Flashpoint 3 initial matchups announced
The double-elimination bracket for the first European RMR event of 2021 has been drawn.
Flashpoint has announced the initial matchups for the 16-team European Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event, which will take place on May 10-30. The tournament will be played out using a double-elimination format and give out valuable RMR points that will qualify teams for the PGL Stockholm Major.
In the first round of play, Vitality will take on countrymen DBL PONEY — without Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt who is uneligable to compete —, while Astralis will play a rematch against OG, who eliminated them from the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown in April.
mousesports, winners of the closed qualifier, will kick off the event against a struggling fnatic, while closed qualifier runners-up Complexity will take on BIG. G2 and FaZe facing off is certain to attract a lot of attention, as is Nicolai "device" Reedtz's debut for NIP against Anonymo. Last but not least, FunPlus Phoenix will take on ex-North.
It is unclear which lineup will show up on the server for ex-North on May 14th, but the roster submitted by the Danish squad was deemed valid by Flashpoint, which means that it has at least three players from the North lineup that played in DreamHack Open Fall 2020. Two of those players, Philip "aizy" Aistrup and Nicklas "gade" Gade, have reunited under the name HYENAS in March, with their only tournament played being the second open qualifier for IEM Summer, where they were knocked out by MAD Lions in the Round of 32.
The opening matchups for Flashpoint 3 are as follows: