Se7en and Ambush qualify for ECS Season 8 Europe Pinnacle Cup
Ambush and Se7en are the first two squads to qualify for the European version of the ECS Season 8 Pinnacle Cup, having successfully traversed the first 1024 slot open qualifier. Initially, both teams battled through best-of-one match-ups, succeeded by fruitful best-of-3 playoff performances that yielded them qualification.
Upon reaching the quarter-finals, Se7en secured a 2-0 victory against struggletony, subsequently facing off against paryvodnikov for a spot in the Pinnacle Cup. The deciding series kicked off on Train, where Alikhan "w1nt3r" Kopzhanov and company opened up with a dominant T performance at 10-5. The opposition was nearly able to bring it back in the latter half, but a last-minute resurgence meant a 16-13 conclusion in favour of the Kazakh squad.
Dust2 saw a similar dynamic, in that a 9-6 showing on the offense was followed up with slightly less convincing CT half that saw a last-minute sprint to the finish line with another 16-13 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Ambush ensured participation in the ECS Season 8 Pinnacle Cup having defeated Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas's Aristocracy with a 2-1 scoreline, followed by a deciding series against Fierce, that also saw all three maps played out. The initial map, Mirage, saw the European mix team walk away with a 16-11 victory. The Danish quintet held composure on map two, Train, despite an initial 5-10 deficit, ensuring overtime in the latter half. Three overtimes later, Ismail "refrezh" Ali and company extended the series to map three at 25-21.
Overpass finalised affairs, and contrary to previous maps was lop-sided in favour of the Danes. A confident 13-2 defence was succeeded by a consecutive pistol round, concluding the third map with a brief 16-3 score.
Below are all currently-known participants of the ECS Season 8 Europe Pinnacle Cup: