Cover Image Courtesy: Signature Gaming
The ESL Pro League 8 – SEA Qualifier continued with its matches today as we witnessed the UB – Finals take place between Signature Gaming and B.O.O.T-d[S] along with the struggle of the LB – Round 2 between FrostFire taking on Recca Esports and Lucid Dreams going up against Beyond Esports.
This is how the bracket looks after today's match-ups,
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Upper Bracket - Finals
The UB-Finals which took place today witnessed B.O.O.T-d[S] lock horns against Signature Gaming.
The first match between the two teams took place on Mirage where Signature sailed to a smooth win executing simple plays with perfection.
B.O.O.T-d[S] went out all guns blazing and Signature matched their pace, as the two teams went neck to neck in the first half but B.O.O.T-d[S] lost its thunder during the latter half, where they managed to win only a single round as Signature took the match with a score of ‘16-8’.
The second bout was fought on Train. B.O.O.T-d[S] tried really hard to attain an early lead but failed miserably, as a lack of focus and coordination led to Signature piling up quite a few rounds in their favour. B.O.O.T-d[S] came back strong playing as CT but Signature somehow managed to squeeze the required five rounds to win the match with a score of ‘16-14’.
Signature Gaming won against B.O.O.T-d[S] and became the first team to reach the Grand Finale.
Lower Bracket - Round 2
Game - 1
The lower bracket struggle witnessed FrostFire taking on Recca Esports where the match went down to the decider with Recca taking the win on Mirage followed by a comeback from the Malaysian’s on Nuke with the last match set to take place on Train.
The first half was a nail-biter with FrostFire winning the clutch round to take the lead with the scores at ‘8-7'. The Malaysian’s continued to execute confident plays with a smart mix of aggressive rushes and passive mind games, it all paid in the end as FrostFire took the decider with a score of ‘16-12’.
Recca Esports were eliminated from the event as FrostFire moved ahead in the lower bracket.
Game - 2
The next lower bracket duel was held between Lucid Dream and Beyond Esports which also witnessed a decider being played. Beyond took the win on Mirage followed by Lucid equalizing the score on Overpass but Dust 2 is where the scores were settled.
Lucid played a fast-paced game and reaped the benefit of constantly catching their opponents in awkward setups and positions that granted them a small lead, which they didn’t give up on until the end and won the decider with the scoreboard reading ‘16-14’.
Lucid Dream moved onto face FrostFire in the next LB round as Beyond Esports was knocked out of the tournament.