ESL Pro League 8 - SEA Qualifier starts off with a bang

Aditya Singh Rawat

6o, Oct, 2018

Cover Image Courtesy: ESL Asia

The ESL Pro League 8 – Southeast Asia Qualifier started yesterday evening with eight teams competing in the grand event, the winner of which will be qualifying for the Asia Finals where they will be facing off against the winner of ESL Pro League 8 – China Qualifier

Out of the eight participating teams 6 teams have been invited while the other 2 teams have made it to the playoffs through the open qualifiers. The teams competing in the event are as follows, 

  • B.O.O.T-d[S] 

  • Signature Gaming 

  • FrostFire 

  • TNC Pro Team 

  • Lucid Dream 

  • Executioners 

  • Beyond Esports 

  • Recca Esports 

The qualifier is following a BO3, double elimination bracket and will conclude on 16th October. The opening day witnessed the Upper Bracket – Quarterfinals being played out among the participants and this is how it all went down,

Upper Bracket - Quarterfinals

In the first match of the day, B.O.O.T-d[S] took down Recca Esports ‘2-0’ winning both the matches one after the other. B.O.O.T-d[S] displayed good confident plays on Mirage which led to a comfortable victory with a score of ‘16-7’. A confident B.O.O.T-d[S] destroyed Recca in the second match as they took them down ‘16-0’ on Train, moving on to the UB-Semifinals. 


The second match took place between Lucid Dreams and Executioners, where a really close match on Overpass went the way of Lucid Dream who took the win after the match went into overtime. The second match was played on Dust 2 where Executioners failed to execute plays to their potential as they lost ‘16-5’ to Lucid Dreams, dropping down to the LB-Round 1.

The next match-up witnessed TNC Pro Team go up against FrostFire. Both the teams took a match each with FrostFire winning the first one on Train with a score of ‘16-14’ while TNC took the second match being played on Mirage with a dominant performance. The decider was held on Nuke which saw both the teams put their best foot forward as the game went down to the wire, with FrostFire coming out on top with a score of ‘16-12’ while moving onto the UB-Semifinals. 


The last match of the day was held between Beyond Esports and Signature Gaming. Signature won both the opening games, which were played on Mirage and Nuke while facing good competition from Beyond, who tried their best but got outplayed at several instances especially in clutch situations.

With the end of the first day, we find Recca Esports facing off against Executioners while TNC takes on Beyond Esports in the LB-Round 1. While B.O.O.T-d[S] prepare to take on Lucid Dream and FrostFire get ready to lock horns against Signature Gaming in the UB-Semifinals.