FG, EG.us & HR win WCG qualifiers
FireGamers and Evil Geniuses came from behind to win their respective WCG qualifiers, in a very busy weekend.
In Brazil, FireGamers joined mibr in the Grand Final after a very close 16-14 win over playArt in the Consolidation Final, but proved they were anything but out of the discussion for a spot in Chengdu as they secured a 2-1 win.
On de_train, mibr made little use of the advantage of starting as CT, as they could not get more than eight rounds. Although FG did not fare much better in defensive affairs, some good play in the last rounds saw them take a late 16-14 win to restore parity in the tie.
The next map was de_inferno, where FG were simply too hot to handle, with Lincoln "fnx" Lau returning to his old form as he helped his side take an 11-4 lead at the break. In the second half, FG confirmed their good moment as they took the necessary five rounds to leave mibr in despair.
In the United States, Evil Geniuses too came from the Lower Bracket to win the WCG qualifier. Playing with a stand-in, Travis "tuBBy" Bechtol, instead of Finnish veteran Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen, it looked like this would go down to Turmoil after they won the first half of de_inferno 11-4. However, EG pulled off an impressive comeback to win the map 16-14.
On de_nuke, EG started better as they strolled to a 12-3 result at half time. The former Gravitas team then responded in the second half, but it was too much to come back from, as EG would get their fourth round to win it 16-13.
Evil Geniuses have secured paid travel and accomodation to the WCG Finals, while Turmoil have been given direct entry into the competition, but will have to support all the costs themselves.
Elsewhere, HellRaisers won the Ukrainian WCG qualifier following an intense 2-1 win over Amazing Gaming. After winning CGL IV last weekend, A-Gaming were the big favourites here, but they were unable to move past KerchNET this time around.
After winning de_train 19:17 in overtime, HellRaisers lost 16-13 on de_inferno. A-Gaming could not find themselves on de_tuscan, as HellRaisers came out 16-4 winners to emerge victorious in the qualifier.
This concludes our coverage of the weekend's WCG qualifiers. In total, HLTV.org covered five different competitions in these two days. HLTV demos of these tournaments will be made available in the coming days.