NaVi has qualified for the semi-finals of EPICENTER 2018 after a convincing victory over FaZe Clan.
FaZe struck first with a strong performance on the CT side of Train, at one point taking a 7-2 lead. NaVi soon recovered to win the map 16-13 as Ukrainian superstar Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev propelled his team to a victory with 30 kills.
On Overpass, s1mple took control yet again and posted an impressive 24 kills. This time NaVi dominated from the very start and prevented FaZe from finding a foothold in the map. The CIS team won the map 16-5 to book their place in the semi-finals.
There was also action between giant killers AVANGAR and perennial contenders Team Liquid. There was no upset to be found today as AVANGAR struggled to pick up round wins against a convincing Team Liquid. They mounted a brief comeback at the end of the second map but the 13-1 difference was too much to overcome as Liquid secured their place in the semi-finals with a 16-8 win.
The tournament isn’t over for AVANGAR and FaZe Clan, they will be in action at the quarter-finals on Saturday. Outsiders AVANGAR will play an inconsistent HellRaisers in the first game of the day followed by a clash of legends when FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pyjamas face-off.