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[VOD] Examining new FaZe lineup, IEM Katowice results on HLTV Confirmed with karrigan

Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen will guest on the HLTV Confirmed show for the second time in the season, this time sitting down to talk about his return to FaZe, leaving mousesports behind, and what he aims to accomplish alongside Håvard “⁠rain⁠” Nygaard and Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David.

karrigan joins the show to talk about his goals for 2021

The show will be hosted by the regular trio of Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, who will consult with karrigan about the latest roster moves, IEM Katowice results, and more.

Topics for the show:

Hot seat with karrigan
-The decision to leave mouz
-Why return to FaZe?
-Roles and team chemistry
-IEM Katowice debut
-FaZe 2021 roster vs. 2018 roster
-Goals for 2021, coach, psychologist status
Recent news
-Ethan leaves EG for VALORANT
-OG bench NBK-, in talks with niko
-Heroic: -b0RUP, niko; +sjuush, refrezh
-MAD Lions to go international
-suNny to stand in for FPX
IEM Katowice
-Gambit’s unlikely victory
-Virtus.pro choked the final?
-Astralis and NAVI fall short
-How will the CIS teams rank in 3-6 months?
-Liquid’s streaky form
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-Viewer questions and leftover topics

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HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
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Examining new FaZe lineup, IEM Katowice results on HLTV Confirmed with karrigan

Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen will guest on the HLTV Confirmed show for the second time in the season, this time sitting down to talk about his return to FaZe, leaving mousesports behind, and what he aims to accomplish alongside Håvard “⁠rain⁠” Nygaard and Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David.

karrigan joins the show to talk about his goals for 2021

The show will be hosted by the regular trio of Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, who will consult with karrigan about the latest roster moves, IEM Katowice results, and more.

Topics for the show:

Hot seat with karrigan
-The decision to leave mouz
-Why return to FaZe?
-Roles and team chemistry
-IEM Katowice debut
-FaZe 2021 roster vs. 2018 roster
-Goals for 2021, coach, psychologist status
Recent news
-Ethan leaves EG for VALORANT
-OG bench NBK-, in talks with niko
-Heroic: -b0RUP, niko; +sjuush, refrezh
-MAD Lions to go international
-suNny to stand in for FPX
IEM Katowice
-Gambit’s unlikely victory
-Virtus.pro choked the final?
-Astralis and NAVI fall short
-How will the CIS teams rank in 3-6 months?
-Liquid’s streaky form
Playtime
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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sh1ro named IEM Katowice 2021 MVP

Gambit‘s 19-year-old AWPer Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov claimed the IEM Katowice 2021 MVP award after he and his teammates defeated Virtus.pro in the grand final after battling their way to the title from the lower bracket following an initial loss to Evil Geniuses.

The Russian squad, who were also the lowest ranking team in the field, eliminated five teams on the way to the final, leaving behind mousesports, Heroic, G2, Natus Vincere and Spirit before being crowned champions with a 3-1 victory in the best-of-five grand final.

sh1ro finished the tournament with a 1.27 rating in 17 maps

On his way to being awarded the MVP title sh1ro had above average ratings in 15 of the 17 maps played, topping five different stats leaderboards: KD difference (+111), damage difference per round (+20), deaths per round (0.48), KAST (77.8%), and clutches, with 19 1vsX situations won — the same number as the current Big Event record holder, Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev.

One of sh1ro‘s highlights in a consistently strong tournament all around came in the quarter-final match against Natus Vincere, where he topped the board with a 1.45 rating and 86% KAST, and although he wasn’t as impactful in the last two series, he was still a consistent positive influence in Gambit‘s victories deep in the bracket while everyone else on the team stepped up at different times.

In the end sh1ro was able to put in enough work in the grand final to outdo the other outstanding performer at IEM Katowice 2021, Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis, to come out on top in the race for the MVP and earn the accolade for the first time in his career.

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Gambit hammer Virtus.pro to win IEM Katowice 2021

Gambit have defeated Virtus.pro in the IEM Katowice grand final 3-1 (Vertigo 14-16, Dust2 16-6, Train 16-4, Overpass 16-12), clinching by far their biggest title so far along with the $400,000 grand prize. With the best-of-five win, the lowest-ranked team of the tournament completed an incredible upset run that saw them beat their three biggest regional rivals in the playoffs, having beaten Natus Vincere and Spirit in the previous two rounds.

Vertigo opened the final series as Gambit‘s first map pick and delivered a back-and-forth affair that went the distance. At one point Virtus.pro looked heavily favored to win the map after the Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali-led side went on a spree on the CT side once they got a hold of weaponry, in large part thanks to openers and multikills from Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis.

The tide changed when sides switched a second-round forcebuy went the way of Gambit, who then went on to win eight out of the next nine rounds, interrupted only by a 1v2 clutch from Sanjar “⁠SANJI⁠” Kuliev. With backs against the wall at 11-14, Virtus.pro found important timings in middle to break their opponents’ economy, before YEKINDAR‘s four consecutive openers pushed his team over the finish line at 16-14.

Hobbit led the way with 90 kills

Dust2 was heading in a similar direction in the first stages of the opening half, with Gambit securing the second round with a forcebuy and getting off to an early lead on the CT side and Virtus.pro bringing it back after a couple of low buy upsets of their own. Gambit pulled away at the end of the half on the back of three individual plays from Timofey “⁠interz⁠” Yakushin, however, and put together a flawless Terrorist side to equalize the series with a comfortable win on the second map.

Vladislav “⁠nafany⁠” Gorshkov & co. seemed to carry over the momentum to Train, with a couple of triples from Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov seeing Gambit get off to a great start on the offense. Virtus.pro struggled to find answers, only winning four rounds on the preferred side thanks to an ace from YEKINDAR and good AWPing from Jame, and it was all but over when they also conceded the second pistol round, with Gambit rallying to another whitewash victory at 16-4.

It all ended on Overpass as Gambit looked to put on another one-sided performance after a dominant defense, where Hobbit continued to put up great numbers to help his team secure an 11-4 lead going into halftime. After conceding the next pistol round, the nafany-led side took little time to reach match point once they had the money to buy up, and despite a commendable comeback attempt from VP they closed the series at 16-12, 3-1 with a well-timed B attack.

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IEM Katowice final standings:

1. Russia Gambit – $400,000
2. CIS Virtus.pro – $180,000
3-4. United States Liquid – $80,000
3-4. Russia Spirit – $80,000
5-6. Denmark Astralis – $40,000
5-6. Russia Natus Vincere – $40,000
7-8. Brazil FURIA – $24,000
7-8. Europe G2 – $24,000
9-12. Europe FaZe – $16,000
9-12. France Vitality – $16,000
9-12. United States Evil Geniuses – $16,000
9-12. Denmark Heroic – $16,000
13-16. Europe OG – $10,000
13-16. Sweden NIP – $10,000
13-16. Germany BIG – $10,000
13-16. Europe mousesports – $10,000

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Virtus.pro take down Liquid to set up all-CIS IEM Katowice final

Virtus.pro are through to the grand final of IEM Katowice 2021 following a clean 2-0 victory over Liquid. Fresh off a three-map thriller with Astralis in the first round of the playoffs, the CIS team were on the front foot from the offset, out-playing and out-aiming their opponents with imperious displays from their star duo, Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali and Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis.

Dust2 was easier for Virtus.pro than the scoreline suggests as Liquid won both pistols but then faded away in gun rounds. The North American team still attempted to respond on Mirage but were overrun in the second half after Virtus.pro hit their stride.

The Flashpoint 2 champions will be hoping to recreate that scintillating performance in Sunday’s grand final against fellow CIS side Gambit as they chase their second title of 2021 after winning cs_summit 7 in January. However, they will need to be wary of the threat posed by the young Russian team, who came out on top the last time these two teams faced each other, less than three weeks ago.

Jame was the top performer on both maps of the series

The early signs were promising for Liquid, who took an early lead on Dust2 after a flawless pistol round. They were even to immediately respond after Virtus.pro got their first round on the board thanks to a 1v2 clutch by Michael “⁠Grim⁠” Wince. And then, things turned sour. Jame‘s troops ripped the Liquid defence for the remainder of the half, limiting their opponents to just six CT rounds.

The second half began in the exact same manner as the first, with a perfect pistol from Liquid, who then turned to Keith “⁠NAF⁠” Markovic for a bailout as the Canadian pulled off a 1v3 clutch after YEKINDAR had wreaked havoc with a Scout. But just like on their T side, Virtus.pro took control of the game once they had a full economy: The CIS team dictated the pace and rhythm of play, shutting out Liquid seven rounds in a row en route to a comfortable victory.

Mirage began with a clean pistol by Virtus.pro, who were unable to convert the second round after being caught off-guard by Liquid‘s full eco. The North American team rode that momentum to a 3-1 lead, but then Virtus.pro tightened up and put some rounds together. Liquid put their foot down after the midway point of the half, though, and managed to head into the break with a narrow 8-7 lead despite Jame boasting a 17-4 score.

Liquid added to their lead after switching to the CT side, but just like on Dust2, there was no stopping Virtus.pro in gun rounds. Big individual rounds by Jame and YEKINDAR put the CIS team in full control, with Liquid mustering only one round before their opponents ran away with the game.

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YEKINDAR shines as Virtus.pro edge out Astralis to advance to IEM Katowice semi-finals

In the first-ever encounter between the two lineups, Virtus.pro have defeated Astralis 2-1 to secure their berth in the IEM Katowice semi-finals, in which the CIS side will face Liquid on Saturday at 18:30