There’s two very exciting groups on offer today as we venture into the heart of the Polish scene for Group E, and the sunny Iberian group for the second batch of games in Group F!
Wisla Krakow 2-0 M1 EDEN (Opening Match)
The day started out with plenty of Polish derbies taking place, the first of which being Wisla Krakow versus M1 EDEN. After losing hades from their roster, you’d think that Wisla Krakow took a large loss to their firepower but that certainly wasn’t the case in this match, as they were able to shut down their opponents in a confident 2-0 match to open the day. Someone had to step up to the plate and be the fragger that the team needed, and the player to do that this time was jedqr, who was able to put together 47 kills across the two maps that were played. He also finished the match with a comfortable 1.74 KD as they headed into the Winner’s Match.
Izako Boars 1-2 HONORIS (Opening Match)
The second opening series told a completely different story than the first, as this match was much more competitive and close to the wire, with all three maps being played in this series. The energy was high as both teams didn’t want to let this win slip. In the end, it was HONORIS that came out on top to grab the win and head into the next match to face Wisla Krakow. Each map went into double digits for both sides, with the scores being 16-11, 16-12, and 16-14 respectively. The key player in the series for HONORIS was azizz who was on hand to finish the series 7-1 in duels against opponent Szejn proving that HONORIS were dominant through most of the maps played. A solid 90 ADR to finish the game isn’t too bad either!
Wisla Krakow 2-0 HONORIS (Winner’s Match)
In the Winner’s Match, it felt like there was very little competition for Wisla Krakow who stormed to grab themselves a place in the Regional Swiss stage without even needing to think about the deciding game on Friday as they once again won a match 2-0 barely breaking a sweat as HONORIS couldn’t really get off the ground in this game. As mentioned, despite losing a player just recently, the new teammate in the form of Markos who is filling the role did so brilliantly in this game, ending with a monstrous 2.78 KD and an insane 106.5 ADR. The way this game was controlled by Wisla proved they were gunning for the winner’s spot from the group and wouldn’t settle for anything less, sending HONORIS into the decider’s match on Friday.
Izako Boars 2-0 M1 EDEN (Elimination Match)
Last but not least in this group, the elimination game was really a tale of one side, with Izako Boars being favored right the way through this match to be able to survive in the group and make it into Friday’s deciding match. In both of the maps, M1 EDEN were able to remain present so it wasn’t a walkover like some of the matches we have seen this week, but it was definitely more of a convincing sign for the Izako Boars side. STOMP was on hand to claim the MVP award in this series, as he went 5-0 in duels against fanatyk to shut down the M1 EDEN side and send them packing from the Regional GSL stage of the event. Izako Boars will face off against HONORIS on Friday for the last spot out of Group E.
Case 2-0 eXploit (Opening Match)
As we headed into the Iberian group it was Case versus eXploit that kicked off the first game. The Brazilian side who have been successfully boot-camping over in Europe for a few months now keep on making strides of progress, as this time they were able to shut down their Portuguese opponents 2-0 in a confident match to open the group. Once again, key player yepz, who has been repeatedly putting up great numbers for his team claimed the MVP award to kickstart their run in Group F, as he ended the series with a solid 91.0 ADR to move into the Winner’s Match versus OFFSET.
OFFSET 2-1 Caronte (Opening Match)
Speaking of OFFSET, they’re also a side that should’ve been comfortably taking their match with a win but this definitely wasn’t the case as Caronte posed a great threat making the game super competitive with overtime and drama around every turn. OFFSET managed to scrape a win in the first map 25-23 only to get absolutely slammed 16-1 in the second map of Nuke. In the third, it was more of the same as the first, as overtime was yet again required in this exhausting series as OFFSET were able to put their experience to good use and win the match 19-15. NOPEEj was the player to take the MVP award in this series, and with nobody’s stats being really impressive, it fell down to this map who was consistent throughout the whole game.
Caronte 2-0 eXploit (Elimination Match)
Once again there was a huge amount of drama in the Iberian group when Caronte took on eXploit in the elimination match. As you could’ve expected, of course overtime was required in this game to get the win across the line, especially in the last map where Caronte were able to clutch it out 19-17 to win the series after a more simple 16-6 on the first map. Slaxx was the one to hold out under the pressure as he was able to top the leaderboard in this series, gaining himself a solid 46 kills along the way to help guide his team to the safety of the deciding match on Friday.
OFFSET 2-0 Case (Winner’s Match)
We always knew that this was going to be a close game and it definitely was despite the scoreline being a little deceiving. Sure, the game was won 2-0 by OFFSET but once again, as seeming to be very common in this group, overtime was needed for them to be able to claim the win on the second map. The first was a little more one-sided but Case was still able to reach double digits via some good rounds of success, but OFFSET ran with the momentum and controlled the energy through the game. shellzi was the one to come out on top for his side as he stayed composed through the match and guided his team to success, ending the game with a comfortable 83.1 ADR.