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Extra Salt and ChocoCheck advance to VENN Invitational playoffs
If you don't know who ChocoCheck are, they're just ex-Rebirth with a new name.
Written by: theroadtodrwaldo    March 27th 2021 12:07 pm    #VENNInvitational #ExtraSalt #HighCoast #ChocoCheck #Levitate #paiN #Triumph #RBG #Recon5 #JT #oSee #hate #motm #XotiC #Swahn #FaNg #PwnAlone #RCF #cxzi  

Group A has finished with Extra Salt and ChocoCheck (ex-Rebirth) advancing to Sunday's VENN Invitational playoff round. Group B will feature paiN, Triumph, RBG, and Recon 5 competing to determine who will join them in the playoff bracket.

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Extra Salt got off to a strong start on Nuke and secured a 12-3 lead on CT-side. They extended the lead to 15-3, but Levitate fended off three match points before eventually falling to Johnny "JT" Theodosiou and his troops. Josh "oSee" Ohm topped the lobby with 22 kills while Nicholas "hate" Young notched 17 eliminations as Levitate crashed back to earth.

VENN Invitational Spring 2021 - BLAST Premier Qualifier
Best of one map
Extra Salt
16 - 6
Levitate
de_nuke 16 - 6 de_nuke

The other opening match was considerably closer, but Ian "motm" Hardy outshone the rest of the server. The High Coast trialist finished Dust2 with 34 kills as High Coast rallied from an 11-13 deficit to win five straight and earn a spot in the Group A winner's match. Zack "XotiC" Elshani led ChocoCheck with 26 kills in the loss.

VENN Invitational Spring 2021 - BLAST Premier Qualifier
Best of one map
High Coast
16 - 13
ChocoCheck
de_dust2 16 - 13 de_dust2

ChocoCheck kicked things up a notch once they were backed into a corner. Levitate jumped out to a 9-6 halftime lead on Mirage, but ChocoCheck doubled down on defense and allowed Levitate just two rounds on their T-side. XotiC led the way again with 26 kills, while Christopher "Swahn" Swahn's 25 eliminations weren't enough to prolong Levitate's life in the event. 

VENN Invitational Spring 2021 - BLAST Premier Qualifier
Best of one map
Levitate
11 - 16
ChocoCheck
de_mirage 11 - 16 de_mirage

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With a playoff spot for the taking Extra Salt made it very clear that they had no intention of giving High Coast a chance on Nuke. They jumped out to a 12-3 lead on their CT-side and quickly proceeded to the top spot in the group, led by Justin "FaNg" Coakley's 23 kills. Josh "PwnAlone" Pigue and Rodrigo "RCF" Figueiredo each had 13 eliminations for High Coast in the loss as they dropped to face ChocoCheck for the runner-up spot.

VENN Invitational Spring 2021 - BLAST Premier Qualifier
Best of one map
Extra Salt
16 - 5
High Coast
de_nuke 16 - 5 de_nuke

The final match of Group A between High Coast and ChocoCheck featured the same map and the same scoreline but the opposite result. This time it was Danny "cxzi" Strzelczyk who was a cut above the rest with 27 frags as ChocoCheck won seven of the last eight rounds to deny High Coast a playoff berth. motm and RCF finished with 22 kills apiece in the loss for High Coast.

VENN Invitational Spring 2021 - BLAST Premier Qualifier
Best of one map
High Coast
13 - 16
ChocoCheck
de_dust2 13 - 16 de_dust2

With Group B still to play, here's who awaits them in the playoff bracket:

nam Extra Salt vs. world Group B 2nd Place
us Chococheck vs. world Group B 1st Place

Group B begins today at 3PM EST with paiN pitted against Recon 5.

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