The ESL Hamburg CIS Qualifiers and Europe Qualifiers end barely more than an hour apart from each other with Virtus.Pro and Team Secret asserting their dominance by sweeping their respective opponents in the Grand Finals.
ESL Hamburg CIS Qualifiers Recap
While Virtus.Pro looked vulnerable earlier during the PGL CIS Qualifiers, they were anything but this time around.
Fresh off of their Top 6 finish at The International 7, the Bears were quick to dispose of Effect, winning both games in less than ~25 minutes. They were equally as dominant in their following match against Natus Vincere. Albeit, the black and yellow was able to take a game off of them to prevent a sweep.
Virtus.Pro nearly lost the first game in the Grand Finals against Team Spirit. However, a series of bad decisions late in the game led to Team Spirit losing one team fight after another before a full team wipe shut down any hopes of a comeback.
Game 2 was nowhere near as close as Virtus.Pro pushed the tempo early and slowly built their advantage to notch the win in ~32 minutes.
For the series clincher of the ESL Hamburg CIS Qualifiers, Team Spirit were actually in the lead for much of the game. But, as with Game 1, they failed to execute again once the game went late and Virtus.Pro were more than happy to capitalize on their opponent’s mistakes.
ESL Hamburg Europe Qualifiers Recap
Just a few miles away, Team Secret, who are sporting a new lineup and playing a part of the qualifiers with a stand-in due to a family emergency, have been on an absolute tear so far.
Due to a family emergency for Fata, we will be playing with a stand-in for the majority of this week's matches.
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) September 19, 2017
Playing with Mohammad ‘Hook’ Al-Sheikh, as a stand-in, Team Secret made quick work of Elements Pro. And, once Adrian ‘Fata’ Trinks came back to the lineup, they did the same to Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar and his stack of players who are currently playing under the team name MidorFeed.
In the Grand Finals, Team Secret found themselves up against SFTe-sports, who had eliminated OG earlier in the qualifiers. Although the series weren’t exactly as one-sided compared to the others, the results remained the same.
Team Secret are currently the only team so far that has a chance to qualify for all three tournaments slated for October.