MAD Lions and OG both swept their way to lower-bracket victories Wednesday in the Flashpoint Season 2 playoffs.
MAD Lions eliminated Team Envy with a 16-11 win on Mirage and a 16-7 decision on Overpass, while OG knocked out Dignitas with a 16-14 win on Nuke and a 16-5 victory on Inferno.
MAD Lions and OG return to action Friday in Round 2 of the lower bracket, while Envy and Dignitas went home in seventh-eighth place with $15,000 and 188 BLAST Premier points apiece.
The $1 million Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event began with 12 teams divided into three groups for opening-round, double-elimination play. The top two teams in each group advanced to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs. The three third-place teams and the fourth-place team with the best record entered a "last-chance" stage: two standalone matches from which the winners earned playoff berths.
All matches are best-of-three, including the final on Sunday. The championship team will receive $500,000 and 3,000 BLAST Premier points.
Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand led the all-Danish MAD Lions lineup with 43 kills and a plus-14 kill-death differential. Michal "MICHU" Muller of Poland paced Envy with 37 kills and a plus-1 differential.
Denmark's Valdemar "valde" Bjorn Vangsa posted 40 kills and a plus-14 K-D differential for OG, while Norway's Haris "H4RR3" Hadzic had a team-high 34 kills and a minus-2 differential for Dignitas.
Play resumes Thursday with two semifinal matches in the upper bracket, with Virtus.pro taking on BIG and Fnatic facing MIBR.
Flashpoint Season 2 prize pool, with money and BLAST Premier points:
1. $500,000, 3,000 points
2. $250,000, 1,500 points
3. $100,000, 1,125 points
4. $50,000, 750 points
5-6. $35,000, 375 points
7-8. Team Envy, Dignitas -- $15,000, 188 points
9-10. Gen.G Esports, forZe -- no money, no points
11-12. c0ntact Gaming, Cloud9 -- no money, no points
--Field Level Media