Triumph and Bad News Bears will have another chance to make it to the bracket stage on Friday, when they go up against the winners of their group’s elimination series between High Coast and RBG and Rebirth and paiN.
Despite some visa-related difficulties, which forced Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo to remain in Europe for the event while the rest of the team traveled across the Atlantic after IEM Katowice, the big favorites rallied past the competition in their group as they added a second convincing series to their tally, over Triumph.
Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski and Michael “Grim” Wince were the standout players on both Nuke, where the former hit the 30-kill mark in a 16-9 victory, and the closer Inferno, which saw Liquid struggle with taking the last few steps to close a massive lead on Inferno.
Over in Group B, Extra Salt took down Bad News Bears in a much closer affair. Peter “ptr” Gurney‘s squad were the first to strike with a win on Train but then hit a wall on Dust2 after being unable to shut down AWPer Josh “oSee” Ohm, before Nuke went the favorites’ way as well after they broke away from their opponents at 11-10.