BIG, G2 claim last playoff spots at IEM Beijing Europe
G2 Esports and BIG earned spots in the playoffs with Group B lower-bracket second-round triumphes Monday at the Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe event.
BIG made a 2-1 decision over Ninjas in Pyjamas, while G2 Esports declared a 2-1 win over mousesports.
The wins move both BIG and G2 in the playoff bracket for the event, which starts on Thursday. G2 face FaZe Clan and Astralis meet Natus Vincere in a set of quarterfinal matches on Thursday before BIG square off with Complexity and Heroic fight Team Vitality on Friday.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition began with 16 groups divided into two double-elimination groups. All group-stage and playoff matches are best-of-three except for the Sunday final, which will be best-of-five. The champion will receive $60,000, 400 ESL Pro Trip points and a berth in the $500,000 IEM XV – Worldwide Obstacle, set up for Dec. 15-20.
Ninjas in Pyjamas and mousesports were eliminated from the occasion, and they completed slotted in the ninth-12th location range.
On Monday, G2 Esports utilized a 16-12 win on Inferno to develop control. After mouseports responded with a 16-12 win on Dust II, G2 came out strong on the definitive map– Nuke– by scoring 9 of the first 11 rounds on their method to a 16-9 success.
Kenny “kennyS” Schrub of France led G2 Esports with a match-high 67 kills and a match-best plus-19 kills-to-deaths differential. Lithuania’s Ariumas “Bymas” Pipiras notched a team-best 60 eliminates and plus-3 differential for mouz.
BIG required overtime to get by Ninjas in Pyjamas in their match opener, ultimately protecting a 19-17 win on Vertigo. BIG tracked 14-6 however scored 8 straight rounds to even it up and extend the map. Ninjas in Pyjamas won the second map, Nuke, 16-7, but BIG dominated the clincher with a 16-6 triumph on Mirage.
Germany’s Florian “syrsoN” Rische sustained the winner with 66 eliminates and a plus-16 differential. Fredrik “REZ” Sterner (68 kills) and Tim “naawk” Jonasson (plus-15 K-D differential) led the NiP’s all-Swedish side.
Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe prize swimming pool:
9-12. $2,500– Group Spirit, MAD Lions, mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas