All the teams will go through a round robin group stage which is scheduled to start today and run up to March 15. First day of action saw teams battle it out in their respective groups aiming to get one of the two coveted slots to move on to the next stage of the tournament.
Activity in Group A seemed to lack compared to the other groups today as we saw InsidiousIdol forfeiting all of their games as well as a postponement to the next week for the Execration vs [A]G match-up. After day 1, Titan managed to come back after losing the first game, beating Execration 2-1 earning them the top spot in the group so far.
MiTH.Trust scraped through a victory against First Departure 2-1 to get the top spot in the group. FD however played with 2 stand-ins in the first 2 games. Revival squeaks by Spirit Gaming 2-1 to capture 3rd place.
Groups C and D which are featuring 5 teams will see 3 teams from each group leaving after the group stages are done. RRQ were starting strong going undefeated against iDeal and GameTV thus earning the top spot. Orange outclasses GameTV 2-0 but then goes on to lose a match against Scythe.SG 2-0. Both Orange and Scythe.SG are tied for second place after the first day.
The day was capped off with Arrow coming back from a first game loss and a marginal deficit in the 3rd game to beat Mineski 2-1. With the win, Arrow secured first place in the group with Mineski following closely. Everlast goes through Vie.Genius from Vietnam en route to 3rd place in the group.
As the group stages conclude, the top two teams in each group will move on to compete in a single elimination playoff on March 22. The final matches will be played out at March 29, where the winner will take home 2,000 of the 7,200 pricepool.
Price money distribution
1st - USD 2,000
2nd - USD 1,000
3rd - USD 500