ENCE fall to Anonymo in first round of Flashpoint 3 closed qualifier
With 21 ranking spots separating the teams, Anonymo's victory over ENCE was the biggest upset in the initial matches of the Flashpoint 3 closed qualifier, where 16 teams are competing in a double-elimination bracket for five spots at the main event.
The trio of Kamil "KEi" Pietkun, Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski, and Kacper "Kylar" Walukiewicz powered their side to a victory over Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer's team (16-14 Train, 16-12 Inferno), handing ENCE their fifth defeat from the last eight games played.
ENCE will have a chance to redeem themselves in the lower bracket, with their next opponent being DBL PONEY who they already beat twice this month. A loss to Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro's squad would see ENCE eliminated, though, and come as a massive blow to the Finnish organization that recently reached the playoffs of ESL Pro League Season 13, but struggled to keep up that form since.
Other upsets include Sprout (No. 30) picking up a win over SKADE (No. 23), as Josef "faveN" Baumann and Fritz "slaxz-" Dietrich showed brilliant form, as well as Movistar Riders (No. 35) taking down AGO (No. 28). Owen "smooya" Butterfield's team have hit a higher level recently, picking up a wins over ENCE and FURIA in the IEM Summer Closed Qualifier on Monday.
Flashpoint 3 Closed Qualifier first round results:
The action in the qualifier continues shortly, with the following matches:
Lower round 1