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Epicenter Day One Recap — Close calls and power plays

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The Epicenter main event kicked off today, giving us four opening best of three series, each with their own story to tell.
The first series of the day put together two squads who are in a period of instability compared to their past powerful performances. With the Brazilians, SK Gaming, playing with a loan player Ricardo "boltz" Prass and Virtus.pro looking to be on their last legs, it could prove to be a test for them both. It turns out it didn't exactly test both teams all that equally however, with a straight forward 2-0 coming in for SK. Only one player from Virtus Pro managed a positive score, and even that was only 18-17 on Mirage for Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski .
Train (16 - 5) Mirage (16 - 7)

The second series had the Danes fight the French, the current world number 2 against the world number 5, Astralis against G2 Esports. G2 are a team who have the ability to be incredibly explosive, yet don't always live up to that possibility. Today however, they certainly did, after a close 16-14 first map, sending Astralis down to the elimination match with a swift 16-4.
Cache (13 - 16) Inferno (4 - 16)

Third, the most exciting series of the day, the team so hot they could cook all the chickens on the map versus the current Major Champions. Faze Clan were widely expected to, perhaps be tested, but eventually comfortably defeat Gambit Esports. How it actually went down however, showed us some of the closest maps of Counter-Strike I've seen in a while. Over three maps, over four hours, we saw not just one but two maps go to overtime with the last of the three having a double overtime. Eventually the powerhouse that is the Faze roster took the victory, but it was anyone's series.
Train (19 - 16) Inferno (9 - 16) Cache (20 - 22)

To finish the day off we had Team Liquid take on North. The Americans started off strong on the first map 12-3, before things started to go south, however they stabilised just in time to take it 16-14. As a team with a history of letting massive leads slip, closing out the map after such a scare must have been crucial, without it they may have crumbled under pressure. The second map, whilst again close after a second half comeback by Liquid, eventually went to North. The deciding map continued the close game-play the first two maps brought, however this time the Danes edge it out and finally take the series 2-1.
Inferno (14 - 16) Mirage (16 - 11) Cobblestone (16 - 11)




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