Round 2 is the first time where we see high and low matches at this event. High matches will be for the teams that hold a 1-0 record. Low matches will be those with an 0-1 record battling it out.
More upsets unfold, once again MiBR slipping in form. Renegades were my pick as the underdog for this event, and they’ve started strong. They now hold a 2-0 record following a 2-1 victory over MiBR. Renegades dominated the opening map, Train, winning 16-4. MiBR bounced back with a 16-8 win. This set up a tense final map, which Renegades came out on top of 16-9.
FaZe proceeded with business as usual in their matchup against ViCi Gaming. With 16-10 and 16-3 maps wins, propping themselves on a 2-0 record. Fnatic found themselves in another close series, this time against NRG.
Despite the 2-0 map count, each map was pushed right to the end. Cache finished 16-13 and Nuke finished 19-15, both in Fnatic’s favour. The final high match was ENCE vs. Vitality. Did we witness the beginning of the end to ENCE’s fairy-tale story? They were defeated 2-1 and got embarrassed 16-4 on Dust.
It looks like teams are starting to find their footing now, following two rounds of action. NaVi got things rolling again against BIG. They steamrolled Mirage 16-4and took Dust II 16-11, putting them on a 1-1 overall record.
Tyloo reinforced that they need to be taken seriously. This is following a strong 2-0 victory over Panda. Tyloo took Inferno 16-2 and Dust II 16-9. I think others should take this as a warning sign, as we’ve seen before that Tyloo can cause upsets.
Spirit bounced back with a 2-1 win over paiN. However, the most exciting Low Match was NiP vs North, without a doubt. Two highly regarded teams, fighting it out to put a tally in their win column. It was a back and forth series.
NiP took the lead with a 16-14 win on Nuke. North then tied it up with a 16-12 win on Train. Mirage became the decider, and we were treated to a 16-12 victory that ended in NiP’s favour. North now hold an 0-2 record and will be fighting for their tournament lives from here on out.