The two-day tournament featured 317 teams battling it out in a single-elimination bracket with best-of-one matchups. Once the participants had been whittled down to the final 16 teams, the format switched to best-of-threes to determine which teams would progress to the closed qualifier.
In the latter stages of the closed bracket, a young Gambit squad proved their promotion to the organisation’s primary team was worth it by making short work of Project X and Mustang Crew in swift 2-0 series, with Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov recording a 1.37 rating across the two matches. Meanwhile, Budapest Five took down Galaxy Racer and SKADE in a similar fashion.
On the other side, Virtus.pro were put to work against Giants and NAVI Junior in three-map affairs to secure qualification, while an Aleksey “El1an” Gusev-inspired performance saw Winstrike overcome sAw before Alexey “NickelBack” Trofimov came alive to spearhead his side to victory over 9INE and round out the teams moving on.
A second open qualifier will take place on Saturday for four final spots at the closed qualifier, which is slated to run from October 12-14 and hold two places at Flashpoint 2, where $1 million will be up for contention.
The team list for the Flashpoint 2 closed qualifier currently looks as follows: