Schedule for Week 2 Day 3 and Results from Week 2 Day 2 of Flashpoint Season 3
The schedule for Week 2 Day 3 of Flashpoint Season 3.
We're halfway through Flashpoint Season 3! Yesterday was pretty busy, as we had three Bo3s in one day. Initially, HYENAS played versus Anonymo Esports in the last match of the lower bracket round 1. After Anonymo's showing versus Ninjas in Pyjamas earlier in the event, they were heavy favorites going into the matchup, but in HYENAS' credit, the Danes played a lot better than anyone expected. The first map of Nuke went all the way to 30 rounds, with Anonymo managing to close it out in the end. Over on HYENAS' pick of Overpass, the Danes actually won 16-9 in pretty convincing fashion. The decider of Mirage was also incredibly close, especially in the final rounds where it felt like anybody's game. However, the Polish side managed to win it 16-14, despite Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye having an incredible series. HYENAS are now the latest team to be eliminated from the event, joining OG, Fnatic, and FaZe Clan.
The second series of the evening was between Astralis and Double Poney, and what a series it was! The first half of Vertigo was incredibly dominant by Astralis, winning it 13-2, but DBL Poney managed to bring it back on their CT side. Sadly for the Frenchmen, they lost their pick 13-16, with the Danes eventually picking up the three required rounds on their T side. The second map of Nuke wasn't too dissimilar, as both teams would string a number of rounds back to back. The first half ended 8-7 in Astralis' favor, and while DBL Poney made it close once more, the Danes picked up Nuke 16-13 as well. Ultimately, the lack of experience in high pressure situations was the downfall of the French squad, but it was still an incredibly impressive showing from them all things considered. They now drop into the lower bracket, so they've still got a chance to come back stronger later in the event.
Yesterday's third and final series was between BIG and mousesports. Somewhat surprisingly, mouz won 2-0 in one of their best showings since this roster's inception. BIG certainly didn't look like their usual selves, but mouz genuinely played well. David "frozen" Čerňanský had a great series, and mouz's gameplan was on point, with the man himself Christopher "dexter" Nong also performing really well individually on Nuke. It's certainly concerning to see BIG play this way when we know just how good the German squad can be, but BIG always have these downwards trends after their incredible peaks. As for mouz, we're finally beginning to see some of what this team is capable of in this event, even if their opposition haven't been the strongest. If they can keep this form up, mousesports might actually contend for a top spot at the event, although they'll be facing Astralis in their next match later this week.
Tonight's matches are bound to be exciting, with Heroic facing off against G2 Esports at 19:00 (MSK). Heroic is easily one of the favorites coming into the event as a top 3 team in the world, but G2 shouldn't be underestimated quite yet. While G2 has its fair share of issues, mainly awkwardness surrounding the AWPing role, the international squad has a decent track record as of late, only really struggling against Gambit Esports. It's not always pretty, but G2 somehow finds a way to bring it over the line, in part thanks to the sheer amount of firepower on the lineup. Where G2 heavily rely on Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, Heroic are perhaps a little bit more well-rounded, with every Dane capable of delivering amazing performances. That's not to say that G2 is purely the NiKo show, as Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač, Audric "JACKZ" Jug, and even François "AMANEK" Delaunay on the AWP, have all shown that they're very capable fraggers, but G2 structure a lot of their strategies around NiKo. Regardless of who emerges victorious, it's bound to be a very exciting match!
At 22:00 (MSK), Ninjas in Pyjamas will take on FunPlus Phoenix. Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz noticeably struggled in the rematch versus Anonymo, and while that shouldn't be too worrying moving forward, as everyone has bad days, it's still unclear just how good this NiP team is. FPX had perhaps one of the easier matchups coming into the event, facing HYENAS. HYENAS isn't a bad team by any stretch, with yesterday's showing further backing that statement, but they certainly looked lost against FPX. You would expect NiP to win this match, but an upest by FPX isn't entirely out of the cards, as the team has good fraggers, they just struggle with consistent results.
Where can you watch these matches? Well WePlay will be hosting the official Russian broadcast on our Twitch channels, WePlayCSGO_ru and WePlayCSGO_ru2! Tonight's matches will feature Oleksii "yXo" Maletskyi and Yuriy "strike" Tereshchenko as the commentators, Aleksandr "Enkanis" Polishchuk and Taufik "Tafa" Khidri as the analysts, and Antonina "Tonya" Predko as the host. For more information on the event, you can look at our tournament page.