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G2 move past Complexity at IEM Cologne; BIG defeat Virtus.pro

G2 got their IEM Cologne campaign off to a great start following a convincing 2-0 win over Complexity in the first round of IEM Cologne’s Group A. Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković‘s side were in control for the majority of the series, though they left it late to secure Vertigo after struggling on the CT side, where Nemanja “⁠huNter-⁠” Kovač had a dominant showing (18-8). Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač then took over on Dust2, going 27-9 (15-0 only in the second half) to inspire his team to a quick victory.

G2 came out firing on all cylinders and were the better side for the majority of the opening half on Vertigo. They racked up 10 rounds on the T side, but the scoreline could have been even worse for Complexity if it were not for great individual plays from Kristian “⁠k0nfig⁠” Wienecke and Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer.

huNter- and NiKo led the charge for G2 against Complexity

The ‘Juggernaut’ came out of the break looking a different side and shut down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together, but G2 still managed to scrape to a narrow victory on a shoddy buy in the final round after huNter- – who had 18 frags to his name in the half – had put the team on map point with a stunning trio of frags.

huNter- carried his sparkling form into Dust2, where he went 17-8 on the T side as G2 raced to an 11-4 lead after a dominant 8-0 run to close the half. After the break, it was NiKo‘s time to shine: the younger Kovač pulled off an ace clutch in the third round to put a halt to Complexity‘s momentum and inspire G2 to a five-round streak that brought the series to a close.

In the next round, G2 will go up against BIG, who extended their LAN winning streak with a convincing two-map success against Virtus.pro. The German side, who came through the Play-In stage after beating Sprout and OG, took the lead in the series with a narrow win on Dust2, where Johannes “⁠tabseN⁠” Wodarz showed glimpses of his old self on the CT side (1.88 rating, 157 ADR).

The first half of Inferno was a tit-for-tat affair, but then BIG took control of the game after switching to the T side and went on an 8-0 run en route to map point. Virtus.pro tightened up with hopes of pushing the game to overtime, only to lose the map after being caught off-guard by an A fake.

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Gambit move past NAVI to book BLAST Premier grand final spot

Gambit have secured a spot in the grand final of the BLAST Premier Spring Final following a 2-1 victory against Natus Vincere. The world No.1 team put a stop to a two-match losing streak against their CIS rival (0-3 in DreamHack Masters Spring and 0-2 in EPIC League CIS) with a dominant performance that sees them make their ninth final since the start of the year, the sixth in a row.

Fresh off 2-0 victories over Evil Geniuses and Complexity, the young CIS roster drew first blood in the series with a narrow Dust2 victory in a closely-contested game. NAVI replied on Ancient, showing marked improvements from Wednesday’s defeat to FaZe on Train’s replacement, but their map pool issues were laid bare for all to see as they were outclassed on Mirage, one of their worst maps in recent history.

“We need to play more Ancient,” Vladislav “⁠nafany⁠” Gorshkov said after the match. “It’s not the best in our map pool, but I think that after some time it will be one of our best maps. It’s like a new map and no one has much experience. It’s a bit like Vertigo, which is now one of our best maps.” The in-game leader, who put in a strong performance on Mirage, added that he expects a strong NAVI side if they manage to reach the final: “I think it will be the toughest game ever.”

Gambit advance to Sunday’s grand final

Gambit made a whirlwind start to the series, hopping out to a 4-0 lead on the offence on Dust2 before NAVI finally came to life, powered not only by their big guns but also Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy, who raised eyebrows with an ace in the nith round. The 18-year-old was a joy to watch in the first half, racking up 15 frags, five more than Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev or Denis “⁠electronic⁠” Sharipov, as NAVI controlled the flow of play from the midway point and went into the break with a minimal advantage.

The second half began with Gambit retaking the lead on the back off a trio of frags from Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov in the pistol round. The game became more chaotic once it reached the gun stages as neither side were able to stamp their authority over the author, but in the end, NAVI’s insistence on letting the clock wind down backfired and allowed Gambit to make a late push for the win.

NAVI hit back immediately after losing the pistol round on Ancient and rode that momentum to a 6-1 lead. An ace clutch from Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov then breathed new life into Gambit, who began to fight their way back into the game, but the half still ended with a three-round lead for NAVI thanks to two key clutches from B1T in the closing stages.

The second half brought no relief for Gambit, who had no response to their opponents’ pace and power. One round was all that the young CIS side could muster as NAVI ran out comfortable winners in this one-sided affair.

Gambit came out on Mirage all guns blazing and raced to a 7-0 lead on the offence. NAVI then finally managed to hold back their opponents to earn some much-needed breathing room, but the respite was only temporary as Gambit quickly took control once again to end the half up 12-3, with nafany leading the charge with some impressive numbers (19-11 KD-D, 123 ADR and 9-2 opening duel record).

NAVI showed some signs of life in the second half and put some rounds together after losing the pistol, but by then it was simply too late. Gambit tightened up and immediately took the upper hand, shutting out NAVI for a swift end to the game.

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Complexity beat NIP to move on in BLAST Premier Spring Final upper bracket

Complexity got their BLAST Premier Spring Final campaign off to a winning start by taking down NIP comfortably 2-0 in the opening round. The international squad stamped their authority on the series after a 0-5 start on Mirage, going on to claim the map thanks to the deadly duo of k0nfig and Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer before taking Ancient convincingly in the team’s first official appearance on the new addition.

blameF & co. will now square off with Gambit in the upper semi-finals on Thursday at 15:30