It’s the last day of the GSL matches which means one team from each group will get the final place in the upcoming Swiss stage, and sadly we’ll say goodbye to one other team from each match! Let’s see who has the nerve to make it into the next stage!
GORILLAZ 2-0 SJ (Group C Decider Match)
The European side of GORILLAZ are an interesting bunch of players, and with some huge firepower on their side, taking on SJ would seem to be a simple task for them as they were able to take the game 2-0 with very minimal difficulty. Despite SJ getting into overtime on the second map, GORILLAZ were still able to hold their nerve and close out the game 19-16. EspiranTo was on hand to put up an MVP-level performance to claim the award as he secured his team a solid win by going 6-1 in duels against opposing star-player SADDYX to shut down one of the key elements of SJ’s gameplan. GORILLAZ makes it into the Regional Swiss stage and will play next week!
NASR 2-1 Tricked (Group A Decider Match)
In Group A, the final two teams that made it into the Decider Game were the new debuts of NASR taking on Tricked who have regularly performed well in the Home Sweet Home series. This was a slog of a game and took nearly 3 hours to complete as NASR finally took the win. The second map entailed a huge overtime battle between the two teams which resulted in a 28-26 finish going in the favor of NASR. EIZA was the one who topped the scoreboard in this series after he ended the match with an insane 99 kills, just 1 away from 100! It would’ve been amazing to see him hit triple digits but sadly it wasn’t to be this time!
Ambush 2-0 Chetz (Group D Decider Match)
The day continued with yet another close but short game as the French side of Ambush took on the UK-based team of Chetz in what was quite an intense battle to say the game only entailed 2 maps. The first was quite simple for the French side to take home, but the second map proved to be rather difficult as overtime was required to win the map itself, however, once Ambush closed the map 19-17 that was the series in the bag. Gringo performed especially well on Nuke as he was able to gather 8 double kills on that map to earn himself the MVP award!
Sangal 2-0 Infinite (Group B Decider Match)
This game seemed written in the stars, sadly for Infinite, as they were forced to play with a stand-in as SEMINTE couldn’t fill the slot forcing Ed1m to be the player to step in for this match. Sangal took this as a clear opportunity to hammer home a solid victory and that’s just what they did. The first game was very close as it headed into overtime, but Sangal were able to snatch it 19-17, and moving into the second game sadly the energy didn’t hold up for Infinite, and Sangal shut the series down with a 16-8. paz claimed the MVP award for this series after getting 97.7 ADR!
Caronte 2-0 Case (Group F Decider Match)
Another quick game came and passed as the new debut side of Caronte took it upon themselves to serve Case a taste of their own medicine as the Spanish side were able to claim a 2-0 victory to grab the last spot out of Group F. Both maps gave Case a chance to claim a win but it just wasn’t to be, with the first map of Overpass falling 16-11, and the second of Mirage going a little further but ending at 16-13. DeathZz had a pretty monstrous game as he was able to end the series with a solid 105 ADR.
100PG 2-1 AGF (Group G Decider Match)
AGF was met with a bit of a problem in this series when they had to field a stand-in, however, they were blessed with the services of cajunb for this match. Sadly this didn’t seem to be enough for the Danish side to still keep up a high level of play as 100PG were able to eventually win the series in 3 maps. All of the matches in this series ended 16-6 following a very strange pattern, but the outcome fell in the favor of the Kazakhstanian side to give them the win. dukefissura proved very valuable to the team this week, as he once more claimed yet another MVP award.
MASONIC 1-2 KOVA (Group H Decider Match)
Another intense 3-map series took place in the last set of matches of the day, and once again overtime reared its head into this series, this time on the second map as Train went 19-16 in the favor of KOVA. Despite losing the first map to MASONIC, that didn’t phase them at all as they were able to turn it around and reverse sweep the series to get the win and survive in Group H to make it into the Regional Swiss stage. Spargo was the player to receive all the praise in this match, as he was able to end the match with a convincing 65 kills across the series.
HONORIS 0-2 Izako Boars (Group E Decider Match)
The Polish derby was always going to be an interesting battle as you can never really tell with Polish teams which version of the squad you’re going to get, and this time we saw that HONORIS didn’t really get off the mark in this one, having fallen to Izako Boars in what was quite the convincing 2-0 from their side. The first map was a little bit of a struggle to get across the line, but having won that map 16-12, the second fell in their favor 16-6 as HONORIS looked defeated. STOMP was the key figure in this series, ending the match with an incredible 2.40 KD.