EU RMR qualifier #3: BIG, Sprout, fnatic survive as day one ends
Just two more qualifiers for the super-region's Regional Major Ranking tournament are left. Follow this post to get the latest updates on the happenings in the third massive qualifier.
Upcoming matches - Bracket
Round of 16
See tournament page for day 2 matches
Round of 32
Falcons 11-16 BLUEJAYS - lobby
MASONIC 16-13 Believe - lobby
K23 16-13 Wicked - lobby
Anonymo 16-9 Strive in chaos - lobby
MAD Lions 16-8 Budapest Five - lobby
1shot 16-11 Savage - lobby
Nemiga 13-16 UNGENTIUM - lobby
FATE 13-16 WinX - lobby
Unique 16-14 4glory - lobby
fnatic 19-16 1WIN - lobby
BIG 16-7 GameAgents - lobby
Sprout 16-6 Lilmix - lobby
Round of 64
BLUEJAYS 16-13 Sangal - lobby
Anonymo 22-18 temp - lobby
Wisla Krakow 10-16 K23 - lobby
ECSTATIC 20-22 MAD Lions - lobby
Movistar Riders 12-16 Savage - lobby
Nemiga 16-11 Eternal Fire - lobby
1shot 16-9 Finest - lobby
Illuminar 16-14 GTZ - lobby
FATE 16-12 GamerLegion - lobby
FORZE 16-8 ASAP - lobby
Sprout 16-6 Apeks - lobby
fnatic 16-12 Spikers - lobby
Round of 128
Movistar Riders 25-22 Coalesce - lobby
SAW 16-3 LDLC - lobby
Wisla Krakow 16-14 HAVU - lobby
PACT 16-11 Zero Tenacity - lobby
Strive in chaos 16-11 VELOX - lobby
SKADE 13-16 Savage - lobby
Anonymo 16-2 OFFSET - lobby
Round of 256
Eternal Fire 16-13 Cryptova - lobby
FATE 16-12 PROSPECTS - lobby
BIG 16-9 sixsixsix - lobby
4glory 16-12 Enterprise - lobby
MAD Lions 16-14 Unknown flag cis KABAN - lobby
Benched Heroes 13-16 LastWind - lobby
KOVA 13-16 BLUEJAYS - lobby
iNation 9-16 OFFSET - lobby
fnatic 16-6 turtles - lobby
Sprout 16-4 BOJIku - lobby
GamerLegion 16-10 The Prodigies - lobby
Nemiga 16-10 OsteFC - lobby
Round of 512
FORZE 16-4 Queota - lobby
BIG 16-0 SpaceDucks - lobby
Apeks 16-12 Los Reyes - lobby
Anonymo 16-1 TROX - lobby
Tricked 13-16 POLIGON - lobby
K23 16-1 xX_HE4DSH0T_Xx - lobby
Sprout 16-0 Unknown flag cis KENTIKI - lobby
fnatic 16-2 SabotaGe- - lobby
NewBALLS 16-10 Into the Breach - lobby
GamerLegion 16-5 Hard2kill - lobby
Wisla Krakow 16-10 Hostile Pudding - lobby
Zero Tenacity 16-9 CongratsMoron - lobby
AVANGAR 16-1 SiDEWALKERS - lobby
GMT 16-5 Image - lobby
Nemiga 16-0 Lentyaevo - lobby
Movistar Riders 16-0 Unknown flag cis Fee4ki - lobby
23:55 The last 16 teams have found their way to the final day of the qualifier
The first day of the Europe RMR qualifier has come to an end, with only 16 teams left standing. Among them are many of the favorites for the five spots up for grabs, including BIG, Sprout, MAD Lions, FORZE, fnatic and K23.
Other teams that have been fighting hard throughout the first two qualifiers by putting in deep runs but falling short in the end, such as BLUEJAYS, Anonymo, SAW and 1shot, will also be fighting to punch a ticket to Bucharest. The Round of 16 matches will continue on Friday at 16:00 before moving on to the all-important best-of-three qualifying series in the quarter-finals.
Unlike the previous two qualifiers, where four spots were up for grabs, this time around there will be five, and there will therefore be a fifth place decider bracket for the teams losing their quarter-finals matches to have a last chance at securing a spot in the European RMRs.
The Round of 16 bracket is:
21:30 Sprout speedruns the first day of play
The first day of the PGL Major Antwerp EU RMR Open Qualifier 3 is slowly coming to a close, with less and less teams still in the running for the five spots up for grabs at the RMR. Notable teams that were eliminated in the Round of 64 include Movistar Riders, Finest, GamerLegion, Tokyo Revengers, Eternal Fire and Lilmix.
