NRG Esports, Team Reciprocity, Renault Vitality and G2 Esports each swept through their two matches on Friday as the 32-team field at Rocket League's DreamHack Pro Circuit Montreal stop was cut in half on the first day of action.
Taking place at Olympic Stadium, DreamHack Montreal is the fourth and final stop on the 2019 DreamHack Pro Circuit Tour, and awards $50,000 to the winner out of a $100,000 purse. After Friday's double-elimination group stage, Saturday will see two eight-team, double-elimination brackets, with the final four teams remaining from each bracket advancing to Sunday's quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will all be played Sunday.
On Friday, NRG dominated Group A, beating Nameless 3-0 and then doing the same to Chiefs Esports to qualify for Saturday. In the bottom half of Group A, GC AURA eSports topped Team SoloMid and mousesports by 3-2 scores to advance along with NRG. In the loser's bracket, Team SoloMid won two matches to advance to play Saturday, while mousesports rebounded from its loss to GC AURA to sweep Paradox and advance.
In Group B, Reciprocity beat Cultivate Gaming 3-0, then topped Lotus 3-0 to grab a spot in the second round, while Rogue topped The D00ds 3-0, then Complexity Gaming 3-1 to advance. Complexity topped Afterthought 3-1 to grab a second-day spot out of the loser's bracket, while Lotus beat Bull Send by the same score to also advance.
Renault Vitality made it three teams to sweep through Day 1, topping Controller Esports and Spacestation Gaming by 3-0 scores to earn a second-round spot out of Group C. Dignitas got the other winner's bracket spot with a 3-0 win over 303 Esports and 3-2 victory against The Peeps, edging out a 2-1 win on Champions Field in the deciding map. The Peeps and Spacestation, each needing only one loser's bracket win to advance to Saturday, got their wins to make it through.
And in Group D, it was G2 Esports pulling a double sweep, beating Dark Allegiance and Plot Twist with 3-0 victories. Cloud9 got the other winner's bracket Day 2 berth, beating Monkey Business 3-0 and Ghost Gaming 3-2 -- also taking Champions Field 2-1 in the deciding map (one of three maps to go overtime), after Ghost took Mannfield (Night) 3-2 in OT to force the fifth map. Plot Twist and Ghost won their loser's bracket matches by matching 3-1 scores to advance to Saturday, as well.
Dignitas and Cloud9 are looking to be the only teams to win two of the four DreamHack Pro Circuit stops this year. Dignitas won the season-opening event in Leipzig, Germany, in February, and Cloud9 won in Dallas in June. PSG Esports, winner of the Valencia, Spain, stop in July, released its roster prior to the Montreal event.
--Field Level Media