The best-rated player of the group stage, Dmitriy “SENSEi” Shvorak, stepped up to the task once again. The AWPer posted a server-high 1.49 rating across the two maps, spearheading an impressive team performance from the all-Ukrainian squad currently ranked 47th in the world.
On the other hand, Natus Vincere continue to blow hot and cold as the DreamHack Masters Spring champions first dropped a series to Entropiq in the group stage of the RMR event, and have now been outclassed by Akuma.
Additionally, the team’s superstar Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev recorded his worst map since joining the squad, posting merely a 0.20 rating on Mirage. Still, the “Black and Yellow” are not out of the tournament, as they will be looking to redeem themselves in the lower bracket where they face forZe in an elimination match on Wednesday at 19:00 .
Andrey “Jerry” Mekhryakov and co. were unable to continue their strong group stage showing as they moved to the playoffs and faced Virtus.pro, who turned things around after looking shaky early in the tournament. Following a 2-1 victory over forZe, the Dzhami “Jame” Ali-led squad will clash with underdogs Akuma in the next round for a place in the upper bracket final.