After an exciting first day, it’s time to see which teams will get one step closer to the Main Swiss stage, and which will take a tumble and sadly get a little closer to elimination!
Caronte 0-2 GORILLAZ
The first match of the day was a quick one as the European mixed side of GORILLAZ took on the Spanish squad of Caronte. It was clear from the start that this game was going to be a bit of a struggle for the Spaniards, who fell in the first map 16-11. It was quite the competitive opener to the series, but from there GORILLAZ held the momentum and were able to push onwards for a 16-6 victory in the second map to close the series. sergej once again put on a great show as he claimed the MVP award, getting 9 double kills and one quadra-kill on Inferno. He finished the series with a comfortable 47 kills. This win puts GORILLAZ at a 1-1 position in the Swiss bracket.
OFFSET 2-1 Ambush
The second match was a much more competitive game that required all three maps to be played before a winner could be decided, but it was the Portuguese squad of OFFSET that were able to come out on top against the French squad of Ambush. Despite losing the first map, OFFSET didn’t let this phase them, as they reverse-swept the series winning 2 maps in a row to close the series. shellzi was able to get 4 triple kills on Inferno to dominate the server and guide his squad to victory, finishing the series with a comfortable 63 kills! This sees OFFSET secure themselves a 1-1 score in the Swiss bracket, sending Ambush one step closer to being eliminated.
1WIN 2-0 Sangal
This game was expected to be quite the competitive match but it turned out to be completely the opposite as 1WIN were able to ride to a competitive, simple victory as they closed the match 2-0. Despite both of the maps being close, it didn’t stop 1WIN from securing the win. They got a 16-12 on the first map and sealed the deal 16-14 on the second map to bag the series. deko was once again the star of the show as he picked up the MVP award after getting a solid 52 kills across the 2 maps.
Galaxy Racer 0-2 100PG
Again it was the CIS teams that were making a huge impact as 100PG turned up to the show and put on a great performance as they got a 2-0 over the Swedish side of Galaxy Racer. Both of the maps were fairly competitive with both ending in double digits for either side, but 100PG had the edge all the way through the series as they kept the momentum in their favor to swipe both maps in their later stages. This time, for 100PG, it was icem4n that secured the MVP award, as he ended the series with a comfortable set of statistics. This game was more a test of their nerve as a team and they definitely passed the test here.
Wisla Krakow 2-0 Lyngby Vikings
The Polish side of Wisla Krakow haven’t seemed phased since they lost their star player, hades, as they have kept up a very high level of play with the new addition to their squad in the form of Markos who once again claimed the MVP award for this series after getting 55 kills. Wisla were able to push through this match quite quickly, getting a 2-0 to win the series and head into the 2-0 bracket. Double overtime was necessary on the last map to ensure the victory for the Poles, but securing that map meant the series fell in their favor.
GamerLegion 1-2 NASR
Yet again, NASR have come into Spring Sweet Spring 2 with a statement to be made, and they are contesting some solid European teams with their play-style and the high level of skill they can bring to the table. That’s exactly what they did against GamerLegion to win the series 2-1. Every map was close in this series but NASR held their nerves together and were able to push the win over the line. Once more, Boros was on hand to pick up an MVP-worth performance as he ended the series with 97.1 ADR across the impressive 79 kills he earned in the series.
Fiend 2-0 Izako Boars
This Bulgarian side just seems to be getting better and better as the weeks go by, and this performance was definitely proof of that as they faced an on-form Izako Boars who had just entered the HLTV Top 50 world ranking. This didn’t seem to bother Fiend at all, though, as they were able to breeze to a solid 2-0 victory, once again with REDSTAR at the helm as he dropped an insane 108.0 ADR to be the most valuable player on their side. Fiend barely let the Polish side breathe, as they were only able to secure 9 rounds across the two maps that were played.
KOVA 2-1 hREDS
The last match of the day was a bit of a slog, and rightly so with it being a Finnish derby. It started out super competitive with the game going into Triple Overtime on Inferno, with hREDS edging their way into a first-map lead. From there, however, KOVA seemed to find their form and were able to pick up the two maps to reverse sweep the series, getting a 16-10 on Mirage and a 16-5 on Nuke to wrap up the series. This time, for KOVA, it was uli who claimed the best performer on the server, as he guided his team to success with a comfortable 82.4 ADR.