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16 teams entered Day 3 at the WESG World Finals in the hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament in Chongqing, but only 8 teams moved on. After a long day of short matches, the first round of the playoffs has concluded which saw the favorites of the tournament move onwards. Before we move on to the quarterfinals, we take a quick look over the matches from today.
The defending champions proceed at WESG
Kicking off the Round of 16, was a titanic matchup between Russia and defending champions, fnatic. The series would see the Swedes take both Dust 2 and Overpass with a 16-12 scoreline, with a strong performance coming from Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson managing 50 kills across the two maps, to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals.
OpTic and Alpha Red would battle it out next, which saw the Danes put their shaky performance in the group stage behind them, and proceeded to ease past the Thai’s 2-0 (16-7 and 16-8), thanks to a stellar show of skill from Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, averaging a 1.71 rating in the series.
Two CIS teams met each other afterward, although AGO did not meet much resistance from the Ukrainian mix team as the polish went on to the quarterfinals after a quick 2-0 sweep (16-5 and 16-9). Especially Grzegorz “SZPERO” Dziamałek looked strong from the polish side, going huge multiple times throughout the series with the AWP.
Meeting AGO in the quarterfinals will be Valiance who had a tougher battle with Singularity. Although the Serbians took Inferno (16-9) without much trouble, the Americans gave them a run for their money on Mirage, which got into overtime (19-17) before the Serbians could finally close the series 2-0.
Favorites meet little resistance in the RO16 at the CSGO WESG World Finals
The Brazilians from MIBR echoed their former selves as they completely dismantled Viva Algeria 2-0 (16-5 and 16-1) thanks in part to an incredible performance from João “felps” Vasconcellos who averaged a 1.95 rating.
Meeting them in the quarterfinals will be Windigo, who had a similar series against Furious, which also saw the Bulgarians dismantle their opponents without much resistance, closing the series 2-0 (16-3 and 16-7).
Ending Day 3 at the CSGO WESG World Finals saw Panda not putting up much of a fight against a reinvigorated G2, losing their series 0-2 (16-3 and 16-7) to the Frenchmen who are set to meet Absolute after they likewise, overcame TNC in a 2-0 affair, with an identical 16-10 scoreline on both maps.