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[LIVE] HLTV Confirmed with guest valde: learning about OG’s changes, bootcamp, IEM Summer result

Just a day after OG finished IEM Summer in second place, falling to the world No. 1 Gambit in the grand final, Valdemar “⁠valde⁠” Bjørn Vangså joins the HLTV Confirmed show to discuss their run at the event and how things have been going with Nikolaj “⁠niko⁠” Kristensen and Shahar “⁠flameZ⁠” Shushan.

valde takes part in HLTV Confirmed S5E44

In his first appearance on Confirmed, valde will help the panel consisting of Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin make sense of the latest results and preview the upcoming event, BLAST Premier Spring Final. Additionally, the quintet will touch on Olof “⁠olofmeister⁠” Kajbjer‘s return to FaZe, the Intel Grand Slam race, and new discoveries related to the CIS RMR.

Topic list:

Hot seat with valde
– Reasons behind the roster shuffle
– NBK-, ISSAA departing, niko, flameZ join
– FP3 last place after good signs
– Second bootcamp focus
– Seven series winstreak and IEM
Recent news
– FaZe bring back olof (again)
– ESIC and Akuma betting fraud
– GuardiaN standing in for Trident
– StarLadder RMR anti-cheat details
– BLAST announce arena event
IEM Summer
– Gambit grind out another title
– How did G2 fool us again?
– Intel Grand Slam race heating up
BLAST Spring
– Gambit vs. NAVI for #1
– Who will be NIP’s fifth?
– Another week of practice for G2?
Playtime
– Parimatch matchmaker game
– Viewer questions and leftover topics

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Ax1Le secures second MVP award at IEM Summer

The Russian star put on a dominant performance in the grand final to clinch his second accolade in the last three months.

Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov has been named HLTV.org’s Most Valuable Player of IEM Summer following the conclusion of the $250,000 tournament’s grand final, which saw Gambit secure a flawless victory against OG in a best-of-five affair.

The 19-year-old rifler spearheaded the Russian team’s run to the title with a terrifying performance and an exceptionally consistent level, topping the charts almost every step of the way as he recorded 1.40+ ratings on nine out of the twelve maps Gambit won over the course of the tournament.

Ax1Le ties s1mple for the most MVPs so far in 2021

Ax1Le beat his grand final opponent Mateusz “⁠mantuu⁠” Wilczewski as well as teammate Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov to the individual award on the back of a brilliant display in the title decider itself, in which he was the highest-rated player and best damage-dealer on each of the three maps.

The Russian youngster now has two MVP awards to his name — one more than sh1ro — after having earned his first in Gambit‘s runners-up campaign at ESL Pro League Season 13 in early March. The only other player to have claimed two MVP awards this year so far is Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev, as you can see in the list below.

2021 MVPs by HLTV.org:

BLAST Premier Global FinalUkraineAleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev
cs_summit 7RussiaDzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali
IEM KatowiceRussiaDmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov
ESL Pro League 13RussiaSergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov
FunSpark ULTI Europe FinalCanadaJustin “⁠FaNg⁠” Coakley
DreamHack Masters SpringUkraineAleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev
Flashpoint 3SlovakiaDavid “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský
EPIC League CISKazakhstanAbay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov
IEM SummerRussiaSergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov

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Gambit sweep OG to win IEM Summer

Gambit have added another trophy to their cabinet with an IEM Summer grand final victory over OG in three maps, Mirage (16-14), Dust2 (16-11) and Overpass, (16-7), while ending the European combine’s dream run in the tournament as Casper “⁠ruggah⁠” Due’s men had previously tallied victories over NIP, Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses and Vitality without a loss.

This victory marks Gambit’s second Intel Grand Slam Season 3 point and third big title this year following IEM Katowice and their first RMR event of 2021, EPIC League CIS, and is their fifth grand final appearance when including ESL Pro League Season 13 and DreamHack Masters Spring, without taking into account several smaller accolades.

Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov carried his great form into the grand final, posting the highest ratings on all three of the maps played and averaging a 1.49 rating in the series. The 19-year-old finished the tournament as the third highest player with an average rating of 1.33 across the 15 maps Gambit played.

Ax1Le topped the grand final’s scoreboard with a 1.49 rating

The final IEM Summer series kicked off on Mirage, the first of Gambit’s two picks, and from the start it was a close affair as an early lead by OG on the CT side was turned around by the CIS squad in a tight 8-7 half. Aleksi “⁠Aleksib⁠” Virolainen and company started their offensive getting back ahead, with Mateusz “⁠mantuu⁠” Wilczewski and Valdemar “⁠valde⁠” Bjørn Vangså leading the way, but in the end it was Gambit who were able to win back-to-back rounds, building up an economy and reaching match point, 15-12, before closing the map out in the last round of regulation.

OG came out in full force on Dust2 after barely falling short in the opening map, and took control of proceedings early on with an 8-2 lead, but Gambit hit hard late in the half and brought it as close as could be with a five-round streak to throw the map wide open at the switch. The Russian squad then put up a wall on the defense as OG struggled to break through time and time again, allowing just three rounds on the way to a 16-11 victory and getting one map away from victory after the first two.

The third map in the series, Overpass, started off as did the two previous ones, a close affair between the two sides, this time with Gambit on the offense and OG as CTs. Although it was valde and company who were able to get an early lead, their economy depleted after losing several rounds in a row and it was Gambit, with a brilliant Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov, who took the half 9-6. OG took a very necessary T-side pistol round, but crumbled against the forcebuy after which the emboldened CIS squad sprinted towards the finish line to secure the IEM Summer trophy, 16-7.

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The final IEM Summer standings are:

1. Russia Gambit – $100,000
2. Europe OG – $42,000
3-4. Europe G2 – $20,000
3-4. France Vitality – $20,000
5-6. North America Evil Geniuses – $10,000
5-6. CIS Virtus.pro – $10,000
7-8. Sweden NIP – $6,000
7-8. Europe Complexity – $6,000
9-12. Russia Spirit – $5,000
9-12. Denmark Heroic – $5,000
9-12. Denmark Astralis – $5,000
9-12. Europe FunPlus Phoenix – $5,000
13-16. Sweden fnatic – $4,000
13-16. Europe Imperial – $4,000
13-16. North America Extra Salt – $4,000
13-16. Germany Sprout – $4,000

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Gambit dismantle G2 to set up IEM Summer grand final against OG

Gambit have advanced to the IEM Summer grand final following a swift 2-0 win over G2 in the semi-finals, setting up the first-ever encounter against OG in the best-of-five title decider of the $250,000 event. The Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković-led side have been eliminated in joint-third place as they could not live up to high expectations following a convincing display in the group stage, suffering their fourth consecutive loss to the CIS-based squad since February.

The favorites got their first official taste of Ancient in the semi-final series and showcased a high level on the newest map with a terrifying performance on the CT side. Gambit clearly put in the work to be ready to play the map in case G2 decided to pick it, which Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov confirmed in the post-match interview.

“Big respect and thanks to our analyst and coach, they expected [G2 to pick Ancient],” the Kazakhstani star said, adding that the team did their homework when it came to analyzing how G2 played the map in their group stage affair against FunPlus Phoenix. “I would say it was 60% of anti-strat and 40% of our game.”

Gambit’s grand final streak continues

Gambit got off to a flying start in the series after opting for Vertigo, their most successful map as of late, securing a comfortable victory on the opener on the back of a near-flawless Terrorist side. G2 looked out of their depth against the slow-paced style of the CIS squad, putting together only two solitary rounds in the first half as they couldn’t keep up with Gambit‘s mid-round calls.

The French-Balkan team kept their spirits high and slowly chipped away at the massive deficit after the second pistol round went their way, but they were ultimately too far behind and their opponents clinched the last few rounds necessary to pick up the series lead.

