Immortals and G2 to IEM playoffs
Group A finished with two tight overtime games as Immortals beat Natus Vincere (19-15 on Mirage) and G2 beat Liquid (19-17 on Nuke) to grab the two remaining playoff spots.
With everything still in the air in group A, all six team started their deciding matches simultaneously. Immortals started on the CT side of Mirage and Ricardo "boltz" Prass's picked up three Five-Seven headshots on the second round force buy to quickly reset Natus Vincere and get the early map lead.
The CIS team managed to turn around a 3v5 situation in round 5 thanks to Egor "flamie" Vasilyev walking up A ramp and picking up two kills by himself, switching the momentum in his team's favor.
Natus Vincere continued with the aggressive style throughout the half, ending the Terrorist side with a 9-6 advantage.
Immortals managed to get to the playoffs over Na`Vi
At 7-12, Henrique "HEN1" Teles pulled out a pivotal 1v3 with the AWP that started a five round streak for the Brazilians. A fast B push caught Null element's defense off guard to make it 14-13 for Immortals, but they could only get to overtime as Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács displayed some vintage AWPing to shut them down.
In the MR3 overtime, Immortals managed a 3-0 Terrorist half and sealed the deal with the first CT round to make it 19-15—securing the second spot in group A and eliminating Natus Vincere from the tournament.
K - D
Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz
29 - 21
João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps
28 - 27
Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1
23 - 22
Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1
21 - 20
Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel
11 - 21
K - D
Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward
26 - 21
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple
25 - 23
Denis 'seized' Kostinseized
18 - 23
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie
18 - 23
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
24 - 22
G2 had to wait until round 7 to get their first round on the T side of Nuke as shox picked up two AWP kills to open up the round and Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom chipping in with two kills of his own to close out the round in the after plant.
The Frenchmen strung three rounds together, but lost a crucial post plant situation on B in round 11 that allowed Liquid to recover their momentum and economy—finishing the half 11-4.
Liquid will be biting themselves after letting the match on Nuke slip
G2 picked up the pistol and following two rounds to allow themselves a chance to come back in the match. Despite Cédric "RpK" Guipouy's lackluster performance over the whole map, the French side put up a rock-solid CT side powered by their star duo Richard "shox" Papillon and ScreaM to come back in the match and push it into overtime.
Despite starting the overtime with two Terrorist rounds, Liquid were once again unable to close out the match. After winning a low-buy CT round, G2 closed out the deal on the Terrorist side to win the match and grab the last playoff spot in group A.
K - D
Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE
39 - 27
Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko
28 - 25
Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0
25 - 23
Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64
16 - 25
Jacob 'Pimp' WinnechePimp
17 - 27
The final standings for group A are as follows:
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