Renault Vitality won both of their semifinal matches Friday in the Fusion Rocket League's European event, building on their lead atop the tournament's standings.
With sweeps in the three-on-three semifinals (4-0 against Team Singularity) and the two-on-two semifinals (4-0 over Dignitas), Renault Vitality are up to 17 standings points. They also will compete Saturday in the one-on-one semifinals against Stormtroopers.
Oxygen Esports, who are tied for third place with six points, are the only other team with a chance of winning the title. Oxygen will compete Saturday in the three-on-three semifinals, vs. Dignitas, and in the two-on-two semifinals, vs. Singularity.
Sandrock Gaming, who topped Tree of a Kind 4-0 in a one-on-one semifinal on Friday, sit in second place with seven points, but they can't catch Renault Vitality.
Dignitas and Singularity are tied for third with Oxygen at six points, though they also are eliminated from contention for first place.
The eight-team, $25,000 European tournament features separate single-elimination brackets for three-on-three, two-on-two and one-on-one play, with each team competing in all brackets. All series are best-of-seven, and any player from any team may play in any format. Each day will feature one match in each bracket.
For each format, 12 points are awarded for first place, seven points for second and three points for both third and fourth. The team with top overall point total across all three disciplines will be the champion.
The overall winner will get $4,500, with the runner-up earning $3,000 and the third-place team receiving $2,000. If teams end up tied in the overall standings, they will split the prize money; no tiebreaker matches will be held.
Additional prize money will be awarded to the top three in each of three-on-three, two-on-two and one-on-one brackets: $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 each
Evil Geniuses came from behind to edge business associates 2-1 on Friday, staying alive in the losers-bracket playoffs of the ESL One Birmingham's North America and South America event.
Evil Geniuses advance to the losers-bracket final on Saturday against CR4ZY. The winner of that match will face Quincy Crew in the tournament final on Sunday.
business associates jumped on top of Evil Geniuses with a 34-minute win, but EG claimed the next two games in 41 minutes and 30 minutes.
The event's final three teams -- all from North America -- are competing for shares of a $40,000 prize pool. The two South America entries -- beastcoast and Thunder Predator -- as well as North American-based business associates are out of contention.
ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 major, had been scheduled for May 26-31 in Birmingham, England, before plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was separated into four online regional competitions: Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, North America/South America, China and Southeast Asia.
The Americas event began with the six teams playing a single round robin of best-of-three matches. The top two teams advanced to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the third- and fourth-place teams earned spots in the lower bracket. The bottom two teams were eliminated.
ESL One Birmingham Online - North America and South America prize pool
4. $4,000 -- business associates
5. $3,000 -- beastcoast
6. $2,000 -- Thunder Predator
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Team Mixwell turned in a dominant performance Friday in sweeping through the group stage of the Twitch Rivals: Valorant Launch Showdown's Europe No. 1 event.
In Group C, Mixwell topped Team ZeratoR 13-2 on Haven, routed Team Cyanide 13-2 on Ascent and downed Solaaaa 13-3 on Ascent to advance to the quarterfinals of the Europe No. 1 tournament.
Team ONSCREEN (Group A), Team Mickalow (Group B), Team bonkar (Group D) also went 3-0 to reach the quarterfinals.
In the Europe No. 2 event, Team nookyyy (Group A), Team Exileshow (Group B), Team Duno (Group C) and Team wtcN (Group D) all went 3-0 to advance to the quarters.
With Valorant, Riot Games' new free-to-play, tactical-shooter title, having launched officially on Tuesday, a $200,000 Twitch Rivals tournament is being held to help publicize the game.
The event features two 16-team European divisions, each with a $49,000 prize pool, running through Sunday. There also are divisions for North America (16 teams, $42,000, Saturday and Sunday); Korea (four teams, $10,000, Saturday); Japan (four teams, $10,000, Sunday); and Brazil (eight teams, $20,000, Saturday and Sunday); Latin America No. 1 (four teams, $10,000, Saturday); and Latin America No. 2 (four teams, $10,000, Sunday).
The European events had teams divided into four-team groups for round-robin play Friday, with each match consisting of a single map. The top two teams in each group earned a spot in the single-elimination playoffs. The quarterfinals will consist of single-map matches while the semifinals and final will each be best-of-three.
The Team Mixwell squad that cruised through the group stage consists of four Prodigy teammates -- Spain's Oscar "mixwell" Canellas, Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom and Sweden's Jacob "pyth" Mourujarvi and William "draken" Sundin -- plus Latvia's Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks, who plays for fish123.
The Saturday quarterfinal matchups in the
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Alliance swept VP.Prodigy on Friday to reach the grand finals of the ESL One Birmingham Online's Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States event.
Alliance await the winner of Saturday's lower-bracket final between VP.Prodigy and Team Secret. The winner of Sunday's best-of-five final takes home the $60,000 top prize.
Alliance won the first game in 34 minutes and finished off VP.Prodigy in the second game in 27 minutes.
Team Secret advanced to the lower-bracket final on Friday with a 2-1 win against Team Nigma.
Team Nigma received a default loss in the first game because of internet connection issues, but evened the match with a swift 13-minute win in the second game. Team Secret took the third in 33 minutes, sending Team Nigma home with $14,000 for fourth place.
ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 major, was scheduled for May 26-31 in Birmingham, England, before plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament split into four online regional competitions: Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, North America/South America, China and Southeast Asia.
Fnatic won the $40,000, six-team Southeast Asia event last week. The other three divisions -- Europe/CIS (16 teams, $200,000), the Americas (six teams, $40,000) and China (eight teams, $55,000) -- conclude Sunday.
The Europe/CIS event began with 16 teams, and the top-eight made the double-elimination playoffs. All playoff matches are best-of-three until Sunday's best-of-five final.
ESL One Birmingham Online -- Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States prize pool:
4. $14,000 -- Team Nigma
5-6. $10,000 -- FlyToMoon, Team Liquid
7-8. $7,500 -- Vikin.gg, HellRaisers
9-10. $5,000 -- Natus Vincere, Cyber Legacy
11-12. $4,000 -- Team Unique, Ninjas in Pyjamas
13-14. $3,000 -- Family Team, OG
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