Singularity and Riot Squad charge ahead in WINNERS League playoffs; eUnited handed Mythical upset

The majority of the favorites advanced without much trouble in the first round.

The entirety of the WINNERS League Season 3 playoffs round of sixteen has concluded, with most of the league's favorite teams advancing into the quarterfinals, which kicked off earlier tonight. 

Before playoffs even began, Station7 were granted a massive boon as the team were invited to playoffs despite forfeiting the regular season. The team's good luck kept rolling when Cloud9 pulled out of playoff contention to sort out their visa situations for DreamHack Open Leipzig and IEM Katowice.

Continuing on into the first match of playoffs, Swole Patrol surprisingly struggled as they faced off against recent MDL promotees ex-iNTACT. With Matthew "WARDELL" Yu and Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik as stand-ins, Swole Patrol were unable to close out a 9-6 lead on Inferno as they were overwhelmed in the second half, seeing ex-iNTACT securing a 16-12 win on their map pick.

Moving onto Dust2, Swole Patrol were dominated on their CT-side, allowing ex-iNTACT to end the half up 10-5. After switching sides, Swole Patrol finally found their footing, battering iNTACT to secure a narrow 16-13 scoreline to move onto Mirage.

With the series tied up, ex-iNTACT once again managed to put Swole Patrol through their paces, forcing the map into overtime. There, Swole Patrol finally managed to put ex-iNTACT behind them and secure the series, winning Mirage 19-16.

Swole Patrol
2 - 1
ex-iNTACT
All maps
Swole Patrol K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu 86 - 52 +34 88.8 78.3% 1.41
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik 82 - 59 +23 91.9 73.9% 1.34
United States Jason 'neptune' Tran 65 - 62 +3 78.2 71.7% 1.10
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce 59 - 57 +2 72.1 73.9% 1.05
United States Jake 'kaboose' McDonald 54 - 63 -9 69.1 70.7% 0.98
ex-iNTACT K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Riley 'Reality' Fusch 64 - 63 +1 77.9 65.2% 1.06
United States Carson 'nosraC' O'Reilly 64 - 78 -14 82.5 65.2% 1.05
United States Caleb 'jchancE' Davis 65 - 73 -8 71.1 57.6% 0.89
United States Austin 'AAustiN' Urb 51 - 66 -15 65.9 63.0% 0.87
United States Alexander 'retrQ' Kadan 47 - 66 -19 59.3 60.9% 0.77

The next three playoff series were far more straightforward, with a Singularity mix featuring Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan and Kaleb "moose" Jayne finding a quick 2-0 win over the recently reunited Rap Gang on Train and Inferno. 

Singularity
2 - 0
Rap Gang
All maps
Singularity K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan 48 - 27 +21 95.6 76.5% 1.50
United States Michael 'dapr' Gulino 39 - 33 +6 96.0 80.4% 1.36
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jayne 41 - 27 +14 85.3 76.5% 1.31
United States Skyler 'Relyks' Weaver 34 - 33 +1 68.4 74.5% 1.01
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims 30 - 30 +0 66.0 74.5% 0.98
Rap Gang K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach 40 - 38 +2 88.9 62.7% 1.07
United States Brendan 'Bwills' Williams 36 - 37 -1 81.8 60.8% 1.02
United States Jeff 'RZU' Ngo 31 - 40 -9 63.4 52.9% 0.74
Canada Justin 'FaNg' Coakley 22 - 40 -18 59.5 62.7% 0.74
United States Josh 'shinobi' Abastado 21 - 38 -17 42.9 60.8% 0.66

Chaos also secured a 2-0 win over New England Whalers, although the latter team had a decent showing, securing double digits on Inferno and Dust2.

Chaos
2 - 0
New England Whalers
All maps
Chaos K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield 44 - 31 +13 79.3 70.9% 1.26
Maxim 'wippie' Shepelev 44 - 30 +14 86.7 72.7% 1.25
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan 39 - 37 +2 81.5 76.4% 1.13
United States Cameron 'cam' Kern 35 - 29 +6 62.2 78.2% 1.13
United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith 30 - 36 -6 63.0 67.3% 0.94
New England Whalers K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Canada Marc-Andre 'NiSMO' Tayar 39 - 38 +1 81.9 72.7% 1.07
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal 37 - 39 -2 66.5 65.5% 1.02
United States Brandon 'bew' Roberts 38 - 39 -1 63.9 67.3% 0.96
United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue 30 - 34 -4 59.9 69.1% 0.89
United States Lucas 'Fiziq' Blow 19 - 42 -23 63.7 52.7% 0.68

Triumph took down Advanced team 7Sins without much trouble, only letting 7Sins get to double digits on Overpass.

