paiN gaming knocked out of MSI after loss to MAD Lions
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The Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends representatives are no longer in the running to make it out of their group, eliminating the team from the Mid-Season invitational with their loss to MAD Lions on May 10. paiN gaming’s MSI lives end as their Spring Split comes to a close after going 1-3 in the event before exiting the tournament.

paiN Gaming at MSI

The Brazilian team came into MSI as an underdog from a minor region. paiN qualified through the playoffs of the CBLOL after finishing fifth in the regular season. They went the distance in their first two series, winning 3-2 and then beating Vorax in the final, 3-1. paiN had been absent from international events recently, as the last international event the organization played in was the 2015 World Championships.

paiN lost out in Group B along with Turkey’s fastPay Wildcats. Both teams fell to the Group B representatives MAD Lions and PSG Talon. The Brazilians lone win came against the Wildcats, despite many close calls against MAD Lions and PSG. The team kept to its roots for most of the tournament, with an active early game and bot lane focus. In their first days of competition, paiN gained their first win off the back of Leonardo “Robo” Souza and his top lane Darius. They then took MAD the distance in a 39 minute game.

Their MAD Lion’s losses became the reason paiN missed out on the rest of the tournament. The first match was the closest, as the team was just a few auto attacks away from destroying the European representatives’ Nexus. Their second matchup was less tragic but also close. paiN had a slight lead from their early game aggression but lost after a decisive fight from MAD Lions over the third drake. The Brazilians also could not overcome PSG Talon in either games, losing convincingly in both, sealing their fate in the group.

The team’s few winning positions and sole win were off the back of bot laner Felipe “brTT” Gonçalves and mid laner Thiago “tinowns” Sartori. The team will return to the CBLOL for the Summer Split.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.