Vitality, Heretics through to Road to Rio playoffs, ENCE and fnatic eliminated as EU Group A ends
Astralis ended up at the very top of the group after locking down their sixth win earlier today, with a head-to-head victory putting them ahead of NiP, who finished the group stage with the same score after winning the all-Swedish matchup against fnatic in the last round.
Although the two spots in the upper bracket semi-finals had been locked since the penultimate round, the third-fourth place, awarding teams a place in the lower bracket, was up in the air until the very last match, with Vitality, fnatic, ENCE, and Heretics all having a chance.
In the end, Vitality secured one of those spots after a straight-forward win against their compatriots. The other came down to a three-way tie between fnatic, ENCE, and Heretics, after each one lost their matchup in the last round, with Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey and company clinching fourth place thanks to an extra map victory among the three teams.
The French side earned the lower bracket spot despite not being able to add any more wins to their tally after having started the group stage strong with three consecutive victories, spearheaded by fantastic performances from Bryan "Maka" Canda, who is currently the third-highest-rated player of the tournament.
Meanwhile, ESL Pro League Season 11 champions fnatic will have to come to terms with a disappointing showing that saw them record a 3-4 score in the group, good only for the 11th-12th place overall. On Tuesday, they and ENCE will face Group B's sixth and fifth-placed teams, respectively, in matches that will break down individual placings for an extra 100 points in the Regional Major Ranking.
The final standings of Group A look as follows: