motm powered his team to a win in the semifinals, topping the board with 134 ADR
The final MSI MGA qualifier has concluded with ATK and Rugratz securing the last two slots in the closed qualifier. A total of 50 teams participated in the last qualifier, with the second iteration fielding 47 teams and the first featuring 57.
Featuring a modified lineup with the addition of Ian "motm" Hardy, ATK had a flawless run through the bracket, denying any of their opponents double-digit rounds on their road to a spot in the top two. Final Feature met them in the semifinals, but found themselves unable to break through ATK's defense on Dust2 as the majority-South African side secured a 16-2 victory. Notably, ATK worked their way through opposing seeds in perfect order, first defeating the 32nd seeded team before going on to notch wins over seeds 16, 8, and 4.
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On the opposite side of the bracket, second seed Bushido Boyz were not so lucky, initially notching wins over Cursed Ascension and Tiny Meat Gang to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. There, they met Alexander "zander" Diaz's Rugratz, who had been given a deceivingly low seed at 26, allowing them easy wins in their two opening matchups before they dispatched of Bushido Boyz 16-5 on Nuke to secure a spot in the semifinals.
Their opponents were none other than The Quest, featuring Matthew "mCe" Elmore as a stand-in for Gabe "Spongey" Greiner. The team had worked their way through the bracket by notching an early 16-2 victory over Good Game PR before defeating Man I Love Fragging 16-4. mCe and company's first true contention came in their quarterfinal matchup against Variance, with the team fighting back from a 6-9 opening half to edge out the victory 16-13.
The semifinal between Rugratz and The Quest proved to be nowhere near as close, with zander's side managing eight rounds on the T-side on Overpass before giving up just a single round following the side swap for a 16-8 victory. zander topped the board for his side with 23 frags, although a trio of his teammates in Joshua "Hunter" Madore, Erik "bul" Penny, and Paytyn "Junior" Johnson were not far behind with 19 to each of their names.
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The complete team list for the MSI MGA closed qualifier is:
|Riot Squad||New Identity|
The MSI MGA closed qualifier will play out in a single-elimination best-of-three bracket on August 10th, with the champion earning a spot at the $60,000 Grand Finals at the Barclays Center during ESL One New York on September 29th.