Gambit, Virtus.pro make areas in IEM Worlds grand last
Gambit Esports and Virtus.pro punched their particular tickets to the grand final in the Intel Extreme Masters Season XV World Championship with semifinal wins on Saturday.
Gambit swept Team Spirit 2-0, while Virtus.pro published a 2-0 win over Team Liquid in the semifinals.
Both Gambit and VP advanced to the semifinals after wins in the quarterfinal round on Friday. Spirit and Liquid advanced straight to the semis by becoming group-stage winners recently.
The grand last of the $1 million, 24-team Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion is scheduled for Sunday.
The champion will earn $400,000, 1,800 Pro Trip points and 3,200 Blast Premier points. The runner-up will receive $180,000, 1,400 Pro Trip points and 1,600 Blast Premier points.
All group-stage matches and playoff matches through the semifinals were best-of-three. The final will be best-of-five.
On Saturday, Gambit took out Spirit 16-11 on Overpass and 16-13 on Inferno. Russia’s Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov led the winners with 48 eliminates and a plus-18 kill-death differential. Ukraine’s Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev led Spirit with 38 kills and a plus-2 K-D differential.
VP breezed by Liquid thanks to a 16-9 win on Dust II and a 16-12 victory on Mirage. Dzhami “Jame” Ali of Russia paced VP with 50 kills and a plus-27 K-D differential. Liquid was led by Canadian Keith “NAF” Markovic, who had 33 kills and a team-best minus-1 K-D differential.
Intel Extreme Masters Season XV World Champion results, with cash prize, Pro Trip points and Blast Premier points:
3-4. Team Spirit, Group Liquid– $80,000, 1,100 Pro Tour points, 1,000 Blast Premier points
5-6. Natus Vincere, Astralis– $40,000, 825 Pro Tour points, 400 Blast Premier points
7-8. G2 Esports, FURIA Esports– $24,000, 575 Pro Tour points, 200 Blast Premier points
9-12. Evil Geniuses, Brave, FaZe Clan, Group Vigor– $16,000, 325 Pro Trip points, no Blast Premier points
13-16. mousesports, BIG, OG, Ninjas In Pyjamas– $10,000, 125 Pro Tour points, no Blast Premier points
17-20. Cloud9, Renegades, Complexity Video Gaming, MIBR– $4,500, 60 Pro Tour points, no Blast Premier points
21-24. Movistar Riders, Team One, Wisla Krakow, Fnatic– $2,500, no Pro Trip points, no Blast Premier points