Yesterday was a very busy day, but there are plenty of matches tonight as well!
We're back with some more Flashpoint Season 3! We've got some important matches scheduled later tonight, but let's go over yesterday's results beforehand. One of the first matches of the evening was the Danish derby between Astralis and Heroic. The series was very close, but as expected, Heroic pulled through, winning the matchup 2-0. Astralis started off strong on their opponent's map pick of Nuke, leading 9-6, put thanks to Casper "cadiaN" Møller's efforts on the CT side, Heroic bulled through winning the map 16-12. Heroic carried over their momentum on Overpass, winning the first half 10-5, but Astralis began mounting a comeback on their defense. Still, Heroic managed to close out the map 16-14 and the series 2-0, securing their spot in the event and knocking Astralis to the 5th place decider match.
While the Danes were fighting it out, Complexity Gaming and Anonymo Esports faced off to secure some extra RMR points. COL finally performed to their level, leading 10-5 on their pick of Mirage. They managed to close out the map 16-10, but looked much more in control of the match than what we've seen from them previously this event. Over on Anonymo's pick of Nuke, COL looked even more dominant. The first half was pretty evenly matched, with Complexity leading 8-7, but on their T side in the second half, Benjamin "blameF" Bremer absolutely popped off, going 18-3. Needless to say, COL won that map 16-8, the series 2-0, and advanced to the 10th place decider match, while Anonymo was knocked out in 12th place.
Later that evening, Ninjas in Pyjamas faced BIG in the other lower bracket round 4 match. BIG ran away with the first half of their pick, Dust II, leading 14-1 thanks to a great performance from Florian "syrsoN" Rische. However, NiP mounted a strong comeback on their own T side, with young Erik "ztr" Gustafsson leading the charge. Despite winning 9 rounds, NiP couldn't complete the comeback and BIG closed out the map before moving on to Overpass. The Swedes clearly had something to prove going into their pick, as they lead 11-4 in the first half, and eventually closed out the map 16-6. The decider of Train felt like it could've gone either way, with the first half ending 8-7 in favor of NiP. They managed to eventually close out the map 16-14, and the series 2-1. BIG have thus been sent to the 5th place decider match alongside Astralis, while NiP will face Heroic in the lower bracket round 5 match.
The final map of the evening was the 9th place decider between FunPlus Phoenix and Sprout. The Germans started off strong, winning their pick of Dust II 16-12 thanks to strong performances from the two veterans Timo "Spiidi" Richter and Denis "denis" Howell. The first half of Inferno was also going really well for Sprout, but they lost the momentum going into their T side, with Marko "kressy" Đorđević being the only one to really find any kills. After managing to secure their pick 16-13, FPX brought it to the decider of Vertigo. They won the first half 10-5, but Sprout started making it close in the second half. Ultimately, FPX came out on top, winning Vertigo 16-13 as well, and the series 2-1, securing themselves 9th place while Sprout will face COL in the 10th place decider match.
There will be three matches today, two of which will be starting at 19:00 (MSK). G2 Esports and mousesports will face off in the upper bracket final to secure themselves a spot in the grand final. Both teams have had shaky results prior to FP3, but mouz has definitely looked like the strongest team this tournament, while G2 has also looked pretty strong. It's bound to be a very exciting match, with so much riding on the line, not only in terms of the event, but also in terms of these rosters' viabilities.
The other 19:00 (MSK) match is the 10th place decider between COL and Sprout. It's hard to predict who will come out as the victors considering how up and down both teams have been. If Complexity can show up the way they did versus Anonymo, they're definitely favorites to win the matchup, but Sprout is also quite scary when all their individuals show up. Ultimately, this match doesn't matter too much, as both teams are already knocked out of title contention and are just competing for RMR points.
At 22:00 (MSK), Heroic and NiP will face off to see who can continue in the event and play in the lower bracket final. This is an incredibly important match for two teams that have looked quite strong this event. Heroic are probably the favorites going into the series, but NiP have shown that they're not here to play around. Both of these teams have a lot to prove and are certainly eyeing that grand final spot with hunger.
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 Aleksandr "Enkanis" Polishchuk and Oleksii "yXo" Maletskyi as the commentators for the A stream, Fyodor "KvaN" Zakharov and Mikhail "okpoxa" Shmygel as the commentators for the B stream, Yuriy "strike" Tereshchenko and Igor "SL4M" Sopov as the analysts, and Antonina "Tonya" Predko as the host. For more information on the event, you can look at our tournament page.
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