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BetBoom, Victory Zigzag, M80 Lock In IEM Sydney CQ Spots

BetBoom and Victory Zigzag, who had previously defeated Into the Breach and Sprout, respectively, in the semi-finals of the first European open qualifier for IEM Sydney, are now in the closed qualification.

After being unveiled at the end of July, the newly assembled BetBoom roster debuted in the open qualification. After making it through the first day of competition, the Russian team faced ECLOT in the round of 16. The Russian team easily defeated the majority Czech team, 16-3. The following match was against 500, and the side captained by Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov had a far more difficult time, only narrowly prevailing 16-14 on Mirage.

BetBoom, Victory Zigzag, M80 Lock In IEM Sydney CQ Spots

The qualifying tournament’s dark horse, Victory Zigzag, surprised everyone by finishing in second place. Dmitriy “propleh” Senigov, Dominik “GruBy” Swiderski, and Nicolaj “mupzG” Djurhus are the most recognizable players on the roster, but the team also has IGL Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov and former North player “mertz.” The European-mixed squad advanced past the 9 Pandas in the round of 16, setting up a showdown with BIG, whom they eventually defeated 16-14 on Ancient.

Their last opponent was Sprout, whose 18-year-old Ihor “w0nderful” Zhdanov averaged a 1.53 rating across all five maps of the qualification. Despite the Ukrainians best efforts, Victory Zigzag prevailed in a three-map match against Sprout and secured a ticket for themselves in the IEM Sydney closed qualifier.

Mario "malbsMd" Samayoa, player for M80

Now on the other side of the world, M80 have qualified for the closed stage of the IEM Sydney North America qualifier by winning the first open bracket. They did so by beating Evil Geniuses 2-1 in the finals. Mario “malbsMd” Samayoa shined for the recently-formed squad as they triumphed in the first open qualifier.

After making it to the round of sixteen in the open qualification, malbsMd’s team rode the success of their star player. The series versus Evil Geniuses was a best-of-three for a slot in the closed qualifier, and it went the distance after the team won the best-of-one over Bad News Bears, Rocket, and Detonate.

On August 11-12, during the second open bracket, EG and the other ousted teams will get another shot at securing the final spot in the closed qualification.

Notable teams like Into the Breach, BIG, and Falcons, together with Spirit and FURIA, are among the most well-known names that did not make the cut. Since the Brazilian squad had a rough start to the season, failing to qualify is a particularly crushing disappointment.

They were knocked out of the Thunderpick World Championship 2023 Europe Series 1 by 500 and the IEM Cologne Play-Ins by Monte and TheMongolz. With a 16-14 victory on Vertigo, Sprout were the ones to finally eliminate Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and his team. FURIA, along with the other teams that didn’t make it this time, will get another shot at qualifying for the next round.

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