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The second day of the PLG Grand Slam 2018 fared much better than the heavily delayed day one. The group stages came to an end with all the 8 qualifying teams playing out the quarterfinals of the Playoffs as well.
These are the teams that qualified through the Group Stage:
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Following Fnatic were Shark Esport who played against 5Power Gaming in the decider match.
The BO3 series went down to the wire after 5Power won the first match on Inferno by a score of ‘16-13’ followed by Sharks taking the victory on Cache after playing out a long-fought overtime thriller with a score of ‘19-15’.
The final match was played on Train where 5Power slumped in performance, witnessing a dominating victory for Sharks as the scoreboard read ‘16-5’.
An epic showdown took place between Grayhound Gaming and ECL.gg witnessing two closely contested matches going the way of ESL.gg.
Both the teams were at par with each other when it came to experience and skill but ECL had that edge over their Australian adversary when it came to out of the box executions, requiring a tremendous amount of courage to pull them out at such clutch situations.
They won consecutive matches on Mirage and Inferno with scores of ‘16-13’ and ‘16-12’, respectively.
G2 Esports had a close call against AVNGR, defeating them ‘2-1’ in a BO3 series.
AVNGR took a one-sided victory on Cache as they defeated G2 with a score of ‘16-4’. The second match witnessed G2 hitting back hard as they took a win on Inferno with the score reading ‘16-7’. The decider was played on Dust 2 as G2 faced tough resistance from AVNGR finally taking them down by a score of ‘16-12’.
INTZ made it through to the Playoffs following HellRaisers. INTZ faced B.O.O.T-d[S] in the decider match-up cleaning them up in two consecutive matches.
INTZ dominated B.O.O.T-d[S] on both Dust 2 and Train, shutting them down on all fronts INTZ had a good read on what B.O.O.T-d[S] planned almost every time securing a double victory by a score of ‘16-10’ and ‘16-4’, respectively.
The 8 teams making their way through the Group Stage fought it out in the quarterfinals of the Playoffs which was following a BO3, single elimination format. This is how the matches proceeded:
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Fnatic vs ECL.gg
Fnatic played a calm and collective game against ECL.gg, taking them down on Cache and Mirage by scores of ‘16-6’ and ‘16-10’, respectively.
ForZe vs INTZ
ForZe showed extreme dominance over INTZ who were not able to even scratch their opponents. ForZe kept rolling ahead with the momentum as they eliminated INTZ by defeating them on Dust 2 and Overpass with the scoreboard reading ‘16-4’ and ‘16-3’, respectively.
Tyloo vs Shark Esports
Tyloo could not achieve much against the might of Sharks. The Chinese squad did put up quite a fight on Cache but could not turn it in their favour, loosing to Sharks by a score of ‘16-14’. The following match on Mirage is where Sharks shut Tyloo down completely as they won by a score of ‘16-6’.
Virada sensacional da Sharks contra a Tyloo! O lado CT foi quase perfeito.— Roque Marques (@roque_mn) 14 December 2018
HellRaisers vs G2 Esports
HellRaisers could not deliver their best performance as G2 struck them down on both Dust 2 and Mirage with scores of ‘16-9’ and ‘16-14’, respectively.
The PLG Grand Slam 2018 will be coming to an end today with the Semifinals starting soon followed by the Grand Finale taking place later.