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NAVI beat FURIA to qualify for playoffs, G2 oust EG in IEM Katowice

Natus Vincere have secured a spot in the IEM Katowice playoffs after beating FURIA 2-0 to send the Brazilian side to Group B’s lower bracket, while G2 survived a tough series against Evil Geniuses to eliminate the North American side from the tournament in joint-ninth place.

Natus Vincere opened their series with a hard-earned victory on Mirage, where several key plays from Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev made all the difference. The superstar’s three multi-kills gave his team an early advantage after a forcebuy back-and-forth that lasted for five rounds, which led to a 9-6 CT half.

s1mple & co. march on to Group B’s upper final unbeaten

NAVI extended their lead after sides switched with a pistol round win but struggled in the opening gunrounds, with FURIA equalizing the score at 12-12, before s1mple stepped up again with two triples to get NAVI out of the rut and close the map 16-13.

Nuke was a much simpler affair for Natus Vincere once they got ahead after another early blow-for-blow exchange in forcebuy rounds. With Deagles in hand in the tenth round, the Russian side managed to tilt the economy in their favor and stabilize, winning a few close scenarios to pick up another 9-6 half. FURIA secured the second pistol, but another forcebuy upset gave NAVI all the tools to close the series with ease at 16-8, 2-0.

Over in Group A’s lower bracket, G2 secured Train and Dust2 in narrow fashion against Evil Geniuses despite Vincent “⁠Brehze⁠” Cayonte‘s best efforts, as the American went 33-16 and 29-20 only to see his team lose both maps by the smallest of margins, 14-16 and 14-16.

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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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