20 January 2018 - 00:28

The first day of the New Legends stage at the ELEAGUE Major features upsets and blowouts

The first set of matches at the New Legends stage had many surprising results.
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The New Legends stage of the ELEAGUE Major: Boston commenced today, and it was a day of one-sided games.

Gambit Esports were one of only two Legends to secure a win in the first round of the Swiss format. They picked Nuke against Natus Vincere in the CIS-region showdown, and it paid off well as they won 16-5.

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To begin the day, CIS underdogs Vega Squadron and Quantum Bellator Fire upset North and Virtus Pro on Overpass (16-10) and Cache (16-3), respectively. Returning Legend teams BIG and Fnatic also fell in their matches today. Team Liquid topped BIG on Inferno 16-6, while FaZe Clan pushed past Fnatic 16-8, with Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer destroying his former Major-winning teammates with a 25-kill top frag.

In the latter half of the day, Mousesports claimed Cache as their dominant map pick against a shaky Astralis, as the score was 16-2. The Frenchmen of G2 Esports also put up a strong showing on Cache at 16-8 against North American favorite Cloud9. French support Nathan "NBK" Schmitt also had a great performance, out-fragging many of his star teammates at 27 kills and a 106 average damage per round.

The finale was the closest match on Friday, as SK Gaming narrowly defeated Space Soldiers 16-13 on Mirage to end the day on a high note for the Legend teams.

The second day of action at the New Legends stage of the $1 million Major begins at 10am ET tomorrow.

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