SK and VP secure their first maps
SK and Virtus.pro have secured their first IEM Katowice victories after defeating Heroic (16-5 on Mirage) and Cloud9 (16-4 on Mirage) respectively.
SK started Mirage as Terrorists and, with a fast mid to A execution, they secured a flawless pistol round. In the 3rd round, after the Danish team stacked at B and killed three opponents, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and Fernando "fer" Alvarenga almost managed to pull out a 2v4 but Heroic prevailed. In the following one, TACO and Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo won another 2v4 that had guaranteed them a 3-1 lead.
SK didn't fail to secure their first Katowice victory
In the 5th round, a semi-buy from Heroic, which included an AWP at the hands of Jakob "JUGi" Hansen, secured them an one round difference. The game began to be more slow-paced, despite some fast rounds, and the Brazilians held the 12-3 scoreline as the Danish only won one more round in the first half.
Marcelo "coldzera" David opened up the second half with a triple kill followed by a double kill from FalleN. As they won the following round, the Brazilian team had the match point on their hands but lost the next three rounds. In the 21st round, although SK only had two AWPs and three pistols, they secured their first victory at Katowice as they won the map for 16-5.
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps||26 - 11||+15||124.3||1.95|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||19 - 7||+12||89.0||1.68|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||15 - 9||+6||79.8||1.38|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||15 - 10||+5||75.3||1.36|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||14 - 12||+2||76.5||1.22|
|Heroic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi||13 - 18||-5||79.5||0.73|
|Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII||10 - 20||-10||60.8||0.55|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||9 - 17||-8||48.7||0.55|
|Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko||9 - 17||-8||55.8||0.52|
|Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde||8 - 17||-9||43.9||0.48|
Virtus.pro game was also played on Mirage. Their T-side pistol round was won with an A execution, but the North American team had a great semi-buy that secured them the 1-1 tie. The Polish squad managed to win the following round with a B execution, and although their adversaries' had good saving rounds, Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski pulled out a 1v2 in the 4th round that secured the round and eventually a 4-1 scoreline for his team.
NEO pulled out an amazing 1hp clutch
Cloud9 didn't want to concede the map and won the 6th round, but the Polish attacking style had assured them a three round lead. In the 9th round, Filip "NEO" Kubski was left out against four and managed to clutched it with 1hp versus three. That play made the North American lose the following save round as the scoreline was now 7-2 for their opponents. From that point, the Polish team lost two more rounds as they had assured an 11-4 lead in the first half.
Virtus.pro won another pistol round, now as Counter-Terrorists, and continued to prevail with a flawless second half as they grabbed their first Katowice map for 16-4.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic||16 - 15||+1||88.8||1.09|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||10 - 19||-9||63.9||0.62|
|Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbertn0thing||10 - 17||-7||55.3||0.58|
|Mike 'shroud' Grzesiekshroud||5 - 14||-9||42.0||0.56|
|Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle||9 - 16||-7||48.1||0.55|