sAw, Endpoint through to DreamHack Open Fall
sAw and Endpoint have qualified for DreamHack Open Fall after moving past Movistar Riders and mousesports, respectively, in the semi-final stage of the closed qualifier's lower bracket. There is now just one spot up for grabs in the European RMR tournament, with Finn "karrigan" Andersen's troops facing a must-win situation in the fifth-place decider match to avoid a disastrous elimination.
sAw, who had been sent to the lower bracket by Sprout after defeating Complexity and x6tence in the upper bracket (with both teams fielding coaches), sealed a hard-fought victory against their Iberian rival with a stunning comeback from 9-14 down on the final map, Inferno.
The qualification for the RMR tournament is an unprecedented feat in the history of the Portuguese squad, which was created at the start of the year. It also comes just three months after the team took part in the BLAST Premier Spring Europe Showdown, in which they finished in last place despite snatching a victory against Vitality.
After being forced to navigate their way through the lower bracket following a 0-2 defeat to Endpoint in the opening round, mousesports hit back with a vengeance as they cruised to a 16-1 victory on their opponents' map pick, Train. But Endpoint, who unveiled Shahar "flameZ" Shushan as their new fifth player last week, responded in a close Mirage game before completing the reverse sweep with a double-overtime win on Dust2, where they managed to stay composed despite blowing a 14-8 lead.
DreamHack Open Fall will run from October 15-25, with $115,000, RMR points and a spot at December's IEM Global Challenge LAN on the line. The team list for the tournament currently looks as follows: