FaZe take first place in group A
FaZe went 2-0 in the IEM Katowice 2017 tiebreakers to secure the first spot in group A while Astralis defeated Immortals in the match for second place.
FaZe and Immortals were first to play the MR3 $10,000 set, with the European team starting on the Terrorist side. The first round went to Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team, but Immortals instantly replied by shutting down the attack on A in the following round. After six rounds, the match was tied 3-3, leading to another round of MR3 overtime.
The Brazilians got some momentum in the second overtime set, but they couldn't close out the win as Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey clutched a 1v2 when Immortals were on match point. Off the back of that, FaZe secured a third overtime set in which they finally closed out the match 10-7.
Astralis - FaZe was up next and karrigan's team tried to throw a curveball by rushing inner with UMP's in their first CT round. The Danish team managed to deter that offensive and secure the round, following it up with B rush to go 2-0 up.
FaZe got one round back on before the switch and then ran over Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and co. on the Terrorist side to win the tiebreaker 4-2, securing the first place in group A and a spot in the semi-finals.
FaZe secured the first spot in group A
Lastly, it was the tiebreaker between Immortals and Astralis to decide which team would advance from the group in second place. The set started with a lockdown round from Astralis who got a 2-1 lead on the CT side. The one round lead wasn't enough for them, however, as Immortals equaled it in the second half to extend the tiebreaker for another set.
It was the same story in the second overtime as the teams tied the score 6-6, and not even the third set of overtimes was enough as both teams picked up two rounds as CT and one on the Terrorist side. The fourth overtime once again started good for Astralis who picked up the first round, overwhelming A, but even a Nicolai "device" Reedtz triple kill wasn't enough to secure the following round as well.
In the fourth overtime, Astralis were finally able to close it out with a 13-11 scoreline.
Final standing in group A:
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