With each and every day, we come one step closer to the finale phase. A single loss or victory can determine whether to take part in the offline Finals. In the beginning of March, world's best players and teams meet at the CeBIT in Hannover. Which participants still have a chance to win $285,000 prize money, who already qualified, which underdog could surprise everyone and which clan disappointed most of their fans?
In Group A the swedish powerhouse fnatic could secure a spot in Hannover. The guys from Goteborg can only miss the first rank, theoretically: Danish youngster's from Spirit of Amiga would have to beat the new Hamburg-quintett of mTw and at the same time hope for fnatic to lose. Their last opponent Virtus.pro, a team with huge LAN-experience, will give it all to mess up fnatic's clean record. Otherwise, mTw or, currently disappointing, current champion MYM.Pl still have a chance for the Top 3 ranks - and a chance for a relegation spot to the Intel Extreme Masters Finals.
All teams of group B will only have to play four matches thanks to the disqualification of the former MYM-team from Norway. The real showdown will be the match between mTw.dk and "crowd-puller" mousesports. They occupy rank 1 and 2 with nine points, equally - this clanwar will decide, who can book their flights to Hannover or has to walk the detour in the relegation. The last relegation spot to the Intel Extreme Masters is currently occupied by the French ESL Pro Series champion, but can be attacked by the luckless Bulgarian team Man1a.
The Finnish Undead player elfittaja can almost book his flight for the Intel® Extreme Masters Finals. With a 4-0 win-streak, only Xyligan from Russia can still stop him by winning both his remaining games - including the one against elfi - by 2:0 maps. But XyLigan also still hasn't secured the second place: Germany's EPS champion HasuObs will try and attack that spot. Xyligan's chances are higher, though, with only having played three matches, yet. Five open matches will decide over the faith of this group's players.
Group B seems equally thrilling: From place 1 to 4, every player can still qualify for the Intel Extreme Masters Finals. In the top-match between Protois and Satiini, the winner will directly win his spot while the other one has to fight in the relegation. Thus, Ciara and Kemper will have to duke it out for rank 3.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's analysis of groups C and D in Warcraft 3 and Counter-Strike.
Playmode: The first place directly qualifies for the Intel® Extreme Masters Finals. The winner of a relegation match between the second ranked player of one group against the third ranked of another group advances.
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