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Cloud9 among eight to reach DreamHack Montreal playoffs

Cloud9 player Kyle "Torment" Storer competes in DreamHack Montreal's Rocket League tournament on Saturday in Montreal, Canada. Photo by Stephanie ''Vexanie'' Lindgren/Provided by DreamHack

Cloud9 cruised in both of their matches on Saturday to waltz into the quarterfinals on the second day of the Rocket League DreamHack Pro Circuit Montreal stop.

Joining Cloud9 in the quarterfinals are mousesports, GC AURA eSports and G2 Esports -- who each went 2-0 on Saturday -- along with NRG Esports, Dignitas, Renault Vitality and The Peeps, who survived losses to advance.

Played at Olympic Stadium, DreamHack Montreal is the fourth and final stop on the 2019 DreamHack Pro Circuit Tour, and awards $50,000 of a $100,000 purse to the winner. Friday's double-elimination group stage cut the field from 32 to 16. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will all be played Sunday.

Cloud9 dropped just one game in their two best-of-five series, beating Spacestation Gaming 3-1 before sweeping Dignitas 3-0 to come out of Group A. Cloud9 went to overtime on all three maps against Dignitas, winning 3-2 on DFH Stadium, 2-1 on Utopia Coliseum and 3-2 on Mannfield (Night).

The other team to win its two matches in Group A was mousesports, who survived Rogue 3-2 before sweeping NRG 3-0.

NRG recovered to sweep Plot Twist in the lower bracket and earn a quarterfinal spot, while Dignitas took down Lotus in the lower bracket for Group A's other berth.

In Group B, GC AURA swept Complexity Gaming before rallying past Team SoloMid 3-2. TSM led 1-0 and 2-1 before GC AURA took the final two games.

G2 also went 2-0 in Group B, staving off a reverse-sweep bid to beat The Peeps 3-2 and then sweeping Renault Vitality.

Renault Vitality fared better in the lower bracket, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to beat Team Reciprocity and claim a quarterfinal spot. The Peeps handled TSM 3-1 in the final match of the day to claim the last berth in the quarterfinals.

They'll face mousesports on Sunday, with the winner facing the winner of Cloud9 vs. Renault Vitality. On the other side of the bracket, GC AURA will battle NRG while G2 takes on Dignitas.

Each of the final eight teams will win at least $2,500 in prize money, with third and fourth place taking $10,000 apiece and second place pocketing $20,000.

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