Tonight we continue with the final matches in the Upper Bracket of the European Qualifier Finals, which will decide which four teams can book their flights and hotels for EMS One Katowice in preparation for the US$250,000 tournament. However, all of this is still one more match away, and losing means being one of the last eight teams fighting for the two remaining spots. The pressure is high – nobody wants to step down and take the hard way to Katowice.
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These matches promise a lot of action as the teams will be pumped to the limit and bring all they’ve got. Virtus.pro versus ALTERNATE will be somewhat a duel of the same philosophy as both teams have a core of players who have been together for a long time. The Germans are not anything close in performance to their former Golden Five. Despite the team having gone through a multitude of ups and downs, however, they have stuck together.
Na’Vi will be facing the surprisingly strong Swedes of Team TBA. SKYTTEN and his mates have already brought us some interesting matches and very promising results, and have also just kicked MYM into the lower bracket. Now, the former Intel Extreme Masters champion is waiting for them. Is the young team able to withstand the Ukrainian powerhouse or can Edward and his crew revive memories of their glorious past?
One more day of qualification ahead
On the flip side of tonight’s qualifying matches, there are also a couple of teams who have already dropped out. hudzG’s TEAM, partyastronauts, kappa and oFF Balance Gaming did not win either of their two matches yesterday and are out of the race. H2k, MYM, Team USSR and Wizards are still in, however, and likely tuning in tonight to check out their upcoming opponents.
Tomorrow night, the final two lower bracket rounds will bring us the last two teams that will be at Katowice to fight for the enormous prize pot. You’ll be able enjoy these final matches of the EMS One Katowice Qualification live on ESL TV, presented by Jason Kaplan and Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner. You don’t want to miss it!