Triumph
2 - 0
7Sins
All maps
Triumph K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince 52 - 34 +18 100.8 73.6% 1.44
United States Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner 46 - 34 +12 96.3 71.7% 1.34
United States Logan 'Voltage' Long 39 - 29 +10 70.9 86.8% 1.24
United States Ryan 'Snakes' Amann 39 - 30 +9 72.4 73.6% 1.15
United States Jack 'xCeeD' Holiman 28 - 28 +0 67.0 75.5% 1.08
7Sins K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Jake 'eptima' Allen 37 - 39 -2 82.0 60.4% 1.10
United States Hunter 'florgy' Coulson 39 - 41 -2 71.2 56.6% 0.93
United States Eric 'Kwong' Kwong 26 - 42 -16 59.7 60.4% 0.74
United States Simon 'Jxwk' Valentin 26 - 40 -14 52.5 50.9% 0.68
United States Ernie 'amen' Yokley 26 - 43 -17 55.6 50.9% 0.65

INTZ battered Divine in the most one-sided series of the night, although it is worth mentioning Malick "dangle" Abid was standing in for Rahul "curry" Nemani.

Divine
0 - 2
INTZ
All maps
Divine K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Brenden 'stellar' McGrath 23 - 38 -15 67.8 58.5% 0.70
United States Chris 'riku' Piasecki 20 - 36 -16 68.9 51.2% 0.68
United States Robert 'robby' Brown 20 - 30 -10 60.7 43.9% 0.66
United States Malick 'dangle' Abid 22 - 36 -14 58.0 48.8% 0.64
United States Brady 'thief' Dever 17 - 37 -20 43.5 48.8% 0.49
INTZ K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes 49 - 18 +31 121.6 95.1% 1.86
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizi 35 - 21 +14 90.3 70.7% 1.43
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass 33 - 20 +13 88.2 78.0% 1.35
Brazil Bruno 'shz' Martinelli 29 - 21 +8 74.4 82.9% 1.26
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittel 31 - 23 +8 74.4 73.2% 1.21

The next series ended up being a massive upset, with a Mythic mixteam managing to take down eUnited over the course of a three-map series on Mirage, Inferno, and Dust2.

Sfter eUnited started their Mirage T-side up 7-1, the EPL team stumbled as Mythic rallied, winning the next seven rounds to narrowly take the half 8-7. After switching sides, Mythic pushed their advantage, climbing up to a 13-7 lead thanks to a strong performance from Erik "fl0m" Flom. The next five rounds went the way of eUnited as stand-in Gage "Infinite" Green led a rally of his own, however Mythic found map point immediately afterwards. eUnited looked destined to force overtime as they won the next two rounds, however Mythic managed to claim eUnited's map pick 16-14 in the final round.

eUnited got revenge on Mythic's map pick of Inferno as they destroyed the stream team, taking the map 16-4, with Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado finishing with a 2.28 rating.

eUnited
1 - 2
Mythic
All maps
eUnited K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Gage 'Infinite' Green 60 - 46 +14 82.5 78.5% 1.29
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado 68 - 56 +12 97.2 74.7% 1.28
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir 57 - 52 +5 81.3 75.9% 1.13
United States Austin 'Cooper' Abadir 59 - 50 +9 77.4 65.8% 1.13
United States Victor 'food' Wong 49 - 47 +2 63.4 74.7% 1.05
Mythic K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Erik 'fl0m' Flom 55 - 54 +1 79.0 69.6% 1.12
United States Kaitlin 'Keiti' Boop 61 - 63 -2 80.1 63.3% 1.04
United States Donovan 'zNf' Froid 50 - 54 -4 73.0 65.8% 0.98
United States Adam 'Polen' Polen 46 - 61 -15 63.8 69.6% 0.82
United States Corbin 'C0M' Lee 39 - 62 -23 58.5 60.8% 0.75

With the series tied up, Mythic repeated their Mirage heroics by disrupting eUnited's 7-1 lead before winning the half 8-7. After switching sides, Mythic completely overpowered eUnited, never allowing the team to retake the lead as they outpaced them to a 16-13 upset win, securing the series and advancing into the quarterfinals.

The final series of the round of sixteen ended up being a far more one-sided affair than expected as Riot Squad crushed Rugratz with two quick wins on Nuke and Dust2.

Rugratz
0 - 2
Riot Squad
All maps
Rugratz K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Nathan 'leaf' Orf 46 - 39 +7 95.6 70.6% 1.18
Canada Erik 'penny' Penny 36 - 40 -4 76.2 70.6% 1.00
United States Joshua 'Hunter' Madore 24 - 35 -11 59.0 68.6% 0.85
Canada Marian 'tyfoon' Lesnic 24 - 40 -16 57.2 58.8% 0.69
United States Alexander 'zander' Diaz 27 - 40 -13 54.2 47.1% 0.69
Riot Squad K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney 55 - 23 +32 94.5 88.2% 1.71
Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey 35 - 40 -5 95.5 72.5% 1.16
United States Austin 'crashies' Roberts 35 - 31 +4 70.2 72.5% 1.12
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semago 33 - 29 +4 74.8 74.5% 1.11
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta 36 - 34 +2 68.3 66.7% 1.04

The quarterfinals have already gotten underway tonight, with the matchups looking as follows:

Matchup Date Time
United States Mythic vs. United States Riot Squad Jan. 16th 7 PM EST
United States Station7 vs. United States Swole Patrol  Jan. 16th    10PM EST
United States Triumph vs. Brazil INTZ Jan. 18th 6PM EST
United States Singularity vs. United States Chaos Jan. 20th  10PM EST

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