Clutch Gamers surprise SEA to take Summit 7 qualifier spot
Clutch Gamers seize the first qualifier spot for Summit 7. The all Filipino team surprised fans across the world as they swooped in to take the SEA regional spot for the main event.
Created only before the Kiev Major qualifiers, Clutch Gamers, a Malaysian based Filipino team are already turning heads and dragging attention to their progress.
The Summit 7 online qualifiers in the SEA region began ten days ago. The closed qualifiers were stacked with the most notable teams in the region competing for the one allocated spot for the main event. Teams such as Team Faceless, TnC Pro, Mineski and Fnatic were in contention and revered as the strongest candidates. Little did viewers know, it would be the dark horse that would become the leader of the pack and charge forward with uncontested strength and power.
Clutch Gamers took the first place finish in their group stage with a 2:0 record. Taking the top seed in the brackets, they then trampled over WG.Unity 2:0 and bested Happy Feet 2:1 before heading into the grand finals.
The newly formed team wasn't done yet and held steadfast onto their momentum, knocking out WG.Unity in a second sweep 3:0 in the Grand Finals.
Announced to take place once again in the Los Angeles area, BTS will be hosting the player and fan favorite event from June 14-18th. Eight teams - invited and qualified- will be competing for a slice of the $100,000 prize pool.
So far, Virtus.Pro has been the only confirmed team.
Clutch Gamers is a Malaysian based organization with a full Filipino squad that formed just prior to the Kiev Major in December. Less than a month after their formation, the team took second place in PDCup SEA 4 and then followed up with their first championship title several weeks later in PDCup SEA 5. They have since had success in minor events in the region and most notably took a commendable 4th place in the Kiev Major SEA qualifiers.
It was shortly after their participation in the Kiev Major SEA qualifiers that they replaced Avelino "Ab1ng" Parungao with Khim "Gabbi" Villafuerte - the only roster change since the team was created.