Dignitas had the underperformance of a lifetime on day one of the RLCSX EU Spring Regional 1 and now they’re eliminated from the tournament altogether after another loss. Their elimination is the biggest surprise of the event—most favorites have reached the final day of competition. The remaining eight teams will duke it out on Sunday.
There haven’t been many other surprises during the regional; the remaining eight teams were expected perform well out of the twenty that qualified. Top Blokes also fell to a team of underdogs and got eliminated early. White Demons managed to take the Blokes to Game 5, where they squeezed out a victory.
A small number of upsets in the RLCSX EU Spring Regional, but a few surprises
Day one of the RLCSX EU Spring Regional 1 showed that favorites had ample time to regain their wits and course correct when things started looking dangerous for them. All of the top teams moved on to day two, albeit in some unexpected ways.
Dignitas was swept by Rix.GG with a goal difference of 12 to 1. Dignitas proved that loss wasn’t a fluke by losing again the next day, resulting in their elimination from the event. Endpoint proved too strong in the first match-up, despite a threatening reverse sweep from Dignitas. Two-time world champion Jos “ViolentPanda” van Meurs and his team will have to go back to the drawing board for Spring Regional 2. They are safe from falling out of the top six, meaning they still qualify for the world championship tournament. That could change if they don’t improve soon, though.
Another surprise absence on day three is Top Blokes, who are also considered a top-four team throughout the community. They were eliminated by an underdog, the White Demons. RLCS Veteran Maik “Tigreee” Hoffman and his rookie teammates Ivan “Dorito” Ruiz Jímenez and Cristian “crr” Fernandez qualified for day three after a close fight with Top Blokes that stretched to a tight Game 5. Like Dignitas, Top Blokes are safe for now in third place, but have a little more wiggle room before they fall outside that coveted top six ranking.
The event will continue on Sunday as a single-elimination tournament. Team BDS will try to continue their European dominance despite being the only team that is already qualified for the world championship. Meanwhile, underdogs like Aether and Godsmilla’s Team, both feature players who were dropped from their former teams, will try to prove they still have what it takes to win. Check out the final day matchups in the bracket below.