The Update: April 15

By: Zachary Lange

Here is The Update for April 15:

eUnited Counter Strike finishes second in Group A of ESL Pro League

It was a successful weekend for eUnited Counter Strike, as a runner-up finish during group stages secured a spot in a last chance qualifier for the ESL Pro League playoffs in May.

The team flew to ESL Studios in Burbank, California to participate in the round robin group stage. It is the first time that the league has been played on LAN.  

Heading into Sunday, there was a glimmer of hope that eUnited could claim a first place finish in the group and automatically qualify for the playoffs in Montpellier, France in June. It was NRG Esports, however, that was able to move on to the playoffs from the group by owning a three-way tiebreaker between NRG, Renegades and eUnited.

The last chance qualifier for the playoffs is set to take place on May 16-23.

Next up for the team is a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for DreamHack Open Rio beginning Friday.

Here is a breakdown of set and map scores from this weekend:

 eUnited 2, Renegades 0
            Overpass 16-6
            Mirage 16-9
NRG 2, eUnited 0
            Dust2 16-13
            Mirage 16-9
eUnited 2, INTZ 0
            Mirage 16-13
            Overpass 16-11

Samsora places top-12 at Prime Saga

Despite cruising through the duration of the event, Ezra “Samsora” Morris’ claim to winning two events in a row came to a screeching halt after losing two consecutive sets before the top-8 bracket, finishing top-12 respectively.

After winning six straight sets earlier in the weekend Samsora lost a tightly contested, Game 5 in a best-of-five series to Snake-main Ally, 3-2. Now knocked down to losers bracket, the Peach main ended up losing to NRG’s Nairo, 3-1, to be eliminated from the event.

In the doubles bracket, Samsora and partner Tweek from TSM finished in third place.

Over 800 players competed in the singles bracket of the event, held in La Mirada, California.

Next weekend is another major event on the East Coast for Samsora, as he’ll be participating in doubles and singles at Pound 2019 in Laurel, Maryland.

SMITE opens season with pair of victories

Season 6 began with a bang for eUnited SMITE, defeating Luminosity and SK Gaming in the SMITE Pro League.

Of the eight teams that have played, only eUnited and Dignitas remain undefeated in the 13 week season which runs through late June.

The team’s next match is against Trifecta on April 24.

Here is the breakdown of series scores: 

eUnited 3, Luminosity 1
eUnited 3, SK Gaming 2