Na`Vi, NiP garner Group A wins
In some of the final games of the first day at IEM Katowice, Natus Vincere took down TheMongolz 16-6 on de_cbble while NiP scored a surprise victory over Luminosity with a 16-13 score on de_mirage.
On the other hand, Luminosity of Brazil who remained undefeated in the group faced off against NiP, who stood at 1-3 and therefore had no chance of advancing to the playoffs of IEM Katowice, marking the first time the organisation will be unable to play in the Spodek Arena.
friberg played a big part in the Luminosity takedown
Despite being fan favourites as a team who struggled to obtain visas from the event and won the Asia Minor, TheMongolz had to concede with an eventual 0-5 record as their game with Natus Vincere started with a promising 6-9 half for the Mongolian team on the T-side of de_cbble, but saw Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács & co. run away to a 16-6 victory on the second half.
K - D
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
28 - 12
Denis 'seized' Kostinseized
21 - 10
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
19 - 8
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
18 - 13
Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus
11 - 16
K - D
Tsog 'Tsogoo' MashbatTsogoo
22 - 15
Enkhtaivan 'Machinegun' LkhagvaMachinegun
12 - 20
Otgonjargal 'Menace' GanzorigMenace
8 - 22
Bold 'ncl' Batsuhncl
8 - 20
Temuulen 'Zilkenberg' BattulgaZilkenberg
9 - 20
The second match meanwhile delivered up quite a surprise as Luminosity went up 12-3 on their CT-side against NiP but a strong performance from Adam "friberg" Friberg and his teammates somehow brought the Swedish team back into the game and gave them a map win at 16-13.
The table for Group A therefore appears as follows (with fnatic versus mousesports set to end soon):
|3.|| Natus Vincere
Group B of IEM Katowice will kick off tomorrow and determine the second team to automatically advance to the semifinal as well as the two teams which will move on to the quarter-finals.
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