G2 hoped to catch Gambit unprepared on Ancient, which Vladislav “⁠nafany⁠” Gorshkov‘s squad had had yet to play in official matches, but it was just the opposite that ended up being the case. The world’s No. 1 team looked more than capable in their debut on the newest addition to the map pool and left their adversaries in the dust after yet another dominant display, this time starting on the defense. G2 didn’t give themselves much space to work with after claiming just two rounds in the first half once again, and after some early struggles in the second Gambit went on to clinch a convincing win to make their way to the grand final.

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OG overcome Vitality to reach IEM Summer grand final

OG defeated Vitality 2-1 in the semi-finals of IEM Summer 2021, reaching their first grand final since Flashpoint 2 in December of last year. The team’s AWPer Mateusz “⁠mantuu⁠” Wilczewski recorded another great game (1.22 rating) to ensure the victory against Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire‘s team, giving OG a chance to secure their first trophy from a top-tier event.

OG are looking to complete the dream run

The semi-final series provided three enthralling maps, with both teams taking their opponents’ picks and the winner being decided on Overpass where Shahar “⁠flameZ⁠” Shushan stepped up to the task.

“Regardless of which team we face, G2 or Gambit, it is going to be a super tough game,” Valdemar “⁠valde⁠” Bjørn Vangså said about the grand final in the post-match interview. “No matter which of the two teams we play, I think it is about being happy that we made it to the grand final and trying to play a game with as little pressure as possible.”

On the side of Vitality, another impressive match from Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier (1.14 rating) wasn’t enough for the Frenchmen to take the victory, seeing them finish 3rd-4th — still their best placing since moving away from the six-man roster and benching Nabil “⁠Nivera⁠” Benrlitom.

Utilizing a pack-roll approach, Vitality recovered from a lost pistol on Dust2 to get back to 4-4 on the Terrorist side. OG then denied them entry picks and rotated well to regain control of the half, ending 9-6 ahead. Jayson “⁠Kyojin⁠” Nguyen Van‘s triple in the pistol set up his side to go on a 5-1 run, with the two teams shortly tied at 11-11 and 12-12. Despite OG‘s four-round streak, Vitality held on to force overtime, but mantuu‘s impeccable form was the difference-maker for the international team to bring it over the line.

On Mirage, Vitality grabbed a 5-1 lead to start things on the defensive side, but the advantage didn’t hold long. Aleksi “⁠Aleksib⁠” Virolainen was leading his team by example as they bridged the gap, 6-6, with the half ending with a minimal advantage for Vitality. Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut jumped into B and found a double opener on the pistol to push his team forward (11-7), with misutaaa coming up big with two 1v3s to close out the map comfortably for the Frenchmen, 16-9.

Control of the first half on Overpass was seized by OG early, as Aleksib‘s team pushed and pulled Vitality to get up 7-3. misutaaa showed up with another clutch, this time a 1v2 on an eco, to stop the rot and help his team earn seven rounds by halftime. The two teams were inseparable as the sides were swapped, but a successful mixed buy from OG in round 22 turned the tides of the game and helped them secure a 16-10 victory.

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Gambit through to IEM Summer semi-finals over Evil Geniuses

Gambit have secured a spot in the IEM Summer semi-finals with a convincing 2-0 victory over Evil Geniuses on Dust2 (16-10) and Overpass (16-11), not needing the Mirage decider. Both Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov and Dmitry “⁠sh1ro⁠” Sokolov were the big heroes for Gambit, as they posted 1.50 and 1.43 ratings, respectively, with impressive performances on both maps.

Up next for Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov and company will be a match against the red-hot G2, a team that has shown great form all tournament long with a 3-0 record including a 2-0 victory over Vitality in the Group A upper bracket final match that put them straight into Saturday’s semi-finals. Meanwhile, Evil Geniuses will have four days to plan their revenge, as they will take on none other than Gambit in their BLAST Premier Spring Final opening match.

