Brave, Astralis make playoffs at IEM Beijing Europe
Brave and Astralis each gotten approved for the playoffs at the Intel Extreme Masters XV– Beijing Online: Europe event on Saturday.
The two teams, playing in Group B, won their upper-bracket Round 2 matches to advance in the $150,000 European division of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament
Heroic edged Ninjas in Pyjamas by a 2-1 margin, rallying back after losing the opening map, 16-13 on Mirage. Brave addressed with a 16-6 win on Train followed by a 16-13 triumph on Vertigo.
Martin “stavn” Lund led Heroic’s all-Danish squad with 62 kills and a plus-25 kills-to-deaths differential. Johannes “b0RUP” Borup included 56 eliminates and a plus-4 differential.
In other Round 2 action Saturday, Astralis opened their match vs. mousesports with a 16-5 win on Dust2 prior to falling 16-14 on Nuke in the 2nd map. They rallied back to win 16-3 on Inferno to protect the series, 2-1.
The all-Danish team was anchored by Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen with 74 kills and a plus-32 differential. Nicolai “gadget” Reedtz followed up with 60 kills and a plus-18 differential.
The CS: GO tournament began with 16 groups divided into two double-elimination groups. The top four teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination playoffs.
All group-stage and playoff matches are best-of-three except for the Nov. 22 last, which will be best-of-five. The champ will receive $60,000, 400 ESL Pro Tour points and a berth in the $500,000 IEM XV– International Difficulty, set up for Dec. 15-20 in Perfume, Germany.
NiP and mousesports are up to a Group B lower-bracket semifinal and play once again on Monday. NiP waits for the winner of a lower-bracket Round 1 match between ENCE and BIG, while mousesports will take on the winner of North vs. G2 Esports.
The playoffs begin with the eight-team quarterfinals on Thursday and Friday.
Intel Extreme Masters XV– Beijing Online: Europe reward swimming pool: