SKADE and DBL PONEY secured on Sunday the final two spots in the closed qualifier for Flashpoint 3 after finishing top two in the fourth open bracket. The pair will join six other qualified sides plus eight invited teams in the double-elimination closed qualifier, which will run from April 27-30.
DBL PONEY were first to qualify after beating fellow French sides Ambush, TheDice and LDLC in the final rounds of the bracket, with Aurélien “afroo” Drapier proving crucial in the 2-1 victory against his former team (1.41 rating on Nuke and 2.13 on Dust2). Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro‘s side reach the closed bracket on their second attempt after losing to Anonymo in the final round of the previous qualifier.
SKADE, one of the most improved sides in Europe in the last couple of months, bounced back from the opening qualifier heartbreak with a clean run that culminated in 2-0 victories over DenDD and GamerLegion. The Bulgarian team have a hectic week coming up as they will also make appearances in four other tournaments, including Spring Sweet Spring 1 and the closed qualifier for IEM Summer.
SKADE‘s qualification means that SAW are the only European team inside the top 30 that will not play in Flashpoint 3 or the closed qualifier. The following 16 sides will compete for five spots in the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament: