Fnatic and MAD Lions won their opening matches Wednesday in Group A of the $1 million Flashpoint Season 2 event.
Fnatic defeated c0ntact Gaming 2-1 and MAD Lions swept Dignitas. The winners will square off in the group’s upper-bracket final on Saturday, the same day the losers meet in the lower bracket.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event features 12 teams divided into three groups for opening-round, double-elimination play. The top two teams in each group will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs. The three third-place teams and the fourth-place team with the best record will enter a “last-chance” stage: two standalone matches from which the winners will earn playoff berths.
All matches are best-of-three, including the final on Dec. 6. The championship team will receive $500,000 and 3,000 BLAST Premier points.
Fnatic sandwiched a 16-10 win on Mirage and a clinching 16-8 win on Overpass around a 16-9 loss on Train. Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson led the all-Swedish Fnatic lineup with 62 kills and a plus-20 kill-death differential. Finland’s Otto “ottoNd” Sihvo had a team-high 55 kills and a minus-2 differential for c0ntact.
MAD Lions had less trouble with Dignitas, winning 16-6 on Overpass and 16-10 on Nuke. The all-Danish MAD Lions lineup got 42 kills and a team-leading plus-16 K-D differential from Rasmus “sjuush” Beck. Norway’s Hakon “hallzerk” Fjaerli had 36 kills and a plus-2 differential for Dignitas.
Group C play starts Thursday with Cloud9 facing Virtus.pro and OG clashing with Gen.G Esports.
Flashpoint Season 2 prize pool, with money and BLAST Premier points
1. $500,000, 3,000 points
2. $250,000, 1,500 points
3. $100,000, 1,125 points
4. $50,000, 750 points
5-6. $35,000, 375 points
7-8. $15,000, 188 points
9. no money, no points
10. no money, no points
11. no money, no points
12. no money, no points
–Field Level Media