Complexity, Team Vigor advance to semifinals at IEM Beijing Europe
Complexity and Group Vigor each advanced into the playoff semifinals on Friday with quarterfinal victories at the Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe event.
Complexity utilized a 2-0 sweep over BIG to proceed. After a simple 16-6 win on Nuke, Intricacy wrapped it up with a 16-14 win on overpass.
Denmark’s Benjamin “blameF” Bremer was the top gamer in the match, and led Complexity with 52 eliminates and a plus-23 kills-to-deaths differential. Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dortkardes, from Turkey-Macedonia, led BIG with 40 eliminates and had a minus-1 K-D differential.
Group Vigor had a harder time dispatching Brave in the other quarterfinal. After a 16-7 win on Overpass, Group Vigor was stung with a 19-15 overtime loss on Nuke. Heroic scored all 4 rounds in the additional time to win it. Team Vigor advanced after a strong start on Inferno on the third map. Heroic scored the first round, but Group Vigor took the next nine in a row to grab control in a 16-12 victory.
France’s Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut had a substantial match for Group Vitality with match-high totals of 75 kills and a plus-30 K-D differential. Denmark’s Casper “cadiaN” Moller led Brave with 54 eliminates and a plus-1 differential.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition started 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 champ will receive $60,000, 400 ESL Pro Trip points and a berth in the $500,000 IEM XV – Global Difficulty, set up for Dec. 15-20.
Intricacy and Team Vitality will square off in one semifinal on Saturday, while G2 Esports and Natus Vincere meet in the other semifinal.
BIG and Heroic were eliminated from the occasion, finishing in the 5th- to eighth-place slot.
Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe standings, reward pool and ESL Pro Tour points:
9-12. Group Spirit, MAD Lions, mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, $2,500, 45 points