ex-Epsilon defeat AVEZ to secure MSI MGA 2019 spot
The European closed qualifier saw eight teams battle it out in a single-elimination bracket for one spot at MSI MGA 2019, where $60,000 will be up for grabs.
The one-day qualifier saw ex-Epsilon find their place in the grand final after defeating FPL-CTalents and Turkey5 in the previous rounds. Meanwhile, AVEZ took down Heretics and Copenhagen Flames to set up a matchup with ex-Epsilon in the grand final.
The grand final began on Train, where AVEZ demonstrated a dominant defence. The Polish side cruised to an 8-1 lead before ex-Epsilon were able to salvage the final few rounds to head into halftime at a 10-5 deficit. Piotr "morelz" Taterka and co. fell flat on the T-side, however, as a comeback mounted by ex-Epsilon's in-game leader Teodor "SPELLAN" Nikolov saw the European mixture secure the first map 16-14.
Mirage followed, and AVEZ got off to a 3-1 lead on the offensive side, but with guns in hand, ex-Epsilon continued their defensive form from the previous map to gain a 9-6 advantage at the midway point. AVEZ demonstrated their fighting spirit in the second half, however an outstanding performance from Helvijs "broky" Saukants shut down the Polish side as ex-Epsilon locked down the series with a 16-13 score.
|AVEZ||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Piotr 'morelz' Taterkamorelz||47 - 44||+3||83.5||1.15|
|Michał 'MOLSI' ŁąckiMOLSI||37 - 43||-6||81.0||1.05|
|Patryk 'ponczek' Witesponczek||40 - 39||+1||70.4||0.92|
|Rafał 'sany' Pietrzaksany||35 - 37||-2||68.3||0.91|
|Michał 'crank' Krystyniakcrank||34 - 42||-8||61.8||0.87|
|ex-Epsilon||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky||57 - 36||+21||96.8||1.37|
|Joey 'CRUC1AL' SteuselCRUC1AL||45 - 38||+7||77.3||1.14|
|Teodor 'SPELLAN' NikolovSPELLAN||37 - 39||-2||71.4||1.04|
|Nikola 'NK4Y' RadushevNK4Y||35 - 41||-6||66.0||0.99|
|Kia 'Surreal' ManSurreal||31 - 40||-9||59.1||0.90|
ex-Epsilon’s victory means they join ViCi as the second qualified team for the $60,000 event, with the two sides being accompanied by the winners of the NA and CIS closed qualifiers. The participants' list looks as follows: