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The group stage at ESL One Katowice has come to an end with abysmal results for the North American teams and an incredible recovery from Team Aster.

Both Forward Gaming and compLexity Gaming failed to clinch a slot into the top four of their respective groups and now join the fate of Alliance and For the Dream (FTD), who were out of the contention just after day two of matches.

Forward Gaming, one of the three NA teams qualified for the next Major of the season, struggled since day one of ELS One Katowice 2019. They haven’t been able to win a single series through the entire competition, not even versus FTD, who are at their first-ever LAN event.  Through the three days of group stages, Forward Gaming had only draw scores, but the big hit came today, in their last series held against Mineski. The SEA squad managed to secure themselves Phantom Assassin in both games, and they were allowed to even combo it with Magnus in game two to simply crush Forward. Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son died once through the entire series and he’s been an absolute beast for his team, while on the other side of the river, Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok couldn’t land a single kill on his Spectre in game one.

Following FWD’s elimination, in the other group, compLexity fought for their tournament lives versus Aster, a team which started with a streak of four losses on day one. Aster have recently worked on their roster and replaced their mid laner once again this season, in an attempt of fixing the way the team communicates in game. Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung joined the team on a trial status just before the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor qualifiers. However, the change didn’t bring with it a miraculous improvement. Aster still lost those qualifiers and in today’s official pre and post-match interviews from ESL One, Mushi explained the importance of this event for the team.

“We didn’t come to win this event,” he said, “but we want to play as many games as possible here, because this is our first real practice time together as a team.“ Mushi also mentioned in his interview with Sheever that he hasn’t signed yet with Aster, which can also mean that the team’s result in Katowice might have a direct impact on his future. However, he also said that Aster’s goal was top eight, and that has been already achieved.

For compLexity, the final day in the group stages is, unfortunately, the final day in the event. After being the first team to take a game from Fnatic yesterday, today they made mistakes repeatedly and after losing game one to Aster, they entered in a defensive mode, which didn’t help them at all.

The eight teams who advanced into the ESL One playoffs stage are Team Secret, Gambit Esports, OG and Mineski from group A and Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Chaos Esports Club and Aster from Group B.

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