Illicit Gaming and eUnited pick up solid wins in a double show-match edition of Gears Fight Nights.
Both show-matches made for some solid gameplay in between two huge announcements, as one saw Kaid ‘GODPLAYS’ Saleh exact revenge on his former team, while Illicit Gaming gave Fire N Ice a hard welcome to the Gears esports scene.
The night started out on a semi-somber note though, as several MLG employees detailed that this edition of Gears Fight Nights will be the final show produced out of the current MLG studio.
The studio was the backdrop to some of MLG’s premier shows and live events, including the Esports Report and The Cast-Off.
— Ben ‘Benson’ Bowe (@Benson_EU) April 19, 2017
— Brian Baldomero (@letsgohome) April 20, 2017
It’s not every day that you see a new organization on the block be thrust into the Fight Nights spotlight, but Fire N Ice were far from put over by Illicit Gaming in their debut game.
Although former Atlantic City Open top-6 player Charlie ‘Fragou7’ McLaughlin highlighted this new Fire N Ice squad, and the first game saw these two sides go to the last round, a second match beating did not look well for the new organization.
After taking the first two rounds, Illicit Gaming turned Fire N Ice into smoke with seven straight round wins and three players earning 20 kills or more over nine rounds.
Illicit Gaming 2 – 0 Fire N Ice (7-6, 7-2)
Touted as the “GODPLAYS Revenge Match,” both of these top North American sides had something to prove with the Paris Open LAN event on the horizon.
Although GODPLAYS played well, he wound up taking a back seat to eUnited’s newest acquisition.
In his Fight Nights debut, 16-year-old Michael ‘Zerpting’ Rodriguez shined, as he helped dust off Ghost Gaming in game one with 18-3 start that led to a 40 plus kill game.
He would later follow that up with 33 kills in the second match, which only lasted nine rounds thanks to several crucial multi-kills around hills.
With eUnited automatically qualifying for the Paris Open group stage, any win on a (virtual) stage is fantastic for confidence ahead of what should be another competitive open event.
eUnited 2 – 0 Ghost Gaming (7-6, 7-2)