x6tence and PACT through to IEM New York closed qualifier
In the closed qualifier, the two teams will join OG and one more unannounced invited side to play for two spots in the main tournament from August 14-16 in a double-elimination best-of-three bracket.
Galaxy Racer looked more than convincing in the late stages of the open qualifier, where they met Movistar Riders and GamerLegion and lost a total of five rounds. However, the Swedes fell at the final hurdle after they were unable to bring down PACT from a 15-11 lead on the second map of the series, with the Poles mounting a comeback to win the decider in three.
On the other side, eyes were on Nexus as the Romanian side looked poised to make an upset run with a convincing victory against MAD Lions, but they were narrowly bested in the quarter-finals by x6tence, who went on to beat Lyngby Vikings to the closed qualifier spot.
The team list of the next qualifying stage looks as follows: