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Spirit defeat Astralis to top Group A, Gambit eliminate G2 in IEM Katowice

The CIS squads are continuing their show of strength at IEM Katowice as Spirit and Gambit won their last group stage matches against Astralis and G2, respectively. Spirit are therefore through to the IEM Katowice semi-finals following their clean run in the Group A upper bracket, while Astralis will have to start their playoff run from the quarter-finals as the Group A runners-up.

Gambit and G2 both reached the Group A lower bracket final after losing their opening matches in the tournament. In their last group stage match Gambit came out on top in two maps, winning their map pick Vertigo and then besting G2 on Dust2 to seal the deal with 16-11 scorelines on both maps, knocking their European rivals out of contention while booking a spot in the quarter-finals.

Spirit came out guns blazing on their map pick, Inferno, taking an early 5-1 lead on the terrorist side, but Astralis managed to turn it around by halftime, albeit just barely as the CIS squad kept it within one before switching sides. Spirit tied things up in the second pistol round, but after losing to the forcebuy found themselves in a spiral until Abdul “⁠degster⁠” Gasanov downed four CTs to give his team a lifeline at 9-13. Spirit fought to swing momentum back in their favor, but finally faltered as the Danes closed out the first map 16-11.

Spirit kicked off Train on the preferred CT side, taking an impressive 9-2 lead early on before Astralis started to close the gap with two more rounds, but degster downed three opponents in a pistol buy to hit double digits before switching sides. Having won the second pistol round Spirit kept on track all the way to a 14-5 lead, but Astralis started to mount a comeback on the defense, only giving the attacking squad one chance to plant in seven rounds. Spirit finally posted match point at 15-12 before closing out the map two rounds later, 16-13.

Spirit manhandled Astralis on Dust2 to win the series

The decider map, Dust2, started off with Spirit taking the lead after three USP kills on an A defense by Boris “⁠magixx⁠” Vorobiev. From there on out they went on to dominate, not giving the Danish squad a chance to plant until the sixth round, then they were able to retake the A site to keep the slate clean, 6-0. The pounding continued as Spirit won the half cleanly, with Astralis only scoring one round to stave off the humiliation of a 0-16 loss before the CIS squad closed the map out.

Gambit started on the defending side of Vertigo, their map pick, where despite losing the three first rounds they were able to take complete control of proceedings in a team effort, losing only one more round in the half to a 1vs2 clutch by Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković. G2 also won the second pistol round, but even then they were quickly put on the back foot. Up against match point the European squad tried a late comeback linking four rounds in a row, but finally fell 11-16.

G2 and Gambit brawled early on in Dust2. Down by one in the ninth round Gambit had the equalizer in their sights, but a four-kill round by Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub kept his team ahead. G2 kept the lead all the way to the half, but only by one round, 8-7. With Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov and Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov leading the charge the CIS squad found the cracks in G2’s defense as they gave up just three out of 12 rounds to win the second map 16-11, securing a spot in the IEM Katowice playoffs.

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Liquid book IEM Katowice playoff spot over Vitality; Gambit eliminate Heroic

Liquid are the third team to clinch a spot in the IEM Katowice playoff stage following a hard-fought win over Vitality, who took the lead in the series in an overtime Nuke victory but looked somewhat the pace in the remainder of the series as Jonathan “⁠EliGE⁠” Jablonowski and Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo powered their team to victory. Meanwhile, Gambit claimed another scalp against world No.6 Heroic thanks to an imperious display by Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov, and are now just one victory away from reaching the playoffs.

The main-stream series began with a blistering start from Vitality, who romped to a 6-0 lead on the CT side of Nuke with some great fragging output by Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire and Cédric “⁠RpK⁠” Guipouy. Liquid responded in a low-economy round thanks to a quad-kill by EliGE, and used that momentum to rally back and bring the deficit to just three rounds before the break.

Liquid will take on the winner of NAVI-FURIA in the group final

Vitality came out of the break the livelier of the two sides, winning five of the opening six rounds of the half to get within striking distance of victory. Liquid tightened up after that and took the upper hand, coming back from five map points down to force overtime. However, their efforts would be in vain as Vitality won two rounds in each half to lock down the map.

