Four teams move on to the semi-finals, four teams are eliminated.

 

Gambit Esports vs. North

Coming in as the first seed of Group B, Gambit Esports faced North on in their first best-of-three. The first map was the North pick of Nuke, which they took an early lead of 4:11 on the terrorist side that Gambit just couldn’t overcome despite their best efforts – Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko even top-fragging for his team with a 29 kill count was not enough to mount a comeback, and they fall to North 11:16.

The second map was a much closer match-up on Inferno. North started off with a strong 6:0 opening on the counter-terrorist side before Gambit answers back with 4 rounds of their own and a few back-and-fourth rounds occur until the sides are swapped and Gambit mounts a comeback on their counter-terrorist side to force the match into overtime. Despite Abay “H0bbit” Khasenov’s impressive 38 kills, Emil “Magisk” Reif’s team just proved to be better and took them down in the second overtime, securing North’s slot to the semi-finals.

 

mousesports vs. Virtus.Pro

Mouz’s underdog run comes to a halt when they faced Virtus.Pro in their quarterfinals today. They fall relatively quickly on the first map, Train, where mouz initially took an opening 4-round lead on their terrorist side, but once VP managed to take the sixth round, they continuously built up momentum, only giving up 3 more rounds to mouz before closing the game at 16:8.

The second map of Mirage was a closer matchup, with a remarkable last performance for mouz from Nikola “NiKo” Kovac (who top-fragged with a 36 kill score) still not enough to win them the map. It was highly competitive between the teams however, with each team alternately taking one or two rounds off each other before Virtus.Pro manage to take the series and the semi-final spot at 16:14.

 

Astralis vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas

The most one-sided matchup of the quarter finals involved recent Major winners Astralis taking out NiP in a quick 2:0 – denying NiP double-digit round scores on both maps. It began on Inferno, with Astralis running away with a fast 12:3 lead on the first half, showing an impressive counter-terrorist side which NiP found insurmountable on the second half – they fall to Astralis 16:6.

The second game, this time on Mirage, was another counter-terrorist side clinic for Astralis, who, with an impressive showing from Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen netting a 1.50 rating, took another 12:3 lead on the first half. Again NiP were unable to answer back, and they are eliminated with a score of 16:7, ceding the slot to the semi-finals to Astralis.

 

Natus Vincere vs. SK Gaming

Despite being another 2:0 series score, the day’s final matchup proved to be the closest – with both teams taking the first map of Mirage into a nail-biting triple-overtime. Na’Vi started it off with a strong terrorist side thanks to all their members seemingly turning on and participating in kills – Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovacs in particular showing a glimpse of his old greatness as he netted kill after kill on the AWP. They finish the first half with a 10:5 lead, but struggle to close out the game, meanwhile SK began to mount their comeback off the back of Fernando “fer” Alvarenga’s amazing performance. The last few rounds of regulation come in a back-and-forth frenzy, with Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev on a pistol taking his team into overtime. The game continued on into the third overtime, with exciting plays and tense clutches all throughout before SK finally manage to close it off – the game ended at 25:22.

The second map was much more one-sided, with SK once again proving to be one of the world’s strongest teams on Train – their counter-terrorist side in particular was near flawless, defending A-site against Na’Vi multiple times without losing more than one or two players. They finish the first half with an impressive 13:2 round score, and though Na’Vi started off the second half winning the pistol round and the following 2 rounds, they were unable to come back into the game and got eliminated 16:7, and SK Gaming secure their slot to the semi-finals.

 

Tomorrow’s matchups are sure to be exciting, beginning with an ELEAGUE Major Finals rematch of Virtus.Pro vs. Astralis, to be followed by SK Gaming vs. North to decide the two teams who will battle it out for the $200,000 grand prize.

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