The Quest and Lazarus qualify for ECS Season 8 Pinnacle Cup

The Quest and Lazarus have emerged victorious from the first ECS Season 8 North America Pinnacle Cup open qualifier, earning themselves spots in the Pinnacle Cup that will play out in September.

Both teams had relatively unencumbered paths through the qualifier, with Lazarus defeating Final Feature with little difficulty in their quarter-final matchup and The Quest soundly dispatching of imperial in two maps to secure their spot in the semi-finals.

The Quest were the first up to bat as they took down ATK 2-1 in their matchup. The bout between the two sides began on Inferno, with The Quest putting up a dominant 11-4 half on the offense thanks to three 1vs3 clutches that were won by Logan "Voltage" Long and Gabe "Spongey" Greiner. The second half also saw little contention as The Quest gave up just three rounds before securing a 16-7 victory.

Dust2 saw a more competitive scoreline between the two sides as Ian "motm" Hardy and Michael "Grim" Wince went head-to-head, with both players ending regulation play with over 30 kills to their names. Despite trailing 6-9 at the half and having to claw back from a 11-15 deficit, ATK managed to steal away a 19-16 victory on their own map pick, pushing the series to an Overpass decider.

Snakes remained a consistent force for The Quest throughout the series

ATK maintained momentum as they got off to a 4-0 start on the offensive side of Overpass, with The Quest replying in kind to tie up the scoreline. motm continued his fragging form from the previous map, but this time he was joined by his teammates as ATK gave up only one additional round on the road to a 10-5 scoreline at the half.

The South African side swiftly extended their lead to 12-5 following a pistol victory, with The Quest replying with four rounds once they had rifles in their hands to narrow the deficit to 12-9. Three rounds went the way of ATK to put the team on match point, but The Quest remained resilient as they fought back with six rounds straight to once again force overtime.

The two teams remained locked in a brawl as they fought their way into a second overtime, where The Quest emerged victorious as they edged out a 22-18 map win to take home the series.

 ATK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
South Africa Dominic 'Domsterr' SampaioDomsterr 63 - 63 0 67.0 1.11
United States Ian 'motm' Hardymotm 73 - 72 +1 78.1 1.09
South Africa Johnny 'JT' TheodosiouJT 61 - 68 -7 70.3 0.99
South Africa Robby 'blackpoisoN' Da LocablackpoisoN 64 - 77 -13 79.2 0.99
South Africa Rhys 'Fadey' ArmstrongFadey 60 - 75 -15 71.3 0.91
 The Quest K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Logan 'Voltage' LongVoltage 81 - 58 +23 88.2 1.34
United States Ryan 'Snakes' AmannSnakes 85 - 61 +24 86.2 1.25
United States Gabe 'Spongey' GreinerSpongey 67 - 59 +8 75.2 1.10
United States Michael 'Grim' WinceGrim 65 - 73 -8 71.1 1.01
United States Jack 'xCeeD' HolimanxCeeD 55 - 74 -19 68.5 0.91

The situation was far more clear-cut in Lazarus' matchup against LiviD. Despite being forced to field their coach, Danny "fRoD" Montaner, in place of Braxton "swag" Pierce due to the player still being unable to compete in ECS, Lazarus had little trouble dispatching of their French Canadian opposition.

yay made short work of LiViD on Mirage

Strong performances from Gage "Infinite" Green and Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker early on aided Lazarus in their opening gambit, seeing the team win seven uncontested rounds on their own pick of Mirage to kick off the series. LiviD broke the streak by taking a trio of rounds for their own, but were unable to halt yay's momentum as Lazarus cruised to a 12-3 scoreline at the half, with the team quickly closing out the first map with a 16-4 scoreline following the side swap.

LiviD fared no better on their own pick of Inferno as Lazarus took another spree of rounds to open up the map, this time managing eight before LiviD got on the board themselves, mustering four of their own in the half. A pistol victory following the side swap allowed for the French Canadians to close the gap to 11-6 in Lazarus' favour, but they were only able to add one final round to their tally before yay took the map over the line for his team with a 16-7 victory.

 LiviD K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Loic 'effys' Sauvageaueffys 29 - 32 -3 71.5 0.96
Canada Danny 'huynh' Huynhhuynh 27 - 36 -9 72.6 0.72
Canada Anthony 'gMd' GuimondgMd 24 - 37 -13 61.2 0.71
Canada Michael 'MkaeL' De LucaMkaeL 21 - 35 -14 69.1 0.71
Canada Mathieu 'INCRED' BergeronINCRED 18 - 35 -17 57.0 0.59
 Lazarus K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jaccob 'yay' Whiteakeryay 47 - 20 +27 110.2 1.83
United States Gage 'Infinite' GreenInfinite 41 - 18 +23 92.9 1.52
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis 42 - 29 +13 92.5 1.46
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' TaoufikSubroza 26 - 25 +1 80.7 1.17
United States Danny 'fRoD' MontanerfRoD 19 - 27 -8 55.1 0.83
United States Jaccob 'yay' Whiteaker
Jaccob 'yay' Whiteaker
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United States Danny 'fRoD' Montaner
Danny 'fRoD' Montaner
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.77
Maps played:
32
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.14
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
391
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Logan 'Voltage' Long
Logan 'Voltage' Long
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
288
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.09
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
377
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.11
United States Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner
Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
280
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
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 Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
511
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.14
#1
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Austria shaakeh 
yay
2019-08-15 04:47
f5
2019-08-15 04:47
GOD FROD
2019-08-15 04:50
#10
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Brazil PrestusHood 
Free Swag
2019-08-15 06:27
33 year old fRodo god
2019-08-15 07:22
The legend the myth the man
2019-08-15 13:53
#23
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Europe roseheader 
+1
2019-08-19 12:17
who?
2019-08-15 05:04
#3
fer | 
Brazil yesyesyis 
yay!
2019-08-15 04:47
#4
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Netherlands verygoedNico 
Cmon faceit unban brax already mens
2019-08-15 04:48
i wonder if swag is going to be screwed over once again
2019-08-15 04:50
#6
jdm64 | 
Switzerland ArtemONew 
unban brax and ban ATK BLESSRNG
2019-08-15 04:50
#9
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China Blitzer 
The Quest's players avatars are just hilarious LMAO
2019-08-15 05:22
#11
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Macedonia [toast] 
SWAG NOT BRAX RETARDS #UNBANSWAG
2019-08-15 06:43
#16
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Hungary subzera 
lol he didnt even play in this open qualifier for a qualifier
2019-08-15 09:47
#18
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Macedonia [toast] 
I didnt say he needs to play, i said its not brax but swag
2019-08-15 11:10
#20
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Hungary subzera 
My apologies
2019-08-15 12:10
#13
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World euqin 
Frod jesus christ
2019-08-15 07:33
#24
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Europe roseheader 
+1
2019-08-19 12:17
#14
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Germany L1lK1M 
fRoD legend!!
2019-08-15 08:06
indeed
2019-08-15 10:15
#15
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Hungary subzera 
anyone wanna make a team with me and qualify?
2019-08-15 09:46
#19
GuardiaN | 
Other Darge 
I wonder how long swag can stay on Lazarus, if they're always trying to get into every tournament he's banned.
2019-08-15 12:02
#21
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Poland suukki 
Free brax
2019-08-15 13:16
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