ESPADA, forZe start strong at WePlay! Clutch Island
ESPADA and forZe each went 2-0 on Tuesday to win their groups and advance to Phase 2 at the $50,000 WePlay! Clutch Island online occasion.
ESPADA beat HellRaisers and Nemiga Video gaming to win Group A, and forZe downed CR4ZY and Gambit Youngsters to take Group B as the Regional Major Ranking Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition kicked off.
The occasion consists of 3 stages and 13 groups, 5 of whom head straight to Phase 3. The eight groups in Stage 1 were divided into two groups of four to play a double-elimination format.
The majority of those matches were played Tuesday, with ESPADA and forZe advancing to Stage 2, and Moscow Five Academy and CR4ZY gotten rid of with two losses. On Wednesday, HellRaisers and Nemiga will battle for the last Phase 2 area from Group A, and Syman Gaming and Gambit Youngsters will take on for the last Group B spot.
Stage 2 will include another double-elimination format that will remove just one group. The other 3 groups will advance to Stage 3, which 5 groups– Tough Legion Esports, Group Spirit, Virtus.pro, Winstrike Group and Natus Vincere– reached through welcome.
Phase 3 will feature another two-group, double-elimination group phase prior to a double-elimination playoff bracket. All matches throughout the tournament are best-of-three, with the champion declaring $15,000 and 2,000 RMR points.
On Tuesday, ESPADA snuck by HellRaisers in an extremely tight fight. ESPADA rallied from a 12-4 deficit to capture Train 16-14 before HellRaisers claimed Dust II 16-10. In the deciding map, the groups see-sawed all the method to quadruple overtime, where ESPADA survived 28-24.
In Group A’s other opening match, Nemiga rallied past Moscow 5, dropping Overpass 16-14 but winning Nuke 16-5 and Mirage 16-7. ESPADA then downed Nemiga 16-11 on Dust II and 16-7 on Nuke to win the group.
HellRaisers swept Moscow 5, 16-13 on Vertigo and 16-7 on Nuke, in the Group An elimination match.
In Group B, forZe dropped their opening map to CR4ZY, 16-11 on Train, however they resisted with triumphes of 16-10 on Inferno and 16-8 on Mirage. Gambit Youngsters swept Syman in Group B’s other opening match, 16-13 on Train and 16-7 on Overpass.
forZe then swept Gambit Youngsters, 16-11 on Inferno and 16-10 on Overpass, to clinch the group. Syman scraped by CR4ZY in the elimination match, sandwiching wins of 16-7 on Inferno and 16-13 on Train around a 16-10 defeat on Nuke.
After the HellRaisers-Nemiga and Syman-Gambit Youngsters elimination matches on Wednesday, Phase 2 will be played in its entirety on Thursday. Phase 3 will begin next week, with the final set for June 28.
WePlay! Clutch Island prize pool ($ USD, Regional Major Ranking points):.
1. $15,000, 2,000.
2. $10,000, 1,875.
3. $6,000, 1,750.
4. $5,000, 1,625.
5. $4,500, 1,500.
6. $3,500, 1,375.
7. $3,000, 1,250.
8. $3,000, 1,125.
9. 0, 1,000.
10. 0, 875.
11. 0, 0.
12-13th. 0, 0– Moscow 5 Academy, CR4ZY.