FunPlus Phoenix and Team Spirit stayed alive in the DreamHack Open January 2021: Europe occasion on Friday with wins in decider matchers.

Both groups advance to the single-elimination playoff bracket as the 2nd representatives of Groups A and B, respectively. FunPlus Phoenix face Group B winner Gambit Esports, and Group Spirit satisfy Group A champion BIG in the playoff semifinals on Saturday.

The $70,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion started Wednesday with 8 teams divided into two groups for a double-elimination preliminary. All matches are best-of-three other than for Sunday’s grand last, which will go to five maps if essential.

On Friday, FunPlus Phoenix got revenge on Evil Geniuses for a loss, by means of sweep, in the opening round. Then, EG got a 2-0 success. But FunPlus Phoenix won its second straight removal bout with a 2-0 sweep in the rematch after publishing wins of 16-3 on Nuke and 16-8 on Inferno.

Montenegro’s Pavle “Maden” Boskovic led a well balanced FPX with 37 eliminates and a plus-10 kills-to-deaths differential. All five FPX gamers logged differentials of plus-10 or greater. The United States’ Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte led EG with 27 eliminates.

Spirit required three maps to get by Sprout, 2-1, in the other decider match on Friday. Spirit won 16-12 on Nuke, then dropped a 22-19 overtime decision on Train. Sprit won the clincher 16-12 on Dust II.

Russia’s Abdul “degster” Gasanov was fantastic throughout with a match-high 91 eliminates and a plus-33 K-D differential, and was strongest late in the match with 45 eliminates and a plus-21 differential on Dust II alone. Timo “Spiidi” Richter led Sprout’s All-German side with 79 eliminates and a plus-12 differential.

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