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NA CLOSED QUALIFIER FOR AMERICAS MINOR SET TO START

The North American closed qualifier for the Americans Minor is about to start, with 16 teams duking it out for five spots at the Toronto event.

The open qualifier came to an end on Saturday evening, and it went almost according to script as most of the favourites managed to break into the top eight and secure spots in the closed stage.

Raphael “cogu” Camargo’s Gorilla Core fell in the Round of 32 following a three-map series against James “hazed” Cobb’s Muffin Lightning, who would be eliminated in the final round at the hands of Tempo Storm, who relied on a strong individual performance from Bruno “shz” Martinelli.

Immortals will face SoaR in the first Swiss round

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the qualifier was the fact that Mythic, featuring veterans such as Eric “adreN” Hoag and Todd “anger” Williams, were unable to secure a top-eight finish after being downed 2-1 by CLG Academy, with 16-year-old Zack “XotiC” Elshani averaging a stunning 1.43 Rating.

The top eight sides from the closed qualifier will now join eight invited teams in a Swiss stage featuring four rounds. The top five teams will progress to the Americas Minor, joining invited duo CLG and Liquid, as well as the winner of the South American open qualifier.

Below you can find the 16 teams who will compete in the qualifier:

Invited Qualified
United States compLexity United States Beacon
Canada Ghost United States CLG Academy
Brazil Immortals Canada FRENCH CANADIANS
Brazil Luminosity Argentina Gale Force
United States Misfits United States Naventic
North America NRG Canada Rise Nation
United States Rogue United States SoaR
United States Splyce Brazil Tempo Storm

Source: HLTV.org

RESISTANCE EARN WESG EU & CIS REGIONAL FINALS SPOT

RESISTANCE defeated ZeroGP 2-1 (Cache 16-5, Cobblestone 14-16, Train 16-5) in the grand final of the South-East Europe WESG qualifier, earning a spot at the WESG EU&CIS Regional Finals LAN.

In the final of the WESG qualifier for South-East Europe, that featured teams from countries such as Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia, as well as Greece and Israel, ZeroGP and RESISTANCEmade it to the grand final.

The Montenegrin side that features Nikola “Lobanjica”Mijomanović went through their side of the bracket defeatingSquared and MiDošli, while a mixed version ofRESISTANCE took down Netrunners in their semi-final matchup.

k1Ng0r (middle) and HOLMES (far right) attended last year’s WESG EU&CIS LAN

The first map of the grand final was Cache, RESISTANCE’s pick. The Serbian side started well, taking six out of the first nine rounds as Terrorists before Lobanjica stepped up with a hat-trick of frags with the M4A1 and ZeroGP got a clean round on the board.

ZeroGP followed that round up, making the score 6-5, but that was all they could get as CT’s on Cache, as Nemanja “k1Ng0r”Bošković’s side closed out the half 10-5. Double kills from both the 28-year-old and Petar “HOLMES” Dimitrijevićallowed RESISTANCE to retake A on the pistol, and they didn’t take their foot off the pedal after that, finishing the map 16-5.

It was quite a different story on Cobblestone, whereZeroGP got six rounds on the board before RESISTANCE could reply. A solid team performance saw the team from Montenegro run away with the lead, butRESISTANCE recovered from a 10-2 deficit by picking up the last three rounds of the half and making the comeback a possibility.

Pavle “Maden” Bošković and Miloš “Gigi” Racković picked up two apiece in the second pistol round to secure an 11-5 lead, but their side couldn’t build momentum as they lost the following anti-force to Aleksa “Impulse” Stankić’s CZ-75 3K. The score was 11-8 before ZeroGP could buy again, andVučeta “artie” Šćepanović instantly made an impact with the AK47, securing three to start a spree of round wins for his side.

From a 14-8 deficit, RESISTANCE fought back and almost made the comeback, largely thanks to Impulse’s 30-kill performance, but Lobanjica secured the map for his side with a crucial play in drop, making it 16-14 for ZeroGP.

HOLMES’ ninja defuse on the first round of Train set the scene for the decider map, as RESISTANCE ran away with the lead, going 9-1 up. Radomir “RaDe” Vučinić had a great round to add another one to ZeroGP’s tally, but they could only get up to four rounds before the switch. With the second pistol going RESISTANCE’s way as well, the Serbian side could easily close out the game and secure a spot at the WESG EU&CIS Regional Finals.

Source: HLTV.org

VICI WIN EXTREMESLAND CHINA REGIONAL FINALS

ViCi Gaming come from behind to defeat Eclipse 2-1 in the grand final of eXTREMESLAND 2017 China Regional Finals, taking home ~$4,550 in cash prizes and secured a higher seed at the eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals in October.

Besides IEM Oakland SEA qualifier, the eXTREMESLAND 2017 China Regional Finals also took place during the weekend, which featured eight teams in attendance, duking it out for a share of the ~$8,730 prize fund and three qualification spots to the $250K Asian tournament.

With TyLoo away overseas in Poland for a bootcamp this month, forcing them to skip the event, which meant ViCi andFlash were the next candidates in line to become number one in the Chinese competition.

After winning WESG 2017 China Finals, ViCi went on to win another event on home turf

As expected, ViCi and Flash topped their respective groups, followed by Eclipse and 5POWER in second place on day one, where they advanced to the semi-final playoffs. Bin “Savage”Liu and co. swept past Gan-Erdene “dobu” Batbold’s crew in two quick maps, while Eclipse surprisingly edged pastYuanZhang “AttackeR” Sheng’s squad with two overtime wins in the three-map series.

In the third place decider, Flash pulled off a reverse comeback against 5POWER and managed to qualify for the eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017. On the other hand, ViCirepeated a similar scenario versus the upstarts Eclipse in the grand final, 2-1, after losing the first map in double overtime on Inferno.

Below you can find the final standings for eXTREMESLAND 2017 China Regional Finals:

1. China ViCi – $4,552 + eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017 spot
2. China Eclipse – $2,276 + eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017 spot
3. China Flash – $1,138 + eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017 spot
4. China 5POWER – $759
5-6. China New4
5-6. China LGD
7-8. China EMP
7-8. China WG

Several other country qualifiers for eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017 were completed during the weekend, which updates our list of contestants for the sixteen-team event:

Australia Kings Mongolia TheMongolz
China ViCi China Eclipse
China Flash United Arab Emirates NASR
Indonesia Recca Taiwan Talon
Japan SZ Absolute Malaysia Fire Dragoon
India Entity Thailand Beyond.Maple
Philippines Mineski Vietnam Ultimate
Singapore Singapore Pakistan Pakistan

Source: HLTV.org

CERQ SET TO JOIN NRG

NRG will finalize their roster by adding another European player, the former Outlaws member Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, HLTV.org has learned.

Damian “daps” Steele’s squad went down to four members at the end of last month, when Peter “ptr” Gurney stepped down from NRG’s active roster. The North American AWPerfound himself a new home two weeks later, signing forcompLexity, while NRG took a bit more to secure their fifth.

However, the acquisition of Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov will complete their lineup, with the 17-year-old Bulgarian set to represent NRG in the upcoming season of ESL Pro League.CeRq, who has made a name for himself in Outlaws, currently sits on a 1.20 rating with 301 maps played, but will have to prove his worth against tougher opposition soon.

The Bulgarian prodigy will be filling the AWPing role for NRG

Just a couple of months ago, we’ve outlined CeRq’s talents in our first “One for the future” article, and the Bulgarian mentioned that he plans to go international somewhere down the line. It seems that that plan came to fruition sooner than expected, as NRG added him to their roster that now features three North American and two European players.

NRG is now:

Canada Damian “daps” Steele
United States Jacob “FugLy” Medina
United States Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
Denmark Allan “AnJ” Jensen
Bulgaria Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov

COMPLEXITY ADD YAY

Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker has joined compLexity ahead of Fragadelphia 11.

The move comes almost two weeks after the organizationparted ways with Kia “Surreal” Man who had been with the team for more than a year after he moved to the US from the UK.

The organization explained that the decision was based on performance and was made by the players, coaching staff, and management.

yay will be in action at Fragadelphia 11

compLexity have now found their fifth player in Jaccob “yay”Whiteaker who has competed with various ESEA Main and Premier teams since 2015. The player will step up to the primary AWPer role in compLexity.

“When we began looking at new players for the AWP role, yay was not at the top of the list. It took just one practice session to change that opinion.” said Kyle Bautista, General Manager of compLexity.

“Though Jaccob does not have the experience that some other player options possessed, he has demonstrated skills that are rarely found at even the highest levels of play.”

“His youth may be just what is needed to rejuvenate the squad and kickstart our results in the upcoming season. We’re excited to be taking a chance on a young gun, and we hope it pays off!”

compLexity’s new roster will make their debut in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Fragadelphia 11 will take place from July 28-30. You can visit our event page to find out more information about the tournament.

compLexity’s active lineup is below:

United Kingdom Rory “dephh” Jackson
United States Derek “desi” Branchen
Canada Bradley “ANDROID-X23” Fodor
United States Alec “Slemmy” White
United States Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker

United States Matt “Warden” Dickens (coach)

GAMBIT DEFEAT IMMORTALS TO WIN PGL MAJOR

Gambit came from behind to defeat Immortals 2-1 and win PGL Major Krakow.

The first map of the series was Cobblestone, Immortals’ pick, and it began with Immortals taking a 3-0 lead following three straight B executions. The first gun round then went Gambit’s way, and the only reason why Immortals did not rally back right after was that Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko toyed withHenrique “HEN1” Teles in the B site until the clock ran out.

Gambit were still finding their feet in the game when Immortals responded with another round, leaving the Kazakh team with no money in the bank. After calling a timeout at 2-5, Mihail “Dosia” Stolyarov pushed Gambit towards their third round victory with a quad kill inside B, but HEN1 responded with a 1v3 clutch to keep Immortals in control.

Whether they played fast or slow Counter-Strike, Immortals continued dictating the pace of the game and kept Gambit off any economic growth. The Brazilians limited their opponents to just three rounds, with HEN1 boasting 18 kills following a dream Terrorist side.

Now playing on the CT side, Immortals piled even more misery on Gambit by shutting them down while they attempted a fast A execution, with Lucas “steel” Lopes picking up three longe-range USP kills. The Brazilians followed that up with the next two rounds, hitting map point, and even though an all-out force-buy from Gambit still earned them a round, Immortals continued playing like a train with no brakes and quickly closed out the map.

Gambit were slaughtered on the first map but turned the series around

The next map, Train, began at a frantic pace, with rounds going back and forth as neither side managed to stamp their authority on the game. Gambit then excelled on the map and won five rounds straight as Immortals had no response to the Europeans’ quick executions.

The Brazilians finally put their foot down to hold back Gambit, stringing two rounds then, with Zeus denying Ricardo “boltz”Prass the chance to clutch a 1v3 situation in the following round. The 20-year-old looked unfazed and bounced back with a sensational quad kill, with Vito “kNgV-“ Giuseppeemulating his teammate in the next round with an AWP. Immortals would go on to reduce the gap to a minimum, but Gambit took the final two rounds to secure a 9-6 lead.

boltz fired Immortals up with a triple p250 kill in the second pistol round of the game. After buying up, Gambit took control of the game by winning three rounds with no response, bringing the scoreline to 12-9. A scrappy period of play then followed, but a triple-kill from Rustem “mou”Telepov in a partial buy gave Gambit their 14th round and left Immortals with no money to attempt a comeback.

Immortals finish second at their first-ever Major

The first half of Inferno was a one-way street from the get-go, with Gambit jumping out to a 5-0 lead on the CT side. Immortals then finally managed to break through the CT’s defence, overturning a 3v5 situation against all odds, but they got shut down in the following round while pushing B, whereDauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev got three kills to his name.

Every time that Immortals got a round, they were instantly reset, which allowed Gambit to increase their lead to 10-2. The Brazilians then won two rounds in a row, the second of which thanks to a quad-kill from kNgV-, before the Kazakh team bagged the final round of the half to secure an 11-4 lead.

A great start from Immortals on the CT side saw them win four rounds without response. Adrenaline was running high at the TAURON Arena, and then the crowd erupted as Abay“HObbit” Khasenov gave Gambit their first round of the half with a sensational 1v3 clutch.

That was a start of a great run from the Kazakh team, who brought the scoreline to 14-9. The next round went Immortals’ way, but the Brazilians would soon be left with no cash after losing a 4v2 against Dosia and HObbit. That ended up being the final nail in the Brazilians’ coffin as they were helpless to prevent Gambit from taking the map.

1. Kazakhstan Gambit – $500,000 + “Legend” status
2. Brazil Immortals – $150,000 + “Legend” status
3-4. Denmark Astralis – $70,000 + “Legend” status
3-4. Poland Virtus.pro – $70,000 + “Legend” status
5-8. Sweden fnatic – $35,000 + “Legend” status
5-8. Brazil SK – $35,000 + “Legend” status
5-8. Germany BIG – $35,000 + “Legend” status
5-8. Denmark North – $35,000 + “Legend” status
9-11. France G2 – $8,750
9-11. United States Cloud9 – $8,750
9-11. CIS FlipSid3 – $8,750
12-14. CIS Natus Vincere – $8,750
12-14. Europe mousesports – $8,750
12-14. Europe PENTA – $8,750
15-16. Europe FaZe – $8,750
15-16. Russia Vega Squadron – $8,750

Source: HLTV.org

CHIEFS WIN AOC CGPL WINTER FINALS

Chiefs triumph over Tainted Minds to win the AOC CyberGamer Premier League Winter 2017 Finals.

The two-day Australian event featured four of Australia’s top teams in action this weekend, duking it out for a lion’s share of the increased prize fund of $15,000 AUD (~$11,200) and two spots up for grabs at the CGPL Championship in November.

In the first semi-final, Tainted Minds cruised past Dark Sided in two straight maps, as Sam “flickz” Jones and company could not find an answer to their opponent’s impressive CT defense. Meanwhile, Chiefs—the defending champions of CGPL Autumn—defeated Mohammed“MoeycQ” Tizani’s Grayhound in a close 2-0 series (16-12 de_train, 16-14 de_overpass), also progressing on to the upper bracket final.

Chiefs win back-to-back CGPL splits

Grayhound was the first team to be eliminated from the double-elimination tournament, as Erka “erkaSt” Gantulga’s squad fell to Dark Sided 1-2 in the lower bracket. Dark Sided went on to face Mike “ap0c” Aliferis’ roster  in the consolidation final, who suffered a crushing 0-2 loss to Chiefs, only displaying a total of eight rounds in the two-map series.

Once again, Tainted Minds  emerged victorious, sendingMatthew “Texta” O’Rourke’s crew back home in third place.Chiefs obtained a comfortable lead heading into the best-of-five grand final against the AEM Season 1 champions, due to a 1-0 map advantage from their undefeated status in the upper bracket.

Despite the extra bonus, Chiefs slipped in the earlier stages of the match, as Jesse “InfrequeNt” Barker and company claimed the second map from behind, 16-14 on Inferno. However, Tyler “tucks” Reilly’s side reset themselves for the overall win and secured the next two maps, 16-11 on Train and 16-4 on Cache.

1. Australia Chiefs – $7,500 AUD (~$5,540) + CGPL Championship spot
2. Australia Tainted Minds – $3,500 AUD (~$2,585) + CGPL Championship spot
3. Australia Dark Sided – $2,000 AUD (~$1,475)
4. Australia Grayhound – $2,000 AUD (~$1,475)
5-6. Australia Funky Monkeys
5-6. Australia Legacy
7-8. Australia AVANT
7-8. Australia Athletico

Source: HLTV.org

NIP WIN DREAMHACK OPEN VALENCIA

Ninjas in Pyjamas have won DreamHack Open Valencia following a 2-0 victory over Red Reserve (16-10 on Mirage and 16-2 on Cache).

