Flashpoint 3: сегодня определятся финалисты верхней сетки
Flashpoint 3: сегодня играют Astralis, mousesports, G2 и NIP
We're back with another day of Flashpoint Season 3, with today's matches determining who will qualify for the upper bracket final! But before we highlight those matches, let's talk about yesterday's results. BIG and Sprout went head to head, and though the former were definitely favorites going into the series, it was a lot closer than you'd initially think. BIG absolutely destroyed Sprout on their map pick of Train, with Nils "k1to" Gruhne going absolutely nuclear and dropping 30 kills. BIG also started off strong on their pick of Dust II, winning the first half 10-5, but Sprout managed to bring it back on their T side, winning 10 rounds and securing overtime, where they actually managed to upset BIG thanks to great performances from Josef "faveN" Baumann and Timo "Spiidi" Richter. The story repeated itself on the decider of Vertigo, as BIG won the first half 11-4, but really struggled on their CT side, allowing Sprout to once again make a comeback and secure overtime. While Marko "kressy" Đorđević and Fritz "slaxz-" Dietrich performed well on the final map, faveN dropped off and İsmailсan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş played amazingly for BIG, dropping 39 kills. In the end, BIG managed to win the domestic matchup and save themselves from elimination, but only by the thinest of margines.
Later in the evening, Anonymo Esports faced Double Poney in the match of the underdogs. The Polish squad managed to convincingly win their pick of Vertigo, with Kamil "KEi" Pietkun going 27-11 and absolutely shutting down the Frenchmen. Over on their pick of Inferno, however, the French squad looked a lot better, as Aurélien "afro" Drapier managed to find a lot of impact on the AWP, even on the T side. After winning Inferno 16-8, DBL Poney brought it to the third map decider of Nuke, where afro once again had huge amounts of impact. Both halves were really close, and the map went to overtime, but the DBL Poney managed to get it just over the line, closing out Nuke 19-16 and the series 2-1, thus knocking Anonymo out of the tournament alongside Sprout that day.
Set to start at 19:00 (MSK), the first match of the evening will be between Astralis and mousesports. Astralis is always a hard team to go up against, and they've proved to still be really competitive during this event despite bringing in Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen to replace Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz. The international mouz squad, on the other hand, has had rather lackluster results up until Flashpoint 3, but they've actually looked really convincingly good in this event. The only caveat to mouz's performance is that they took on two teams that are arguably struggling a little bit, Fnatic and BIG. Still mousesports might just be the favorites to win this series considering the team's recent form. Be sure to tune in to find out!
At 22:00 (MSK), G2 Esports will take on Ninjas in Pyjamas. Much like the Astralis and mouz game, it's quite hard to distinguish who has the upper hand going into this series, as both teams seem equally matched. Both teams have shown that they can play at a very high level, but they've also shown that they can make really basic mistakes and that individuals can disappear on certain maps. We might just favor G2 a little bit going into the matchup considering they beat Heroic the other day, which is certainly no easy feat. Still, it'll be interesting to see which way the wind blows, and to see G2's Nikola "NiKo" Kovač go up against NiP's dev1ce.
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, Yuriy "strike" Tereshchenko 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.
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