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Extra Salt, paiN qualify for cs_summit 8

Extra Salt and paiN have secured spots in cs_summit 8, the Regional Major Ranking event for North America, taking down O PLANO and Bad News Bears, respectively, in the upper bracket of the closed qualifier to book their ticket in the main event.

Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou‘s troops were the first to secure their berth, making short work of O PLANO in a two-map series. Although the Brazilian side kept themselves in close contention during the first halves of Inferno and Nuke, where they edged out 8-7 leads, the second half of both maps were all Extra Salt, who gave up a combined three rounds en route to swift map victories to close out the series in fast fashion.

oSee topped the board for Extra Salt in their win over O PLANO

Bad News Bears entered their match against paiN with a commanding lead, demolishing Rafael “⁠saffee⁠” Costa‘s side 11-4 on the Terrorist side of Mirage; however, once the sides swapped over, paiN were the ones running rampant over the Bad News Bears defenses, conceding just one additional round before taking a 16-12 map victory.

Nuke was even more one-sided as paiN had their foot on the throat of Bad News Bears from the onset, dominating the first half 14-1 and wasting no time in closing things out in the second half to book their ticket to the main event.

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OG, FPX qualify for IEM Summer 2021

OG and FunPlus Phoenix have become the two first teams to punch tickets to IEM Summer 2021 through the closed qualifier. OG did so by taking on Trident in the first stage and FaZe in their second stage opening match before going up against Movistar Riders, claiming all three series with 2-0 scorelines, while FunPlus Phoenix had to beat SKADE in the first stage of the closed qualifier before defeating BIG and G2.

Movistar Riders tripped up in the final hurdle as the only team left alive coming from the open qualifier in the first semi-final, as Owen “⁠smooya⁠” Butterfield and company trailed early on in their map pick, Overpass, which OG closed out without much fuss 16-5. Inferno started off in similar fashion, with OG taking a 10-5 lead on the attacking side, but this time around the squad led by Aleksi “⁠Aleksib⁠” Virolainen had to stave off a very real comeback attempt that took the map all the way to the very last round, which ended with the favorites closing the series out 16-14.

valde and co. had a clean run through the upper bracket

FunPlus Phoenix came out guns blazing in the second semi-final of the day, taking a 7-1 lead on the attacking side of Train, their map pick, on the way to a 16-6 victory. G2 then one-upped FunPlus Phoenix on Mirage with a 10-1 lead on the terrorist side as they rushed through their pick to secure a 16-3 victory, pushing the series into a decider map. Unlike the previous maps, FunPlus Phoenix and G2 kept it as close as can be on Inferno, with the former leading 8-7 after their CT side. Jesse “⁠zehN⁠” Linjala and company then charged ahead in a final effort on the terrorist side to secure the series 16-11 and claim their place at IEM Summer.

The two lower bracket semi-finals, pitting mousesports and Movistar Riders on one side and FaZe and G2 on the other, will kick off the final day of play on Wednesday. The two winning teams will then play the qualifier’s last match, the lower bracket final, which will grant the winner the final spot at IEM Summer 2021.

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Bad News Bears take down Triumph to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 14

Bad News Bears have claimed victory in ESEA Premier Season 36 North America, fighting back from an 0-1 disadvatange in the best-of-five grand final against Triumph to secure a first place finish. The win sees ptr‘s troops become the second unsigned roster to earn a berth to ESL Pro League Season 14, following ex-Winstrike‘s win over SAW in the European grand final on Sunday.

“Words can’t describe it man,” ptr said in a post-game interview when asked how he felt about the victory. “Me and Jonji have been working for this moment for so long. We lost to INTZ last year, so it’s just an amazing feeling. You know, I’ve played in pro teams in the past and stuff but just was already pro, but this was the first time that I actually earned it for myself. I fucking love my team.”

