ViCi qualify for IEM Beijing 2019
The grand final of the closed qualifier kicked off on Vertigo, where Invictus demonstrated a confident CT start with a pistol round conversion. A 5-1 lead was built off the back of the early success, later conceded when ViCi managed to claw together rounds off the back of strong performances from Andrew "Kaze" Khong and Tao "Franke19" Deng, concluding the initial half with a single-round lead at 8-7.
Having switched to the CT side, ViCi closed out the second pistol round, and confidently cruised to a 16-8 victory, allowing but a single round to fall out of hand in the process.
Mirage saw ViCi continue their dominance on the defence, securing an immediate six-round lead off the back of early momentum secured post-pistol. Invictus demonstrated a spotty performance mid half, but managed to soften the blow towards the end, concluding with a 6-9 deficit.
After swapping sides, the Russian/Chinese mix team found footing in the initial four rounds, after which a back-and-forth ensued, where neither team was able to secure consecutive strings of rounds. Anton "Koshak" Platko's triple kill in round 25 was the catalyst for change, as it seemingly inspired his team to close out, ensuring map three at 16-12.
Nuke followed, where Invictus proceeded to demonstrate a solid showing, kicking off the map with a three-round lead. ViCi secured their first rifle, and went on to equalise with their opponents at four rounds apiece. Heng "expro" Yang and his teammates prevented any long-term momentum from developing, closing a further five rounds to secure a 9-6 initial half.
Invictus landed a consecutive pistol round, followed by a further two conversions, but once rifles were in the hands of the Chinese squad, WeiJie "zhokiNg" Zhong and company consistently held their ground, yielding six consecutive rounds. Persisting struggles saw only a single victory for Invictus in the remainder of the half, as ViCi closed Nuke 16-13, and the series 3-1, off the back of an upper bracket advancement map advantage.
|ViCi||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|76 - 41||+35||91.4||1.44|
|60 - 54||+6||80.0||1.16|
|59 - 60||-1||79.7||1.11|
|54 - 49||+5||74.9||1.06|
|38 - 59||-21||54.9||0.80|
|Invictus||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|71 - 53||+18||92.4||1.31|
|57 - 63||-6||83.7||0.99|
|48 - 52||-4||65.9||0.90|
|48 - 62||-14||66.6||0.85|
|38 - 58||-20||59.0||0.77|
Despite conceding the grand final series, Invictus automatically join the participants list for the Asia Closed qualifier, where they will join TYLOO and six other contestants in competing for the final slot at IEM Beijing 2019.
Below are all known participants for IEM Beijing 2019: