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The Europe qualifier for ESL Pro League Season 10 came to an end today with Na’Vi being the final team to book a slot for themselves in the main event via the initial group stage. Joining the Ukranian organization will be three other teams, mousesports, Heroic, and Astralis, who have already qualified through the same from their respective groups.
Europe qualifier witnessed a total of sixteen teams participating in it, twelve teams from the previous season of the pro league circuit, three from last seasons relegation match-ups and one from ESEA Premier S31 #1.
All these sixteen participating teams were divided into four groups of four teams each. Every group followed a best-of-three, round-robin format, with the top-scoring team from each group qualifying for the main event to be held in Cologne later this year.
Group - A
Group - A witnessed mousesports fight their way to the very top of their groups. They defeated teams like FaZe Clan, BIG and OpTic Gaming with finesse. Mouz dropped just a single game against the reformed German squad of BIG, cruising through other matches comfortably.
Group - B
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Group - B observed Heroic stand tall against powerhouses like NiP and Vitality. The Danish side swung hard at both NiP and Vitaliy, connecting one while just missing the other by an inch. Sprout did give them a tough time but Heroic secured the final map to lead the group from the front.
It was a three-way tie between Heroic, NiP, and Vitality in the end but Heroic went ahead on the account of round difference, leading with +7 round to their name. This was indeed the most closely contested group amongst the four.
Group - C
Group - C had Astralis written all over it, as they became the second Danish team to qualify for the main event. As expected from the number one team in the world, according to HLTV rank list, the Danes did not drop a single map going ‘2-0’ in three back-to-back matches to lead their group.
Group - D
Group - D witnessed Na’Vi dominate G2, HellRaisers, and Windigo Gaming, as the Ukranian org dropped just one map on its way to qualify for the main event. It was an interesting match-up between G2 and Na’Vi in the end, a do-or-die with the winning team qualifying while the loser drops down to the second group stage.
Na’Vi kept its nerves and though the series went down to the last game, the boys in yellow made sure to come through as the winners.
With this, the first stage of the Europe qualifier comes to an end as mousesports, Heroic, Astralis, and Na’Vi make their way to the 600,000 USD main event to be held in Cologne from 3rd-8th December.
The second and final group stage of the Europe qualifier will begin from 13th November onwards with two more teams making their way through to the main event.