Today ended the last minor-night tournament, which decided the remaining members of the forthcoming LAN-qualification for ESL One Cologne. He passed in Columbus, USA, and spent his MLG. As always, in addition to the two slots in qualifying, it has been played 50 thousand dollars.
As with the minor-tournaments in Europe, Asia and the CIS, the teams in the Americas region also had to play the first group stage of GSL on the system, and then the playoffs in the double elimination grid. Participants including such groups as Tempo Storm, OpTic Gaming, Selfless Gaming and NRG eSports - this is the quartet was directly invited to the tournament. The remaining groups were in MLG Arena through the qualifications: Team SoloMid, WinterFox Team Kaliber and become the best in the North American region, and WinOut won first place in the South American.
In group A were Tempo Storm, Team SoloMid, NRG eSports and Team Kaliber. For the Brazilian team was not difficult to reach the playoffs with the first place: first, with a score of 16: 7 they beat the TSM, and then, the winners of the match, with a score of 16:13, they were stronger than NRG. As a result, it was necessary to fight for the last out of the group with the above TSM, who previously knocked out the match with Team Kaliber tournament. Following the results of the full-match bo3 stronger still were Team SoloMid.
In the next group B, which were OpTic Gaming, Selfless Gaming, WinOut and WinterFox, everything went much faster. "Optics" output from the first place got even easier than Tempo Storm: first, they quickly figured out WinOut, ending the meeting with a score of 16: 2 and then with a score of 16: 1 beat in the match Selfless Gaming winners. At the same time, the Brazilians defeated in a bitter struggle WinterFox - 16:12, and left them in fourth place, and have gone in the decisive match against the Selfless. The meeting also presented the audience a complete best-of-three, in which the Americans emerged victorious.
According to the result of the group stage in the playoffs came OpTic Gaming and Team SoloMid, and Tempo Storm and Selfless Gaming. By the way, in that order, and such pairs were played in the opening match. "Optics" and TSM ended their meeting with a score of 2: 1 - stronger than the first. In the second pair of Brazilians in the dry beat Selfless - 2: 0. Unfortunately, all the subsequent games ended with the same score. Selfless Gaming left the fight after the second of the match, which took place at the bottom of the grid against TSM. The latter also did not last long - in their next match knocked Tempo Storm, before losing OpTic Gaming in the finals of the upper bracket.
Thus the owners of the last two slots in the Polish city of Katowice, which will be LAN-qualification for ESL One Cologne, steel Tempo Storm and OpTic Gaming. However, the two teams had to play more in the grand final, where the winner took home 30 thousand dollars. Those lucky steel OpTic Gaming team players and a loser in the face of Tempo Storm got only 15 thousand dollars.
Now, to complete the last minor-tournament, we can only wait until June 9 - it was then in Poland Katowice will fight for the eight slots in the city of Cologne, Germany, which will host the tournament ESL One Cologne. The winners of the upcoming LAN-qualification will join the eight other teams who automatically receive an invitation to Germany, being able to take the first through eighth place at MLG Columbus. ESL One Cologne itself will be held in a month - from 5 to 10 July, the tournament will be played already become a standard amount of one million dollars.
Full list of LAN-qualifying participants for ESL One Cologne:
Below you will find a group "A" and "B", as well as mesh playoff matches.