Cloud9 win iBP Spring Invitational

Cloud9 win the iBUYPOWER 2016 Spring Invitational after defeating Team Liquid 2-1 (17-19 on de_dust2, 16-7 on de_train, and 16-5 on de_cache).

The iBUYPOWER 2016 Spring Invitational marked the computer hardware company's return to an online tournament format, in a similar style to its Fall, Summer, and Spring Invitationals of last year, with ten teams dueling for $15,000 over two days this time around.

Easily the the biggest upset stories from the first day's bracket were the Brazilian teams Luminosity and Tempo Storm, who are currently ranked #4 and #12 in the world, fall by the wayside against Selfless and CLG respectively in their quarter-final matches.


freakazoid was the highest rated player throughout the iBP Spring Invitational

By the second day, the semifinals saw Cloud9 and Liquid advance to the best-of-three grand final.

The first map of de_dust2 first appeared as if it would be a complete blowout as Kenneth "⁠koosta⁠" Suen and teammates of Liquid ran over Cloud9's defenses to finish up with a 12-3 half. However, dynamic T-side executes from Jordan "⁠n0thing⁠" Gilbert and his team somehow brought Cloud9 forwards into an overtime situation.

In overtime however, Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev helped his team buckle down and take the first map 19-17.

With Liquid's apparent inability to close the second half perhaps being an indication of them being the weaker outfit, Cloud9 showcased strong T and CT sides on de_train to clinch the map 16-7.

de_cache was also a downwards spiral for Liquid with Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip, Ryan "⁠freakazoid⁠" Abadir, and n0thing all playing at their peaks and in the end Cloud9 closed out the map 16-5 (which included a game closing highlight moment courtesy of Mike "⁠shroud⁠" Grzesiek) and won the iBUYPOWER Spring Invitational 2016.

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iBUYPOWER Spring Invitational 2016 final standings:

1. United States Cloud9 - $10,000
2. United States Liquid - $4,000
3-4. United States CLG - $1,000
3-4. United States Selfless - $1,000
5-8. Brazil Luminosity
5-8. Brazil Tempo Storm
5-8. United States TSM
5-8. Canada OpTic
9-10. Australia Renegades
9-10. United States Winterfox

