With the chance to win a ticket to the official MLG Call of Duty $70.000 Championship in Anaheim, this time there is much more at stake.
As we mentioned in the preamble, the SK Gaming Call of Duty team was facing one of their five British opponents, Erupt Gaming (former TEC.Intensity), in this emergent competition. The first time the two teams faced each other, they both played in the quarter-finals of the Call of Duty Regional Finals in the centre of London. At that time the British were playing against a non-rehearsed SK Gaming team and managed to move on to the semi-finals. This time SK wanted to show them their true strength and get the first win in the Gfinity European Pro League.
SK Gaming vs. Erupt Gaming
At 9:30 PM CEST the match was going on its way. With Domination on Freight as the first map in this "Best of 5" encounter, SK Gaming was 10 points in arrears as the match went into half time. Unfortunately, they could not make the decisive moves and thus missed the chance to take the lead in the second half. With a 1-0 residue it went into the second map on Octane played in the game type called Search and Destroy (can be compared to a normal CS match - 1 live, 6 rounds to win). SK needed the victory in this round, not to lose the connection and to bring Erupt Gaming an early match point. In the end they were able to avoid this scenario with a commanding final score of 6-1 in this SnD round.
With a 1-1 tie, it finally went in the third round which was played on the map Freight in game mode Blitz. Here, in each case a player must penetrate into the opponent's point and thus earn a point for his team. After the two teams were tied at 18-18 for two times, it is the 21-21 that brought the fourth round of Blitz with it. After 40 minutes of Blitz gameplay it was Erupt Gaming who won this fourth decisive round and took the lead in this series. With a match point for Erupt Gaming it went into the fourth of five possible rounds. Unfortunately, Domination on Octane was the last round of this encounter and SK Gaming lost their first match in the Gfinity European Pro League with 3-1 against Erupt Gaming.
In next week's fixture SK Gaming will be playing against the Brits from TeamYouTube, who just signed Call of Duty veteran player Shane 'ShAnE' McKerral (former captain of the CoD Champs 2014 team Lightning Pandas) as their new fourth player.
Here are the remaining results of "Week 1" in the Gfinity's European Pro League:
Epsilon eSports 3 - 0 Vitality.Returns
SK Gaming 1 - 3 Erupt Gaming
TCM Gaming 3 - 2 Infused Gaming
VOD of the match against Erupt Gaming can be found here and all the upcoming fixtures can be found on this homepage.
Image courtesy of gfinity.net
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