forZe and AVANGAR advance to BLAST Pro Series Moscow Play-In
The closed qualifier took place over the weekend, featuring eight teams including six invited sides and two who came from the preceding online qualifier.
The double-elimination, best-of-three bracket began with Gambit Youngsters forfeiting the third map against Nemiga and subsequently the rest of the tournament due to a clash with the MSI MGA CIS closed qualifier.
Meanwhile, forZe went on an undefeated run in the upper bracket, beating buaksib, Nemiga, and Winstrike, only losing one map in the process to secure one of the spots on offer in the $250,000 tournament's Play-In match.
After falling to the lower bracket following a loss to Winstrike, AVANGAR went on a dominant run, winning the next three series including a revenge match against Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev & co. for the second Play-In spot.
The match between AVANGAR and forZe, which will determine the last team joining the fray at BLAST Pro Series Moscow, is set to take place on the first day of the main event, September 13, before the group stage begins.