A tough workload indeed for offlaner Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann and the guys at Mad Lads* as they attempt to qualify for a Valve-sponsored event - it would be their first after forming in the beginning of February.
A few days ago we reported that KheZu had complained about the invite list for the ESL One Birmingham EU closed qualifier and the fact that Evil Corporation, a more-or-less unknown team, had received an invite. Now he had to face them in the first round of the playoffs.
The series ended in a 2:0 win for Mad Lads, which means they will face The Final Tribe in the next round. If they win that, they will battle OG for a spot in the Final. It's certainly a long road for them to qualifiy for the main event!
Creeps end the game
There has already been one highlight, in the second game between Mad Lads and their opponents.
Evil Corporation were in a perfect position to win the game and force a third - all cores on the side of Mad Lads were dead and didn't have buyback. The high-ground push would have been the perfect ending for Evil Corporation, if it wasn't for creeps ruining their plan.
Completly focused on winning the teamfight and ending the game, they completly forgot about their defence - even though Brewmaster was close, he realized too late and the ceeps destroyed the Ancient. GGWP!
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