||+4||68.2||1.07|
|Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan||62 - 64||-2||79.9||1.07|
|Damian 'daps' Steeledaps||52 - 61||-9||66.7||0.87|
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO||88 - 52||+36||103.2||1.51|
|Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih||63 - 59||+4||85.6||1.11|
|Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda JuniorableJ||58 - 61||-3||66.6||0.99|
|Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI||52 - 69||-17||64.9||0.87|
|Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT||42 - 65||-23||52.2||0.79|
The final standings of ECS Season 7 NA Week 2 are:
With three weeks of play to go, so far the following teams have secured their place at the ECS Season 7 Finals, which will take place in London from June 6-9:
One more spot will go to the winner of week three in each region, with the last awarded to the team that earned the most prizemoney over the course of the five-week season.