SK cruise past NiP, both to playoffs
SK beat NiP (16-9 on Cobblestone) and Cloud9 defeated Heroic (16-12 on Mirage) to help the Brazilians secure a playoff spot. In the last match of the group, FaZe kept a clean record by defeating mousesports (16-7 on Train).
Marcelo "coldzera" David started the last match of the group stage with a 1v2 clutch in the first gun round to make it 4-0 for SK, but NiP managed to get on the board in the following round, starting a three-round winning streak.
After a small hiccup, SK took control of the match on Cobblestone with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo being instrumental for his team—shutting down NiP's repeated A site offensives with his faithful sniper rifle.
FalleN upped his game in the crucial group stage match
SK finished the half 11-4, won the pistol and cleaned up the following to round to make it 14-4 before NiP got to their first buy. That round went the way of the Brazilians as well, allowing them to close out the match without much delay, making it 16-9 in the end.
K - D
Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera
25 - 14
Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer
23 - 14
Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN
20 - 15
Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO
18 - 12
Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx
18 - 13
Heroic struggled to deal with Cloud9 force buys from the CT side of Mirage, as they were caught off guard twice in the first seven round. Due to that, the Danes struggled to gain momentum or economy early on in the map, even though their gun rounds were looking solid.
K - D
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde
32 - 21
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko
21 - 17
Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII
19 - 21
Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi
10 - 19
Michael 'Friis' JørgensenFriis
11 - 20
The final standings for group B are as follows:
With both groups done, a one day break will take place before IEM Oakland action resumes on Saturday.
The following quarter-final matches will take place on November 19th:
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