Heading into day two of the FNCS Group Stage, a couple of teams had basically clinched a spot in the grand finals, but most slots were completely up in the air. A number of top teams needed really good days to make it; let’s see how they did.
Heat 1 started off with a banger of a win for Maestro, Styler and M10 Ensaar, who racked up 16 eliminations to put themselves in a good position to qualify. Unfortunately, they could not hold on, and fell to ninth by one point at the end of the 12 games.
The day could’ve started a lot better for the trio of FaZe Mongrааl, Liquid mitr0 and e11 tayson, as Mongraal and Tayson got super unlucky with a car explosion that broke their builds and left them exposed. Mitr0 continued on but was unable to get past 14th place.
They followed up with a better game two, finishing in seventh with seven eliminations, but it was VoiddFN, MonsterMuncher77 and SF Pnkayy who took the victory royale with 10 eliminations. They beat out two trios with double-digit elims, including Heat 1 leaders Flikk, BL Anas and Gamma Th0masHD in third place with 12 elims.
NRG benjуfishу, 100T MrSavage and Atlantis LxTsHe found themselves in a bad spot with back-to-back finishes outside the top-20 trios in the first two games. However, a much-needed 14-point game three put them back inside the top eight with three games left. They clutched up in the final three games with 12th-, 3rd- and 18th-place finishes to take fifth in the heat.
The top of the Heat 1 standings got much closer after game three where Wave Vadeal, OVA Fastroki лол and centric kylie collected an 11-elimination win to get within three points of Flikk, BL Anas and Gamma Th0masHD.
Game four was the cherry on top for FaZe Mongrааl, Liquid mitr0 and e11 tayson. After taking high ground in the final circle, they were also able to find 11 elims in a first-place finish that put a 50-point gap between them and fifth place.
Flikk, BL Anas and Gamma Th0masHD took game five with seven eliminations, and Vetle 7, IDrop 7, Playwell Styrsix took the final game with six elims.
Three of the top four teams in Heat 1 won two games over the two days. Vetle 7, IDrop 7, Playwell Styrsix finished in third with only one victory royale and only playing 11 of the 12 games after missing one on Thursday.
With the pressure off for Mongraal in game six, he decided to get really aggressive and have some fun. He almost came up with an insane clip here but got distracted after the second kill. Unfortunately, this plan didn’t work for the team as a whole, and they finished in 13th.
After leading the heat after day one, the trio of Solarу Floki, Rams Clement and Rams naekoz continued its dominating start, finishing in the top five in the first three games Friday. This run included one victory royale and 33 total eliminations to take a commanding lead over the rest of Heat 2.
Tyranny continued in the final game as they picked up their third win in 12 games with 13 elims and locked in the highest point total of any EU trio.
There was a similar story in Heat 3 with MCES and1zr, Wave JannisZ and MCES duckontop entering the day and leaving the day in first place. The trio finished in the top five in four games Friday with an average of 11.5 elims in those games.
However, the bigger story out of Heat 3 was BL Hеn, GO Decyptos and NaVi Putrick, who placed second in the heat after taking two victory royales, a second place and 38 elims in their final three games.
The final heat was much tighter than the other three, with the top-10 trios separated by just 48 points heading into the final two games. Snaggedemon, Massello Heatzy and wave steeli beat out Safik, VP Siberiajkee and iRezUmi by just three points thanks to a fourth-place final game.
First and eighth place in Heat 4 were separated by just 39 points, by far the lowest differential in any of the heats.
Saturday will start with a wild-card match: the 9th-16th ranked trios in each heat will play in one game before the grand finals start. The winner, via victory royale, will be the last team to compete for the grand prize of $111,000 on Saturday and Sunday.
It was a fairly obvious bet that LG Jamper, bugha, and C9 Avery would cement themselves in first place for the Heat 1 leaderboards. The trio kept up a steady push of eliminations that only complimented their VR tally, with over a 20 point lead going into Game 6, and an elimination count that would give the trio bragging rights. They finished with 259 points, winning three out of the twelve games they played. They managed 86 eliminations, with 7.16 eliminations averaged per round, and consistently landing in 5th place.
Only six points stopped 100T Ceice, Furious, and Ghost Blake from taking BBG KREMON, BBG Bucke, and TSM DEMONADA out of second place. The BBG secured just one more round than 100T’s, and only trailed in eliminations by one on average.
Sen Aspect found their first win, while TSM Commandment, NRG Edgy and Liquid Cented still held their spot at Rank 1. TNA Deyy, TNA Mero, and Reverse2k managed to take out NRG Edgy during the first three circles in an attempt to weaken the team at a later stage. Liquid Cented and TSM Commandment claimed 11 eliminations before taking a third place title in the last circle.
TNA won Game 2 with 11 eliminations, a massive increase from their first game count of two. This win would go on to strip the XSET trio of their second-place ranking. By Game 4, it was clear that TSM Commandment, Liquid Cented, and NRG Edgy would stay at Rank 1, doing so well the team would have to score zero points to drop a rank. They played strong in Game 6 with 12 eliminations in just the second circle.
A 94 point divide separated the Rank 1 and 2 teams. Not wanting any close call games, LG Slackes, Acorn, and Vanish Jahq locked down six of twelve games for themselves. This was due to many aggressive pushes, which netted them 114 eliminations over the twelve games, earning close to ten per game.
NRG Clix, illest, and FaZe Bizzle had the same idea in mind, and had a final 43 point lead over Joji, Kn1pher, and TabzG in the ranking boards. Still being able to qualify, it’s going to be interesting seeing how the latter’s trio will stop such a high lead in future games.
Heat 4’s point division between the top two rankings was less staggering. NRG Zayt, TSM saffy, and Liquid STREMON held their own in first place, already with 253 points to their name, winning six out of twelve games, and netting an average of seven kills per game. Trailing behind them with just 64 points was BBG Ajay, roqz, vyx, who took down 58 opponents and averaged four kills per round.
Degen, Ajerss, and SEN Animal fell behind them by just 31 points, with many matches resulting in rank swaps.
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