FURIA & Lazarus advance to Americas Minor
After the opening day of the qualifier saw the first round of the upper bracket played out, with the favorites making it through in each matchup except one – as Cloud9 lost to New Identity –, the second day began with the first four elimination matches in the lower bracket.
The latter part of the second day began with the first two spot-deciding matches in the upper bracket quarter-finals, as FURIA and TeamOne locked horns in an all-Brazilian battle, while Lazarus took on Luminosity.
Having returned from a hugely successful run overseas, Andrei "arT" Piovezan & co. lived up to their status as big favorites, making light work of their compatriots on Nuke before denying them a comeback on Overpass, securing a spot at the Americas Minor.
Meanwhile, Lazarus, who were fielding two stand-ins in Tyson "TenZ" Ngo and Pujan "FNS" Mehta instead of Braxton "swag" Pierce and Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker, bested Luminosity in a three-map thriller.
The following four teams are now through to the Americas Minor, which will be held in Berlin, Germany, on July 17-21: