The losing trio will get another shot at a spot in the single elimination playoffs as they’ll play in the last-chance matches, which are set to take place on Friday before the first quarter-final series, with Dignitas slated to go against NIP in a Swedish brawl and MIBR locking horns with Cloud9.
All three deciding matches went the full distance. Dignitas made OG sweat in a nail-biting finish to their three-map series, which saw Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen‘s men win the deciding Dust2 in overtime. The new MIBR lineup took Heroic by surprise in another three-mapper, where the Danish side came back from a 1-7 deficit on Mirage to clinch their spot in the playoffs.
In the last match of Thursday, FURIA had Nicholas “guerri” Nogueira back in a full coaching role after his ESIC ban ended and went toe-to-toe with Cloud9 in a full best-of-three. The series saw the latter team’s newest addition, Erick “Xeppaa” Bach, carry his team to a win on Inferno, before a massive performance from Andrei “arT” Piovezan made the difference on Train as the Brazilians advanced.
The schedule for the rest of the $200,000 tournament looks as follows:
Sunday, January 31
14:00 Semi-final #1
17:30 Semi-final #2
21:00 Grand final