Five teams through to FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier
The first five teams to secure spots at the FLASHPOINT Global LAN Qualifier in Los Angeles have been determined following the conclusion of the closed qualifiers in the Americas and the majority of the bracket in Europe.
AVEZ emerged victorious from the upper bracket of the 32-team European closed qualifier, becoming the first of two sides from the European bracket to earn a spot at the Global LAN Qualifier.
The Polish squad claimed wins over a number of notable names as they fought their way past HellRaisers, Salamander, HAVU, and Winstrike to set up a bout against SKADE in the upper bracket final. There, a stellar showing from Michał "MOLSI" Łącki aided AVEZ on their road to a 2-1 series victory, leaving SKADE to face off against Spirit in the consolidation final on Monday at 19:00 in hopes of securing the second slot at the Global LAN Qualifier.
Meanwhile, the North American and South American closed qualifiers had time to play out in their entirety as a result of having half the number of teams as their European counterpart. Notably, the No.1 seed in the South American qualifier, paiN, dropped out due to ping issues, while TeamOne forfeited their matches and instead chose to play in the second Americas Minor SA open qualifier.
Isurus were the first from their region to advance after they prevailed in the upper bracket, taking down Neverest, RED Canids, DETONA, and Redemption POA. Vinicius "vsm" Moreira and company survived being knocked down to the lower bracket by Isurus as they were able to fend off Rysix and W7M to earn a spot in the consolidation final, but there it was Redemption POA who came out the victor of a three-map series to secure the second SA spot.
In North America, Chaos conquered the upper bracket, notching wins over Orgless, Swole Identity, Yeah, and eUnited en route to claiming their spot in Los Angeles. For the second spot in the offline qualifier, Pujan "FNS" Mehta's Orgless roster managed a heroic run through the lower bracket after being knocked down in their first match-up. It took the team six best-of-three victories to complete their sweep, with FNS clutching a crucial 1vs2 to help his side comeback from a 6-13 deficit on Nuke against eUnited and take a 16-14 win.
The five teams who have earned spots in the FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier are:
The winner of the consolidation final match-up between Spirit and SKADE will become the sixth team to join the list for the FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier, which is set to play out at the FACEIT studios in Los Angeles, California from March 3-5.