It's playoff time! Who will come out on top in the first edition of FLASHPOINT? We break it down.
It’s playoff time! Who will come out on top in the first edition of FLASHPOINT? We break it down.
The group stage of FLASHPOINT has come to its conclusion after almost a month of hard-fought battles. Eight teams are now set to duke it out in a best-of-three, double-elimination playoff bracket, with the winner taking home $500,000.
The teams have been seeded based on how many points they accumulated during the first two group stages, with MAD Lions and MIBR coming out on top.
These were the standings at the end of the two group stages:
With these standings, the playoff bracket will look as follows:
The FLASHPOINT playoffs will get underway Thursday, April 9 and will run through Sunday, April 19.
All stats are from the FLASHPOINT group stage.
MAD Lions have not skipped a beat since their loss to HAVU in the opener, winning six matches in a row to finish at the top of the standings. acoR and sjuush have been solid as usual, but it is Bubzkji who has looked the most impressive in their recent matches. MAD Lions will now face off against FunPlus Phoenix, a team that they dismantled with ease in their most recent outing.
Cloud9 have looked strong so far at FLASHPOINT. The likes of motm, floppy and oSee have been putting up great numbers for the team, and they have brushed aside some strong competition, including the former Heroic roster that later withdrew from FLASHPOINT. They are now set to take on domestic rivals Gen.G, a team that they have no previous history with. It is certainly a tough match, but they have proven that they should not be underestimated.
Much like MAD Lions, MIBR went on a tear after losing their opening match, winning six matches in a row. One of the teams that had the displeasure of being at the end of MIBR’s wrath was Gen.G, who are probably still licking their wounds after losing to MIBR three times in groups. The Brazilians are now set to take on Orgless, a team that they won against by a score of 2–0 the last time they met.
The Finnish team HAVU have surprised many with their performance so far at FLASHPOINT. They opened up with an upset against MAD Lions before taking care of an individually skilled c0ntact side. They were later bested by MAD Lions in the rematch, but they have been flawless since then, beating Copenhagen Flames, Envy and Cloud9 to finish on a 5–1 record. They will now face off against Chaos, a team that they have no prior history against. As long as the likes of ZOREE and sLowi show up, HAVU should have an excellent chance of advancing through to the upper bracket semi-finals.
Gen.G have had a rough go of things so far at FLASHPOINT. They were able to get the best of Dignitas in both of their meetings, but MIBR proved to be too much to handle on three different occasions. Domestic rivals Cloud9 will be up next for Gen.G, and while they have no prior history against Cloud9, it is very likely that they have practiced against them on multiple occasions. Gen.G may have more name value, but they will be facing off against a Cloud9 team that will be hungry to prove themselves, so I would expect a closely contested affair in this one.
Chaos had to say goodbye to smooya who was forced to leave the team after just a single match due to visa issues. This was a big loss to the team, but they were still able to make playoffs after bringing in the former Triumph AWPer Voltage. They will have an uphill battle in their first match against a HAVU side that has looked very solid, and they will need steel to command his troops to outmost perfection if they are to cause an upset here.
With the exception of a walkover victory against FunPlus Phoenix, Orgless managed to get just a single win throughout both stages of FLASHPOINT. They came painfully close to beating both Dignitas and Cloud9, and they actually have a pretty solid map record as a result. I would actually not be surprised to see this team cause an upset at some point in the playoffs.
I like MAD Lions and HAVU’s chances of advancement here, and if I would have to pick an outright it would be MAD Lions at this point. MIBR have been incredible, but I could actually see them slip up a bit and drop a map against Orgless.