The open bracket at the CWL Dallas Open has been completed.
Kicking off the second day of the event were the matches to decide which teams would qualify for pool play.
With teams still fighting for a chance at qualifying for the CWL Global Pro League, these were to be some of the most crucial matches of the tournament. Surprisingly, however, when the winners bracket concluded a number of the teams expected to make it to pool play weren’t among those moving on.
Pool play qualifying matches:
However, for the losers hope was not yet entirely lost. Each would be given another shot at making it through to the championship stage of the tournament, via the lower bracket. With those matches now also having been completed, the open bracket stage is over.
Championship lower bracket qualifying matches:
With so many dangerous squads in the open bracket, it was to be expected that a number of the top teams would fall short of expectations, and so it came to be.
Most notably, perhaps, are two of the teams who were within reach of a Global Pro League spot. With a 7,000 pro point deficit to make up, CWL Vegas fourth-place finishers Allegiance were in with a shot at the Pro League if they’d been able to replicate that form, but were eliminated early by Rogue.
Even closer were iGame, who were short of qualification in Europe by just a few thousand points, and with their rival for that spot, Epsilon, also playing through the open bracket. Despite two chances to make it into the championship bracket, however, iGame couldn’t go as far as they needed to, and are now out of the running for a Pro League place.