Extra Salt and forZe earned victories Wednesday to advance to the upper bracket final of the Funspark ULTI 2020 event.
The teams will face off Saturday, with the winner earning a 1-0 lead in Monday’s grand final.
Extra Salt swept Dignitas and forZe needed three maps to outlast Complexity Gaming. Dignitas and Complexity drop down to Round 2 of the lower bracket on Friday.
The Funspark $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive playoffs are double-elimination and all matches are best-of-three, except for the best-of-five grand final on Monday. The winner takes home $150,000 and the top two teams earn seeds into Funspark ULTI 2021.
Extra Salt cruised past Dignitas in Wednesday’s semifinals with a 16-9 win on Vertigo and 16-10 on Train. Every Extra Salt player registered on the plus side in the kills-to-deaths differential with American Josh “oSee” Ohm leading the way with 43 kills and a plus-15.
Norway’s Hakon “hallzerk” Fjaerli led Dignitas with 37 kills.
forZe opened with a 16-10 victory on Inferno but Complexity countered by taking Mirage, 16-9. forZe trailed Complexity 12-5 on the final map, Dust2, before rattling off 10 straight rounds to take a 15-12 lead. Complexity took the next two rounds before forZe clinched the map and the match, 16-14.
Aleksandr “KENSI” Gurkin led the all-Russian side with 63 kills, and he and Aleksandr “zorte” Zagodyrenko both led forZe with a plus-10 K-D differential. Denmark’s Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke led all players with 74 kills and a plus-17 for Complexity.
Action continues Thursday with two Round 1 lower bracket games:
Virtus.pro vs. HAVU Gaming
BIG vs. Evil Geniuses
–Field Level Media