ELEAGUE Major 2018: Towards The End
A couple of high-octane matchups have occurred on the other side of the globe a few hours ago.
Here are quick recaps for the path towards the ELEAGUE 2018 Boston Major Championship!
SK versus Fnatic: The Long Grind
This is the last quarterfinal of the tournament and the Swedes showed that they were out to play the game, despite the fact that SK Gaming are considered to be one of the current best teams in the world right now.
With Fnatic picking their vintage Inferno and SK getting their trademark Overpass, Mirage was left on the table as both teams went on to have one of the longest games in this major, with none of the maps going below 25 rounds.
Fnatic get the first map, 15-15, after being unable to close it out during regulation thanks to some smart setups and strategies from the SK side. With the first overtime going 3-3 for both sides, the first round of the second overtime showed Fernando "fer" Alvarenga being able to defuse the bomb on A thanks to a massive blunder by Robin "flusha" Ronnquist.
However, the Swedes have made up for that blunder by winning all the way, thus ensuring that they get the first map, 22-19.
Meanwhile, the second map was a lot closer than expected as Fnatic made it all the way to 13-13. However, a couple of good plays from Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and Gabriel "FALLEN" Toledo ensured that the Brazilians will have the necessary edge to close out the second map and make it 16-14.
The third map was basically a SK vintage classic as the Brazilians were down 9-12. However, they rallied the next seven rounds and got them all to make it 16-12, thus eliminating the Swedes and gaining themselves a semifinal spot.
FaZe versus Natus Vincere: A Good Fight
With Na'Vi picking Inferno and FaZe getting Mirage, in addition to having Train as a decider, the two teams were expected to have another brawl.
Instead, despite the best efforts of Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, the international mix just rolled all the way as they got together multiple rounds together to ensure two comfortable finishes in the form of 16-9 on Inferno and 16-7 on Mirage.
As a result, FaZe gets the first final spot and waits for the winner of the Cloud9-SK Gaming matchup.
Cloud 9 versus SK: American Major?
Cloud 9 were considered by many to be the dark horses of the tournament and indeed, it showed as they displayed a relatively dominant game on their pick and the decider map.
Cloud 9 picked Mirage, while SK got Cobblestone and Inferno was left over. The map vetoes were quite interesting as both teams tried to "out-ban" each other, especially in the first phase of the map veto.
Timothy "autimatic" Ta showed his strength on all maps, as he did multiple entries as well clutch a key round in the first map. Meanwhile, all the other players of Cloud9 appeared in one way or another, thus ensuring that they get Mirage in a shocking fashion at 16-3.
The second map saw a rather tumbling first half as both sides made long win streaks. In the end though, fer's aggression as well as good kills from FalleN ensured that SK will get their map pool, 8-16.
The third and final map saw a whopping CT side by the locals, making it to 12-3 and ensuring that they had a good buffer in the first half.
Indeed, they needed it as they changed sides; SK fought for tooth-and-nail to come back into this one. However, the coffin was sealed in the 25th round as Cloud 9 did a generic B rush, thus sealing the series and kicking SK out of contention.
As a result, FaZe and Cloud 9 are the two finalists for this year's ELEAGUE Boston Major.
Earl Carlo "dreamslayer28" Guevarra is the head editor for Play on WASD. His work is forthcoming in CSGO2ASIA, Crossfire Stars and GAMURS.
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