Returning back to where it all started, to the beautiful city of Bucharest, the longest running multi-gaming tournament in the region, the ESL Southeast Europe Championship, is coming back for yet another season, but this time holding a surprise up its sleeve.
In collaboration with Bucharest Gaming Week, ESL SEC is bringing its first ever CS:GO Invitational! With more than 50,000€ up for grabs and with teams from all over Europe competing for the lion’s share of the prize pool, the competition is going to be as fierce as it will ever get!
Last weekend was full of CS:GO action, since 125 teams signed up having their eyes set on the prize; the three remaining spots for the Bucharest Gaming Week Invitational’s Playoff Stage. 106 teams checked in, ready to dive on in the battlefield, offering the viewers high-quality gameplay and overall great performances, sprinkled with clutches and close victories.
A lot of European states had their representatives fighting for glory. However, only a few of them were able to witness their teams advance all the way to Round of 16; Sweden, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Denmark.
KING(S) IN THE NORTH
Teams leveled up their gameplay, all across the bracket. Nevertheless, only the toughest of them found their way to the latest stage. Sprout, from Germany, advanced to the Finals, overcoming the resistance of a Danish (GoldenGitte), a Polish (MIKSTURA) and yet another Danish team (JMC). On the other side of the bracket, SuperJymy, a Finish team, put up a show, taking down Danish teams (yeshello), Swedish teams (LeftOut) and even their countrymen Minttu to secure that precious spot.
The Finnish Minttu had to reveal their Aces holding up their sleeve, in order to secure the last 6th playoff slot. The Danish squad of JMC fought hard, but Minttu seemed unstoppable, securing both maps 16:12 and 16:11, after tough and close battles.
THE GAME IS ON
The 6 teams that managed to grab these playoff spots throughout both qualifiers will be joined by the winners of two local to the SEE scene leagues, the Hungarian MNBE and the Adriatic A1 Adria League. The Adriatic Finals are scheduled for this Saturday (24/11), and of course MNBE already has its Champions to represent the region: Revolte.
The 8 teams will battle it out from the 26th until the 28th of November for that most wanted LAN Finals spot. Make sure to follow us on Facebook for more news!
|QUALIFIED TEAMS||QUALIFIER # / PLACE|
|MAD LIONS E.C. (SPAIN)||QUALIFIER #1 / FINALIST|
|MOVISTAR RIDERS (SPAIN)||QUALIFIER #1 / FINALIST|
|RED RESERVE (SWEDEN)||QUALIFIER #1 / THIRD PLACE WINNER|
|SPROUT (GERMANY)||QUALIFIER #2 / FINALIST|
|SUPERJYMY (FINLAND)||QUALIFIER #2 / FINALIST|
|MINTTU (FINLAND)||QUALIFIER #2 / THIRD PLACE WINNER|
Finals are scheduled to take place on the 9th of December, just a day after ESL SEC’s finals. The online playoffs winner, alongside the ESL SEC’s champions and two invited teams, will jump into BGW’s arena and bout for the coveted prize.
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