Apeks qualify for Elisa Masters Espoo 2023
Damjan "kyxsan" Stoilkovski's men continue their strong run of form by qualifying for the $200,000 Finnish LAN.
Apeks have won Elisa Invitational Spring 2023 and qualified for the tournament organizer's Masters event in Espoo, joining GamerLegion on the team list after Kamil "siuhy" Szkaradek's side secured their own spot at the tournament through the Winter Invitational.
kyxsan and company add to a string of strong results for themselves, already having followed up their top-four finish at the BLAST.tv Paris Major by winning ESL Challenger League Season 45 to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 18 and now qualifying for the LAN event in Finland.
Apeks started their campaign in the Spring Invitational from the Swiss group stage, going flawless with a 3-0 record with wins over HAVU, ENCE Academy, and ex-Copenhagen Flames to their name to make the bracket stage.
There, Apeks beat Sangal before matching up against Into the Breach, who had been invited directly to the top-eight stage. The British-European outfit faltered in a three-map seires to Martin "STYKO" Styk and company, who then went on to beat MOUZ 2-0 to make the grand final.
A rematch against ex-Copenhagen Flames ensued in the title decider, and this time around the Danish side put up a better face than they had during the group stage.
They managed to take a map off of Apeks in the series, but the victory came too late — the European combine started the series by narrowly edging out a 16-14 victory on their opponent's pick of Anubis, but couldn't close out Ancient, where ex-Copenhagen Flames secured victory 16-12.
Thomas "birdfromsky" Due-Frederiksen's men would lament not closing out their pick at the start of the series as it could have been a 2-0 win in their favor, but instead they were entirely outclassed on the Inferno decider as Apeks ran away with the map, 16-4.
|ex-Copenhagen Flames||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|63 - 58||+5||83.7||1.17|
|48 - 45||+3||63.9||0.99|
|52 - 55||-3||71.1||0.93|
|40 - 61||-21||65.7||0.80|
|38 - 62||-24||60.9||0.80|