The qualifiers looked pretty stacked with the likes of BOOM ID, EVOS and Alter Ego all in the mix, but it was RRQ who showed up on the day to seal the deal and take the coveted spot.
The group stages saw EVOS and BOOM ID going through from group A and Alter Ego and RRQ from Group B going through to the playoffs. In the first semi-finals, RRQ came back from a game down to take the series 2-1 against EVOS. Their Tinker had a great impact in games 2 and 3 picking up 24 kills over the course of 2 games. Rusman on the carry position also looked solid, handling the Lycan and then the Razor to great proficiency to take down EVOS.
In the other semifinal, Alter Ego overcame BOOM ID 2-1 taking an unlikely win especially in game 3 to make the finals. The game went past the hour mark, and Alter Ego’s late game CK started bulldozing through enemies as his Nullifier shut down the enemy Gyrocopter completely in the final team fight.
In the grand finals, RRQ made the correct adjustments after losing game 1 to win 3 games straight and book their berth in the main event. Once again it was their cores who simply ran away with the games as Yabby and Rusman both looked pretty comfortable in their roles. Alter Ego were simply unable to match RRQ’s pace who took the games to another level in the mid game with their cores finding kills left, right and centre.
The RRQ boys ecstatic after their win
Source: RRQ Facebook
However, the hardest part of the journey is yet to come for RRQ as they will face some of the world’s best teams in the main event. It will be interesting to see whether they can hold their own or simply remain a filler team. The main event will feature teams like Na'Vi, Fnatic and EG all of whom are much better teams on paper. Also competing in the tournament are VG.J Thunder, American side, Iceberg Esports, Peruvian team Infamous, and Swedish side, The Final Tribe.
The main event will kick off on the 15th of March and will feature a prize pool of 300k USD and Qualifying points for the top 3 teams.