After a long period of rest, title CS: GO re-start the series of matches. This time, EPICENTER 2018 is an event that is contested by the 8 participating teams.
Then, several teams started the event with rounds wild card, where the top 4 teams out of 6 will advance to the playoffs. The 4 teams are ENCE eSports, AVANGAR, HellRaisers and Swole Patrol.
Virtus.pro that even accepts direct invite in the round wild card playoffs are only able to occupy 3rd position. As a result, the polar bear fleet extends its bad record after having zero titles for 1 year 4 months from the competitive realm CS: GO.
With this, there are 8 teams competing in the 2018 EPICENTER event.The following are the ranks of the teams and the qualifying paths for the playoffs in Moscow, Russia:
- FaZe Clan (direct invite)
- Team Liquid (direct invite)
- Natus Vincere (direct invite)
- Ninjas in Pajamas (direct invite)
- ENCE eSports (wildcard seed)
- AVANGAR (wildcard seed)
- HellRaisers (wild card playoffs)
- Swole Patrol (wild card playoffs)
Of the 8 teams competing, the group stage eliminated 2 teams, namely ENCE eSports from group A and Swole Patrol from group B. Continuing to the playoffs, a new surprise occurred, where FaZe Clan appeared dominant.
The reason is, FaZe Clan which started from the quarter-final must face Ninjas in Pajamas and Team Liquid before advancing to the final. Meanwhile, Na’Vi, who was at the top of group A, only needed to beat AVANGAR to advance to the final round.
As a result, the match between Na’Vi and FaZe Clan in group A was repeated on the top stage of the EPICENTER event.
In the first match, Mirage becomes folder which was strong for the FaZe Clan in the first round, but they were quite overwhelmed in the second half.
The reason is, s1mple shows its magical power and destroys the strategy pattern of the FaZe Clan in bombsite A.
However, the FaZe Clan appeared consistent and won with a score that was quite fierce, namely 16-12.
Heading for the second match in the match, which presents the Bo3 format, brings Dust II as the title folder determination. Na’Vi must hold the FaZe Clan draw in order to fight for his position to be first.
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But unlucky, Na’Vi was defeated by a very striking score. Only being able to secure 3 points in the first half of the match for Tero’s side, it turned out to be the last point for Edward and his friends.
FaZe Clan appeared to dominate and brought a landslide victory with a score of 16-3. With this result NiKo and friends improved their streak of bad results and returned to peak performance. The following are the ranks of the top 4 teams at the 2018 EPICENTER event:
1. FaZe Clan – US $ 150,000
2. Natus Vincere – US $ 75,000
3-4. AVANGAR, Team Liquid – US $ 20,000
This victory also crowned Nikola “NiKo” Kovač as the MVP of the HLTV version. FaZe Clan also has the right to bring the EPICENTER trophy and strengthen its position as the best in the event.