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Liquid break NAVI’s streak to advance to IEM Katowice semis, Virtus.pro to playoffs over FURIA

Liquid have advanced to the semi-finals of IEM Katowice after beating Natus Vincere in a nail-biting three map series, which put the CIS-based side in the quarter-finals, while Virtus.pro have rounded out the playoffs teams list with a 2-0 victory against FURIA.

After picking Inferno against Natus Vincere in their previous two encounters with varying results, Liquid decided to opt for Overpass this time and reaped the benefits as they secured a narrow victory in only their second time playing the map with Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo.

Liquid put together a solid offense in large part thanks to impact plays from Keith “⁠NAF⁠” Markovic, which helped the North American side turn a 0-4 start into a 10-5 half. The Canadian went on to add a couple of more multikills in the second half to break NAVI’s run while Jonathan “⁠EliGE⁠” Jablonowski and FalleN ran rampant in defense of the A bombsite, which eventually made the difference as Liquid came out on top 16-14.

Liquid outlasted NAVI after double overtime on Inferno

Natus Vincere were too much to handle on Dust2 for Liquid, the only map Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev & co. have a perfect record on this year with a 5-0 balance following a one-sided affair with the FalleN-led team. The North American side struggled for momentum as NAVI denied them a chance at consecutive rounds every step of the way, locking down an 11-4 Terrorist half before closing it in quick fashion on the defense thanks to a second-round forcebuy win.

Inferno was left to decide the victor and despite the early stages looking headed towards a comfortable Liquid triumph, it was all but easy for the North American side in the end. Their 14-10 lead on the CT side wasn’t enough to bring the series to a close in regulation, with Natus Vincere finding gaps in B over and over to force overtime, where after two sets Liquid brought it home on the back of some clutch play from EliGE, NAF, and Michael “⁠Grim⁠” Wince.

Meanwhile, the B stream showcased a back-and-forth battle between Virtus.pro and FURIA in Group B’s lower bracket final, which also began on Overpass and had the CIS team come out on top 16-14 as they denied the Brazilian squad a comeback from 13-7 despite Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato‘s best efforts to overturn the result.

Fired up from the first map, Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis was a force to be reckoned with on the second, Mirage, leading from the frontlines with 11 multikills to spearhead VP’s climb from a 1-8 deficit, rendering KSCERATO‘s heroic performance all in vain again.

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Virtus.pro see off Vitality, FURIA eliminate FaZe in IEM Katowice

Virtus.pro and FURIA are through to Group B’s lower bracket final in IEM Katowice following victories over Vitality and FaZe, respectively. The CIS team put in a solid performance to move past the current world No.3, who looked a bit off-colour and spent most of the series on the back foot, although credit still must be given to them as they came back from 15-8 down on Inferno before losing the game in overtime.

After previously moving past NIP, Virtus.pro will now look to complete their lower bracket run against the scary FURIA, who were firing on all cylinders in the two map victories over FaZe, showing no signs of discomfort with their newest addition as they outplayed and outclassed their opponents.

Vitality came out the stronger side on Inferno and gained a foothold in the game early on after keeping Virtus.pro from stringing rounds together. But after that slow start, the CIS team took control of proceedings and had Vitality against the ropes for the remainder of the half, which ended with five rounds separating the two sides.

Virtus.pro took down Vitality in a match between two top-five sides

More misery was to come for the French team, who won the pistol round but failed to convert the second round, with the scoreline blooming to a 14-6 lead. The CIS side hit map point shortly afterwards but could not close out the map as Vitality took control of the game and forced overtime. The momentum was now very much with the French side, but Virtus.pro kept their composure and wrapped up the game after winning two rounds in each half, with Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov delivering the finishing blow with a 1v2 clutch inside B.

Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali was the main instigator as Virtus.pro shut out the Vitality offence for large portions of the first half on Overpass, although they had just a narrow 8-7 lead heading into the break after the Frenchmen came alive towards the end of their T side. Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis kicked Virtus.pro further into the lead with three quick frags in the following pistol round, with the team using that momentum to carve out a 13-7 lead. With no room for error, Vitality tightened up and brought the deficit to a solitary round, but VP were unwilling to let a comeback happen and put the match to rest.

FaZe established an early lead on Mirage, but they lost their grip on the game after FURIA brought out a double AWP setup, Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson and Andrei “⁠arT⁠” Piovezan combining for 31 frags in the half as the Brazilian team raced to a 10-5 lead. The international team hit back in the following pistol round, but then they were caught off-guard as Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato picked up a spectacular trio of frags to turn the tide back in favour of FURIA, who ran away with the game.

FaZe bounced back from that disappointment with a strong defensive showing on Overpass, picking up 10 rounds in a one-sided half that witnessed a vintage performance by Håvard “⁠rain⁠” Nygaard (2.07 rating, 134 ADR). FURIA rallied back from a 12-5 deficit and enjoyed a spell of dominance, but FaZe picked themselves up in the closing stages and secured the victory to level the series. The final map, Train, was a complete blowout as FURIA ran rampant from the offset, dominating the European team thanks to stellar performances from Yuri “⁠yuurih⁠” Santos and KSCERATO, who combined for 46 frags to knock FaZe out of the tournament.

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NIP, OG eliminated from IEM Katowice as Virtus.pro, FaZe prevail

Virtus.pro and FaZe are through to the Group B lower-bracket semi-finals in IEM Katowice following victories over NIP and OG, respectively. The CIS team now await the loser of the match between Vitality and Liquid, while karrigan‘s troops will face either Natus Vincere or FURIA.

Virtus.pro won the three first rounds on Inferno, but NIP took the lead as soon as they could afford rifles. The Ninjas were displaying a solid defensive setup until Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis managed to grab three kills on A in an eco-round and Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov won an 1v2 clutch in the after-plant. The CIS team won three more rounds after that and switched to the CT side with a narrow 8-7 lead. Virtus.pro set the tone of the second half as they won four in a row, leaving the Ninjas in a tough spot. NIP broke the streak, but they could not take a stranglehold in the half as Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali‘s troops quickly wrapped up the map.

Jame was the top-fragger on Overpass

NIP came out strongly on Overpass and picked up a 5-0 lead on their T side, but then Virtus.pro tightened up to win the half by the slightest of margins. The CIS team improved after the side switch as they had correct reads all the time and won eight in a row to eliminate the Swedes from the tournament.

FaZe enjoyed a 6-1 lead on their CT side on Mirage until OG won four in a row off the back of a successful force-buy. FaZe managed to add three more to their tally before the end of the half, with Russel “⁠Twistzz⁠” Van Dulken leading the charge with 21 frags. karrigan‘s side dismantled OG‘s defence in the second half, in which Helvijs “⁠broky⁠” Saukants posted a 2.85 rating (15-1 K-D, 152.5 ADR).

FaZe put on a dominant CT side on Dust2 as they strolled to a 7-0 lead. OG still managed to salvage their T side, bringing the deficit to three rounds before the break, but FaZe ran away with the game in the second half after preventing their opponents from stringing rounds together.

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OG, Virtus.pro qualify for IEM Katowice

OG and Virtus.pro have booked spots in IEM Katowice’s main stage following victories over Cloud9 and Renegades. The Flashpoint 2 champions, who have become the fourth CIS side to secure entry into the prestigious competition, barely had to break sweat to come out on top, while OG had to go the full distance to beat a stubborn C9, who fought back from 11-0 down on the decider map but stuttered at the final hurdle.

OG went all guns blazing on Nuke and stormed to a 10-2 lead after holding Cloud9 at bay. Things were starting to look desperate for C9 as the half reached its closing stages, but then the ‘Colossus’ managed to stabilise and made the scoreline more respectful before the side switch. Cloud9 continued to chip away at OG‘s lead and won a chaotic pistol, but there would be no respite for them as they lost control of the game in the following round and never managed to recover.

NBK- led OG to a three-map victory over Cloud9

Cloud9 came out on Overpass looking a different side and strolled to an 11-1 lead with a strong defensive performance. OG then picked up the remaining three rounds of the half to keep themselves in it, with Nathan “⁠NBK-⁠” Schmitt leading the charge with 15 frags to his name, seven more than any of his teammates. Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin‘s troops carried that momentum into the second half and quickly hit map point, fending off a late comeback attempt by OG just as overtime seemed inevitable.

NBK- went 18-3 as OG got off to a dream start on the T side of Dust2, surging to an 11-0 lead. Cloud9 still managed to pick up three rounds before the break, with Erick “⁠Xeppaa⁠” Bach and William “⁠mezii⁠” Merriman keeping the team in the game with a 2v5 clutch in the following pistol. The North American player kept OG‘s defence busy with great fragging and timely flank as Cloud9 brought the deficit to a solitary round, but there would be no comeback as Aleksi “⁠Aleksib⁠” Virolainen‘s troops tightened up and secured the map.

Meanwhile, viewers on the secondary stream were treated to another imperious display from Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis, who topped the scoreboard on both maps of this one-sided series. Renegades came out the brighter of the two sides in both halves of Vertigo but offered little resistance when Virtus.pro had money to work with. Dust2 was even more lopsided as the CIS giants dismantled a shaky Australian defence before completing the rout just four rounds into the second half, with the Latvian star posting a 2.07 rating.

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IEM Katowice round-up: NIP outclass Complexity; mousesports, Virtus.pro win

The ‘Juggernaut’ cut a frustrating figure against the red-hot Ninjas, while Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong was able to beat his former team on his debut for the European side.

Three more teams have moved on in IEM Katowice Play-In’s double-elimination bracket as NIP dispatched Complexity, while mousesports and Virtus.pro picked up close victories against Renegades and Wisla Krakow.

NIP came into the game looking sharper than their opponents but couldn’t get a stranglehold on proceedings because of some shocking errors. William “⁠RUSH⁠” Wierzba and Kristian “⁠k0nfig⁠” Wienecke kept Complexity in it and prevented the game from getting away from their team, but then a quad-kill by Erik “⁠ztr⁠” Gustafsson destroyed the Juggernaut’s economy and set the Ninjas up for a 9-6 lead.

NiP will face Virtus.pro for a spot in the main tournament

More misery was heaped on Complexity in the second half as they lost the pistol round and the first full gun round to a 1v2 clutch by Fredrik “⁠REZ⁠” Sterner. One round was all that the international team could muster as NIP quickly put the game to bed.

David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský went huge during the early stages of the game to inspire mousesports to a 6-3 lead, but then Renegades took control of proceedings and went on a 9-0 run. With no margin for error, mousesports‘ stars stepped up to the plate to help spark a comeback in a close game that almost went to overtime.

Virtus.pro were in control for the majority of their T side and ended in control following a seven-round winning streak for an 11-4 lead. Wisla Krakow came alive after switching to the offence and cut the gap to just two rounds before Virtus.pro won an eco round and ran away with the game.

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Virtus.pro beat fnatic to win third consecutive title at cs_summit 7

Virtus.pro have defeated fnatic 2-0 (Inferno 16-14, Vertigo 16-8) in the grand final of cs_summit 7, completing an unbeaten campaign at the event to win the $90,000 first-place prize and secure their third consecutive title after coming out on top of Flashpoint 2 and DreamHack Open December at the end of 2020.

Inferno was the first map of the grand final and saw Virtus.pro pick up the series advantage after a closely contested affair, in which the lead bounced back and forth. Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali‘s side was the first to strike as Terrorists off a quad-kill from Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov in the pistol round, but fnatic did not roll over and dominated the opening gunrounds on the back of a consistent output from Freddy “⁠KRIMZ⁠” Johansson.

Virtus.pro clinch third consecutive title at cs_summit 7

In the end, the half went Virtus.pro‘s way at 8-7 after buster and Jame tipped it in their team’s favor with a 2v5 clutch, but their lead did not last long. The Swedes reclaimed the advantage after picking up the second pistol round and looked to close out the map as they reached a 13-10 scoreline, when VP tightened up the defense and started denying fnatic entry into either bombsite to lock down the first map 16-14.

Virtus.pro completed their unbeaten run at the $200,000 tournament on Vertigo. At first, it was heading towards another close result when the two sides were dead even by the end of the first half, with Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis and Jame each putting up a couple of key individual displays to eventually help their team pick up another 8-7 lead.

But once the sides switched, fnatic struggled on the defense, with a quick solo triple from the Latvian star in the last pistol round of the series setting off a successful streak from Virtus.pro, who then only conceded one round in the second half en route to a 16-8, 2-0 victory.

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cs_summit 7 final standings:

1. CIS Virtus.pro – $100,000
2. Sweden fnatic – $50,000
3-4. Europe mousesports – $22,500
3-4. Denmark Heroic – $17,500
5-8. Europe OG – $5,000
5-8. Brazil FURIA – $5,000
5-8. Europe Cloud9
5-8. Sweden NIP
9-10. Brazil MIBR
9-10. Sweden Dignitas
11-12. Europe FaZe
11-12. Europe Complexity

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Virtus.pro breeze past mousesports to clinch cs_summit 7 final spot

Virtus.pro have booked the first spot in the cs_summit 7 grand final following a 2-0 win over mousesports. Both teams arrived in the semi-final stage with a perfect record, but the CIS side reigned supreme on both maps, Train and Mirage, and didn’t let their opponents gain any momentum throughout the series.

The match began with mousesports taking the pistol and the next two rounds on Train, but the game took a U-turn once Virtus.pro bought rifles and displayed an impenetrable defense, winning nine rounds in a row. mousesports were able to take only two more rounds thanks to successful hits on the B site.

SANJI was the top-fragger of the series

Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali‘s men carried the momentum into their T side and won the first three rounds before conceding one to mousesports‘s full buy. Virtus.pro, however, still had enough money to buy rifles once more and won the following round, breaking mouz’s economy. The CIS team took advantage of that and locked down the map.

Virtus.pro showed no signs of slowing down on Dust2, and clinched the first round as Jame and Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov converted a 2v3 situation in the after-plant. They added four more rounds to their tally before mousesports ended their streak on the back of a B site hold. The CIS team focused on hitting the A bombsite as mouz struggled to hold it and switched to the CT side with a commanding 11-4 lead.

mousesports lost the following pistol, but they fought their way back into the game with a successful force-buy. Virtus.pro, however, didn’t allow the international team to gain momentum and answered back with their own scrappy buy. The CIS side were in control for the rest of the game and comfortably won the map to reach the title decider.

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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.

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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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