Riot Squad overcome Lazarus to complete MSI MGA team list

Riot Squad have claimed the final spot at MSI MGA 2019 following a 2-1 victory over Lazarus in the grand final (9-16 Overpass, 16-12 Vertigo, 16-11 Inferno).

The MSI MGA North America closed qualifier saw eight teams duke it out through a single-elimination best-of-three bracket for a shot at one spot at the event's $60,000 LAN finals in New York next month.

Lazarus battled their way past Peeker's Advantage and New Identity in two one-sided series to kick off the day, with only one map from each matchup reaching double digits. Meanwhile, Riot Squad narrowly edged out a series victory over ATK before crushing Joshua "steel" Nissan's nambla mix, earning themselves a spot in the grand finals against Lazarus.

FNS' addition to Riot Squad is already paying off

A stellar performance by Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro on Overpass helped Lazarus to an 11-4 half on their opponent's pick, with the team quickly closing out the map 16-9 as Zellsis put up 34 frags to his name. Riot Squad were able to reply on Vertigo as they rallied back from a 6-9 deficit at the half, dropping just three rounds following the side swap to tie up the series with a 16-12 map victory.

Inferno was fittingly the series decider, with Lazarus taking three uncontested rounds to kick off the map. Five rounds in reply from Riot Squad saw Austin "crashies" Roberts and company steal away the lead, although Lazarus were able to immediately tie up the scoreline with two rounds of their own. A stellar individual performance by Gage "Infinite" Green was not enough for Lazarus to regain the lead however, and it was Riot Squad who took their first halftime lead of the series at 9-6 as they swapped to the CT-side.

crashies took control of the proceedings for his side as he helped his team put up a solid defense, winning six rounds straight to immediately grant Riot Squad match point. Lazarus made an attempt to fight back from the brink of defeat as they added five rounds to their tally, but the map was too far gone as crashies and co. closed out the series with a 16-11 scoreline.

 Riot Squad K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Austin 'crashies' Robertscrashies 74 - 52 +22 90.9 1.35
Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' CareyJonji 60 - 56 +4 87.1 1.14
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurneyptr 64 - 55 +9 72.7 1.09
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semagomitch 53 - 53 0 83.5 1.08
Canada Pujan 'FNS' MehtaFNS 35 - 50 -15 56.2 0.85
 Lazarus K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Gage 'Infinite' GreenInfinite 60 - 57 +3 83.6 1.12
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis 59 - 60 -1 86.3 1.09
United States Jaccob 'yay' Whiteakeryay 61 - 57 +4 73.3 1.02
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' TaoufikSubroza 44 - 59 -15 60.8 0.85
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierceswag 42 - 54 -12 64.1 0.84

Riot Squad's victory grants them the final spot at the $60,000 MSI MGA 2019 Finals, with the event set to play out from September 28-29 in New York. The four teams that will be participating are as follows:

