The last day of the Road to Vegas qualifiers began with last minute stand-ins as not only was it previously announced that Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye was being replaced by Rene “cajunb” Borg from ex-TSM, but Jesper “tenzki” Mikalski was plagued with internet issues, forcing Dignitas to use another stand-in in the form of Rasmus “SandeN” Sanden who played for SK Gaming earlier this year. At first it didn’t seem like it would have any negative effect on their team, as they started the series strong by winning Cache.
Showing a strong Terrorist side, they moved on to Train where they faced some stronger resistance from Lounge, finishing 7-8 in the first half. Unable to chain rounds on their CT side, Dignitas were bombarded by the unrelenting aggression from Lounge Gaming who were able to continually buy rifles and snipers, using their superior equipment to dominate on their Terrorist half. With Lounge taking Train 16-12, they move on to the third and final map, Overpass.
With the momentum in their favour, Grzegorz “SZPERO” Dziamałek and his team came out of the gate sprinting ahead of Dignitas, claiming a 10-5 half on the Terrorist side. At this point Dignitas’ morale was shattered and with two stand-ins they couldn’t rely on their tactics to give them a boost on the terrorist side and their aim was simply not enough to close the gap, giving Lounge the opportunity to win on Overpass 16-6 and take the qualifier with a chance at participating in the ELEAGUE when the Road to Vegas concludes in January.
The finals of the North American qualifiers was set with Enemy up against Conquest. Off the back of Kenneth “koosta” Suen’s stellar sniping, Enemy managed to get an early lead on Inferno, resetting Conquest’s money and going up 7-2 early in the half. Conquest managed to bring it back to a respectable 8-7 scoreline in Enemy’s favour however and while Enemy took the opening 3 rounds, they began to look lost on the Terrorist side, with Conquest’s Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz holding down the B site with multiple entry kills as Enemy tried to scramble into the bombsite. A tactical pause allowed Enemy to regain composure and bring it back to a tie game at 14-14 but Conquest managed to eke out the win in regulation and win the first map 16-14.
The next map was Cobblestone and Conquest looked to continue their momentum from Inferno and finish the series here and now as they started to dominate rounds on the less favourable side. Finishing their Counter Terrorist half 12-3, it was Conquest’s game to lose at that point and while Enemy tried to make a game out of it by grabbing a handful of CT rounds, ultimately the deficit was too much and Conquest clinched it 16-10 and successfully claim the ticket to CES and Las Vegas where they’ll face off against the Polish squad Lounge Gaming.