Global Challengers phase finished – only Europeans pulled through
The fourth and final Global Qualifier for Quake World Championship 2023 was played yesterday. With Swedish newcomer Keltz clinching the final spot, the four Global Qualifier spots have all been awarded to European players.
The phase started on the 11th of February, where British Gareth “GaRpY” Marshall breezed past his opposition and won the first qualifier by taking down phaze with a 2-0 scoreline in the Grand Finals.
The second qualifier on the 4th of March, saw Estonian Kirill “cnz” Golubjov clinch his spot in the World Championships by not losing a single map in the entire qualifier, ultimately taking out Argentinian powerhouse Yup 2-0 in the Grand Finals.
In the third qualifier, Latvian Pavel “bukster” Bartkevics had a relatively clean run as well. However, in the Grand Finals, Bartkevics faced countryman FASTDANOOB in a thrilling best-of-three which he managed to win 2-1, securing his spot in the $150,000 tournament in August.
Finally, in the fourth Qualifier, Swedish Markus “Keltz” Mikaelsson surprised everyone and plowed his way through the tournament, taking down Danish rivalry enesy in the Grand Finals with a 2-0 scoreline.
The next Qualifier will be the Asia-Pacific one, which is set to take place on the 6th of May. This means that there will only be two American Challengers in Grapevine, TX during the World Championship, who will have qualified from the South- and North American qualifiers.
The list of Challengers so far looks as follows:
Gareth “GaRpY” Marshall – United Kingdom
Kirill “cnz” Golubjov – Estonia
Pavel “bukster” Bartkevics – Latvia
Markus “Keltz” Mikaelsson – Sweden