Bad News Bears had a flawless run in the regular season, going undefeated in their group and becoming a prime candidate to win the playoffs after Extra Salt withdrew to attend a gamut of tournaments in Europe. After scoring two wins to kick off their playoff run, Bad News Bears were felled by Triumph in the upper bracket final, but fought past RBG in the consolidation final to set up a rematch.

A resurgent performance from Jonji allowed Bad News Bears to take down Triumph

Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side dominated the early portions of both halves of their map pick, Nuke, to kick off the grand final; however, attrition from Bad News Bears allowed them to stay in contention and fight back, edging out a 16-14 victory to even the series score immediately. Inferno and Train were one-sided affairs as the two teams traded blows, leading to a Mirage decider with it all on the line.

Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey, who was the team’s best performer during the regular season but having a rough run during playoffs, was the catalyst in a stellar showing for Bad News Bears on Mirage. After being a pivotal factor in the first three maps of the series, the 21-year-old ran rampant on Triumph‘s defense for the first half as his team took nine rounds off the bat, with the rest of the roster stepping up to cut short any hopes of a comeback from Triumph and close out the map in swift fashion.

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The team list for ESL Pro League Season 14 now looks as follows:

ESEA Premier Season 36 North America final standings:

1. United States Bad News Bears – $20,000 + ESL Pro League S14 slot
2. United States Triumph – $12,500
3. United States RBG – $7,500
4. United States High Coast – $4,000
5-6. United States Recon 5 – $2,000
5-6. United States GGPR – $2,000
7-8. United States ChocoCheck – $1,000
7-8. United States Mythic – $1,000
9-10. North America Extra Salt*
9-10. Canada OCG**
11-12. United States Rise
11-12. United States Secret Club
13. United States Third Impact
14. United States Eclipse
15. United States SKDC
16. United States Levitate
17-18. United States ImPerium
17-18. United States Watch This
19-20. United States The Commission
19-20. United States timbermen

* Extra Salt forfeited playoffs due to being in Europe
** OCG forfeited playoffs as they were unable to field a complete roster

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Endpoint defeat DBL PONEY to qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Showdown

Endpoint have secured themselves a spot in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown with a 2-1 win over DBL PONEY in the Fantasyexpo Spring Cup grand final. The European qualifier winners will join a host of top-10 sides in the Showdown event, including Astralis, Gambit and Liquid, as well as many other tough opponents in the next stage for a chance to make the Spring Finals.

Max “⁠MiGHTYMAX⁠” Heath‘s troops made their way to the grand finals with wins over Pompa and LDLC in the group stage before overcoming Sprout 2-0 in the first playoff round. Meanwhile, DBL PONEY upset mousesports and took down Sprout in Group A, with a 2-1 win over LDLC in the playoffs earning them a spot in the tournament decider.

Endpoint demolished DBL PONEY on the decider map

A standout showing from Nathan “⁠NBK-⁠” Schmitt—the tournament’s leading performer prior to the grand final—kicked off the series promisingly for DBL PONEY, who secured a 16-12 Dust2 opening win thanks to the 26-year-old’s 1.62-rated performance.

From there, the grand final was flipped on its head. Endpoint battled with the Frenchmen in the first half of Inferno before pulling ahead as a result of a solid defensive setup. The UK-based team strung together a streak of rounds and closed out the map 16-11.

Endpoint took proceedings to a whole different level on Vertigo, the decider map. An impenetrable defence shut down DBL PONEY, who were unable to find a single round on their offence. All that was left was for MiGHTYMAX’s men to secure the pistol, and they did just that as they swept the Frenchmen 16-0 to emerge victorious in the series and book a spot in the Showdown tournament.

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Sixteen teams will participate in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown from April 13-16, with $162,500 and two spots in the $425,000 Spring Finals on offer. With two qualifiers left, the team list for the tournament currently looks as follows:

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Extra Salt go undefeated to qualify for DreamHack Masters Spring

Extra Salt have booked a ticket to DreamHack Masters Spring after topping the North American closed qualifier, remaining undefeated in the upper bracket and securing wins over every other participating team en route to securing their spot.

Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou and company kicked off their bracket run with a 2-1 win over Triumph, maintaining momentum into their second match-up as they scored a pair of 16-12 victories on Train and Inferno over Bad News Bears to advance to the grand final.

There, High Coast lay in wait after fighting their way through the lower bracket with former Extra Salt member Ian “⁠motm⁠” Hardy in place of Jonathan “⁠djay⁠” Dallal, setting up a revenge match-up for the 21-year-old rifler against his former squad.

oSee continues to post stellar numbers for Extra Salt

Extra Salt were initially put on the back foot in the deciding series as Rodrigo “⁠RCF⁠” Figueiredo and Josh “⁠PwnAlone⁠” Pigue led their side to success on Inferno, taking the map 16-8. However, oSee immediately stepped up to bat on Extra Salt‘s pick of Train, posting a 1.91 rating and 30-12 K-D to help his team even the series score.

On the Overpass decider, oSee continued to pick apart High Coast‘s attempts to enter bombsites, with the rest of Extra Salt joining the fray as they pulled ahead 12-3 at the break. High Coast remained resilient in the second half, pushing up to nine rounds, but were unable to truly get a comeback effort going as oSee‘s side remained firmly in control, wasting little time before closing out the map.

DreamHack Masters Spring, which is set to run from April 29 – May 9, will offer the former Cloud9 core their first taste of international competition since they took part in Flashpoint 1 over a year prior. The team list for the $250,000 event currently looks as follows:

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NAVI beat FURIA to qualify for playoffs, G2 oust EG in IEM Katowice

Natus Vincere have secured a spot in the IEM Katowice playoffs after beating FURIA 2-0 to send the Brazilian side to Group B’s lower bracket, while G2 survived a tough series against Evil Geniuses to eliminate the North American side from the tournament in joint-ninth place.

Natus Vincere opened their series with a hard-earned victory on Mirage, where several key plays from Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev made all the difference. The superstar’s three multi-kills gave his team an early advantage after a forcebuy back-and-forth that lasted for five rounds, which led to a 9-6 CT half.

s1mple & co. march on to Group B’s upper final unbeaten

NAVI extended their lead after sides switched with a pistol round win but struggled in the opening gunrounds, with FURIA equalizing the score at 12-12, before s1mple stepped up again with two triples to get NAVI out of the rut and close the map 16-13.

Nuke was a much simpler affair for Natus Vincere once they got ahead after another early blow-for-blow exchange in forcebuy rounds. With Deagles in hand in the tenth round, the Russian side managed to tilt the economy in their favor and stabilize, winning a few close scenarios to pick up another 9-6 half. FURIA secured the second pistol, but another forcebuy upset gave NAVI all the tools to close the series with ease at 16-8, 2-0.

Over in Group A’s lower bracket, G2 secured Train and Dust2 in narrow fashion against Evil Geniuses despite Vincent “⁠Brehze⁠” Cayonte‘s best efforts, as the American went 33-16 and 29-20 only to see his team lose both maps by the smallest of margins, 14-16 and 14-16.

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OG, Virtus.pro qualify for IEM Katowice

OG and Virtus.pro have booked spots in IEM Katowice’s main stage following victories over Cloud9 and Renegades. The Flashpoint 2 champions, who have become the fourth CIS side to secure entry into the prestigious competition, barely had to break sweat to come out on top, while OG had to go the full distance to beat a stubborn C9, who fought back from 11-0 down on the decider map but stuttered at the final hurdle.

OG went all guns blazing on Nuke and stormed to a 10-2 lead after holding Cloud9 at bay. Things were starting to look desperate for C9 as the half reached its closing stages, but then the ‘Colossus’ managed to stabilise and made the scoreline more respectful before the side switch. Cloud9 continued to chip away at OG‘s lead and won a chaotic pistol, but there would be no respite for them as they lost control of the game in the following round and never managed to recover.

