Group B ends; SK, C9, NiP through

With the remaining three matches of Group B played out, all playoffs teams have been decided, as SK clinched fist place, Cloud9 came second and NiP third.

At the end of the day, three matches were being played at the same time to determine the three teams going through to playoffs from Group B. 

SK were in prime position to secure first place in the group, but they began with a disappointing Terrorist side on Cobble against NRG, only getting five rounds on the offence while Peter "ptr" Gurney was having a great game.

With a won pistol round, the Brazilians began clawing back. NRG barely contested any of the rounds while SK's defence was on point, as Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's team won 11 rounds in a row for 16-10 and first place in the group.


SK clinched first place in Group B

The battle between NiP and FaZe went down on Overpass, where the Swedes got off to an amazing start as Terrorists, picking up a 9-2 lead before the half ended at 11-4. With a won pistol round, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and company had little to no trouble closing out the map and eliminating FaZe at 16-7.

Cloud9 and Dignitas played a very close Mirage at the beginning, but it was the Danes who stabilized towards the end of the first half for a 9-6 half as Counter-Terrorists.

Winning a pistol round on top of it, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's team got up to 12-6, but a strong defence from Cloud9 allowed them to climb back to 12-12. Dignitas managed to win one of the next two rounds, but Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and company continued dominating in the remaining three for a 16-13 victory.

Group B Maps Wins
1. Brazil SK 5 4
2. United States Cloud9 5 4
3. Sweden NiP 5 3
4. Europe FaZe 5 2
5. Denmark Dignitas 5 2
6. Europe NRG 5 0

As SK won the head-to-head encounter with Cloud9, the Brazilians secured a place in the semi-finals, leaving the North American team in second place.

Tomorrow's quarter-final match-ups are following:

18:50 France Envy  vs. Sweden NiP
22:40 North America OpTic vs. United States Cloud9
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
wooot NiP
2016-10-29 05:03
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Brazil zlkz 
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2016-10-29 05:27
#71
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United States C9top1 
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2016-10-29 07:36
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2016-10-29 13:41
#110
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Brazil Dark182 
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2016-10-29 16:19
#4
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Brazil chuckdam 
Dignitas eliminated. SK will be on 1º again after this tournament. Cloud 9 and NIP following in 2º and 3º. Hope to watch semis with NIP! Nice tournament this far. GGWP, guys! NTC Vamos ser campeões no Brasil, porra!
2016-10-29 05:07
I hope for SK v C9 finals with very close maps dontcare who wins.
2016-10-29 05:23
I think you're right, SK and Cloud9 are looking stronger than the others, maybe NiP can surprise
2016-10-29 05:44
A all out brawl between any of these teams is going to be great.
2016-10-29 06:41
#93
France Doov 
Envy gonna win this
2016-10-29 12:09
#5
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Denmark beastd 
Nice =)
2016-10-29 05:03
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2016-10-29 05:03
gg c9 dignitas #2 lucky
2016-10-29 05:04
#56
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United States mmotorcycle 
they just seem so tired
2016-10-29 05:45
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2016-10-29 05:03
#9
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Brazil rFM 
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2016-10-29 05:03
#10
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Jordan KKona 
ez for C9 xD
2016-10-29 05:03
#11
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Sweden TutsiGOD 
k
2016-10-29 05:03
nice
2016-10-29 05:03
#13
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Canada iloveallu 
rip faze ;(
2016-10-29 05:03
YES NIP
2016-10-29 05:03
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2016-10-29 05:03
I hate HLTV.org.
2016-10-29 05:04
#18
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
thank you HLTV, we appreciate that! Let's go Brazil zil ziil zill zzilll BEST CROWD ever <3 We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm EleGiggle
2016-10-29 05:04
/cringe
2016-10-29 14:54
nip say thanks to c9 amazing by c9 tho, they lost both pistols rounds and still menage to win over dignitas
2016-10-29 05:04
"SK clinched FIST place." Btw fuck Cloud9. Liquid will rape them at IEM Oakland.
2016-10-29 05:04
where the fuck is liquid? home, i think??
2016-10-29 05:11
Yes. They had a bad tournament like Na'Vi did at Starladder. Now look where Na'Vi are. Liquid will be right behind them soon.
2016-10-29 05:12
I understand that you may be a fan of Liquid but why are you mad that C9 are playing well? Its not like they're playing well at the expense of Liquid and its better for the NA scene overall.
2016-10-29 05:20
Because there is a rivalry between Cloud9 and Team Liquid fans on who is the best NA team? And I'm a Team Liquid fan? I'm not a nationalist, so I don't care if it's an NA team winning. For me, it has to be Team Liquid that comes out on top, as it is for every fan and their team. I never understood people who cheer for a team simply because they come from their own country.
2016-10-29 05:32
Im not overly nationalistic either, it just makes me happy to see the scene as a whole do well. As for the first part, I understand where you're coming from but it seemed like a bit of an overreaction imo.
2016-10-29 05:33
There is no rivalry, Liquid isn't even the #2 NA team. You are delusional.
2016-10-29 05:58
did you reply to the wrong person?
2016-10-29 06:08
S1mple was the catalyst that elevated liquid to such heights. Any top flight NA team (c9, clg, liquid) within that timespan would have accrued similar results. His output and impact is quantifiable through analytics. Being a die-hard fan is normal, but will cloud one's ability to objectively analyse events and data. This goes for all sports, and is acutely evident in fantasy leagues. Tl;dr/hltv reading level: ez 4 ne1 - sum1 + s1mple
2016-10-29 17:10
I think s1mple elevated Liquid in two ways: s1mple's own raw skill (which people note the most, if not only) and in confidence. While s1mple himself was playing monstrously, this display gave the Liquid players some confidence, and they started playing some of the best CS they had ever played so far. While EliGE may not have liked s1mple, s1mple had some effect on EliGE. Before s1mple ever joined the team, EliGE wasn't even near the monster he is today (excluding the Sao Paulo brutal rape). I think ESL New York shows that Liquid can tangle with the best, and I'm going to exclude EliGE's overperformance. Liquid's hard countering Na'Vi on Train is a great example of what Liquid can do (but that was with peacemaker. I don't know what's going to happen to them in the future). I just hope whoever is the next IGL can fill peacemaker's shoes, but I doubt that.
2016-10-30 02:35
You seemed reasonable on the other thread, but now your just a liquid fangay. C9>>> Liquid S2K>>>Elige And why the fuck are you so mad C9 just made it out of groups and beat 2 tier 1 teams, and faze, improving our scene and your being a salty fanboy go kys you stupid disgrace.
2016-10-29 05:25
He's a notorious Liquid fangay. Let's see how cocky he is after Liquid is relegated to the status of teams like TSM and EchoFox LUL
2016-10-29 05:33
For that to happen, Liquid have to be onliner's. That's just not happening. Notorious? No one knows who the fuck I am.
2016-10-29 05:35
True. Cloud9 farming teams online and farming tier 3 EU teams, they would look better. The times Cloud9 were legitimately better than Liquid were ELEAGUE and right now. Liquid always had the harder path until now, where there is no excuse against the fact that they played like silver 3's.
2016-10-29 05:34
C9 have beat more and better teams then liquid, and have done more online and lan.
2016-10-29 05:45
C9 have beat more teams, but not better. Liquid and Cloud9 both struggle to beat true tier 1 teams. The difference comes in how close the games are. You say "close games mean shit. Its a win or lose." You mean to tell me that a 22-19 game is on the same caliber of a 16-2 game? You mean to tell me that if two teams played the same team, and one team lost 14-16 while another team lost 8-16, that it's basically the same thing? Both teams are equal? Sorry, but that's just not true. While there may be alot of variables as to why X team got more rounds than Y team, it gives us a general consensus that we can take until we see for ourselves why X team did better than Y team.
2016-10-29 06:09
