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Rogue defeated Team one 2-0 (8-7, 7-5) with a pair of nail-biting victories at Kafe Dostoyevsky and Oregon.
With the victory, Rogue also qualified for the Six Invitational 2022, an honor that has been on the way for two key members of their team.
“Especially for [Matthew “meepeY” Sharples] and I, it’s been four years, “said Leon” LeonGids “Giddens when asked about his feelings after their SI qualifier during a post-match press conference.” … Finally being able to do it together is probably one of our achievements in the siege ended. “
MeepeY and LeonGids have a long history of deep Major races. In the three majors the pair have qualified for, they have reached the semifinals all three times.
But the jerk to the current Rogue makeup happened after the addition of Kevin “Prano” Pranowitz before EUL Step 3. At one point, Prano led the entire Major field in KOST% and total number of plants – he leads in only plants now. Against Team One, he received a 1.22 SiegeGG rating – only second behind Maurice “AceeZ” Erkelenz in his team.
Kafe Dostoevsky was marked by Rogue’s defensive aggression. AceeZ’s runouts at Valkyrie did not go unnoticed by fans or analysts, and AceeZ himself said that the runouts were prepared and calculated to get the first choice and then fall back into place.
“One thing we saw from the earlier stages of the tournament and the parentheses is that they had three maps that they really love to ban,” said meepeY when asked how his team was preparing. “We suspected a little that they were hiding something and were preparing to take them with us [Kafe] out.”
The victory on both maps was not easy. Rogue started on the back foot both times, at Kafe they started with 3-0 and at Oregon Team oNe won their first two rounds of attack. “As long as we can keep our heads down and just keep going, I think as a team we are always ready to make a comeback,” said LeonGids.
Rogue will advance to face the winner of the Ninjas in the Pajamas-Space Station match. Team One, the Mexico Major Champions, are eliminated.
“When the playoffs come, that’s when you see the best teams,” said Arthur “TchubZ” Martins, Team oNes head coach, in a separate post-match press conference. “… we knew, we were preparing, but it was not enough. It was a fantastic series, though.”
With the loss, Team is just the second team from LATAM to be eliminated from the tournament, and the first seeded to lose their matchup by a two-seed.