The all-Swedish clash for first place in Valencia began withRed Reserve getting out to a 5-0 lead as Counter-Terrorists on their map pick, Mirage. NiP nearly pulled off a semi-buy in the sixth round, but Mikail “Maikelele” Bill managed to win it with a last-second defuse.

It was only then that NiP secured their first round. After following it up with two more rounds, Richard “Xizt”Landström’s men allowed their opponents to string rounds together once again, but the Ninjas picked themselves up in the final stages of the half and reduced the gap to 6-9.

Now playing as CT, Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg and co. quickly got to the lead for the first time in the game. NiP lost a single round before continuously stopping their opponents’ T-side strats, finishing off the first map with a 16-10 scoreline.

NiP have been crowned DreamHack Valencia champions

The second map was Cache, NiP’s map pick, and it kicked off with Red Reserve finding two kills and planting the bomb in A. Still, Fredrik “REZ” Sterner helped his team to secure the round with a quad-kill.

Even in gun rounds, REZ and co. continued to control the pace of the game, and they closed out the half with a dominant 13-2 lead. After picking up the pistol round, Xizt’s team easily closed out the map, 16-2, and the series, 2-0, to secure the first place and a $50,000 payout.

Here are the final standings of Dreamhack Open Valencia:

1. Sweden NiP – $50,000
2. Sweden Red Reserve – $20,000
3-4. Denmark Heroic – $10,000
3-4. France EnVyUs – $10,000
5-6. United States CLG – $3,000
5-6. Spain KPI – $3,000
7-8. United States NRG – $2,000
7-8. United States Misfits – $2,000

RENEGADES SECURE LAST DREAMHACK MALMO SPOT

Renegades have become the last team to secure a spot at DreamHack Masters Malmo after defeating Liquid 2-1 in the North American closed qualifier.

The North American qualifying process for DreamHack Masters Malmö came to an end on Sunday as 16 teams – half of whom invited – faced off in a single-elimination bracket for the chance to grab the last spot at at the Swedish event.

The Australian team fought their way through the 16-team single-elimination bracket , knocking out EZG, Denial and ex-paiN before reaching the final.

jks played a great final versus Liquid

Liquid started out strongly as they secured Renegades’s pick, Mirage, by a 16-4 scoreline. Then, Justin “jks” Savage stepped up and inspired Renegades to turn the series around with 19-17 and 16-12 wins on Cobblestone and Train, respectively.

This means that Renegades will complete the team list for the Swedish event, which will run from  August 30 to September 3, with a total of $250,000 on offer. The following teams will be in attendance at the event:

Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
Europe FaZe France G2
Denmark North CIS Natus Vincere
Poland Virtus.pro Sweden fnatic
United States OpTic Brazil Immortals
Kazakhstan Gambit Sweden NiP
Singapore B.O.O.T-d[S] Europe mousesports
France EnVyUs Australia Renegades

Source: HLTV.org

DREAMHACK REVEALS MALMÖ INVITES

DreamHack has revealed the 12 teams invited to their Masters event in Malmö, Sweden, which will take place from August 30-September 3.

DreamHack Masters Malmö will be the first event after the player break in the first week of August, with $250,000 in prizemoney on the line from August 30 to September 3.

Earlier today, the organizers revealed all 12 invited teams for the Swedish event, which includes the current top five according to our ranking, SK, FaZe, Astralis, G2, and North, as well as last year’s champions NiP, among others.

NiP’s core are the reigning champions of the Malmö event

With B.O.O.T-d[S] already securing their place at the $250,000 event by defeating TyLoo in the grand final of the Asia-Oceania qualifier, the remaining three spots will go to Europe’s closed qualifier finalists and North America’s closed qualifier winner.

The open stage of both region’s qualifiers is set to be played on Sunday, July 9, while the closed stage will follow on Tuesday, July 11.

Here is the current team list for DreamHack Masters Malmö:

Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
Europe FaZe France G2
Denmark North CIS Natus Vincere
Poland Virtus.pro Sweden fnatic
United States OpTic Brazil Immortals
Kazakhstan Gambit Sweden NiP
Singapore B.O.O.T-d[S] North America NA qualifier
Europe EU qualifier Europe EU qualifier

Source: HLTV.org