The first match of the day was between the turbulent Team4Not , that has not properly had a roster since George 'Zekent' Liu stepped down from the active roster to be coach, against the powerhouses' little brother, Counter Logic Gaming Black. 4Not was sporting the likes of the solo-queue hero Christian 'TheRainMan' Kahmann and ex-Dignitas support Patrick 'L0cust' Miller. On the other side CLG.B's mid-laner Austin 'LiNk' Shin was replaced by the always unpredictable Jason 'WildTurtle' Tran, with rumours abounding of Link's permanent removal from the team. WildTurtle made a big showing with Team Legion at a recent tournament, and is certainly itching to show-off to a potential future team.
The first game between these teams set the tone for the whole series, lasting a whopping 54 minutes. The teams battled admirably but in the end CLG.B was victorious, denying L0cust a chance to play against his former team-mates.
The rest of the bracket went as one would expect, with Legion, Orbit Gaming , and Monomaniac eSports Ferus moving on in their respective brackets. An unfortunate showing from Meat Playground , hopefully we will see them do better in the Losers Bracket.
The second round of matches played featured some interesting match-ups, such as Orbit vs Team Curse , Legion vs Dynamic , and mMe Ferus vs Team SoloMid EVO, Zaqueri 'Aphromoo' Black old team. Ferus surprisingly crushed TSM.Evo in a 2-0 victory, so I suppose Aphro is happy with the choice he made. The other series were intense 2-1 sets, with Curse and TD moving on. Legion put up an admirable fight but TD simply overwhelmed them with early-game strength in games 1&3. Finally in a somewhat unsurprising series, Team Dignitas defeated CLG.B 2-0.
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