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Much like the opening day of DreamHack Bucharest, everything on Day 2 went according to the script for the most part. Cosmo Iacavazzi Jersey Store . Keyword: for the most part. The main source of drama came from a near-upset of one of the European juggernauts of the Counter Strike: Global Offensive scene.The beginning of the day started out as expected when Gambit eSports took on Team EnVyUs in the losers match of Group A. Kenny kennyS Schrub once again rose to the occasion and put up some gaudy numbers - he finished with a 45/27 KD in the quick series - to allow Team EnVyUs to grab the 2-0 win. Team EnVyUs moved on to a rematch with Heroic in the decider match of Group A.The Group B losers match saw some much more competitive play between Team Dignitas and FlipSid3 Tactics. This series went the distance with both teams upping their level of play in the do-or-die series. While FlipSid3 Tactics put up a strong 16-9 performance on Cobblestone in Game 2, led by Yegor markeloff Markelovs 25/14 KD, the team was handled fairly easily in Games 1 and 2 on Train and Mirage, respectively. René cajunb Borg was the point-man for Team Dignitas in this series with his 59/37 KD. With the win, Team Dignitas moved on to face FaZe Clan in the Group B decider match.Of the two decider matches, Group As was by far the most competitive, with the contest going the full slate of three games. After the first game saw Team EnVyUs take a fairly easy 16-8 win off Heroic, it almost looked as though Team EnVyUs would secure the sweep on Nuke in Game 2. Heroic was not content to let that happen, and clawed back with an extremely hard fought 16-13 win in the second game. It seemed, though, that that was all Heroic had left in the tank, as it dropped the final game 16-9. Nathan NBK Schmitt was a beast in this series, posting a game-high 71/46 KD. Team EnVyUs will now face Cloud9 in the semifinals of DreamHack Bucharest on Sunday morning.The Group B decider match was supposed to be FaZe Clans shot to show that it could make it out of the group stages of a major tournament, but that didnt happen in the slightest. For the second time in as many weeks, FaZe Clan were unceremoniously bounced from the group stages. This time, the group was swept by Team Dignitas in a series that wasnt even close. Both games were won handily by Dignitas, securing victories by a 16-7 and 16-6 margin, respectively. While FaZe Clan will have to head back to the EU ESL Pro League and try to continue to prove itself, Team Dignitas will move on to the semifinals of DreamHack Bucharest to take on Virtus.pro.The playoffs of this tournament certainly have plenty of storylines to watch out for: Will Virtus.pro snag a grand finals win and prove that its the best? Will Cloud9 extend its recent dominance into the international scene? Will Team EnVyUs or Team Dignitas complete a run all the way from the losers match to win the whole thing? Well find out when the action kicks off again on Sunday at 3:30 AM EST. Paul Martha Jersey Store . The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. Dave Pacella Jersey Store . The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game. https://www.chinacheapjerseys.net/walt-schupp-jersey-store/ . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. We are less than three weeks away from the NA League of Legends Championship Series summer championship in Toronto, Canada, but the road to get there starts Saturday in the warmer confines of the League Championship Series Arena in Santa Monica, California. While regular-season champions Team SoloMid (17-1) and runners-up Immortals (16-2) will be able to sit at home watching the action to see who makes the semifinals, the next four teams in the summer split standings will play in the quarterfinals to see which two advance.The time for preparation ends here. Its the postseason, and its either survive or perish in the ultra-competitive North American region.Quarterfinal #1: Cloud9 vs. Team EnvyThe Saturday matinee matchup will pit an upward-trending team against one that was decidedly sinking in the second half of the season. Cloud9, third-place in the league, comes into the quarterfinal matchup with a bit of the old swagger the organization used to have when it made four straight NA LCS finals. Although its been over a year since the former two-time champion has made it to a final, this is shaping up to be C9s best shot at it since back then, when it lost to TSM at the end of the spring 2015 playoffs.The added presence of veteran Jung Impact Eon-yeong has brought stability to a role that had been shaky ever since C9s golden days atop the league. The former world champion brings a shot-calling edge to the group that it seemingly lacked after captain Hai Hai Lam stepped down from the main squad; Impacts versatile style of play allows C9 the advantage of playing around any of the three lanes depending on the matchup.Its also been the readdition of old jungler William Meteos Hartman back into the lineup that has softened the blow of losing Hai. Meteos, who failed to gel with star mid laner Nicolaj Jensen Jensen in a short stint last summer, has rectified his in-game relationship with the offense-focused, talented ace of C9 to form a solid partnership. Meteos isnt a carry jungler -- eighth in kills and 11th in damage per minute (DPM) -- but he doesnt have to be; hes surrounded by the triple threat of Impact in top, Jensen in mid, and Zachary Sneaky Scuderi -- Mr. Consistent himself -- in the bottom lane. His set-up plays and engages have won C9 many a fight this split, and his supportive, experienced nature embodies the type of player the club needs prowling the jungle.Looking over to C9s opponent, Team Envy, there isnt nearly as much of a case for optimism. The team started out of the gate strong and appeared to be a shoo-in for a postseason slot, but a disastrous second half of the split