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The Quest and INTZ qualify for DreamHack Open Atlanta
Both squads surprised by taking down EPL squads on their way to Atlanta.
Written by: Mnmzzz    October 13th 2019 7:23 pm    #DreamHack #DreamHackOpenAtlanta #INTZ #BensAnimeTeam #TheQuest #RiotSquad #ATK #Sharks #eUnited #Complexity   

Grim and The Quest are set to make their first LAN appearance

The Quest have defeated Riot Squad while INTZ have taken down Ben's Anime Team to secure a spot at DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019, which is set to run from November 15th - 17th. 

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The first quarterfinals match to come to a close saw ATK take on Riot Squad. Starting on Riot Squad's map pick of Nuke, Riot Squad won the first three rounds in a row on their T-side before ATK secured three of the next five to close the gap. The remaining seven rounds were split nearly evenly, with Riot Squad ending the half one round up.

In the second half, ATK claimed their T-side pistol and the next two rounds however their chances of claiming Riot Squad's map pick were quickly dashed as Riot Squad won the next eight rounds in a row to secure the map 16-10.

Moving onto Overpass, Riot Squad kept the pressure up as they crushed ATK to secure a dominant 12-3 CT-side. Following this, ATK attempted to get back in the game, winning the next four rounds in a row before Riot Squad closed out the map 16-7.

DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019 Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
ATK
0 - 2
Riot Squad
de_nuke 10 - 16 de_nuke
de_overpass 7 - 16 de_overpass
de_inferno de_inferno

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The second quarterfinals match also proved to be a relatively one-sided affair as Ben's Anime Team took down Sharks on Inferno and Nuke. On Inferno, Josh "steel" Nissan and co. dominated on their T-side taking the half 11-4 before putting up a perfect CT-side to take the map 16-4.

On Nuke, Ben's Anime Team continued to overpower Sharks, winning the first three rounds in a row on their CT-side before taking the half 12-3. After switching sides, Sharks started off by claiming three rounds in a row on their CT-side however Ben's Anime Team rapidly outpaced them to take the map 16-9.

DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019 Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
Sharks
0 - 2
Ben's Anime Team
de_inferno 4 - 16 de_inferno
de_nuke 9 - 16 de_nuke
de_train de_train

The third quarterfinals series to conclude was hotly contested, with The Quest managing to narrowly take down Complexity 2-0.

Starting on Overpass, Benjamin "blameF" Bremer and co. looked like they were set to quickly dispatch The Quest as they won nine out of the first ten rounds in a row on their CT-side. However, The Quest managed to keep things competitive going into the second half as they won the next five rounds in a row.

On their CT-side, The Quest managed to tie things up winning the first three rounds in a row before Complexity climbed up to 13 rounds by winning four of the next five. With their backs against the wall, The Quest continued their upset as they nullified Complexity's T-side to take the map 16-14.

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After moving on to Mirage, The Quest kept the pressure up as won the first seven rounds in a row on their CT-side before winning the half 10-5. After switching sides, Complexity managed to rebound, outpacing The Quest to tie the map up 14-14. Following this, The Quest managed to complete their colossal effort and take the map 16-14.

DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019 Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
Complexity
0 - 2
The Quest
de_overpass 14 - 16 de_overpass
de_mirage 14 - 16 de_mirage
de_nuke de_nuke

The final quarterfinals series went the distance as INTZ managed to claim a close 2-1 win against eUnited.

Starting on Mirage, the opening half was incredibly close as eUnited narrowly claimed the half 8-7. After switching sides, the map slowly began to slip away from eUnited as INTZ managed to outpace eUnited and take the map 16-13.

Compared to Mirage, Overpass was a largely one-sided affair as after eUnited narrowly won their T-side 8-7, they pulled off a nearly perfect CT-side to take the map 16-8.

With the series tied up, eUnited burst onto Dust2 taking eight out the first eleven rounds. However, INTZ finally managed to string together a run of rounds to narrow the round deficit to a single round. On their T-side eUnited stumbled as after a long series they only managed to win three more rounds before INTZ won Dust2 16-11. 

DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019 Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
eUnited
1 - 2
INTZ
de_mirage 13 - 16 de_mirage
de_overpass 16 - 8 de_overpass
de_dust2 11 - 16 de_dust2

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In the semifinals, MDL sides Riot Squad and The Quest faced off on Dust2 and Vertigo. Starting on Dust2, the opening half was hotly contested with The Quest narrowly managing to take the half up by a single round.

After switching to their T-side, Michael "Grim" Wince and co. looked in control for the majority of the half outside of a late game scare, taking the map 16-13. 

Moving onto Vertigo, The Quest pulled off an impressive T-side winning the half 10-5, confounding Riot Squad's efforts to get back in the series. After switching sides, Riot Squad stitched together a few more rounds before The Quest booked their ticket to Atlanta with a 16-10 win.

DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019 Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
Riot Squad
0 - 2
The Quest
de_dust2 13 - 16 de_dust2
de_vertigo 10 - 16 de_vertigo
de_mirage de_mirage

The final series of the night saw INTZ take on Ben's Anime team. 

Nuke ended up being the only map of the Closed Qualifier to go into overtime as after Ben's Anime Team won their T-side 10-5, INTZ quickly returned the favor as they started the half off by winning ten out of the first eleven rounds on their T-side.

In overtime, Ben's Anime Team stumbled allowing INTZ to pass them up and take the map 19-17.

After an incredibly close game on Nuke, Ben's Anime Team seemingly ran out of steam on Mirage, with INTZ winning their T-side 10-5 before putting up a perfect CT-side to claim the map 16-5.

DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019 Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
Ben's Anime Team
0 - 2
INTZ
de_nuke 17 - 19 de_nuke
de_mirage 5 - 16 de_mirage
de_train de_train

With the Closed Qualifier wrapped up, two of the eight teams for the event have been confirmed, with the remaining six invites to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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#1 verizon
2019-10-13 20:58
GOD MCE
#2 DiSCO
2019-10-14 21:24
riot squad really has to win those
#4 ird
2019-10-15 11:55
idk I think Riot Squad would do more at Atlanta than Quest. Will root for them though. Wherever mCe goes, I am a fan
#3 006_tv
2019-10-15 11:30
Ben's Anime Team :(
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