It’s the first day of the Main Swiss stage here in Spring Sweet Spring 2, and with 8 matches to play, let’s take no time dawdling and dive straight into the action!
HAVU 1-2 100PG
Given that there’s new teams now joining the circuit and the level of skill gets high this week, it was only expected that the matches would be much more competitive, but this result was a shocker as we witnessed the Kazakhstan side of 100PG defeat HAVU in a thrilling 2-1 opening match. HAVU looked to have the series in their favor as they won the first map, but it was the final two that posed a threat for the Finnish team as they failed twice to close out convincing wins to seal the series. This resulted in 100PG getting the momentum in their favor, enough to close the match with a win. smiley was the key figure in this match, as he was able to grab a total of 13 opening kills across the series, being one of the main reasons why 100PG had so much success in converting round wins.
Nordavind 1-2 1WIN
This match was another series that was set to be such a close and thrilling match and that’s exactly what it was as we got to witness all three maps yet again being played to decide the winner of this match. The European side of Nordavind earned themselves an invite to the Main Swiss stage due to their rise in the ranks over the last couple of weeks, but that didn’t stop on-fire 1WIN from dismantling them in the overall series as they were able to seal the win 2-1 to open the Main Swiss stage. Players like deko and TRAVIS have been instrumental in the success of 1WIN over the last week or so, as they advanced from the Regional GSL stage, into the Regional Swiss stage and successfully moved into the Main Swiss stage and has started with a bang. TRAVIS was the one to claim the MVP for this match, as he ended the series with a confident 91.8 ADR.
AGO 2-0 GamerLegion
This match was quite the shocker despite the scoreline looking like a confident victory from the AGO side. The first map was filled with drama as there was an overtime battle that had to be won before the Poles could move onto map two where they eventually sealed the deal by finishing the match with a dominant 16-3 result. Despite the best efforts of GamerLegion, they couldn’t stop the Polish onslaught. snatchie was the key figure in how AGO got the victory today, as he was able to finish the series with a comfortable 56 kills across the two maps played. This sees the first invited side pick up a win here in the Spring Sweet Spring 2 Main Swiss first day, as their fellow invited teams Nordavind and HAVU fell to the Regional Qualifiers.
Wisla Krakow 2-0 Dignitas
Wisla Krakow are always an exciting team to watch given that Polish Counter-Strike is some of the most entertaining to witness, and what a match this was as there was an overtime drama once again that had a large impact on the series itself. The first map finished with everyone on the edge of their seats as the game was fractions close to heading into overtime, but Wisla managed to seal the deal with a 16-14. On the second map, however, is where the game got a lot more competitive, with overtime being required on this map. It wasn’t just one set of overtime either, as there were two played out, eventually with Wisla getting the 22-20 to win the map and the series. jedqr once more proved just how valuable he is to this team, as he managed to top the leaderboard and once again earn himself an MVP award.
Copenhagen Flames 0-2 Fiend
This match was quite the quick ride for the Bulgarian side of Fiend who found great success versus the Danish team of Copenhagen Flames after a confident 2-0 victory saw them go 1-0 in the Main Swiss bracket already. The first map ended with a fairly competitive 16-11 score on Overpass, but from there it was Fiend that held the cards close to their chest as they were able to dig deep and shut down the energy of the Flames in the second map, with Mirage ending 16-6 in the favor of Fiend to seal the deal on the series. h4rn was once again the key performer in the Fiend camp, as he was able to end the series with a +25 KD after an incredibly strong performance across both of the maps.
SKADE 2-1 KOVA
Another Bulgarian team found themselves at the forefront of success on the first day of Main Swiss here as SKADE went head to head with the Finnish side of KOVA in what was a much closer series than anticipated, with all three maps being required before a winner could be found in this match. After losing the first map of Train 16-8, SKADE had to put the engine into sixth gear if they wished to turn the result around and that is exactly what they did, as they were able to reverse sweep the series with confident wins, including 16-8 on Inferno and 16-9 on Mirage. dennyslaw proved to be a key figure in the success of the Bulgarian team as he ended the match with 65 kills.
Endpoint 2-1 Lyngby Vikings
The now majority-UK side of Endpoint faced off against the all-Danish side of Lyngby Vikings in what was quite the close game once again utilizing all three maps before the victor was crowned. The Vikings got off to a great start, hammering home a 16-3 result on the first map of Inferno, but from there it was Endpoint that found a good run of form to reverse sweep the series and claim the win. With a 16-7 on Vertigo and an overtime battle to end the series, Endpoint got the job done with a 19-16 on Overpass. One of the new joiners to this team, mezii, was on top of the server by the end of the match as he finished with a comfortable 82.1 ADR.
Entropiq FF-2 Izako Boars*
Sadly, due to Entropiq having a conflicted schedule with the Regional RMR event, they had to forfeit this match, and thus Izako Boars got the free win.