Both Acend and Quadrant have made it through to the upper-bracket quarter-finals following wins over G2 Esports and Chiefs Esports Club respectively. This marks a major achievement for the European region at Infinite’s first global event.
Starting with the Acend game, after finishing bottom of group d, they faced group b’s winners of G2 just a few hours after the latter team’s 3-0 victory over FaZe Clan. While on paper this was to be a sweep for G2, standout plays from the lone Brit of Snipedrone, in particular, meant the Europeans squeaked out a 2-1 CtF result.
After adding to this on Streets Slayer, a last-ditch attempt from G2 on Oddball almost saw them win a round, however, Lqgend’s sniper plays ended up being too much as Acend took the series, 3-0.
Quadrant vs Chiefs meanwhile meant another international quarter-finalist was guaranteed, however, throughout the whole series Quadrant showed that they were the stronger lineup. A straight 5-0 with four minutes remaining on Aquarius CtF and a 2-0 on Live Fire Oddball both highlighted how strong their objective play was. Chiefs put up a close fight on the lone Team Slayer game, however, a 50-45 result meant this was another 3-0 scoreline.
These results means that both French lineups are guaranteed a top-12 finish, no matter their upcoming results. With NAVI still in the upper bracket also with a round two match against Spacestation ongoing, this marks a somewhat historic performance from the European region.
While Europe’s best performance at a prior global event saw Snipedrone’s Epsilon finish the 2016 World Championships in the joint-fifth, no European team has ever made it to a Major semi-final which both of these rosters are on the cusp of.
The next round will see Acend face the Kansas City Pioneers while Quadrant will play a very strong Cloud9 roster. While this latter game, in particular, seems like a tough meeting, both French rosters have seemingly already punched above their weight today and will be looking to make history for the region.
As well as this, on just one prior occasion has Europe had three top-12 rosters, at the 2018 MLG Orlando Major, a record NAVI could tie here should they take down SSG.
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