After a long Friday, full of technical issues, the group stages got under away with 15 of the 16 seeds making it through to the knockout stages of the tournament.
The top 8 seeds all managed to pass through their group games with little effort, with none of them losing a map. Both NA teams, Classic Mixup and Leviathan Gaming, made it through without dropping any rounds in their groups, showing once again why they are here to win it all. For Mixup, an impressive win against mix team Classic Mix Down (consisting of former prem players and Div1 players) stamped their mark on this tournament.
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For the EU sides, despite issues earlier in the day with arrival, Epsilon came, saw and conquered the group stages, dropping just one point throughout the groups and booking their place into the knockouts as the #1 seed. TCM Gaming and Infused also managed to go through with ease.
There were, however, some shocks in the day. In the first round, casted by VanillaTV, Nitrose were given a run for their money and were almost on the verge of being shocked by Kaleidoscope – however, they just managed to scrape through with a 5-2 win. The score doesn’t show that the game was never plain sailing and at one stage Nitrose were 2-1 down with around 10 Mins left to play. As I stated earlier, one seed did not make it past the group stage. #14 seed 21 Lans were beaten by 9 Men in the second match of the group stages 4-2 on Granary, a close game which also decided the fate of both teams. Both teams managed to get through the rest of their games and thus the writing was on the wall for 21 as they were knocked out of the groups, sending 9 Men through as the only non-seed in the knockouts.
With the double elimination knockouts starting later today around midday, the following teams will be fighting their way to the finals (in rank of their seeds)
Classic Mix Down
5 Wannabes, 1 Superstar