NRG beat FURIA 2-0; qualify for IEM Katowice 2019 Major

NRG are through to the IEM Katowice Major after defeating FURIA 2-0 in the Americas Minor upper-bracket final.

The match between NRG and FURIA kicked off on Inferno, the North American side’s pick. On the attacking side, NRG were able to win their duels on B to take the first round after defending the bomb in a 3vs2. After a 3-0 side, the first full gun round came, but a predictable A execute from NRG ended in doubles by Rinaldo "ableJ" Moda Junior and Andrei "arT" Piovezan to get their team on the board. NRG picked themselves up quickly, however, winning two in a row to push FURIA into an eco.

FURIA were finally able to get another round on the board, making it 2-7, thanks to three of the Brazilian players saving guns on the previous round in which NRG had a clean entry on B. NRG then reset the CTs to continue the first half stomp, eventually going on to close it out 11-4 after giving the last two rounds up to the defending side.

NRG hit B on their attacking pistol round, but doubles by Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte and Ethan "Ethan" Arnold turned the balance in the defending side’s favor to give them the first round of the second half and keep FURIA with their head underwater. The Brazilians fought back, however, as a forecebuy A execute worked out for them. They then got control of the economy, planting on B and winning their second round in a row against a half-buy. A big triple by Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov finally gave his team another round, making it 13-7, but a fast A play by FURIA reset the North Americans.

With USPs and a hero rifle NRG were able to break the momentum, following it up with a wild mid push by Brehze and CeRq that put both teams’ players out of positions, with NRG finally coming out on top to make it on map point. After stopping the Brazilians on an A execute, NRG sealed the deal, 16-9.

NRG were able to seal the deal in two maps to qualify for the Major

Cache started out with NRG once again taking the lead after the Terrorist side pistol round, after the second round FURIA were able to get on the board by defusing on A after a strong retake. Another round going the way of NRG put FURIA on a forcebuy, and it wasn’t until Vinicius "VINI" Figueiredo got four kills on an A play by NRG that they were able to get back on the board, making it 2-5. A triple by Yuri "yuurih" Santos gave his team back-to-back rounds. It was then Jacob "FugLy" Medina who got a triple in an action-packed default round which saw NRG win it cleanly to take a 6-3 lead.

The game quickly got even, as FURIA started to bring it around to a tie score following several solid defenses, but a clean A execute by NRG kept the North American side ahead. They were then able to win out the half, but only barely, as they switched with an 8-7 scoreline.

FURIA were then able to tie it up, 8-8, after winning a 5vs5 retake on the A site, but they then lost again to a full eco by NRG. FURIA were able to take the lead 11-10, but a huge triple by CeRq on mid and B evened it back out. The rounds kept going back and forth, but it was finally NRG who were able to break their enemies’ economy to get a 14-12 lead. NRG then won two in a row to secure their spot at the Major.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 44 - 27 +17 88.7 1.46
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 43 - 35 +8 82.6 1.28
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 38 - 33 +5 75.2 1.17
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 32 - 30 +2 64.6 1.01
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 20 - 24 -4 51.6 0.94
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih 34 - 34 0 80.9 1.09
Brazil Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda JuniorableJ 32 - 29 +3 61.4 0.96
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI 34 - 38 -4 73.9 0.93
Brazil Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT 27 - 39 -12 58.3 0.75
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO 22 - 37 -15 62.1 0.71

With NRG through, the IEM Katowice 2019 New Challengers Stage currently looks as follows:

