EU Minor Open Qualifier 2 day one over; top 16 teams found
The first day of the second Open Qualifier for the Europe Minor has been concluded, and you can see how it developed within this post.
With Sprout and NoChance making it to the Closed Qualifier on Sunday, six more European teams are left to be found, two of which will be determined through the Europe Minor Open Qualifier 2 which started today at 17:00 .
Top 30 teams in the qualifier are AGO (ranked 27th in the world) and Tricked (28th), but the likes of Aristocracy, Movistar Riders, Epsilon and GamerLegion will also be hoping for a deep run.
23:31 First day of the qualifier ends
The teams that have reached the second day of the Europe Minor Open Qualifier 2, which will be covered on HLTV, are as follows:
-- EU Minor Open Qualifier 2 bracket ---
LDLC took down Virtus.pro confidently, 16-4 on Nuke to continue their run, with other results available below:
LDLC 16-4 Virtus.pro
Giants 16-12 Overpowered
Nexus Academy 16-6 BLACKB-
Maknitude 16-12 Boys in Blue
Lilmix 19-17 ex-aAa
22:43 Aristocracy and Tricked fall short again
Two of the highest ranked teams in the qualifier, Tricked and Aristocracy, lost in the round of 16, one step before the HLTV-featured matches. Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen's side lost in overtime to Polish side WENSZE, while Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas's squad was unable to take down BuzzKill, who repeat their Open Qualifier 1 performance.
WENSZE 19-17 Tricked
BuzzKill 16-9 Aristocracy
Endpoint 16-14 Lyngby Vikings
FrenchFrogs 16-11 MAD Lions
Youngsters 16-14 Ancient
STEP 16-10 0W00W0
22:25 Round of 32 results come in
Epsilon was the first team to make it through the first day after GamerLegion, defeating Ambush to do so. x-kom took down their countrymen PACT, while AGO lived up to their status by taking down SJ.
You can find more results below:
GamerLegion 16-4 TheDice
Epsilon 16-12 Ambush
x-kom 16-9 PACT
Chaos 16-5 PANTHERS
AGO 16-10 SJ
22:02 GamerLegion reach top 16
After going out to Copenhagen Flames in the first qualifier, Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and co. reached the round of 16 in Open Qualifier 2 and will continue their run tomorrow against the winner of Giants vs. Overpowered. GamerLegion defeated CPLAY, TheDice, team_suplickk1, TGE-, and -mWo today.
21:35 Correction: Overpowered upset expert
Due to an issue caused by Overpowered using a sub, the bracket showed expert advancing to face Giants. However, the match was recreated and played outside of the cup, with the Slovenian team securing a strong 16-7 victory on Train. Overpowered will face Giants next.
21:26 More squads advance to round of 32
As the cup isn't fully synced, we go back to some Ro64 matches. Spanish side MAD Lions edged out Serbian squad BLUEJAYS, while LDLC stomped Pompa Black. The former team is now on route to face ex-3DMAX, barring an upset, while LDLC await the winner of Virtus.pro - Unicorns of Love.
MAD Lions 16-13 BLUEJAYS
LDLC 16-1 Pompa Black
21:12 First round of 32 matchups start
Some of the games which will decide the teams to reach top 16 of the Europe Minor Open Qualifier 2 and play HLTV-featured matches have already begun, with the pairings as follows:
AGO vs. SJ
PACT vs. x-kom
Epsilon vs. Ambush
GamerLegion vs. TheDice
Giants vs. Overpowered *
21:05 AGO, Giants power on
More round of 32 participants have been found, as Giants took down their countrymen, Ambush defeated HAVU, and Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski' squad eased past the Turks.
AGO 16-11 -D-D-D
Youngsters 16-5 Turkey5
Ambush 16-8 HAVU
Giants 16-8 OFFSET
20:45 expert, Aristocracy, Tricked among first to reach top 32
expert reached the last match of the day by beating Overpowered, Aristocracy took down ehehxd, while Tricked had a bit of a tougher task, defeating Apeks. The squads are now waiting for their opponents, with the German side looking to have the toughest task as they will meet the winner of Giants - OFFSET.
20:40 Round of 64 underway, Portuguese derby on the books
Clashes between notable teams are rising in numbers as the qualifier nears the end of the first day. The following teams will face off for a place in the top 32:
AGO vs. -D-D-D (Asger "AcilioN" Larsen's mix)
Virtus.pro vs. Unicorns of Love
LDLC vs. Pompa Black
BLUEJAYS vs. MAD Lions
Youngsters vs. Turkey5
Giants vs. OFFSET
Meanwhile, Paweł "byali" Bieliński's MIKSTURA was eliminated by Maknitude.
20:19 Copenhagen Flames out to French side
The Danish team featuring Fredrik "roeJ" Jørgensen wasn't able to make it far this time around, losing 16-13 to Boys in Blue, featuring Valentin "mistou" Balbastro and Lambert "Lambert" Prigent.
19:58 ALTERNATE aTTaX go out to Epsilon, Endpoint upset Movistar Riders
Epsilon are looking to repeat their good run by taking out ALTERNATE aTTaX, currently ranked 65th.
Ancient 16-9 finkatt
Epsilon 16-7 ALTERNATE aTTaX
Endpoint 16-13 Movistar Riders
19:32 Nordavind goes out to underdogs
Team -IMS- took out Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel and co. in round of 256, defeating them on Inferno in overtime. You can find the match page here.
19:24 Polish matchup coming up
Virtus.pro made it to the round of 128 after dealing with GWLEGION, and will now take on Polish opposition AVEZ.
18:48 First big matches are ahead of us
Epsilon, semi-finalist of the last open qualifier, will take on ALTERNATE aTTaX, another squad that made it deep last week, in round of 128.
Other notable round of 128 matches are available below:
Ancient vs. finkatt
Cream vs. The Final Tribe
Epsilon vs. ALTERNATE aTTaX
Movistar Riders vs. Endpoint
18:33 Apeks kick off round of 128
The first match of the third leg features the Norwegian team Apeks, who will be taking on eSsa. Turkey5, a team featuring Ahmet "paz" Karahoca, Engin "ngiN" Kor and some new Turkish talent, reached the same stage of the tournament and will face off against sdasdad3.
18:12 First leg concluded, favorites advance
Notable teams that didn't get byes in round of 512, such as SJ, BLUEJAYS, MIKSTURA, and Apeks, successfully advanced into the round of 256. The seeded bracket is still keeping apart the stronger teams, however, some interesting matchups could be happening in the next leg as ALTERNATE aTTaX seem on course to face Epsilon, and Dragons are looking to take on Ambush.
17:20 Bracket drawn, round of 512 commences
The first leg of the qualifier is set to start, with most of the notable teams having a bye into the round of 256.
16:40 StarLadder confirms seeding in qualifier
StarLadder representative Yegor "Panda" Kolomiets acknowledged the issue with a lack of seeding in the first Open Qualifier and revealed that seeding will be used for all remaining cups.