Four teams have already punched their playoff tickets after the first day of the Extremesland CS:GO 2018.
Asia Pacific mainstays MVP PK from Korea, Chiefs Esports Club from Australia, and Singapore’s B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape along with China’s 5Power Gaming have proved themselves superior in their respective groups with 2-0 wins to advance to the tournament’s next stage.
Interestingly, a large portion of the matches have turned out to be blowouts. The trend has been prominent in the best of one opening matches where all matches were wrapped up in a double digit lead.
The closest match among the openers were the NASR versus SZ Absolute series and the FrostFire versus Optic India match which both ended up 16-6 in favor of the formerly mentioned teams.
Understandably, the opening matchups were based on the Asian teams’ seeding, which gave prominent teams a slight edge over their opponents in the BO1 openers.
Matches for winners
Things became more interesting with the winners’ matches. Group B, where Chiefs are joined by reigning Extremesland champions Flash Gaming, ended up in a 16-14 thriller in Inferno with the Aussies prevailing at the end. This puts Flash on the brink of elimination where they await the winner between Beyond and Sad Story.
Group D meanwhile saw BOOT dominate their fellow Southeast Asian contenders Executioners and TNC Pro Team. The latter ended up losing their advantage received from the unprecedented withdrawal of Royal Bandits Esports. TNC bowed out 16-10 to the Singaporeans at the winner’s match, immediately prompting the decider match between them and Executioners.
MVP PK meanwhile proved why they are consistent Asian representatives at LANs with 16-3 and 16-10 wins over Revolution and FrostFire. The latter sits at the Decider match where they will face the winner between Revolution and Optic India.
An Asian CS:GO event is not complete without a dominant Chinese team. Despite the absence of top Chinese team Tyloo, 5Power Gaming assured the local fans behind their clean performance at the groups.
7 teams go home
The day 2 of the Extremesland CS:GO 2018 continues later with the losers’ and decider matches. Four more teams will advance towards the playoffs while seven will be eliminated. Who are your bets to complete the top eight?