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[VOD] Talking OG’s plateau and IEM Katowice groups with guest Aleksib

The European team that reached their peak world ranking of #6 at the turn of the year recorded underwhelming results at the first tournaments of 2021, most recently exiting IEM Katowice 2021 in 13-16th place.

To hear about what caused OG‘s slump and how the team plans to get out of it, HLTV Confirmed S5E28 will feature the Finnish caller Aleksi “⁠Aleksib⁠” Virolainen.

Aleksib will feature on HLTV Confirmed for the first time

Alongside Aleksib, the show will feature Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill and Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, who will break down the recent news and talk about other IEM Katowice results, such as the CIS-heavy playoff bracket and Liquid‘s revival.

Topic list:

Hot seat with Aleksib
-Reaching #6 in the world (IEM NY, Flashpoint 2)
-Player break and preparations
-2021 slump (summit, BLAST, Katowice)
-What is holding OG back?
Recent news
-suNny leaves ENCE, new project coming?
-Omaken acquires Heroic
-apEX returns to Vitality roster
IEM Katowice
-Play-in: mouz & NiP advance, C9 & Col falter
-CIS teams continue to impress
-Liquid to semis with FalleN’s calling
-Astralis in playoffs, Bubzkji out of the picture?
-FaZe’s first impression with karrigan
-How will the playoffs go?
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

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Astralis, Heroic march on in IEM Katowice groups

Astralis and Heroic are through to Group A’s upper semi-finals in IEM Katowice after dispatching mousesports and BIG, respectively. In the main stream match, Nicolai “⁠device⁠” Reedtz delivered a vintage performance as he topped the scoreboard on both maps, but the biggest talking point from the series was the fact that Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth played his first game on Nuke in almost three months, raising further questions about Lucas “⁠Bubzkji⁠” Andersen‘s status in the squad.

Astralis made a dream start to the series as they cruised to a 10-0 lead on the CT side of Nuke, mousesports‘ map choice. The international team lacked solutions to break through the Danish defence and looked off the pace, with two rounds all that they could muster in response before the break. Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong‘s troops improved after the side switch and put some rounds together, but their resistance was broken after Astralis upped the pace. With a successful MAC-10 push, the Danes wreaked havoc in mousesports‘ economy, and they had little difficulty closing out the game.

device helped Astralis beat mousesports with a series-high 1.52 rating

The Danes took an early lead on Inferno, but a successful eco on mousesports‘ part turned the tide of the game and set them up for a 6-0 run, with Aurimas “⁠Bymas⁠” Pipiras raising eyebrows on the A site. However, Astralis improved as the half wore on and managed to bring the deficit to a solitary round before the break. The second half was played at a frantic pace, with neither side managing to assert themselves in the early stages. mousesports, who had won an eco round following a quad-kill by Frederik “⁠acoR⁠” Gyldstrand, finally managed to string rounds together to equalise the score at 12-12, but then Astralis tightened up and ran away with the game.

Meanwhile, Heroic put on a dominant defensive performance on Inferno as they strolled to a 12-3 lead after shutting down any chances of BIG stringing rounds together. The German team responded in kind, but they were simply too far behind as the Danes managed to close out the game in the 28th round with nothing but pistols. Nuke was a keenly-contested affair from the get-go, with Heroic picking up seven rounds on the offence thanks to a series of clutch situations going their way. BIG loosened their grip on the game after the side switch and could not force a third map as Heroic wrapped things up in the 30th round.





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Liquid eliminate MIBR from BLAST Premier Spring Groups

Liquid has defeated MIBR in a quick 2-0 series (Vertigo 16-6, Inferno 16-9) to eliminate the Brazilian side from the BLAST Premier Spring Groups. Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo & co. are slated to play FaZe next for a spot at the Spring Final, on Sunday at 16:30