left NV falling face first into the playoffs. The club changed team houses during the course of the season and had difficulties transitioning. Yet, when its postseason life was on the line versus last-place Echo Fox in the last game of the season, the navy-clad team was able to pull through.For NV to pull off one of the biggest upsets in NA LCS playoff history, itll need to find the form that brought them so much success in the early days of summer. The key player, per usual, for Envy will be Shin Seraph Woo-yeong in the top lane. Almost every team has at least one player that brings the entire team together, and for Envy that player is Seraph. When NV got off to a blistering start at the beginning of the split, it was thanks to the stellar play of the teams ace in the top lane. Seraph was believed to be one of the frontrunners for the MVP award in the first month of the season before his and Envys collapse back into the middle of the pack.Impact, who Seraph told ESPN.com was the player he looked up to most when he was developing as a professional, will be the one standing between Seraph and a flight to Canada. The rest of the team needs to wake up as well, but Seraph, above everyone else, needs to find the forward-thinking play that helped him lead Renegades renaissance at the end of last season and NVs bold beginning this past season.Prediction: Its hard to look at Team Envy in the second half of the split and think it can make the top four of the league. It possesses good players, yet, when compared to C9, the lineups seem like a mismatch in almost every position. While I think NV is an organization with a lot of potential to grow over the next few yearss, Cloud9 is at the point where its already full grown. Frank Nesser Jersey Store. . C9 isnt just looking to settle for the third-place game in Toronto; rather, the boys in bright blue want another crack at the domestic title.Cloud9 3 - 1 Team EnvyQuarterfinal #2: Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team LiquidLast season, the semifinal matchup between Counter Logic Gaming (fourth seed) and Team Liquid (fifth seed) resulted in one of the greatest best-of-fives the LCS has ever witnessed. In the end, it was the defending champion, CLG, who found its path paved to a second straight finals. For Liquid, it was simply another split where regular-season expectations came crashing down. CLG went on to win its second championship in a row, and Liquid finished fourth for the umpteeth time by getting knocked around by Immortals 3-0 in the third-place series.After the first few weeks of the summer season, it felt like the roles were reversed for the teams. CLG was out of a playoff spot, and Team Liquid, having reinstated ace jungler Joshua Dardoch Hartnett, was rising up the rankings at a steady pace, believing it could challenge either Immortals or TSM for the top spot in the league. Yet, almost as though their destinies dictated it, CLG found its groove in the second half of the season and TL started to trail behind the rest of the top teams in the league. Eventually, TL settled into a fifth-place spot with an even record for the season.Team Liquid, fifth or not, wont be happy unless it makes Worlds this split. As the only remaining long-running North American team that has never qualified for the biggest tournament of the year, another missed opportunity would feel like a failure for a team that has always been on the cusp of greatness. It won its first regular-season title last year, but then fell in the postseason semifinals. In the spring split, the team was rounding into championship form with a confidence to back it up, and then, as mentioned previously, CLG ended its journey prematurely.Jovani Fabbbyyy Guillen is my highlighted player for TL in the quarterfinal duel. Liquid decided to swap its main rosters AD Chae Piglet Gwang-jin with Fabbbyyy from its minor league team. During the first few weeks it seemed like a brilliant swap for Liquid, with the main team communicating on a higher level and Fabbbyyy more willing to take on a background role; however, things havent been so smooth to end the season, and the new patch implemented in the playoffs will favor teams with stronger in-lane combatants. TL has been able to survive even with Fabbbyyy and support partner Matt Matt Elento getting held down early in games, but that wont be the case if it happens in the upcoming games against CLG.For the back-to-back winner of the league, Counter Logic feels at home being considered a longshot to win the championship. It wasnt expected to beat Team SoloMid at Madison Square Garden last summer in New York City, and then CLG swept them. CLG were underdogs once again to TSM last split in Las Vegas, and while SoloMid took two games that time around, it was CLG who ultimately raised the trophy.When it comes to leaders, CLGs Zaqueri Aphromoo Black is one of the best in the business. The veteran knows how to get it done in difficult situations, and he has two championships to back up his confidence. All season long, even when CLG was faltering near the bottom of the table, Aphromoo spoke confidently of his team as a whole and didnt fear missing the playoffs at any point. And here he is, again a top four seed in the playoffs, and only one match victory away from possibly facing TSM for the third straight postseason.Prediction: Like the matchup on Saturday, Sundays match is a contest between two teams on diverging roads, albeit less extreme. Liquid shouldnt be counted out by any means, but the team certainly comes in as an underdog against the reigning champion. Fabbbyyy will need to have the best professional games of his life to push Liquid into the semifinals. CLG will play like it has this past year once it found the most organizational success its ever had by far; its mantra: respect all, fear none, and believe youre going to win.CLG 3 - 2 Team Liquid ' ' '
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