Wings Up eliminate OG from ESL Challenger Melbourne, move on to playoffs
The Chinese squad edged out the tournament favorites, 16-13 on both Inferno and Ancient.
Wings Up clinched second place in Group A after defeating OG, 2-0. XueBing "B1NGO" Dai's men claimed their first win after taking down EG White, and exacted revenge on OG for their opening game defeat in the playoff-spot-decider. Junhao "ChildKing" Peng and Yi "gas" Ding were the difference-makers for Wings Up, as the pair finished with 1.27 and 1.25 ratings, respectively.
OG won their opener against Wings Up, however they weren't able to repeat said performance in the succeeding matches. Nemanja "nexa" Isaković's side fell 13-16 to Entropiq, and were bested 0-2 by the same B1NGO-led squad they defeated prior, ultimately sealing their fate.
In the first match, OG were in firm control on the CT side and garnered a 9-6 lead by halftime. nexa and company looked dominant early in the second period, however their fortunes quickly changed as Wings Up scored ten consecutive rounds to claim the 16-13 win on Inferno. Both sides were more competitive early on Ancient, this time Wings Up held the slight advantage at the break. Abdul "degster" Gasanov was a constant threat on the AWP, but the Chinese didn't waste their chances and sent the tournament favorites home with a 16-13 triumph.
The playoffs will begin on Sunday with Group B winners paiN squaring off against Wings Up, while Entropiq's opponent is yet to be decided. The grand final will play out at 08:00 on the same day to crown the champion of ESL Challenger Melbourne.
|OG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|43 - 39||+4||86.6||1.17|
|39 - 39||0||70.7||0.98|
|34 - 38||-4||71.2||0.96|
|38 - 42||-4||72.4||0.95|
|29 - 38||-9||67.1||0.83|