In a sensational turn of events, Gambit Esports dispatched of Natus Vincere today in the quarterfinals of the IEM Katowice CS: GO World Championships. Na’Vi will not repeat as the Katowice champions.

Gambit had the advantage of beginning the series with their map choice of Overpass. In spite of Na’Vi jumping out to a 5-1 lead, Gambit were able to rally on the shoulders of young star AWPer Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov. Sh1ro went toe-to-toe with super star AWPer s1mple all map long.

This sent the series to Train, Na’Vi’s pick. On a map the ruling champions ought to have won, they wound up getting damaged by the previous Youngsters. Sh1ro yet once again was lights out, along with former Major winner Hobbit. Na’Vi just got three bomb plants on their T-side and 2 of them were pacified. Gambit got whatever they desired on Train and sent Na’Vi home early. Sh1ro was the consensus MVP of the series.

Katowice has turned into a display for the rising CIS area. Team Spirit rampaged through Group A, topping their run off with a 16-1 thrashing of Astralis to secure a semifinal area. Both Gambit and Virtus Pro ran the lower bracket gauntlet to receive the playoffs. And all 3 teams needed to play through the play-in stage also.

Gambit have protected another CIS showdown in the semifinals versus Group Spirit. Virtus Pro will now try to make the semifinals too if they can surpass Astralis. Whichever group wins that series will get to play Team Liquid in the next round.