BIG and DBL PONEY have advanced in the Flashpoint 3 lower bracket following hard-fought victories over Sprout and Anonymo, respectively. Timo “Spiidi” Richter‘s side and the Poles have been eliminated from the Regional Major Ranking event, but they will still take part in decider bracket alongside FunPlus Phoenix and Complexity to determine their exact placing between ninth-twelfth place.
tabseN‘s team had their work cut out for them in the domestic matchup against Sprout, who entered the series on the wrong foot on their own Train pick but warmed up to the competition to give their local rivals a run for their money.
BIG went on to suffer an overtime loss on Dust2 despite amassing a 7-1 lead early on, with Josef “faveN” Baumann leading the way to the comeback for Sprout, and barely escaped Vertigo alive in another set of overtime after they gave up another substantial lead in the second half.
The action was no less tense in the second match of the day between Anonymo and DBL PONEY. The two teams each secured their own map picks, Vertigo and Inferno, before Nuke came down to an overtime showdown, where the Frenchmen prevailed.
BIG and DBL PONEY are set to clash in the next round of the lower bracket, which is scheduled for Tuesday following the Vitality–Heroic affair on the opposite side. Before that, Monday will see the upper semi-finals take place between Astralis and mousesports as well as G2 and NIP.