BIG, OG, VP and mouz receive IEM Worlds group phase
OG, Virtus.pro, mousesports and BIG each won in the lower bracket’s 2nd round, on the 2nd day of the play-in round, to advance to the group state of the Intel Extreme Masters Season XV World Championship on Wednesday.
Those 4 teams advance to the group stage, where they will be joined bysquads that straight got approved for the event and four other teams who advanced through play-in stage play on Tuesday.
The 24-team field is contending for a share of a $1 million dollar prize swimming pool, with the champion to earn $400,000 and 1,800 Pro Trip points and 3,200 Blast Premier points The runner-up will receive $180,000, 1,400 Pro Tour points and 1,600 Blast Premier points
In the play-in round, teams played a single map in the preliminary prior to playing a best-of-three series in the second round.
Team Spirit, Gambit Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Group Liquid advanced to the group stage on Tuesday with a set of wins.
mousesports was pushed to the brink, but rallied for a 2-1 choice over Complexity. Intricacy won the opening map, 16-8 on Mirage, and led 15-8 on the 2nd map (Dust II) prior to the match altered. mousesports secured the next seven rounds to send to the second map to overtime, and ultimately prevailed 19-17.
On the 3rd map, mouz dominated 16-3 for a clinching win on Nuke. After being one round from removal, mouz won 27 of the next 32 rounds to advance. Estonia’s Robin “ropz” Kool led the return with 70 eliminates and a plus-23 kill-death differential. Bulgaria’s Valentin “poizon” Vasilev led Complexity with 71 eliminates and a plus-12 differential.
Intricacy knocked off Wista Krakow 2-1 earlier on Wednesday with wins of 16-5 on Inferno and 16-9 on Nuke sandwiched around a 19-16 overtime loss on Mirage. Denmark’s Benjamin “blameF” Bremer led the winners with 77 kills and a plus-27 kill-death differential. Olek “hades” Miskiewicz led Wisla Krakow’s all-Polish team with 72 eliminates and a plus-17 differential.
Elsewhere in the lower bracket 2nd round on Wednesday, BIG eliminated MIBR with a 2-0 sweep after selecting up wins of 16-3 on Dust II and 16-7 on Nuke. Germany’s Florian “syrsoN” Rische led BIG with 37 kills and a plus-18 kill-death differential. Marcelo “chelo” Cespedes paced all-Brazilian MIBR with 27 kills.
MIBR advanced out of the lower bracket preliminary earlier on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over MIBR thanks to triumphes of 16-12 on Dust II and 16-9 on Overpass. Ricardo “boltz” Prass had a plus-19 differential for MIBR and teammate Bruno “shz” Martinelli had a match-best 45 eliminates.
OG advanced to the group stage with a 2-1 success over Cloud9. OG opened with a 16-8 win on Nuke before Cloud9 evened it with a 16-11 victory on Overpass. OG clinched the match with a 16-12 success on Dust II. France’s Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt had 72 eliminates and a plus-23 kill-death differential to fuel OG’s win, while Erick “Xeppaa” Bach, from the United States, led Cloud9 with 58 kills.
Virtus.pro had no problems in sweeping Renegades 2-0 to proceed. VP travelled to wins of 16-9 (Vertigo) and 16-3 (Dust II) as Latvia’s Mareks “YEKINDAR” Galinskis led the method with 48 kills and a plus-27 kill-death differential. Joshua “INS” Potter led Renegades’ all-Australian side with 35 eliminates and a plus-1 differential.
On Thursday, the groups that straight received the occasion will start play, as the 2 brackets will be settled after Wednesday’s outcomes.
In Group A, the direct qualifiers are Astralis, Evil Geniuses, G2 Esports and Brave. In Group B, the direct qualifiers include Team Vigor, FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere and FURIA Esports.
The top 3 groups in each group advance to the playoffs, with the first-place teams getting byes to the semifinals on Feb. 27, The second-place groups in one group will deal with the third-place teams from the other group in the quarterfinals a day previously.
All group-stage matches and playoff matches are best-of-three except for the grand last on Feb. 28, which will be best-of-five.
Intel Extreme Masters Season XV World Championship results, with cash prize, Pro Tour points and Blast Premier points
17-20. Cloud9, Renegades, Complexity, MIBR– $4,500, 60 Pro Tour points, no Blast Premier points.
21-24. Movistar Riders, Team One, Wisla Krakow, Fnatic– $2,500, no Pro Tour points, no Blast Premier points.