The French team carried their momentum into Vertigo as they hopped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but the landscape of the game changed once Liquid had money in the bank. Apart from a brief period of respite for Vitality thanks to two great rounds by Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut, the rest of the half was dominated by the North Americans, who took ten rounds into the break. Liquid showed no signs of slowing down after the side switch, and even though things got a bit testy after Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier gave the French side a lifeline with a stunning Desert Eagle quad-kill, they would be able to close out the map comfortably.

Liquid took control from the outset on Mirage and finished the half on double-digit territory as Vitality were against the ropes for most of their CT side and could not string rounds together. It was roles reversed after the break as the North Americans could not hold the opposition back in the early stages, but a comeback was beyond Vitality: EliGE and FalleN stepped up to the plate and pulled the team over the finishing line as apEX‘s troops seemed to run out of gas in the dying stages.

Meanwhile, viewers on the secondary stream were treated to a back-and-forth brawl that had spirited comeback attempts thwarted in the closing stages of Overpass and Inferno. After those two closely-contested maps, Mirage ended up being a demolition job as Gambit breezed past their opponents in a game that saw them win all five clutch situations, three of which by sh1ro, who posted a 1.85 rating.

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IEM Katowice round-up: Spirit and Gambit qualify for main event, Cloud9 oust Movistar Riders to stay alive

Spirit and Gambit are the first two teams to qualify for IEM Katowice after winning their upper bracket quarter-final series against BIG and mousesports, respectively. Meanwhile, Movistar Riders have been eliminated from the Play-in at the hands of Cloud9.

Having dispatched Cloud9 in the opening match with ease, Spirit entered their encounter with BIG with wind in their sails, putting up a big opening half on Overpass on the Terrorist side to secure a series lead despite the German team’s respectable attempts to salvage the map.

Big performances from Leonid “⁠chopper⁠” Vishnyakov and Nikolay “⁠mir⁠” Bityukov then helped the Russian side lock down the series in two, this time on the back of a strong defensive half and some resilience on the T side as Spirit denied BIG another, even closer attempt at a comeback.

A great display from Hobbit helped Gambit pass the Play-in stage

In the second match for a spot at the main event, mousesports started off on the right foot with a comfortable win on Dust2, where everyone put up good numbers, with Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool ahead of the pack. The Estonian continued to perform on Inferno, but his efforts were outdone by Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov and Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov, with the latter helping Gambit win several disadvantageous situations in the second half to equalize the series.

It came down to Vertigo, where another massive individual display from Hobbit helped Gambit overturn a 0-5 deficit on the CT side, with the Russian squad dominating the rest of the map with a 16-1 streak.

Meanwhile, in the first elimination series of the tournament, Cloud9 picked up Overpass after they amassed momentum early on the CT side with a 9-2 start and managed to maintain their lead without too much trouble. Nuke proved a much tougher challenge for the European-American squad, but Movistar Riders were unable to convert a 15-9 lead as Cloud9 came back with six in a row to then secure the 2-0 victory in overtime.

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FunPlus Phoenix win Snow Sweet Snow 1 over Gambit

After a tightly contested series, FunPlus Phoenix were crowned champions of Snow Sweet Snow 1, defeating Gambit 2-1. The European side was invited directly into the playoffs of the $100,000 tournament that started in January and won three BO3s to lift the title.

FunPlus Phoenix took down forZe and SAW before reaching the grand final, while their opponents Gambit had to overcome GODSENT and edge out Virtus.pro on path to a runner-up finish.

Snow Sweet Snow 1 is the second tournament the FunPlus Phoenix roster played since making the move from GODSENT and linking up with mousesports veteran chrisJ, having placed second at DreamHack Open January in their first outing.

FunPlus Phoenix have kept up their form after the arrival of the Dutchman

Gambit had the upper hand early on Inferno, as Martin “⁠STYKO⁠” Styk‘s quad-kill in the pistol was followed up by a force-buy win from the Russian side. They were 7-2 up shortly, but FunPlus Phoenix narrowed the gap to five by half time. Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov‘s triple ensured that gap was increased in the second half, but after back-and-forth force-buys, FunPlus Phoenix ended up on top. They survived a 2v5 loss to Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov and Timofey “⁠interz⁠” Yakushin and closed out the map 16-14.