The Round of 32, which is the last round of the first day of play, will feature some exciting match-ups, such as FATE playing WinX, a Bulgarian mix featuring Kalin "KalubeR" Erenditsov, Martin "mar" Kuyumdjiev, Viktor "Duplicate" Mitev, Blagoi "oxygeN" Dimitrov and Deyvid "h4rn" Benchev, or fnatic going up against 1WIN.
Sprout, who won with several one-sided results, were first to secure their spot in the final 16 with a 16-6 victory over Lilmix. Not all matches are in the final round of the day, however, as one of the most exciting matches between two top 30 teams is also still going down, as Wisla Krakow and K23 fight in the Round of 64.
Results up to now include:
20:25 Bracket starts to narrow down as Round of 128 is wrapped up
Some of the qualifier’s notable names are starting to drop out as the qualifier marches on, with the likes of SKADE, HAVU and Coalesce now eliminated. The Bulgarians fell at the hands of Simon "twist" Eliasson and William "draken" Sundin’s Savage, while the Finns went all the way to thirty rounds against Wisla Krakow and the European mix saw Pere "sausol" Solsona Saumell fall in triple overtime to his Movistar Riders compatriots.
Out of these aforementioned teams, Savage and Movistar Riders will now face off in the Round of 64, where teams like Aleksi "allu" Jalli’s temp are playing Anonymo, Finest are going up against 1shot, or Nemiga are playing Eternal Fire. The first results for the early matches in the Round of 64 are already in, with fnatic taking out Maikil "Golden" Selim’s mix team on Inferno, while Sprout ran over Apeks on Ancient.
Notable results so far include:
SAW 16-3 LDLC
Wisla Krakow 16-14 HAVU
Strive in chaos 16-11 VELOX
HONORIS 16-10 ONYX
Falcons 16-10 AVANGAR
PACT 16-11 Zero Tenacity
Savage 16-13 SKADE
Movistar Riders 25-22 Coalesce
Spikers 12 - 16 fnatic
Apeks 6 - 16 Sprout
19:00 Mix teams battle it out
Spikers, a team featuring the likes of Golden, Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann, Valentin "poizon" Vasilev and Kevin "HS" Tarn took out Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist’s Hellslayers, a mix of young Swedish players, remaining alive in the bracket with a real possibility of facing fnatic in the Round of 64.
MAD Lions were also almost taken aback by a mix. Still playing with Karol "rallen" Rodowicz in lieu of Viktor "sdy" Orudzhev, the Europeans beat a Russian mix team featuring Aleksandr "KaiR0N-" Anashkin, Pavel "PASHANOJ" Legostaev and Dmitriy "facecrack" Alekseyev, barely outgunning them in the late stages of the match to finish 16-14.
The mix team playing under the tag Benched Heroes, who went far in both of the first open qualifiers, were also knocked out of competition, this time by the Lithuanians of LastWind, who committed fratricide against Owen "smooya" Butterfield’s teammates in this qualifier, Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys and Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas.
Other notable matches so far have been:
Spikers 16-9 Hellslayers
MAD Lions 16-14 Unknown flag cis KABAN
Benched Heroes 13-16 LastWind
BLUEJAYS 16-13 KOVA
OFFSET 16-9 iNation
LastWind 16-13 Benched Heroes
4glory 16-12 Enterprise
1shot 16-10 cowana
18:00 Tricked, Into the Breach knocked out, Apeks survives LosReyes in first rounds
The favorites are chugging along the bracket as it hits the Round of 256, but a couple of known names have already hit the deck, with the likes of Tricked and Into the Breach losing to two Russian teams, POLIGON and Aleksei "RuFire" Burakov’s NewBALLS, respectively.
Apeks, who were upset in the Round of 256 in the last EU RMR open qualifier by going down to GMT, were taken to the brink today in the Round of 512, as they had to come back from a 4-10 deficit against Los Reyes, although this time around they were able to turn things around to get ahead 16-12.
14:05 Third European RMR qualifier set to start
After over 700 teams signed up and took part in the first two qualifiers, the third is set to kick off on Thursday looking like it'll hit a similar mark once again as teams scramble to find their way to the European RMR, which will be their only chance to make it to PGL Major Antwerp.
The single-elimination bracket begins at 16:00 and will run in best-of-one matches until we get to the quarter-finals, where best-of-threes will decide the teams moving on to the Regional Major Ranking event.
On day one, before the matches are featured on HLTV.org for the Round of 16, we will once again post regular updates in this live post with the most interesting matches, GOTV relays to connect to and watch or stream for your audience, and other happenings in the qualifier.
Some of the highest ranked teams signed up this time are: