FURIA, Sharks through to Americas Minor playoffs

FURIA and Sharks qualified for the Americas Minor playoffs after taking down Luminosity and Singularity, respectively.

The decider stage of the Americas Minor began with an all-Brazilian brawl featuring FURIA and Luminosity, with Vertigo kicking off the action. Luminosity had only played this map once, in an ECS victory over Liquid, but they showed that they were well prepared for their opponents' map pick, taking seven rounds on the offensive side.

FURIA came out of the break with fire in their bellies and won six of the opening seven rounds to get within touching distance of victory. Luminosity then put their foot down and held back their opponents for a bit, bringing the deficit to 12-14, but it would amount to nothing as one final push earned FURIA the map victory.

FURIA advance to the double-elimination playoffs

Ricardo "boltz" Prass came to Luminosity's rescue and racked up 21 kills as his team were in control during the vast majority of the first half of Mirage. It looked like the series could go the full distance, but FURIA ran all over the LG defense in the second half. The rounds Lucas "steel" Lopes's troops won were far an far between as they struggled with the pace of their opponents, who cruised to a 16-11 victory to book a spot in the playoffs.

 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 48 - 39 +9 88.5 1.31
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 41 - 39 +2 76.7 1.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 33 - 38 -5 72.9 0.99
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ 32 - 41 -9 66.4 0.91
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 31 - 35 -4 57.9 0.90
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO 42 - 33 +9 96.7 1.37
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih 42 - 36 +6 87.8 1.13
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI 35 - 39 -4 71.3 0.99
Brazil Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT 39 - 41 -2 66.1 0.94
Brazil Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda JuniorableJ 33 - 37 -4 59.3 0.91

Meanwhile, Sharks and Singularity played out an intense three-map series in a rematch of Wednesday's single-map encounter. The Brazilians went again for a Nuke pick, which seems to be their go-to map at this event, but this time around they were completely out-played by the North Americans.

Singularity showed they had learned the lesson from their disappointing defeat on Wednesday and raced to a commanding 9-0 lead on the CT side after limiting the impact of Jhonatan "jnt" Silva, who had run riot in the previous encounter between the two sides. Sharks then finally woke up and found their footing, bringing the deficit to seven rounds before the break.

After switching over to the CT side, Sharks won a much-needed pistol following an intense 5v5 ramp battle. The Brazilians followed that up with the next two rounds, but then Singularity took control of the game and won seven consecutive rounds to lock down the map at 16-7.

Sharks move on to the playoffs at Singularity's expense

Sharks came out on Vertigo looking a completely different side and jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the defense. Singularity then enjoyed a spell of dominance, stringing three rounds together, before the Brazilians were back in control, with the half ending with a 10-5 scoreline.

Singularity knew they had a mountain to climb to turn it around, and things became even rougher for them after being shut down in the pistol round. One round was all that the North Americans could muster as Sharks kept the pace of the game high and quickly wrapped things up.

Leonardo "leo_druNky" Oliveira went huge in the first pistol round on Train with a quad-kill, setting his team up for a 3-0 lead. Clutches from Renato "nak" Nakano and Raphael "exit" Lacerda in the early gun rounds allowed the Brazilians to snowball the game, with Singularity replying only in the dying stages of the half to bring the scoreline to 4-11.

Singularity came out strongly from the break and won six of the opening seven rounds of the second half, piling the pressure on Sharks' players. The Brazilian players would not let victory slip away, though, and secured the four rounds they needed to complete the reverse sweep in the series.

 Sharks K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerdaexit 55 - 42 +13 81.3 1.20
Brazil Rodrigo 'RCF' FigueiredoRCF 48 - 49 -1 76.5 1.15
Brazil Renato 'nak' Nakanonak 50 - 46 +4 76.5 1.09
Brazil Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveiraleo_druNky 48 - 50 -2 80.5 1.07
Brazil Jhonatan 'jnt' Silvajnt 33 - 46 -13 51.3 0.79
 Singularity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemeryfloppy 54 - 49 +5 84.0 1.11
United States Josh 'oSee' OhmoSee 51 - 43 +8 75.3 1.10
United States Cameron 'hydrex' Kernhydrex 46 - 51 -5 81.9 1.08
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' HardemanShakezullah 38 - 38 0 54.8 0.92
United States Ryan 'ryann' Welshryann 44 - 53 -9 68.6 0.91

Below you can find the schedule for the Americas Minor playoffs:

Friday, July 19

10:00 - United States NRG vs. Brazil FURIA | BO3
13:00 - Brazil INTZ vs. Brazil Sharks | BO3

Saturday, July 20

10:00 - Elimination match | BO3
13:00 - Winners' bracket final | BO3

Sunday, July 21

14:00 - Lower bracket final | BO3

Brazil Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveira
Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveira
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
313
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Brazil Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Brazil Renato 'nak' Nakano
Renato 'nak' Nakano
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
393
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerda
Raphael 'exit' Lacerda
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
361
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
933
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
NA CS KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK SO BAD!!!
2019-07-18 17:04
#13
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Canada SureThingM8 
NRG would destroy any of the remaining br teams
2019-07-18 17:07
#24
fox | 
Portugal Agricultor 
We wiLL see
2019-07-18 17:19
Brazilians getting lucky again
2019-07-18 18:21
#39
fox | 
Portugal Agricultor 
??? You can't win against nrg with Just luck
2019-07-18 18:43
I thought lucky was going to remain a g2 player for a while
2019-07-18 20:07
#75
yuurih | 
Brazil SkindCS 
you just said that skill isn't needed to win nrg
2019-07-19 11:09
#26
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World nakTriceps 
FURIA 2-0 tomorrow.
2019-07-18 17:25
Put your money in this, please?
2019-07-18 17:30
#14
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Sweden Unluko 
Ggs!
2019-07-18 17:07
+1, but sharks are trash anyway
2019-07-18 17:08
#30
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Brazil mBrozz 
I disagree , sharks did a great bo3 against NRG (better team on this minor)
2019-07-18 17:28
another mibr_is_overrated alt, how many do you have?
2019-07-18 17:09
NA CS 1 MAJOR BR CS 2 MAJORS
2019-07-18 17:23
NA CS 1 scuffed major*
2019-07-18 18:04
#45
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
brazil 2 soft majors 😎😎😎😎
2019-07-18 20:40
Mutt out
2019-07-18 21:22
#2
nobody | 
Other DobeIWTD 
Nice
2019-07-18 17:05
Close but no
2019-07-18 17:05
#4
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Serbia Faze_Rise_2019 
MAC-1 where ya at?
2019-07-18 17:05
#16
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Brazil erfur 
Still screaming in the bathroom
2019-07-18 17:07
#5
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Denmark danishwarrior 
amazing!
2019-07-18 17:05
Ez BR teams
2019-07-18 17:05
#7
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United States karo99 
nt
2019-07-18 17:05
SHARKS LMAOOOOOOO IM DEAD
2019-07-18 17:06
#9
Brazil Pfxs 
Easy for NAK
2019-07-18 17:06
#10
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Indonesia FaZe_NEO 
Luminosity just need to win that easy eco vs INTZ. Win eco, win match, win opportunity to play easy playoff vs. Sharks/Singularity and 99% guarantee Major spot. Just 1 damn eco yesterday. But they lost everything and eliminated from Minor. Typical Brazil. LUL
2019-07-18 17:06
you gotta be able to beat all the teams here besides maybe NRG to deserve a major spot.
2019-07-18 17:13
#23
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Argentina macrigato 
I don't understand how they choked that match against INTZ.
2019-07-18 17:18
#28
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World nakTriceps 
Me too.
2019-07-18 17:26
#32
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Argentina macrigato 
I was really cheering for them :/ LG could do much better than Sharks/INTZ at Major
2019-07-18 17:31
#38
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World nakTriceps 
Yep. They have a lot of firepower now. With time until the Major, they´ll do a lot of damage, I think.
2019-07-18 18:30
#46
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Based on firepower INTZ is better than LG imo
2019-07-18 20:41
#47
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World nakTriceps 
I´m not sure about this fact. But it´s not the question. The question is they have a lot of firepower and did this with a bit time of training (-1 week). INTZ was already training for a long and almost lost for them.
2019-07-18 20:44
#48
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
I don't think their training time matters anyway, LG would play the major with the same time of training as they were playing against INTZ. LG is better as a team but INTZ is better individually, they have more firepower. I was cheering for LG btw
2019-07-18 20:47
#49
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World nakTriceps 
Are u kidding me or just high? "LG would play the major with the same time of training as they were playing against INTZ" I mean WAT?
2019-07-18 20:57
#51
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Sorry, I didn't know major will be like in 1 month but they would play the minor with the same time, so doesn't makes much difference. I don't think they would qualify anyway.
2019-07-18 20:59
#54
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World nakTriceps 
The minor is already being played... I´m not understanding you. Luminosity would have good chances against Sharks. LG and Sharks would be a great match, 55/45 for Sharks, maybe. Then, they´ll have a month to train hard and evolve. The question is, they could be more dangerous than Sharks/INTZ with more on month of hardwork.
2019-07-18 21:01
#62
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Even if they beat Sharks, they would have to play the Main Qualifier which I don't think they would've had chances to qualify.
2019-07-18 21:17
#64
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World nakTriceps 
The question is not if they would have chances to qualify in the Main Qualifier. The question is that Luminosity with one month of hardwork could be more dangerous than INTZ in the Main Qual.
2019-07-18 21:22
#66