United States Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro
Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
494
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
406
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
United States Gage 'Infinite' Green
Gage 'Infinite' Green
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
373
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Austin 'crashies' Roberts
Austin 'crashies' Roberts
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
200
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Crashies is a monster
2019-08-11 03:25
#17
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United States Stoical 
Always knew he was nasty since that time he rekt JW (twice!) in FPL.
2019-08-11 03:37
swag is a bot lmao
2019-08-11 08:59
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta 35 - 50 -15 56.2 0.85
2019-08-11 09:29
H E I S T H E I G L He Doesn't Need To frag
2019-08-11 09:40
If he can't frag on that level, you can expect him to be the super bot against tier1 teams
2019-08-11 09:47
swag had a worse rating then IGL FNS lmao
2019-08-11 12:23
#61
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United States Trustelamp 
He’s the igl for Lazarus that’s why his performances seem spotty...
2019-08-12 00:56
Swag is I G L too bruh know your facts.
2019-08-12 04:40
but fns is known to be a decent igl but shit player. The fact that even as igl Swag had a worse rating is insane
2019-08-12 07:47
#43
Boombl4 | 
Other Viin 
x) .. yikes..
2019-08-11 10:08
#35
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North America ProudNAfan 
Ez for NA!
2019-08-11 07:08
#2
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Belgium Zehc 
lmao
2019-08-11 03:26
fuck
2019-08-11 03:26
wow calm down sir
2019-08-11 03:26
#7
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Peru TheJuan 
unluko
2019-08-11 03:26
who?
2019-08-11 03:26
FNS 35
2019-08-11 03:26
#8
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Brazil stewArt1 
Wow
2019-08-11 03:27
:( Actual comment
2019-08-11 03:27
SWAG AXAXAXXAXAXAXAAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2019-08-11 03:28
#15
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Hungary subzera 
lool ikr, kiddies still crying to unban swag but lol do you really think swag has a chance at making a major when he bottom frags in a game against ptr and fns? LOLLL
2019-08-11 03:36
+1
2019-08-11 16:18
Disapointed but ok. Laz is suck, swag is suck. Gl riot squad
2019-08-11 03:32
Imagine Player that 100% matchfixer still can play on tournaments and grab easy money Zellsis 34k 1st map, 25k next maps combined Feelsbad for Infinite, the one who doesn't throw
2019-08-11 03:33
Riot will dodge LAN btw 0 chance for 6 lvl faceit matchfixers
2019-08-11 03:38
#13
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Hungary subzera 
damn, wp, deserved
2019-08-11 03:35
#14
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Indonesia tsokai 
BOT SWAG
2019-08-11 03:36
35 50 fns addition is paying off
2019-08-11 03:36
#32
YEBAH | 
Russia svelz0r 
ye xd
2019-08-11 06:01
#19
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China Blitzer 
NA scene is pure madness! liquid, nrg, c9 and col are the only consistent teams from here, everyone can beat everyone
2019-08-11 03:59
Ok cool story bro
2019-08-11 04:01
Crashies is back
2019-08-11 04:10
Ouch
2019-08-11 04:20
#23
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Asia fershits 
crashies omg
2019-08-11 04:21
#24
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Peru AgentLF 
Swag OMEGALUL
2019-08-11 04:29
Shit tournament
2019-08-11 04:39
swag is absolute shit. literally just a shadow of who he used to be
2019-08-11 04:55
#28
mixwell | 
United States Frotha 
Same for Rush
2019-08-11 05:21
not gonna deny it its true
2019-08-11 05:37
#31
mixwell | 
United States Frotha 
Still more Major than CSGO Goat
2019-08-11 05:38
wdym pronax has multiple majors
2019-08-11 06:23
#45
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Spain VIKTORAL 
+111
2019-08-11 10:52
#56
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United States DoverDemon 
I believe he was talking about GOAT f0rsaken. The best aim stats in the game
2019-08-11 21:06
the guy is part robot. it’s unfair to the rest of the cs scene how good he is, he makes cheat software look bad.
2019-08-11 21:09
#27
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
fns master plan continues
2019-08-11 05:00
is life
2019-08-11 06:22
#29
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African Union mikecool 
Swag must've smoked too much weed lol
2019-08-11 05:37
Not so ez 4 swag :(
2019-08-11 07:40
#37
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Russia RoughGuy 
swag omegalul
2019-08-11 08:24
#39
mixwell | 
United States Frotha 
Swag baits so much if’s Appalling, almost Jame level but Jame is at least good
2019-08-11 09:18
#44
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Turkey hagix 
SWAG WHATS YOUR NAME HAAHAHAH BRAAAXTOOON OMEGALULL WHAT A WASTE DAMN
2019-08-11 10:18
MAGA
2019-08-11 11:12
RUP SWAG
2019-08-11 12:23
#49
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Germany NSDAP 
ok now this is epic
2019-08-11 12:34
#50
Aerial | 
Finland JAarnio 
Brax is trash
2019-08-11 13:03
Isn’t that the same time as ESL NY? Lol
2019-08-11 17:32
Yes, the final of MSI is played on-stage before the ESL NY final
2019-08-11 21:03
#53
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Braaaaaaaaaxton
2019-08-11 17:38
Riot squad is super old school. Cal-i
2019-08-11 18:56
Was about to post something similar to this. What’s next Mug n Mouse? Or perhaps Destroyers of Worlds or Nightmare Online? I know let’s bring back U5Valor
2019-08-11 22:41
#60
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
Time for your retirement home tapioca pudding, grandpa
2019-08-11 23:37
Haha I agree, sadly I’ve followed this game for way too long. Definitely gave too much of my teens and early 20s to cs 1.5 and 1.6
2019-08-15 05:39
#58
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United States ChrisBrown 
hahahhaha
2019-08-11 21:41
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