European giants Gambit Esports have successfully qualified for the semi-finals of VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin. After an intense bo3 matchup, Gambit prevailed victorious over Vision Strikers from Korea, eliminating them from the tournament.
Similarly, G2 Esports are the second team to qualify for the semifinals after soundly defeating KRU Esports 2-0. A mesmerizing performance from Cista "keloqz" Wassim made sure that two European teams progressed to the next stage of the tournament.
The final two games will decide the remaining contenders for the semifinals. It will be interesting to see how Sentinels and Team Envy deal with the pressure, as only one of them will qualify for the semifinals. At the same time, 100 Thieves will have to elevate their performance to stand a chance against European heavyweights Acend.
Here's everything you need to know about the Quarterfinals action from VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin.
G2 and Gambit Esports Highlight EU Supremacy In VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin
Gambit Esports had the first matchup of the day, and they faced Korean champions, Vision Strikers. Gambit had a difficult time against 100 Thieves in their second group stage match. Nevertheless, they made it through during the elimination game against Crazy Racoons.
G2 on the other had a poor start, losing 2-1 to Sentinels in their first game. Nevertheless, they defeated F4Q both times and rewrote history by defeating Sentinels 2-0 in their final of Group D game.
Vision Strikers had a perfect start and they didn't drop a single map against Paper Rex or Acend in the group stages. Momentum was on their side, and the first quarter-finals were everything fans expected.
Vision Strikers vs Gambit Esports
Map 1: Bind
Vision Strikers picked Bind, and their performance on the map so far was exemplary. However, Gambit Esports completely blindsided them and gained an unassailable early lead.
The first eight rounds were taken by Gambit, and this broke Vision Strikers economy. It pushed them to a position where there was no scope for a comeback. Gambit Esports showed how having two controllers on the team can make a huge difference in competitive games.
The first half ended 10-2 in favour of Gambit Esports. They eventually wrapped up the game with a resounding 13-2 scoreline.
Map 2: Split
Vision Strikers showed signs of life as they took the first two rounds on the map. Their dominance in the first half gave them an 8-4 lead at halftime.
Gambit Esports tried their best, but this map belonged to the Korean champions. It wasn't pretty but it got the job done for Vision Strikers who sealed the second map with a 13-7 scoreline.
Map 3: Icebox
The final match for these two was scheduled on Icebox and Vision Strikers were 4-1 up in the first five rounds.
However, Gambit Esports made a phenomenal comeback in the first half where they went from 4-1 down to 8-4 up.
After losing seven consecutive rounds, Vision Strikers were mentally shattered.
The second half began with Gambit drawing first blood, and it ended with a 13-8 scoreline in favour of the European giants.
G2 Esports vs KRU Esports
Map 1: Icebox
G2 picked Icebox but it was KRU Esports who got the first round on the map. The first half was rather balanced on both sides, and it ended with a 7-5 scoreline in favour of G2.
The second half started with G2 taking the first three rounds on defence. This crippled KRU's economy but they fought back to the best of their abilities.
The final scoreline on Icebox was 13-9 in favour of G2 Esports.
Map 2: Haven
Incidentally, KRU Esports picked Haven, and it looked like they had a chance. Regardless, it was G2 Esports who showed the scope of their versatility on this map.
Keloqz and Koldamenta demolished KRU Esports when they took ten consecutive rounds over two halves. The final score was 13-7 in favour of G2, who progressed to the semifinals to face Gambit Esports.