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United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
242
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
162
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
362
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
303
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
396
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.70
#1
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United States Tryx[M]
good match, was fun to watch GG C9 :D
2016-03-21 07:11
10 replies
UOY KCUF
2016-03-21 07:11
stats tomorrow morning zzz
2016-03-21 07:12
7 replies
#23
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United States Tryx[M]
stitch pls
2016-03-21 07:12
6 replies
I don't do them otherwise they'd be up FeelsHLTVMan
2016-03-21 07:13
5 replies
Potential burn at the guy who does stats to be slacking off¿
2016-03-21 12:04
3 replies
nah, it was 6am cet after all
2016-03-21 17:01
2 replies
#147
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United States sAWWL
you is a good writer stichy man
2016-03-21 18:23
No fear. Next time just open up a MS Paint project and draw the stat table in nice red crayon.
2016-03-21 23:05
wow shots fire at Petar
2016-03-21 14:33
#28
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United States ferdog
nice job
2016-03-21 07:14
a
2016-03-21 07:10
2 replies
brazil sucks nt favela
2016-03-21 14:52
1 reply
lol, we love you too bro
2016-03-21 23:31
3
2016-03-21 07:11
3 replies
2 replies
tn purys
2016-03-21 07:30
nt trump
2016-03-21 14:03
2
2016-03-21 07:10
gg
2016-03-21 07:10
#8
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Lithuania karkeris
.
2016-03-21 07:11
ggs
2016-03-21 07:11
GG WP C9
2016-03-21 07:11
#11
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Spain Deryko
Liquid were sooo tired. wp c9
2016-03-21 07:11
6 replies
Riiiight lol.
2016-03-21 07:31
Tired enough to beat CLG several times
2016-03-21 07:52
4 replies
liquid and clg played the same amount of maps idiot
2016-03-21 11:56
3 replies
#151
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Brazil R_ananias
Liquid played 2 ESL PRO LEAGUE matches right before the grand finals you dumbass
2016-03-21 18:56
2 replies
they actually played 5 maps before the final. but what is your fucking point? they played 2 esl matches? so?? moron
2016-03-21 21:17
1 reply
#164
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Brazil R_ananias
They were More tired than Cloud9 that's it.
2016-03-22 01:09
yeeeeah
2016-03-21 07:11
pooor s1mple..
2016-03-21 07:11
I feel bad for Hiko... LOL.. not really.
2016-03-21 07:11
na is so bad.
2016-03-21 07:11
SHROUD
2016-03-21 07:11
Rip s1mplid
2016-03-21 07:12
#21
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Slovakia TatKo
Have not watched at all, but this was online right ?
2016-03-21 07:12
8 replies
can you even read idiot The iBUYPOWER 2016 Spring Invitational marked the computer hardware company's return to an online tournament format,
2016-03-21 07:13
7 replies
#30
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Slovakia TatKo
I wasnt bothered enought to read article about NA, but sorry anyways based jesus
2016-03-21 07:15
6 replies
Still bothered enough to ask about than wasting reading the first sentence :D
2016-03-21 07:16
5 replies
#36
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Slovakia TatKo
I just read the bold text and standings i thought it would be written somewhere there, also no picture from the actual lan made me think its online. I just wake up give me a break man :D
2016-03-21 07:18
4 replies
Just woke up and already asking for a break... Lazy Slovak.
2016-03-21 07:26
1 reply
#44
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Slovakia TatKo
yeaa son
2016-03-21 07:27
also no picture from the actual lan made me think its online.
2016-03-21 18:28
1 reply
#171
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Slovakia TatKo
Whats wrong with that
2016-03-22 06:57
livecap.tv/t/ibuypower/uP6t1qfQgeD SIGNATURE SHROOOOOOOOD
2016-03-21 07:12
1 reply
the waaar is oooover... lmao that guy is a legend
2016-03-21 17:35
#25
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Russia sedeg
VERY EZ
2016-03-21 07:12
good shit freakazoid
2016-03-21 07:14
Brazil fail again :)
2016-03-21 07:16
Nice C9 back on top as usual!
2016-03-21 07:16
1 reply
#42
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Japan kitzune
ROFL! "usual" hahaha ;D
2016-03-21 07:25
Nt Favelas
2016-03-21 07:16
ggwp s1mple
2016-03-21 07:18
very good shape to MLG Columbus, hope to see them in quarters
2016-03-21 07:21
#40
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Japan kitzune
hahaha C9 actually winning something, not bad
2016-03-21 07:24
#46
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Switzerland ImpalaPUA
1. Cloud9 - $10,000 2. Liquid - $4,000 3-4. CLG - $1,000 3-4. Selfless - $1,000 5-8. Luminosity (REKT) 5-8. Tempo Storm (REKT) NA > SA
2016-03-21 07:28
3 replies
+1
2016-03-21 15:26
xD +1 xD
2016-03-21 16:43
#155
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Brazil LIPE1
ONLINE Yes :]
2016-03-21 21:09
ez money , kids are crying ?
2016-03-21 07:31
Its funny cause kids lost skins and the sweet tears are falling..
2016-03-21 07:36
Heh funnily enough Liquid is the all aim no brain in this case. Not that good as a team yet. True this was online and after 5 matches.
2016-03-21 07:36
4 replies
there aim is shit couldnt even hold there spots as ct, they can only make some flashy kills and fail hard
2016-03-21 07:39
Legit had been playing matches for 12 hours. Cloud9 deserved the win but that wasn't Liquid that I just watched play.
2016-03-21 09:32
2 replies
no that was liquid, that has been liquid ever since they've picked up koosta. Losing to winterfox and losing to renegades and now cloud 9. they've always played the same.
2016-03-21 10:18
1 reply
+1
2016-03-21 17:25
nice pricepool kappa
2016-03-21 07:37
1 reply
for an online tourny? 10k is not bad at all
2016-03-21 07:57
gj, C9!
2016-03-21 07:50
told you guys stewie is na's last hope
2016-03-21 08:02
ty clg 4 making liquid tired and give c9 ez win on 2nd map and 3rd map
2016-03-21 08:18
3 replies
right, play 12 hours of matches and are expected to make a BO3 competitive. gg by C9 tho, both teams look good form for the major.
2016-03-21 09:33
2 replies
stop the excuses for them, its their job to be prepared for a tournament that they accepted the invite to.
2016-03-21 10:16
1 reply
Y but what you say doensn't make any sense. I don't understand what accepting an invite has to do with being tired after 6 hours of playing.
2016-03-21 17:35
any bullying drama in the final?
2016-03-21 09:17
4 replies
yeh freakazoid bullied liquid with his skill
2016-03-21 11:20
3 replies
"skill"...just don't make him pee in a cup
2016-03-21 11:34
2 replies
yeah adderall overdosage, the urine will melt the cup
2016-03-21 11:41
1 reply
whereas Chinese milk will melt your stomach kappa
2016-03-21 11:53
#66
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Latvia Ke]R[4u
after all the changes liquid still cant beat freak and nothing, gg
2016-03-21 09:55
2 replies
I don't understand why they think just raw aim works. Eventually they will need tactics. Only fnatic can pull off that raw aim style.
2016-03-21 10:14
just Freak Bully paying off man
2016-03-21 10:15
but...but... simple is the god...
2016-03-21 10:04
HAHAHAHAH Clown9 #1
2016-03-21 10:14
#74
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Ukraine Dayjay
Who cares about t3 tournament. except Luminosity ofc.
2016-03-21 10:20
better stop paying freek at all lmao
2016-03-21 10:46
clown9 #1 online team finally won something XD
2016-03-21 11:03
watch out EUROS !
2016-03-21 11:13
where are the stats
2016-03-21 11:44
Finally they won something
2016-03-21 11:45
Seminar worked
2016-03-21 12:33
result manipulation raise morale of worst clans ever invitational
2016-03-21 12:38
c9 <3
2016-03-21 12:41
lg failed bad
2016-03-21 12:48
Cloud 9 best NA Team confirmed!
2016-03-21 12:57
Thats something atleast xDDDDD
2016-03-21 12:58
#95
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Finland f0pZ
Ez win because no one is banning adderall
2016-03-21 13:02
Cloud9, as last year, dominant against NA competition online. Also, as last year, C9 is terrible at international LAN. C9 has not improved with the addition of Stewie2K, and still has no chances at the MLG Major in Columbus barring a miracle upset run.
2016-03-21 13:08
5 replies
C9 was dominant against NA competition last year on LAN too as they won 2 back to back titles. Their first ever titles might I had.
2016-03-21 14:17
2 replies
Yeah, dominant against NA competition online and on LAN. But remember how they did at international LAN, hence my conclusion that they haven't changed for the better - or worse - this year. And so they won't do well at MLG (esp considering their group)
2016-03-21 19:51
1 reply
Ofcoarse C9 isn't gonna do jack squat. I'm hoping they would go out without a win on a map. They literally gave their everything in this ibp tournament. They don't have anything else to show this major.
2016-03-21 21:32
Nah, C9 has a chance.
2016-03-21 14:36
1 reply
I sincerely hope you are joking xD Have you seen the group C9 are in? Na'Vi: #2 Team in the world. Enough said. Virtus.Pro: Slumping massively but still historically strong against NA teams - especially tactically weak ones. G2: Run-down French lineup, but that still hosts a few star names, beating them would be C9's best chance of success, but I sincerely doubt they would let this happen, considering the huge increase in form displayed by ex6stence.
2016-03-21 19:55
Two Time champions who will continue. Hell of a match to watch.
2016-03-21 13:11
C9 <3 <3 <3 <3
2016-03-21 14:02
bully freakazoid going to bully someone big jerk
2016-03-21 14:23
See what happens when Jordan isn't stressed with IGL responsibilities...
2016-03-21 14:27
3 replies
#135
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United States hehexddd
Who was igl??
2016-03-21 17:33
2 replies
Irukandji was coaching.
2016-03-21 18:46
1 reply
#163
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United States hehexddd
Not in game. I read N0thing's tweets. N0thing was still the igl in the games if I'm not mistaken, although Stewie was calling on Mirage vs. Optic (I'm not joking)
2016-03-22 00:28
Haha! It's cute how C9 fans get so excited over this online win. Especially when they only had to play shit teams and a fatigued Liquid in the final. Comedy gold right here: reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/4b..
2016-03-21 14:42
2 replies
No one cares about who they faced. We saw a team that is looking to be in old form. They raped OpTiC on mirage after being down 13-7 on T side, you never see their T side come out like that. Irukandji can be the start of something good, and that's why fans are excited. And they beat liquid pretty convincingly, they shoulda won Dust 2.
2016-03-21 18:49
Haha! It's cute how hltvkiddies get mad when other people are happy about a team winning. Especially when it doesn't affect them at all. You sir, are comedy gold.
2016-03-22 02:55
Stewie+2k
2016-03-21 14:45
Liquid will take time. Said it before. Wait until about mid-2016 before criticizing the work in progress. Cloud9 absolutely needs an impactful n0thing. When he disappears they literally are nothing. But when he's fragging alongside Shroud and Ska, Cloud9 becomes threatening again. Not top5 threatening, but top10 threatening.
2016-03-21 15:06
2 replies
that is false. n0thing doesn't have to go big for c9 to win.
2016-03-21 16:32
1 reply
no its true. since n0thing has been able to frag more theyre winning more. n0thing core of c9 confirmed?
2016-03-22 02:49
WP c9 WP Freak!!
2016-03-21 15:13
2 replies
See these are the good comments, reminds me of old hltv ;_;
2016-03-21 16:40
#136
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United States hehexddd
<3_<3 GOD FREAK
2016-03-21 17:34
#118
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France Traker08
gg
2016-03-21 15:14
#123
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Europe Scottxaxa
C9 won a tournament?
2016-03-21 16:06
#133
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United States hehexddd
First
2016-03-21 17:32
funn how overhyped players like s1mple get carried by elige.
2016-03-21 17:35
Freak eats at the best restaurants, wears the chillest clothes, and hangs out with the hottest dudes.
2016-03-21 17:46
That adderall face on freak though.
2016-03-21 17:51
fREAK has always been really good, everyone sometimes has a slope, but now he is bouncing back
2016-03-21 18:06
1 reply
ofc, he wasnt playing like 12hours in a row like liquid but yes he is the best
2016-03-22 10:10
And people thinking s1mple and koosta were great additions to Liquid huehuehuehuehuehue
2016-03-21 18:08
haha c9 still top1 na get mad h8rs
2016-03-22 00:00
#162
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Germany No_Kappa
And people thinking s1mple and koosta were great additions to Liquid huehuehuehuehuehue
2016-03-22 00:01
1 reply
poor faveland
2016-03-22 10:10
can u guys reply to me please? Need 25 of them :|
2016-03-22 23:28
Man, nitr0 has been in really shit form lately.
2016-03-23 03:09
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