Eternal Fire fall to lower bracket on EPL Conference day one
The first day of the inaugural ESL Pro League Conference saw all but one favorite prevail, with the exception of the Turkish side.
Eight matches took place on the opening day of the first-ever Conference stage ahead of ESL Pro League, as 16 teams from four different continents kicked off the fight for three coveted spots in the prestigious league's group stage in the first round of a double-elimination bracket.
The usual suspects mostly prevailed. Teams such as Movistar Riders, MAD Lions, and GODSENT entered the tournament as defacto favorites on the back of recent successes and got off on the right foot in the competition, making it to the upper bracket quarter-finals.
Unlike the other uprising teams, however, Eternal Fire faltered in their first series against Endpoint following the Turkish team's impressive run to second place at REPUBLEAGUE Tipos Season 2 last week.
The newest signing from the British organization, Guy "Nertz" Iluz, played a key role in the best-of-three, in particular on the opening Mirage as led the way to victory in a triple-overtime affair with 44 kills and nearly 100 ADR, before also putting in a respectable performance on the deciding Vertigo.
Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş and company now face elimination in the lower bracket, where they will first face Wisla Krakow on Thursday, while Endpoint have earned a matchup against GODSENT in the upper bracket on Wednesday.
The next round's matchups are:
Wednesday, November 24
13:30 MAD Lions vs. LDLC (Upper bracket)
13:30 EC Brugge vs. Sharks (Lower)
16:45 Extra Salt vs. Renegades (Upper)
16:45 Sprout vs. Renewal (Lower)
20:00 GODSENT vs. Endpoint (Upper)
20:00 Anonymo vs. Movistar Riders (Upper)