Double Poney pulled off an upset Monday as Flashpoint Season 3 got underway.
The final team to earn a spot in the event from a closed qualifier, Double Poney produced a 2-0 sweep of Team Vitality, who made the field automatically as the first-place team in the European Regional Major Rankings (RMR).
Double Poney in-game leader Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro tweeted (translated from French to English), “what are we doing ???? GG @TeamVitality!”
In the day’s other match, Astralis swept OG 2-0.
Double Poney and Astralis will square off in the upper-bracket second round on May 19. Team Vitality and OG will meet in the lower-bracket first round on Saturday.
The $50,000 double-elimination event runs through May 30. All matches are best-of-three. The champion will receive $17,000 and 1,600 European Regional Major Rankings, with the runner-up getting $10,000 and 1,500 points.
On Monday in a first-round matchup of all-French squads, Double Poney beat Team Vitality 16-5 on Nuke, 16-7 on Inferno.
Thomas “Djoko” Pavoni led Double Poney with 40 kills and a plus-18 kill-death differential. Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut topped Vitality with 32 kills and an even K-D differential.
Astralis blew a 10-4 lead over OG on Inferno but eventually prevailed 22-19 in double overtime. Astralis again started quickly on the second map, Nuke, leading 8-1 before ultimately winning 16-11.
Denmark’s Andreas “Xyp9x” Hojsleth paced Astralis with 56 kills and a plus-16 K-D differential. Israel’s Shahar “flameZ” Shushan wound up with 61 kills and a plus-13 K-D differential for OG.
First-round play continues Tuesday with two matches:
–BIG vs. Complexity Gaming
–Fnatic vs. mousesports
Flashpoint Season 3 prize pool and European Regional Major Rankings points
1. $17,000, 1,600 points
2. $10,000, 1,500 points
3. $7,000, 1,400 points
4. $5,000, 1,300 points
5. $4,000, 1,200 points
6. $3,000, 1,100 points
7. $2,000, 1,000 points
8. $2,000, 900 points
9. no money, 800 points
10. no money, 700 points
11. no money, 600 points
12. no money, 500 points
13-16. no money, 250 points
–Field Level Media