Day 4 of the ELEAGUE Major: Boston has come to an exciting end, and the eight teams advancing to the playoffs have been decided.
The final day of the Legends Stage saw former Major champions Astralis and Gambit Esports getting eliminated. Team Gambit were eliminated after losing to SK Gaming on Overpass 16-10 and Fnatic on Mirage 16-2, while Astralis were taken out by Cloud9 on Train 16-6. Fnatic, SK, and C9 qualified for the playoffs with some close matches.
Earlier in the day, the 2-1 high matches put Quantum Bellator Fire and Natus Vincere in the eight-team Champion stage. QBF mounted an almost unreal comeback from 13-2 to 16-14 to earn their spot in the Major playoffs. Kvik and Boombl4 were their star performers as kvik managed an impressive 28 kills followed by booml4 who ended up with 24 kills. Na’Vi, on the other hand, beat Fnatic on Inferno 16-7, with Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev and Egor “flamie” Vasilyev leading the CIS pack with 25 kills each. Mousesports also earned the last playoff spot after beating Space Soldiers on Mirage 16-13.
Other teams who were eliminated in the last day, besides Astralis and Gambit, include BIG, Team Liquid, and Vega Squadron. BIG were sent home after losing a 1-2 Cobblestone match to Space Soldiers, while Team Liquid also suffered the same fate in their own 1-2 elimination match against Vega Squadron on Inferno, which ended at 16-12. As for Vega, the CIS underdogs couldn’t find the momentum they had in previous matches during the Major, losing to C9 16-4 in a 2-2 Mirage matchup.
The playoff match-ups. We kick off at 10am ET Jan 26. Live on https://t.co/qwXLij5jb3 from BOSTON, LET'S GOOOOOO!
— ELEAGUE (@ELEAGUETV) January 23, 2018
The full list of teams headed to the playoff stage includes C9, SK, Fnatic, QBF, Mouz, Na’Vi, G2 Esports and FaZe Clan. These teams are set to go against each other in the final stage of the $1 million Major—the New Champions stage—this weekend from Jan. 26 to 28.