Astralis, E-frag secure remaining wins
Two de_cache games closed out matches for four teams in Group B of IEM Katowice, with Astralis taking down Tempo Storm 16-12 and E-frag.net winning in double overtime against EnVyUs, 22-19.
However, the game between Tempo Storm and Astralis had quite a bit going for it as the winner would top the Group and therefore move straight into the semifinals while avoiding playing the quarter-finals entirely.
karrigan helped his team secure top seed in Group B
Despite a dominant 13-2 CT-sided half on de_cache shepherded by Finn "karrigan" Andersen, Astralis suddenly found themselves facing against the indomitable will of a Brazilian resurgence as João "felps" Vasconcellos and his teammates began to steadily pick up rounds on the second half.
With the score at 14-12 for the Danes, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen helped his team win the match point with a crucial two kills in a midround moment. The following round saw Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth work together to secure five kills and give the Danish team the map at 16-12.
K - D
Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan
25 - 17
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh
17 - 18
Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x
21 - 19
René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb
20 - 17
Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice
14 - 20
The first half was the Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt show as the current member of nV leading the team was a big part in his squad's 10-5 CT defense against the Bulgarian side.
v1c7oR had a phenomenal game against nV
Viktor "v1c7oR" Dyankov helped get the ball rolling for E-frag.net with a pistolround ace and despite EnVyUs winning a crucial early second-half round to reset the Bulgarian team's economy and then powering ahead to a 15-8 scoreline, E-frag somehow brought the score to an overtime result.
In overtime, the two teams traded blows with both favouring their CT-sides and the match progressed towards 18-18, double overtime. In the second overtime, v1c7oR and Nikolay "pNshr" Paunin put in crucial plays to help give the Bulgarian team their first victory of the tournament, and complete Envy' humiliation.
Group B standings:
|2.|| Tempo Storm
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