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The swiss round of StarLadder i-League Season 7 is done and the playoff pairings are set. After a one-day break, the tournament will resume Friday, Apr. 5.
SLi saw several upsets right from the start. MIBR were the first big profile team to face elimination, going out 1-3 after losses to Renegades, NRG and finally North. MIBR struggled to win rounds in all their losses and went to double digits only once: in their 16-10 Overpass loss against North. The Brazilians have now won only one game in their last 10 and just two since they got top 4 at the IEM Katowice Major.
- Read more: MIBR see early exit from SLi 7
FaZe Clan are the other marquee team to not reach the SLi playoffs. FaZe started strong in the opening days, though their opponents — paiN Gaming and Vici Gaming — were not top caliber at all. After they got deeper into the Swiss stage, FaZe started losing.
Renegades were FaZe’s first loss in a series that secure a top 2 finish for the Aussies. ENCE were next, taking a very contested three-game series, including a double OT Dust II which went to FaZe Clan.
But perhaps the most surprising loss was a 0-2 to North. Although the Danes have had some decent results recently, including a win at GG.Bet Ice Challenge with a 2-0 against NaVi in the grand finals, they haven’t been in the best form. Then again, neither have FaZe and the Nikola “NiKo” Kovač-led line-up packed their bags after a 16-12 Train and 16-9 Dust II losses, featuring an invisible Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer in a team too heavy for NiKo to carry.
The above bracket will decide the SLi champion and the ENCE vs. NaVi match-up is definitely the one to watch. The two teams met at the IEM Katowice semifinals when ENCE upset the CIS roster 2-1 to make the grand finals. ENCE also come in as reigning SLi Season 6 champions, while NaVi were SLi winners in Season 5.
The schedule for the SLi Season 6 quarterfinals is:
— NRG vs. Vitality — Apr. 5, 06:00 CEST
— Fnatic vs. North — Apr. 5, 09:00 CEST
— Renegades vs. NiP — Apr. 5, 12:00 CEST
— ENCE vs. NaVi — Apr. 6, 06:00 CEST