Ax1Le put on a big performance in the quarter-final bout

“They surprised us,” Hobbit said in the post-match interview regarding EG’s Overpass pick, known to be one of Gambit’s stronger maps. “We prepared Inferno, we thought it was going to be Inferno, but they just picked Overpass and that was a mistake by them.”

Despite the veto, Gambit made it clear early on that they weren’t going to be surprised on the server, and took an early lead on the defending side of Dust2, although several good plays in close situations by Tsvetelin “⁠CeRq⁠” Dimitrov put Evil Geniuses right back in the game. The majority North American squad then took Gambit for a ride, taking the lead early on in the second half, but it was finally the CIS squad who were able to secure their pick 16-10.

The Russian squad didn’t let up on Overpass, starting on their preferred CT side and running away with an early lead as they had done on their own map pick earlier, winning eight of the first ten rounds played after a brilliant quad-kill in the pistol round by Ax1Le. A 10-5 lead in the first half was then converted into a victory as Gambit put a stop to Evil Geniuses’ comeback attempt by winning a late eco round which put them on match point, after which the deal was sealed, 16-11.

“I have confidence in this team, we’re having a lot of fun and feeling motivated,” Peter “⁠stanislaw⁠” Jarguz said regarding his team’s 5-6th placing at IEM Summer. “This is a good first showing and hopefully for the next tournament we’ll just improve. Let’s build that consistency again because we’ve just been placing last for God knows how long and hopefully this is a good start towards a brighter future for us.”

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Vitality brush aside Virtus.pro en route to IEM Summer semis

Vitality have passed the IEM Summer quarter-finals with flying colors after securing a commanding win against Virtus.pro on two maps (Inferno 16-10, Vertigo 16-5). The semi-finals will witness a rematch from the first round of the Flashpoint 3 lower bracket between the French side and OG, in which Vitality confirmed their edge over the European squad with their third consecutive 2-0 victory in the matchup.

The quarter-final series saw Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier in impressive form as he and Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut led the way to the comfortable victory. The 18-year-old has averaged a 1.33 rating over seven maps played during IEM Summer so far, showcasing an unprecedented level of performance following five months full of tournaments in which he was rated below 1.00.

misutaaa has continued to showcase an unprecedented level

“I think it’s him having more confidence,” Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire said on the topic of misutaaa‘s improvement in an interview conducted shortly after the match. “For more than three months misutaaa has been really sick in practice, but unfortunately he wasn’t showing up during matches. […] We tried to change a few things to make him even more comfortable, and I think it’s working pretty well.”

The first quarter-final series was expected to go to all three maps after a predictable veto produced Inferno and Vertigo as the first two, but it all changed when Virtus.pro faltered on their opening pick. The young French trio of ZywOo, misutaaa, and the still-fresh addition Jayson “⁠Kyojin⁠” Nguyen Van combined to put together a strong defense for Vitality on Inferno, and after a relatively comfortable closing the CIS-based team’s chances looked doomed as they were heading into their least successful map.

With just one win to their name in the last eight matches on Vertigo, there seemed to be little hope for Virtus.pro on Vitality‘s pick, and the Frenchmen went on to confirm their position of the favorites with a dominant display. Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali & co. struggled after they chose to begin the second map on the Terrorist side, clinching just three rounds on the offense as Vitality rallied to a 16-5, 2-0 victory.

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[VOD] HLTV Confirmed with guest hampus: examining device’s addition to NIP, IEM Summer results

Following a few episodes featuring coaches and talent members, HLTV Confirmed E5E43 brings an active player into the “Hot Seat” – hampus. The 22-year-old caller has spent just over a year in NIP, during which time the team floated around the tenth spot in the world ranking. Will they be able to accomplish more with the addition of Nicolai “⁠device⁠” Reedtz?

hampus will share his thoughts on NIP and other teams

The team’s debut with a four-time Major winner ended up being quite controversial one, with the final map of the series at Flashpoint 3 ending up replayed and the Swedes taking the victory over Anonymo. hampus will share his thoughts on that situation, as well as his experiences leading the team, and the revolving fifth-player slot, currently occupied by Linus “⁠LNZ⁠” Holtäng.

The show will feature two of the regular panelists, Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, as Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda skips the episode. The show topics are available below:

Hot seat with hampus
– NIP’s year as a top-10 gatekeeper
– IGL responsibilities and ztr
– Flashpoint 3 result
– Top 8 at IEM Summer
– device lacking star flair?
– Outlook: Major, fifth player, academy team…
Recent news
– FURIA part ways with Junior, add assistant coach
– zews exits Evil Geniuses (and they improve?)
– CIS teams call on Valve to investigate Akuma
– Rumor mill: mertz to Astralis?
IEM Summer
– Is G2 going to claim their first big trophy in 4 years?
– Are Vitality back?
– What is holding Heroic back?
– OG on a hot streak
– Playoffs preview
BLAST Spring
– $425,000 on the line – who will take it?
Playtime
– Parimatch matchmaker game
– Viewer questions and leftover topics

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HLTV Confirmed with guest hampus: examining device’s addition to NIP, IEM Summer results

Following a few episodes featuring coaches and talent members, HLTV Confirmed E5E43 brings an active player into the “Hot Seat” – hampus. The 22-year-old caller has spent just over a year in NIP, during which time the team floated around the tenth spot in the world ranking. Will they be able to accomplish more with the addition of Nicolai “⁠device⁠” Reedtz?

hampus will share his thoughts on NIP and other teams

The team’s debut with a four-time Major winner ended up being quite controversial one, with the final map of the series at Flashpoint 3 ending up replayed and the Swedes taking the victory over Anonymo. hampus will share his thoughts on that situation, as well as his experiences leading the team, and the revolving fifth-player slot, currently occupied by Linus “⁠LNZ⁠” Holtäng.

The show will feature two of the regular panelists, Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, as Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda skips the episode. The show topics are available below:

Hot seat with hampus
– NIP’s year as a top-10 gatekeeper
– IGL responsibilities and ztr
– Flashpoint 3 result
– Top 8 at IEM Summer
– device lacking star flair?
– Outlook: Major, fifth player, academy team…
Recent news
– FURIA part ways with Junior, add assistant coach
– zews exits Evil Geniuses (and they improve?)
– CIS teams call on Valve to investigate Akuma
– Rumor mill: mertz to Astralis?
IEM Summer
– Is G2 going to claim their first big trophy in 4 years?
– Are Vitality back?
– What is holding Heroic back?
– OG on a hot streak
– Playoffs preview
BLAST Spring
– $425,000 on the line – who will take it?
Playtime
– Parimatch matchmaker game
– Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

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HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
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FURIA invited to Elisa Invitational Summer playoffs

FURIA have received a direct invite to the Elisa Invitational Summer playoffs, where they will join the competition in the quarter-finals alongside three other unannounced sides. The single-elimination, best-of-three bracket will run from June 30 through to July 4 and hold a $50,000 reward for the victors.

The Main Swiss stage is currently underway and will see half of the 16 teams progress to the first round of the playoffs, with the winners moving on to face the invited teams in the quarter-finals. Top-30 sides such as Entropiq (#15), HAVU (#21), SKADE (#22), DBL PONEY (#23) and Fiend (#28) are in attendance along with a host of teams that made it through the Regional Swiss stage in May.

FURIA will look to get off to winning ways with honda at Elisa Summer Invitational

The Elisa Invitational Summer will be FURIA‘s first tournament with honda back in the starting lineup following Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson’s decision to move to the bench after struggling to adapt to his new environment. The 20-year-old is no stranger to the team, having played in the BLAST Premier Global Final and cs_summit 7 at the beginning of the year as a replacement for the North American AWPer, who missed those two tournaments due to passport issues.

The $100,000 tournament will serve as necessary preparation for the Brazilian side ahead of IEM Cologne, which is scheduled to take place from July 8-18.

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