Swedish powerhouse Fnatic will have to beat surprise from Group A PENTA which eliminated Titan and LGB eSports to go trough.
On their way to quarterfinals Fnatic won Vox Eminor with convincingly 16:03 and later on Na’Vi with 16:07. This allowed team quick finish of day 1 and more than enough time to scout other potential opponents and prepare for day 2 and elimination bo3 matches.
PENTA had much harder day but with same level of success. They lost to LGB eSports with taking only 3 rounds and dropping to lower bracket of the group. There was Titan waiting for them but PENTA played well on de_cache and won surprisingly easy with 16:04! After kicking Titan out of the Major their next opponent was LGB eSports to whom they already lost. However in this match tables were turned and PENTA managed to win the game with 16:12 on de_dust2 and qualify for next round.
Virtus.Pro will have to go against another surprise of event Keyd Stars which managed to beat Couter Logic Gaming and HellRaisers.
As clear favorite in Group D Virtus.Pro easily past by 3DMAX with final score of 16:05. While other winner bracket match was much more intense they finally got their opponents in Cloud9 squad. Cloud9 appeared to be much tougher opponent but not tough enough as Virtus.Pro won with 16:11 and qualified for single elimination bracket.
Keyd Stars were dark horse of even with no much chance given to advance as they had NiP, CLG and HR for opponents. While losing to NiP 16:09 they managed to get themselves to play better and win against favorite HellRaisers with 16:12! This win gave them a chance to advance trough but one more win was a must. Their next opponent was Counter Logic Gaming who lost 16:07 to NiP. Keyd Stars managed to win with surprisingly 16:08 and qualify for next round.
Team Envy.US will have to prove themselves against Natus Vincere which after bad game versus Fnatic managed to beat Vox Eminor quite convincingly 16:03 on de_inferno to qualify for playoffs.
Team Envy.US played first match of the day in Katowice against another French team Titan. While good match was expected they managed to make it even better. With totally unexpected map chosen de_cobblestone match was played in whole 30 rounds, with Team Envy.US taking the win 16:14. After winning over Titan their next opponent was LGB eSports which didn’t manage to surprise them and with score 16:08 qualify for day 2.
Na.Vi was clear 2nd favorite in Group A with Fnatic being 1st favorite. In first match they met Flipsid3 Tactics and simply cruised by with more than convincing with of 16:02. As winner in first upper bracket match their next rival was Fnatic which gave them quite a beating of 16:07. Even though the score doesn’t show it was much easier for Fnatic to take this map. Being dropped to lower bracket they got Na’Vi showed their real potential and won 16:03 on de_inferno.
In last match we will have last major finalist NiP in probably most interesting match up where they will meet Team Solo Mid.
As clear favorites in Group C NiP didn’t disappoint. They won against Keyd Stars 16:09 and moved to 2nd match in upper bracket. There they got CLG which barely edged HellRaisers but once again it was easy match for NiP who won it with 16:07 and qualified for day 2.
TSM being standard team in single elimination on big events had a slight advantage over Cloud9. In their first game they lost to Cloud9 in nail biting ending with 16:14 score and dropped to lower bracket. There was 3DMAX waiting for them but they managed to rise their level of play and win comfortably with 16:10. In next match they again matched up with Cloud9 but this time it was a different story. TSM was convincing on de_overpass and won the game with 16:08 which brought them one more Top 8 finish in Majors.
Fnatic -vs- PENTA
Virtus.Pro -vs- Keyd Stars
Team Envy.US -vs- Natus Vincere
Ninjas in Pyjamas -vs- TSM Kinguin
All games will be played in best of 3 format which means that team has to win 2 map’s in order to advance trough.
Matches are starting at 13:00 CET so there is whole day of excellent Counter-Strike!