G2 have advanced to the Group A upper bracket final on the back of a dominant victory over BIG in the second round, securing a spot in the IEM Cologne playoffs already ahead of their final group stage match against Gambit. Over in the lower bracket, Virtus.pro have ousted Complexity from the tournament after coming back from the brink of elimination on map two.
Complexity are the second team to exit the main event early after mousesports were eliminated at the hands of Liquid during the second day. The European side around Benjamin “blameF” Bremer will have a tough time accepting the loss after they were up 1-0 in the series and led 15-10 on Dust2, only to see the CIS squad come back to win in overtime and clinch the series in close fashion on Overpass.
Virtus.pro have moved on to the second round of the Group A lower bracket, setting up a matchup against NIP scheduled for Saturday at 20:00 . G2 will have the next day off before they meet the current No.1 side in a match that will determine who goes to the quarter-finals and who advances directly to the semi-finals, on Sunday at 16:45 .
BIG entered their affair with G2 on the right foot, locking down their Dust2 pick without too much trouble while Florian “syrsoN” Rische made light work of François “AmaNEk” Delaunay in the battle of the AWPs. Things quickly went awry for the German side, however, with AmaNEk recovering from the atrocious display on the first map to help his team pull off clinical performances on Mirage and Inferno.
In the lower bracket series, Complexity seemed to have everything in their hands up until the point when they could not convert a 15-10 lead on the second map, Dust2, and conceded the series point in overtime. To make matters worse, the European squad missed out on another chance to close the best-of-three on Overpass, with a near full-eco round victory swinging the momentum towards Virtus.pro and helping Dzhami “Jame” Ali & co. clinch a hard-earned win late into the night.