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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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Snow Sweet Snow 1 playoff schedule revealed

The playoff matches for the single-elimination bracket have been decided, with four invited teams entering the fray.

Relog Media has revealed the match-ups for the knockout stages of Snow Sweet Snow 1. The top seeds from the Swiss stage, ENCE and Winstrike (3-0 records), will open up the playoffs by facing off against Sprout and forZe, who narrowly secured places in the bracket with victories over Dignitas and EXTREMUM in the 2-2 decider matches.

The middle of the pack sees Sangal square off with Endpoint, while GODSENT will continue on in their debut tournament against Izako Boars to cap off the first-round matches.

dycha will face his former team Sprout in the playoffs

sAw, FunPlus Phoenix, Gambit and Virtus.pro have all received direct invitations to the playoff stage and will await the winners of the first round in the quarter-finals. The complete playoff schedule for Snow Sweet Snow 1 can be found below:

Monday, February 8

09:00

Tuesday, February 9

09:00

Wednesday, February 10

09:00

https://www.hltv.org/news/31158/snow-sweet-snow-1-playoff-schedule-revealed (Source)

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forZe, Sprout round out Snow Sweet Snow 1 playoff list; EXTREMUM eliminated

Eight teams that advanced from the groups of Snow Sweet Snow 1 have been decided on Friday, following the final matches of the stage. forZe spoiled EXTREMUM‘s debut tournament by securing a 2-1 victory over Aaron “⁠AZR⁠” Ward‘s team, while Sprout recovered from a 0-2 start and made playoffs by taking down Dignitas in the final round.

ENCE and Winstrike were the first two squads to make the playoffs, going 3-0, followed by Sangal, GODSENT, and Endpoint. In addition to forZe and Sprout, Izako Boars earned a playoff spot on the final day by overcoming countrymen PACT.

FL1T posted a 1.55 rating against EXTREMUM

EXTREMUM were eliminated with 2-3 record, beating HONORIS and Izako Boars, but losing to higher-tier opponents in Winstrike, GODSENT, and forZe. Joakim “⁠jkaem⁠” Myrbostad and Hansel “⁠BnTeT⁠” Ferdinand were standout players for the reunited squad, but their efforts weren’t enough to get them into the next stage of competition.

The best performers in the tournament so far are Aleksey “⁠El1an⁠” Gusev (1.46 rating) and Paweł “⁠dycha⁠” Dycha (1.39 rating), with GODSENT duo Bruno “⁠b4rtiN⁠” Câmara (1.25 rating) – Eduardo “⁠dumau⁠” Wolkmer (1.21 rating) and Izako BoarsHubert “⁠Szejn⁠” Światły (1.21) closing out the top 5.

You can see the results of the Swiss stage below:

Next on the schedule is the playoff stage, where the eight teams from the groups will face off in the round of 12, with the winners of those matchups taking on one of the four invited teams in round of 8.

Playoff invites were handed to the following teams:

The invited teams are ranked 10-21 in the world, with Virtus.pro being the favorites for the event as they are currently on a three-tournament winning streak. A total of $40,000 is reserved for the champions of Snow Sweet Snow 1.

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NIP clinch cs_summit 7 playoff spot over Dignitas

NIP were the only team in the last chance stage to have finished the group stage in fourth place, without a single win, after losing to Virtus.pro and Cloud9 in their Group C bouts. Despite the rocky start in the tournament, Björn “⁠THREAT⁠” Pers’s men impressed early on in their match against Dignitas, and although they weren’t able to close the series out in two maps after taking a big lead just one round away from match point, they were able to wrap it up in the decider, meaning Patrik “⁠f0rest⁠” Lindberg and company, who had shown promise in the group stage with two very close 1-2 losses to OG and a 2-0 victory over Complexity, will now have to watch the remainder of the event from the sidelines.

The series started out on Dignitas’ map pick, Train, but was a blowout from the start as NIP dominated the CT side and closed it out quickly on the attack, 16-4. Vertigo didn’t fare much better for the Swedish-Norwegian squad early on, going down 6-9 on the CT side, but they were able to bring it back to a 16-14 victory on the attack. Fredrik “⁠REZ⁠” Sterner and company then went on to secure the Inferno comfortably, 16-8, to take the series and assure their presence in the cs_summit 7 playoffs, where they will have a chance at exacting revenge on Virtus.pro in the quarter-final.

nawwk dominated on Train with the AWP

NIP kicked the series off with a four round streak on the CT side of Train before giving up a single round, after which they continued to hold the line on the defense giving up just two more rounds on the way to a dominating 13-2 half. Dignitas secured the second pistol round with a B retake, but weren’t able to follow it up against the forcebuy, after which NIP closed out the first map 16-4.

The Ninjas once again got off to a leading start on Vertigo winning the pistol round on the attacking side, after which Tim “⁠nawwk⁠” Jonasson won a 1vs3 in the anti-eco to continue charging ahead. After a 9-6 half, NIP secured the second pistol round and nawwk won another clutch, a 1vs2, to bag the first buy round, going up 12-6. Dignitas then started to come to life, putting together a comeback attempt which they were able to convert in the last round of regulation, winning it 16-14 to force a decider map.

Dignitas carried their momentum into Inferno, going up 4-0 on the attack before NIP managed to win a pistol buy to get on the board. Nicolas “⁠Plopski⁠” Gonzalez Zamora and company then went on a tear, turning the scoreboard on its head before switching sides with a 10-5 lead. Dignitas managed to do some damage early on in the second half by linking two rounds in a row, but couldn’t keep it up as NIP turned up the heat and secured the map and series to advance to the cs_summit 7 playoffs.

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Virtus.pro beat FURIA to book cs_summit 7 playoff spot

Virtus.pro are the third team through to the cs_summit 7 playoffs following a 2-0 victory over FURIA in Group C’s upper bracket final. The CIS side took the lead in the series with an all-round display on Inferno, while Overpass was a one-man show as YEKINDAR pulled off countless multi-kill rounds and a few crucial clutches to help the team recover from an 11-4 deficit.

“I’m happy I had a good game because on Inferno it was a bit harsh for me,” the Latvian said after the match. “It was a bit unusual to play a team like FURIA, their individual style is really hard to adapt to. Usually, I’m usually not playing against that type of players.”

The first half of Inferno was a keenly-contested affair played with high intensity. Neither side managed to stamp their authority on the game or string more than a couple of rounds together, with the two in-game leaders, Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali and Andrei “⁠arT⁠” Piovezan, topping the scoreboard for their respective teams.

Virtus.pro move on to the playoffs

Virtus.pro came out of the break looking a more resolute side and started to put some rounds together, bringing the scoreline to a 13-7 advantage on the back of a 1v4 clutch by Sanjar “⁠SANJI⁠” Kuliev in the first full gun round. FURIA were not fazed one bit, though, and went on a solid run to restore parity at 13 rounds, but the CIS team were unwilling to let a comeback happen and ran over the Brazilian defence in the closing stages of the game to lock down the map.

Having lost all but one of the last five games played on Overpass, FURIA seemed to be in trouble as they headed into the second map, but they surpassed all expectations, racing to an 11-4 lead with a strong defensive showing.

And then the YEKINDAR show began. The Latvian player, who had ended Inferno with a modest 14 frags, went 27-5 in the half and averaged over 200 damage per round to inspire Virtus.pro to a comeback victory against the Brazilians in what turned out to be a completely one-sided half.

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