A collection of shock upsets from FunPlus Phoenix have secured the group a spot on the $250,000 Summer season Intel Excessive Masters XVI.
FPX was straight invited to the European closed qualifier, however they weren’t anticipated to go far. The HLTV-ranked #17 group was up towards juggernauts together with FaZe Clan, BIG, and G2 Esports. Regardless of their low seed, FPX managed a trio of 2-1 collection victories to earn a spot on the foremost occasion.
After successful a play-in match towards SKADE, FunPlus Phoenix was scheduled to play towards German facet BIG. Each groups narrowly gained their very own map picks. Asger “farlig” Jensen was the lynchpin of sport three, placing FunPlus at set level with an insane three-man spray. He ended the primary collection with 59 kills to 44 deaths.
A victory over BIG gave FPX some momentum, however G2 Esports was anticipated to be an excellent larger problem. Issues began out nicely for FunPlus Phoenix, ending the T facet at 10-5 on Prepare. Proper after a dominant 16-6 victory on their map decide, FunPlus fell sufferer to a monster efficiency by G2’s François “AmaNEk” Delaunay. His 19 kills produced an insane 111.1 injury per spherical, greater than tripling the output of Luka “emi” Vuković.
The ultimate map was tense. FPX’s 6-2 lead was lower to eight rounds over G2’s seven, the smallest doable benefit. FPX lurker Jesse “zehN” Linjala exploded, racking up 31 kills with 132.3 injury per spherical. He additionally gained six out of seven duels towards G2 star participant Nikola “NiKo” Kovač.
FunPlus Phoenix superior by means of the qualifiers within the winner’s bracket alongside OG. G2 Esports continued its run within the decrease bracket, incomes a spot on the $250,000 occasion with a win over mouseports. Intel Excessive Masters Season XVI will start its summer season match on June 3. The occasion will characteristic nearly each high CSGO group in Europe, together with Astralis, Heroic, and Gambit Esports.