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The StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 started off today with its ‘New Challengers Stage’. The eleven qualified teams along with the five returning challengers started out on their journey to make it through to the next round.
The opening round witnessed eight best-of-one matches being played in-between the sixteen teams and they were surely full of surprises as every other single match series. The CIS teams, DreamEaters & Syman Gaming had a blast, but both Tyloo and Grayhound had to face the brunt of the action along with the top dogs, Vitality & NRG.
This is how the opening round of the Berlin Major 2019 went down,
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The CIS teams, DreamEaters and Syman Gaming shocked everyone as they defeated NRG and Vitality, respectively. The two strongest teams in the group who were the ones to most likely make it through without any hassle went down in their very first match.
This was followed by predictable results throughout the day except for AVANGAR defeating Complexity. AVANGAR showed great form in the CIS Play-In for BLAST Pro Series: Moscow 2019 and have followed it up well to take down Complexity, who has directly qualified for the Berlin Major.
CR4ZY continued on their winning path by defeating Grayhound in a well-contested match-up on Nuke. It was a bit disappointing to see Tyloo go down against G2 Esports, but the form that this French team has shown is quite phenomenal and not much could have been done there.
Let’s see how the teams stand at the end of the day as the second round of matches will be coming to an end later on in the day.