The Update: March 11

By: Zachary Lange

Here is The Update for the week of March 11.

Counter Strike qualifies for DreamHack Open: Rio

In what was a jam packed Sunday of action for eUnited, the Counter Strike squad managed to punch its ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a $100,000 event hosted by DreamHack.

eUnited defeated LiViD Gaming and Swole Patrol by a final of 2-0 to reach the grand finals of the online qualifier against INTZ eSports. The team won a deciding third game in the best-of-three series on Nuke by a final of 16-9.

It will be the first international tournament that the newly formed roster is slated to attend.

The No. 41 ranked team in the world according to HLTV has a full slate of action coming up. Season 7 of the Esports Championship Series begins today and will run until Thursday.

Samsora places fourth at Smash Ultimate Summit

After participating in friendly battles, a cooking segment and a Smash version of the popular game show Family Feud, Ezra “Samsora” Morris broke out the head bobs Sunday in the competitive singles bracket, placing fourth.

The invitational tournament, held in Los Angeles, was crowdfunded by the community and featured a total prize pool of over $51,000 for the main event. After going 3-0 in pool play, Samsora lost his first match winners bracket against familiar foe MKLeo of Echo Fox.

In the losers bracket, the Peach main turned up, winning three consecutive series and finding himself two matches away from the grand finals. However, a matchup against Dabuz of Team Liquid proved to be too tough to handle, losing a tightly contested, deciding Game 5.

In the end, Samsora walked away with a top-4 placement and provided lots of laughs for viewers at home.

PUBG faces relegation after NPL Phase 1

Despite making significant strides throughout the opening season of NPL play at OGN Studios in Manhattan Beach, California; eUnited PUBG finished outside of the top-10 in 12th place, and will now be subject to relegation to the NPL Contenders series.

The team finished the season with 182 points overall, 29 points behind the 10th place cut off.

From March 22-24, eUnited will fight in 12 games to retain a NPL spot. 10 teams from the contender's division will face off against the bottom six from this season of the NPL in matches similar to the regular season with the same points structure intact. 

Out of those 16 teams, the top-6 will qualify for Phase 2 of the NPL which will begin in May.