RBG, Strife advance to IEM Fall NA closed qualifier

The Premier sides are in with a chance to qualify for the Regional Major Ranking event.

The first open qualifier for IEM Fall North America has concluded, with RBG and Strife topping their respective brackets and securing spots in the closed qualifier set to take place later in September.

Some notable lineups who didn't feature in this qualifier are NA favorites Bad News Bears and Triumph. Due to already featuring on the North American RMR leaderboard, Bad News Bears are set to receive a direct invite to the closed qualifier, while Triumph are currently signed up for the second open qualifier.

The early stages of the bracket went off as one would expect, with the big story coming in at the round of 8, where Party Astronauts suffered an overtime loss to ATK. Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy stepped up against his former team, putting up a 1.46 rating to set ATK up for a match against Strife.

HexT had a 1.35 rating against ChocoCheck

In the final two rounds, RBG took down X13 and ChocoCheck, overall not running into much trouble other than an overtime map against Zack "⁠XotiC⁠" Elshani's side. Advancing to the IEM Fall closed qualifier bodes well for RBG, who recently added Jordon "⁠jitter⁠" Ruggiero and Tommy "⁠Axed⁠" Ryan to the lineup.

On Strife's way to qualification, they beat Mythic and majority South African lineup ATK in the final two rounds of the bracket. Much like RBG, Strife didn't lose any maps during the qualifier, and it was primarily Dylan "⁠SATURN⁠" Finch who propelled his team through the final series. This qualifier served as the first official outing of the squad under the Strife banner, having played under the Recon 5 tag until late August.

The pair of teams have filled two of the four spots allocated to open qualifiers, with the other two being filled by a second open qualifier beginning September 11. The page to register can be found on the ESEA website here.

United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
738
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
United States Dylan 'SATURN' Finch
Dylan 'SATURN' Finch
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
112
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
United States Jordon 'jitter' Ruggiero
Jordon 'jitter' Ruggiero
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
166
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
United States Tommy 'Axed' Ryan
Tommy 'Axed' Ryan
Age:
20
Team:
United States Zack 'XotiC' Elshani
Zack 'XotiC' Elshani
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
270
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
#1
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India OOFmiester
Great news!
2021-09-09 06:15
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Canada Matomoto
ok
2021-09-09 06:15
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Finland Cucumber))
F ATK :(
2021-09-09 06:15
Good news that match fixer nosraC doesn’t get through
2021-09-09 06:21
Who cars
2021-09-09 06:21
#6
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United States weaboo
no
2021-09-09 06:22
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United States mattgg2015
cares? we play valorant now
2021-09-09 06:23
1 reply
VaLULrant
2021-09-09 09:22
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United States hellokappa
strife era
2021-09-09 06:42
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Brazil williamhsk1
Strife, it's your mission to make NA great again.
2021-09-09 06:51
rbg and god hext will win the tournament
2021-09-09 07:02
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United States 3manu3l
koool mens
2021-09-09 12:36
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Finland Nollegee
Who
2021-09-09 13:31
isnt JOLZ from strife the alleged match fixer...you know he knew something...
2021-09-09 14:24
4 replies
ESIC unbanned him after like 6 months so who knows
2021-09-09 15:13
3 replies
im sure he knew what was going on...they just couldnt prove it...
2021-09-09 17:39
2 replies
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United States Bhu_Tang
the other people involved are still banned so I think that like nosraC he had at most an auxiliary role in the story
2021-09-09 18:50
1 reply
yeah and 1 of the still banned made over $100,000 over the course of 3 years....how do i know...because i personally know people who played with them in scrims and who chatted online for years...he and nosraC are guilty...they just got lucky...i have zero respect for them...i wish i could list every team and player who were dirty....i figure let the ESIC DO THEIR JOB.... not like either of them will ever be a pro player....FACT....
2021-09-09 19:14
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