Asia RMR Day 4: As it happened
This is a live post with the latest updates from the happenings at the BLAST.tv Paris Major Asia qualifier.
It's over - TheMongolz qualify
17:16 - Striker
Though not always representing the same name, the same two teams have qualified from the Asia RMR for three consecutive Majors:
Clip: Annihilation's impressive 1v5 attempt
16:54 - Striker
Perfect mid-round call breaks Rare Atom
16:46 - Striker
Mercury 1v2 keeps Rare Atom-TheMongolz close
16:44 - Striker
Rare Atom finally string rounds together
16:33 - Striker
TheMongolz rack up an advantage
16:28 - Striker
Rare Atom sure don't have a good time against pistols and it's what catches up to them again. They lose a key round to a forcebuy and TheMongolz once again don't let them gain any momentum, and it's 7-3.
Mirage is live and bLitz kicks it off in style
16:12 - Striker
TheMongolz convert their pick and end Rare Atom's streak
15:48 - Striker
Rare Atom's 13-0 streak on Inferno comes to an end as they go down 0-1 in the series. Their own pick of Mirage is next and it will mark the first time this TheMongolz lineup plays the map. The lineup with Tengis "sk0R" Batjargal was no slouch on it, though - they beat Cloud9 and took FURIA to overtime on Mirage back at IEM Katowice.
TheMongolz edge closer to victory with control on the CT side
15:40 - Striker
Rare Atom got within two of TheMongolz after winning the pistol, but the gunrounds have all gone the way of the Mongolian squad and Rare Atom are scrambling for money with just one bomb plant in the last five rounds. 14-8.
Clip: Watch Rare Atom's cheeky attempt at a ninja
15:21 - Striker
The Chinese squad salvaged what they could before the end of the half, now with five rounds to their name. This one didn't work out as they fell to just pistols on the A bombsite, but it was an entertaining attempt, nonetheless.
Rare Atom unable to gain any momentum
15:13 - Striker
Rare Atom have won a couple of solitary rounds but haven't been able to string them together, faced with a response each time. It's 9-2.
TheMongolz get off the line first
15:00 - Striker
Rare Atom vs. TheMongolz about to go live
14:40 - Striker
The veto is in and it's a curious one. TheMongolz picked Inferno despite Rare Atom currently sitting on a 13-0 win streak on the map, including wins over Liquid and Natus Vincere. Clearly the Mongolian side opted for comfort and a strength of their own.
Mirage is second, Overpass to decide if needed.
Rare Atom advance to the consolidation final
13:40 - Striker
The team has been given an hour's break to prepare for the next match. See you then!
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Kaze's 1v2 all but seals Twisted Minds' fate
13:35 - Striker
Map two is neck-and-neck again
13:16 - Striker
aliStair: "I hope people put us as the 0-3"
13:06 - Striker
Read or listen to the full interview here.
HLTV user cheers on Rare Atom
12:47 - Striker
I don't know if this HLTV comment is a poem or if it was meant to rhyme, but whatever it is, it's beautiful.
"We've got advent as the leader
He knows exactly what we need
JamYoung at the back, Mosey entry frag
RA gonna win the major sticker!!!!!!!!"
Rare Atom pick up the map after advent 1v2s (16-14)
12:26 - Striker
Clip: What a retake from Twisted Minds (13-13)
12:20 - Striker
Rare Atom 12-11 Twisted Minds
12:14 - Striker
Never mind, it was a quick fix
11:45 - Striker
We're back live after the issue was fixed relatively quickly. It's 5-5 between the two teams on Mirage.
Brace yourselves, it's a tech pause
11:41 - Striker
No point in trying to promise when the match will resume, but at the very least it seems a technical issue is going to take long enough to fix that the broadcast went into a waiting screen.
Rare Atom face Twisted Minds next
11:14 - Striker
In a pre-match interview, the language from Nikola "Lobanjica" Mijomanović was about the same as always. The Montenegrin has consistently set expectations low, saying this time the preparation amounted to six hours of sleep, breakfast, some coffee, and no game time.
Grayhound qualify for the Paris Major
10:57 - Striker
After five attempts Grayhound close the match, taking advantage of aggression from TheMongolz in middle and ending on B. Declan "Vexite" Portelli and Joshua "INS" Potter ended the map with 61 kills combined to get to that Major spot.
Another big save
10:54 - Striker
TheMongolz prevent first match point
10:51 - Striker
Grayhound on the verge of making it to Paris
10:42 - Striker
It's 14-8 in favor of the hounds. With how Anubis went it's a little early to call it, but the Australians are on the verge of making it to Paris.
Clips: Beautiful plays from hasteka and INS
10:30 - Striker
Yes, they can
09:47 - Striker
No big drama this time. Grayhound picked up the first three rounds of the second half and, despite giving away a 2v5 situation to Baatarkhuu "Bart4k" Batbold and Annihilation, reached match point. It took them four attempts to finish it off, but they did before it got dangerous whatsoever.
It's time for Ancient to decide the first Asian team advancing to the Paris Major.
Can Grayhound close it this time?
09:28 - Striker
It's been a breeze of a first half from Grayhound and it's 11-4 in their favor. We were in a similar position on Anubis, though, so let's see if this time it's enough to close the match.
Back live with Inferno
08:57 - Striker
After a short (in relative terms) technical delay, the match is back live with Inferno. Grayhound lead 4-0 to start with hopes of equalizing the series and making it to Ancient.
TheMongolz complete the comeback
08:19 - Striker
08:06 - Striker
It was Grayhound who were on the ropes after struggles on the CT side, but they survived up against match point to force overtime on the first map.
07:26 - Striker
Surely Grayhound have got this in the bag
07:26 - Striker
12-3 as TheMongolz salvaged what they could with a couple of pistol wins to end the half.
Grayhound are running away with Anubis
07:26 - Striker
Anubis to start - a surprise pick
07:04 - Striker
Two Major spots up for grabs in Asia today
06:35 - Striker
Welcome to the last day of the Asia RMR.
It's been a bumpy road, but the final day of the tournament taking place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is here. We're about to witness the final four teams compete for the region's two BLAST.tv Paris Major spots, after all three of the big favorites have made it through and were joined by an unlikely underdog in Twisted Minds.
The first Major spot will go to the winner of the first match of the day between TheMongolz and Grayhound. The loser will have another chance at the end of the day when they face off against the winner of Rare Atom vs. Twisted Minds.
Yesterday some of the day one issues cropped up again with complaining of experiencing loss, resulting in the last series finishing well past 2 AM local time. Here's to a problem-free day.
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