Liquid did what ? Make it to semis and then finals of a major being carried by s1mple ( and Elige, a bit ). Now their main carry is gone and they replaced it with a t2 danish player. Meanwhile, C9 is improving NA scene and making young talents rise to the top, and it worked well so far, even tho it took time. You won't see Liquid on the top anytime soon imo. They had one good tournament at NY, thanks to Elige,s godlike performance, and thats it. C9 are actually getting to playoffs of international tournaments several times in a row, against tough teams to beat as well. They didn't beat them but maps went to double digits. They are really improving like dig, Heroic.
2016-10-29 12:12
Northern Arena: ACE Gaming, Rogue, CLG, Heroic, bagged by Immortals Starladder: EnVyUs (with DEVIL), VG.CyberZen, Flipsid3, bagged by NiP DreamHack Bucharest: Flipsid3, FaZe, EnVyUs (with DEVIL), Bagged by VP Tough teams to beat? People like to dump it all on s1mple as if the other players were sitting on single digits while he was dropping triple digits. s1mple was the MVP for Liquid, make no dispute. And he played a large part in them getting their results. But the other Liquid players also performed very well. Liquid were the only team before Na'Vi to actually help s1mple rather than leave him out on his own. Wanna talk carrying? Cloud9 without Stewie? Cloud9 without autimatic?
2016-10-29 16:37
Every team has a regular carrying player. nV has KennyS, C9 has Stew, SK has cold, dig has Magisk... I didn't say C9 had beaten top teams, but they made it to finals of international events, or in the top 4, and they've had insane online seasons ( you're gonna say tier 4 competition, but Liquid is in the same division and they got awful results ). Liquid shouldn't even be attending this event.
2016-10-29 17:31
You say Liquid shouldn't have attended this event as if you foreshadowed that they'd do terribly. Compared to New York, this is flat out horrible [Liquid's performance]. I thought that they'd be able to at least get to the playoffs, but my heart is left broken. nV hardly gets carried by kennyS anymore. Players like NBK and apEX are stepping up massively, while kenny looks to be warming up again. cold is consistent but he isn't a hard carry. He has his games sometimes but fer has the occassional hard carry game too. SK is a very balanced team. I don't see any carriers there.
2016-10-30 02:30
#21
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
RIP Dignitas mate. So hyped for them coming to this tournament and then showing a really meh performance. Just disappointed, i hope that this was because of Magisk food poisoning otherwise this was just a bad performance.
2016-10-29 05:04
It really is not. Magisk topfragged all games except the last one (Even so, he was the second best fragger with only two kills less than the topfragger), he even had a +20 map, iirc.
2016-10-29 05:13
Epicenter was a fluke, predicted this to happen in the epicentre news post
2016-10-29 08:06
Just like their victory at WESG Europe & CIS was a fluke, right? With VP, Astralis, EnVy etc. present. Do you also realize, that dignitas flew directly from Moscow to Sao Paolo to play instantly? When VP did that from New York to Kiev, they sucked. But nice call br0
2016-10-29 11:58
it was not a fluke, they are still tier1 team,it's just the had a really tough group if they managed to beat cloud 9 they would advance,they were good but didn't have any luck #GONINJAS
2016-10-29 12:29
Group A was more easy
2016-10-29 05:04
optic x cloud9? what a joke
2016-10-29 05:04
it was optic or envyus, a joke either way
2016-10-29 05:06
group A was a joke. cloud9 × any team from the group would be bad. props to cloud9 though, solid group stage with W's over nip, dig, and faze
2016-10-29 05:28
#84
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Other kimbadim 
Yes, because C9 would get rekt by mouz and EnVy
2016-10-29 10:47
Cloud9 struggles vs Optic. Should be a good game.
2016-10-29 08:40
Lets go C9 and NiP
2016-10-29 05:06
Glad to see NiP and SK go through.
2016-10-29 05:06
Envy vs NIP :o Grudge Match j/k XD
2016-10-29 05:07
I hate this format of fake QF and fake SF. Just give us real play-offs please, thanks.
2016-10-29 05:08
Real playoffs means NiP and C9 are through, dig are out
2016-10-29 07:37
I don't care about which teams are through. Real playoffs mean 4 QF and no team jumping a qualification stage just because they got first seed.
2016-10-29 16:27
#30
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
SK vs Mouz finals probably.
2016-10-29 05:08
#33
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Brazil hugoalmeida 
nice work SK
2016-10-29 05:08
Dignitas coach will complain about everything he can to excuse their ridiculous performance. His twitter will be a rain of pure shit.
2016-10-29 05:09
Just like immortals and fallen twitter Kappa
2016-10-29 09:46
Fallen cries about other stuff, not about losing xD
2016-10-29 13:12
#39
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Turkmenistan Autista 
Optic vs. cloud9....
2016-10-29 05:13
Hope C9 win it, and go to the finals after beating mouse.
2016-10-29 05:26
Dignitas #2 XD
2016-10-29 05:46
lmao yuros
2016-10-29 07:10
lul dig
2016-10-29 07:25
#74
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Hungary FHarbor 
dignitas top 3 haha
2016-10-29 07:56
To be honest I thought that C9 won't make it out of the groups, but I was wrong. Great job C9!
2016-10-29 08:42
I'm always cheering for C9 haha. I know they have trouble against other top 10 teams, but I always have hope in them. Like you, I'm glad to see them make playoffs.
2016-10-29 09:21
#78
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Poland ddmeister 
EnVyUs will win that lan
2016-10-29 08:55
#79
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Romania skymeisteRr 
go ENVY!
2016-10-29 08:57
faze became more online than mouz
2016-10-29 10:09
Who will playvs Mouz, the winner of which match?
2016-10-29 10:40
#87
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Serbia whoa!! 
Optic/cloud9
2016-10-29 11:19
dignitas are done allready lol
2016-10-29 10:52
mehh.. faze out so i dont give fuck -jkaem pls
2016-10-29 11:30
C9 stronk, dont get me wronk!! Dignitas exit @ 9-10 place = looking cute.
2016-10-29 11:59
Dignitas top 2 lel
2016-10-29 12:19
nrg didnt win any games, but they showed what theyre capable of. with little more practice they can comeback stronger. tabsen obviously is the star player for nrg, but my god was gob b in good shape. he was getting entry kills time and time again. something he never did in mousesports
2016-10-29 13:02
Gob B running and gunning. Never saw that too.
2016-10-29 13:30
Really had fun watching him play
2016-10-29 13:41
C9 will win the tournament bois.
2016-10-29 13:29
HLTV GROUP A?? LMAO
2016-10-29 13:43
#108
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Sweden ixus 
Dig 2nd in ranking after winning 1 lan.. gggg hltv experts
2016-10-29 14:04
Dignitas top2 4Head
2016-10-29 18:44
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