On Overpass, Gambit were comfortable on the Terrorist side, with Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov finding openings on the AWP consistently. They were 11-4 after the first half before another impactful pistol from STYKO set his team on the path of recovery. The European side reached 10 rounds, but Gambit managed to compose themselves and close out their map pick, with Hobbit going 22K-14D.

FunPlus Phoenix finally kicked off a map with a lead on Dust2, going 4-1 before great play from Ax1Le pushed the Russian team back into the game. A low-buy from the European side stopped Gambit in their stride, and together with STYKO‘s 1v4 clutch, ensured a 9-6 lead before the break. Going onto the defense, another force-buy was won, this time by Gambit, but FunPlus Phoenix looked strong on the full buys and closed out the series with a 16-9 scoreline.

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Final standings and prize pool distribution for Snow Sweet Snow 1*:

1. Europe FunPlus Phoenix – $40,000
2. Russia Gambit
3-4. CIS Virtus.pro
3-4. Portugal SAW
5-8. Russia forZe – $4,000
5-8. Brazil GODSENT – $4,000
5-8. Europe ENCE – $4,000
5-8. Europe Endpoint – $4,000
9-12. Poland Izako Boars – $3,000
9-12. Turkey Sangal – $3,000
9-12. Russia Winstrike – $3,000
9-12. Germany Sprout – $3,000
13-15. Sweden Dignitas
13-15. Oceania EXTREMUM
13-15. Poland PACT
13-15. Sweden Dignitas
16-18. Denmark Lyngby Vikings
16-18. Czech Republic Sinners
16-18. Ukraine EC Kyiv
19-20. Poland HONORIS
19-20. Europe GamerLegion

*Qualifying from the Swiss stage earned teams $3,000, winning the first playoff match an additional $1,000

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BIG, Gambit advance to DreamHack Open January Europe semi-finals

BIG and Gambit are the first teams qualified for DreamHack Open January Europe playoffs as they defeated Evil Geniuses and Spirit in group A and B winners’ bracket on Thursday.

They will now rest and prepare for the semifinals on Saturday, while Evil Geniuses and Spirit will have to play an elimination series against the winner of FunPlus Phoenix vs. HellRaisers and Sprout vs. forZe on Friday.

tabseN led BIG by example

Evil Geniuses had a rough start on their map pick Inferno, losing six of the first eight rounds, but managed to win the first half by 8-7. The North Americans carried the momentum to their CT side and chained six together to put BIG on the ropes. The Germans didn’t surrender and almost pushed the game to overtime, but Evil Geniuses closed it 16-13 as Tarik “⁠tarik⁠” Celik had a massive impact in the last two rounds, contributing with seven kills on his own.

BIG had a great start once again, this time on Dust2, and held on to their initial 6-0 lead, winning the half 9-6. The Germans displayed their best once they switched to the T side as they didn’t concede a single round to Evil Geniuses. Tizian “⁠tiziaN⁠” Feldbusch and Nils “⁠k1to⁠” Gruhne had a great match and finished with 22 and 21 frags respectively.

The scoreboard was tied 4-4 on Nuke when BIG took the reins and won the last seven rounds of the half on their CT side. Evil Geniuses grabbed a lifeline as they won the second pistol, but the Germans denied them any chance of comeback thanks to tabseN‘s 1v3 Desert Eagle clutch in the antieco. BIG lost only two more rounds after that as the North Americans didn’t have the strength nor the economy to fight back.

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Spirit played Inferno with Robert “⁠Patsi⁠” Isyanov instead of Abdul “⁠degster⁠” Gasanov and their strategy absolutely paid off as the 17-year-old had 22 kills and just 11 deaths, helping them to take down Gambit 16-6.

Spirit curiously left their in-game leader Leonid “⁠chopper⁠” Vishnyakov on the bench for Overpass and played with degster and Patsi. They were 14-10 ahead on their T side but failed to close the map as Gambit fixed their setup on the B bombsite. sh1ro and co. carried the momentum to overtime and cleanly swept their adversaries to take the series to Train.

On Train, Nikolay “⁠Certus⁠” Poluyanov subbed in chopper for Patsi and the 23-year-old successfully led his team to win their T side by 9-6. Gambit, however, had a nearly flawless run in the second half after they conceded the pistol round and the antieco. Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov was having a great game, but It was sh1ro who closed the game with an astonishing ace in the after-plant.

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