By: Zachary Lange
In an action packed weekend, eUnited Counter Strike managed to qualify for the next stage of the FACEIT London Major while the eUnited PUBG team fell short of a trip to Berlin, Germany for the 2018 PUBG Global Invitational (PGI).
Counter Strike continues to grow
With another trip to London secured, this will be the second trip in as many months across the pond for the Counter Strike team, who most recently placed top-6 in tournament play at DreamHack Open Austin.
The FACEIT London Major's multi-step qualification process is comprised of a 16-team closed qualifier online, where the top-8 from the Americas (six from North America, two from South America) head to Twickenham Stadium in London for Americas Minor on July 7-11. From there, the top-2 will make it into the field of 24 to compete for the major's prize pool of $1 million in September.
The first step of the process is now complete, and eUnited will be facing off against familiar foes such as compLexity Gaming, Swole Patrol and NRG Esports in just a couple of weeks.
Playing in a Swiss system format, eUnited Counter Strike opened play in the closed qualifier with a win against Armada eSports, 2-0. However, a 0-2 defeat against Rogue set the team back slightly, needing to win their next two matches in order to secure a spot without having to worry about a tiebreaker for the sixth and final spot.
Like clockwork, the team delivered. eUnited cruised to victory against The Entourage and also won close games against Freedom 35, beating both by a final of 2-0.
Currently, the team is in Los Angeles at the ULT Esports training facilities to prepare for the another tournament, the ZOTAC Cup Masters regional finals, which is set for June 30 and July 1. eUnited will be joined alongside five other teams that will battle for $20,000 and one ticket to the grand finals, which will feature a $300,000 prize pool, beginning on August 24 in Hong Kong.
PUBG fail to make Berlin
At the North American closed qualifier for the 2018 PGI in Berlin, the PUBG team traveled to Burbank, California as one of 20 teams who hoped to claim one of only three spots available.
With a total of 12 qualification games to be played, eUnited started the weekend on Friday with a Game 4 victory, ending the first day of competition in the third and final qualification spot.
But the good results weren’t enough to supersede the bad, and Game 4 would end up being the squad's only chicken dinner of the weekend.
Despite other high finishes such as a 2nd place in Game 10 with 11 kills, several games had circle rotations that did not favor the squad, leading to finishes that left the team mired in the middle of the pack.
In all, eUnited claimed 11th place, 890 points back from the final qualification spot.
Up next, the team will continue play in the Global Loot League online.