NBK- led OG to a three-map victory over Cloud9

Cloud9 came out on Overpass looking a different side and strolled to an 11-1 lead with a strong defensive performance. OG then picked up the remaining three rounds of the half to keep themselves in it, with Nathan “⁠NBK-⁠” Schmitt leading the charge with 15 frags to his name, seven more than any of his teammates. Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin‘s troops carried that momentum into the second half and quickly hit map point, fending off a late comeback attempt by OG just as overtime seemed inevitable.

NBK- went 18-3 as OG got off to a dream start on the T side of Dust2, surging to an 11-0 lead. Cloud9 still managed to pick up three rounds before the break, with Erick “⁠Xeppaa⁠” Bach and William “⁠mezii⁠” Merriman keeping the team in the game with a 2v5 clutch in the following pistol. The North American player kept OG‘s defence busy with great fragging and timely flank as Cloud9 brought the deficit to a solitary round, but there would be no comeback as Aleksi “⁠Aleksib⁠” Virolainen‘s troops tightened up and secured the map.

Meanwhile, viewers on the secondary stream were treated to another imperious display from Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis, who topped the scoreboard on both maps of this one-sided series. Renegades came out the brighter of the two sides in both halves of Vertigo but offered little resistance when Virtus.pro had money to work with. Dust2 was even more lopsided as the CIS giants dismantled a shaky Australian defence before completing the rout just four rounds into the second half, with the Latvian star posting a 2.07 rating.

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IEM Katowice round-up: Spirit and Gambit qualify for main event, Cloud9 oust Movistar Riders to stay alive

Spirit and Gambit are the first two teams to qualify for IEM Katowice after winning their upper bracket quarter-final series against BIG and mousesports, respectively. Meanwhile, Movistar Riders have been eliminated from the Play-in at the hands of Cloud9.

Having dispatched Cloud9 in the opening match with ease, Spirit entered their encounter with BIG with wind in their sails, putting up a big opening half on Overpass on the Terrorist side to secure a series lead despite the German team’s respectable attempts to salvage the map.

Big performances from Leonid “⁠chopper⁠” Vishnyakov and Nikolay “⁠mir⁠” Bityukov then helped the Russian side lock down the series in two, this time on the back of a strong defensive half and some resilience on the T side as Spirit denied BIG another, even closer attempt at a comeback.

A great display from Hobbit helped Gambit pass the Play-in stage

In the second match for a spot at the main event, mousesports started off on the right foot with a comfortable win on Dust2, where everyone put up good numbers, with Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool ahead of the pack. The Estonian continued to perform on Inferno, but his efforts were outdone by Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov and Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov, with the latter helping Gambit win several disadvantageous situations in the second half to equalize the series.

It came down to Vertigo, where another massive individual display from Hobbit helped Gambit overturn a 0-5 deficit on the CT side, with the Russian squad dominating the rest of the map with a 16-1 streak.

Meanwhile, in the first elimination series of the tournament, Cloud9 picked up Overpass after they amassed momentum early on the CT side with a 9-2 start and managed to maintain their lead without too much trouble. Nuke proved a much tougher challenge for the European-American squad, but Movistar Riders were unable to convert a 15-9 lead as Cloud9 came back with six in a row to then secure the 2-0 victory in overtime.

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FaZe take down Liquid to qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Final

FaZe have done the double over Liquid in Group C of the BLAST tournament to book their spot in the BLAST Premier Spring Final with a 2-0 victory in Group C’s consolidation final. The matchup featured the same maps as their opening round encounter, but this time in a different order. Nuke was up first, where Olof “⁠olofmeister⁠” Kajbjer rolled back the years with a quality display to be the difference-maker in a double overtime contest before a solid all-round team performance on Inferno closed the series out.

The European squad will face off with Natus Vincere in the group’s grand final at 20:30