The ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals have reached the playoff stages and some high profile names have already bowed out of the prestigious event.
After months of online competition, the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals descended upon Dallas, Texas on May 15th as the group stage matches got underway.
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Early casualties of the event included NiP, who lost to SK Gaming and OpTic to be eliminated in 13th - 16th place, and Cloud9, who were dismantled by Heroic in a surprising result which saw them finish 9th - 12th.
Elsewhere, the Australian teams of Renegades and Grayhound were unable to repeat their IEM Sydney success OpTic Gaming narrowly missed out on a playoff spot following a close 2-1 loss to SK Gaming.
Speaking of SK Gaming, the Brazilian team look to be in their best form since adding American star Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip but still gave up a comfortable loss to Astralis and only made it into the quarterfinals by the skin of their teeth.
The two teams to secure semifinal places right out of the group stage were Astralis, who didn’t even break a sweat, and Na’Vi following an impressive 2-0 win over FaZe Clan where Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov put on a master class.
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Na’Vi will play the winners of a quarterfinal match between Mousesports and Team Liquid. Mousesports were slow starters in the tournament 2-0 victories over NRG and Heroic to close out the group stage showed that they meant business.
Finally, FaZe Clan and SK Gaming will play for the chance to meet Astralis in the other semifinal match. Astralis will likely be hoping to face SK as they have a better record against the Brazilian side and FaZe recently defeated them in the Grand Final of IEM Sydney.
The quarterfinal matches will take place on May 18th beginning with the Mosuesports vs. Team Liquid game at 18:00 BST (10:00am PDT, 13:00 EDT).