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Maybe, but do you know that they were in vacation days before the minor ? While INTZ was training, they're on vacation. Maybe INTZ deserved this spot.
2019-07-18 21:24
#67
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World nakTriceps 
Ofc I knew lul They were in vacation cuz they hadn´t the spot. They are substitutes for Lazarus. If INTZ somehow managed to win, they deserved the spot. I only saying that Luminosity had the chance to win against them and lost for a forced round. And saying that Luminosity would be more dangerous in the Main Qual than INTZ. Btw, I cheer for all BR teams.
2019-07-18 21:28
#68
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Then we agree. I feel like INTZ just do well against BR teams, that's weird.
2019-07-18 21:30
#69
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World nakTriceps 
They are good against BR teams, even FURIA. I don´t know what happens when they are facing teams of other countries.
2019-07-18 21:32
#70
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Yeah, looks like brazilians understands brazilians.
2019-07-18 22:00
#72
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World nakTriceps 
They know each other a lot. It helps.
2019-07-18 23:36
#50
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World nakTriceps 
About "have more firepower", I´m not sure about this. Maybe it´s equal. felps, boltz and HEN1 is a great combo.
2019-07-18 20:57
#52
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Yeah, it's about opinion but boltz isn't always in a great form, pretty inconsistent.
2019-07-18 20:59
#56
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World nakTriceps 
Inconsistent is a good word for INTZ´s players, too, tbh.
2019-07-18 21:02
#59
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Sure, but on prime they're better imo.
2019-07-18 21:12
#61
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World nakTriceps 
I totally disagree, cuz in prime, boltz, felps and HEN1 are tier1 players.
2019-07-18 21:14
#65
FalleN | 
Brazil Tablari 
Well, opinions
2019-07-18 21:23
+1 Brazil has so many good teams now its insane
2019-07-18 21:01
NA SO BAD
2019-07-18 17:06
how does this work? Winners go to the final and already goes to the major? Loosers battle themselves to a spot in the lastchance?
2019-07-18 17:07
#19
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Brazil erfur 
1st and 2nd go to the major... the 3rd go to "repescagem"
2019-07-18 17:08
#15
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Brazil MadBettorGrr 
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! major| major| major| FURIA HEY HEY HEY
2019-07-18 17:07
#17
FalleN | 
Brazil lortBR 
So beautiful
2019-07-18 17:07
#21
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Brazil rxlz1n 
ez for sharks
2019-07-18 17:10
#27
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Brazil hugoooo 
As expected, NRG, FURIA and two other BR teams. Now we wish NRG chokes fucking hard and everything will end being perfect.
2019-07-18 17:26
#29
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World nakTriceps 
NRG lose to FURIA is not a choke, it´s ok. FURIA is playing so good. If NRG loses to Sharks/INTZ will be a choke, tho.
2019-07-18 17:27
#41
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
Flair checks out.
2019-07-18 19:52
#43
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World nakTriceps 
#5 vs #7 "Flair checks out" OMEGALUL
2019-07-18 20:08
#53
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
Not the point.
2019-07-18 21:00
#57
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World nakTriceps 
What´s the point, so, Mr PaYaB?
2019-07-18 21:03
#58
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
The point was your flair/defending furia if they lose learn what choke means first (Sprout matches can help you.) And don't compare the teams based on hltv rating if it's that close.
2019-07-18 21:07
#60
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World nakTriceps 
I know what "choke" means, retard. I only saying that if FURIA defeat NRG, it won´t be cuz of a choke. Not possible to NRG choke against FURIA in this stage of the Minor. Even if they lose, they only have to win against Sharks and INTZ, then. If this NRG x FURIA was an elimination match, the choke could happens. In this case, no way. NRG losing against INTZ and Sharks, yes, only if a choke happens. Ranking is not the only parameter, but it´s one parameter. And in this case is totally acceptable, cuz the ranking of these teams is near of their performances. Both are in good momentum.
2019-07-18 21:13
felps got snaked((((((
2019-07-18 17:31
#34
TACO | 
Brazil otacan 
Na cs LuL
2019-07-18 17:42
#35
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Brazil ovomexido 
NA minor lmao just make a SA minor so that br teams dont take all the spots :d
2019-07-18 17:58
#40
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Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
At least one good game, Furia x NRG, hope both of them get a spot on the Major.
2019-07-18 19:33
#44
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Brazil vinett_ 
BR Minor?
2019-07-18 20:35
#71
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United States JustBitsy 
Deserved for furia, intz and nrg.
2019-07-18 22:07
#74
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
I see the luminosity better than INTZ, but they made many mistakes in the direct confrontation and lost many rounds of echo against the KNGv team, 2 maps ended in 16x14 for INTZ that ended up giving them the victory. although in my opinion, FURIA and NRG deserved much and guaranteed favoritism! NRG a little ahead of the fury, It will be a great game!
2019-07-19 02:59
#73
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ez4NAK <3
2019-07-19 02:50
#76
yuurih | 
Brazil SkindCS 
FURIA and NRG = Legends confirmed
2019-07-19 11:16
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