France G2
China TYLOO
Sweden fnatic
Finland ENCE
France Vitality
Asia Asia Minor #2
North America Americas Minor #2
Other Minors play-in #2
Brazil Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda Junior
Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda Junior
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
322
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
556
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
541
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
534
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
BRAZIL CS is just not on NA CS level EZ FOR NA! xaxaxaxaxa BR LUL
2019-01-25 21:20
BRA71L xaxaxaxa
2019-01-25 21:20
Kscerato is terrible why did mibr want him
2019-01-25 21:24
#44
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Estonia BRAZlL 
Using 7-1 arguments,HAHAHAHA
2019-01-25 21:40
BRA71L, never forget
2019-01-25 21:46
#47
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Estonia BRAZlL 
Ukraine 0 majors,never forget
2019-01-25 21:47
BRA71L, never forget
2019-01-25 21:51
#58
 | 
Estonia BRAZlL 
Russia 0 major,Horrible team in football never forgot,Nt hater
2019-01-25 22:13
Dosia No major???
2019-01-25 22:23
#63
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Estonia BRAZlL 
If 1 player = 1 major,Brazil has 10 major???
2019-01-25 22:29
#66
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Brazil JMB_17 
+1 you rekteted that guy
2019-01-25 22:35
#69
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
+1 solid rekt
2019-01-25 23:02
+1 rekt
2019-01-25 23:11
rekt
2019-01-25 23:24
rip MIBR_IS_OVERRATED_IS_OVERRATED
2019-01-25 23:25
#96
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Brazil Apol0_1705 
+1 amazing
2019-01-26 05:29
oof
2019-01-26 07:55
#93
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United States ShawnM 
zeus won a major igling and was part of one singular team with one single ukrainian
2019-01-26 01:43
#94
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Estonia BRAZlL 
One ukraine,no major
2019-01-26 02:46
Cold #11 btw
2019-01-26 10:55
#102
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Estonia BRAZlL 
Russia #0 major,XAXAXAXA
2019-01-26 18:55
Yet cold #11 and Godtronic #4 Cry is free 2016 majors against choketeams =/= majors
2019-01-26 19:44
#104
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Estonia BRAZlL 
Eletronic still 0 major,cry is free
2019-01-26 21:01
4 BR teams in Americas Minor. 3 NA teams. BR > NA
2019-01-25 21:27
NT BRAZIL FAKEFLAGGER
2019-01-25 21:28
Low. I live in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
2019-01-25 21:28
prove it or
2019-01-25 21:32
What, do you want me to take a picture of the city entrance or smth? BR is better than NA outside of Liquid. FURIA demolished two NA pro league teams while being NA MDL.
2019-01-25 21:34
nt brazilian
2019-01-25 21:52
Furia is only in MDL cause ESEA placed them into advanced their first season in NA. They are likely to qualify for pro league on their first attempt. They might get invited to pro league SA, IDK if they will compete in it or not being that they live in NA. That's a weird situation, now that there are 5 BR teams living in NA.
2019-01-25 22:32
#27
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-01-25 21:28
still believe in FURIA #DIADEFURIA
2019-01-25 21:20
#15
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Brazil Kelmec 
+1
2019-01-25 21:23
#30
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Portugal Ponsas 
+1
2019-01-25 21:30
#35
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Estonia Nap0le0n 
I think they will qualifier
2019-01-25 21:33
Izi for karrigan
2019-01-25 21:35
ecorrigan?
2019-01-25 21:36
True No major for bmserato
2019-01-26 10:55
Expected
2019-01-25 21:20
#5
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Denmark raaaaaaaaa1in 
:D
2019-01-25 21:20
another candle out for br cs today [*]
2019-01-25 21:21
#24
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World nakTriceps 
Not at all, dude. All BR´s are really happy with this match. FURIA, if not lost the rounds against pistols 2 times, would win cache. They did really good against a top10 on LAN for the first time of their careers. Imagine this team with Lan experiences and more time together. They can do a really good damage on teams like NRG in the future.
2019-01-25 21:28
wp
2019-01-25 21:21
Who?
2019-01-25 21:21
#10
NiKo | 
Iceland Numeritos 
no problem, ez 2-0 vs envy
2019-01-25 21:21
god ethan
2019-01-25 21:22
Expected
2019-01-25 21:22
Ez for 2 fat kids with rich parents, ann ugly guy and a redhead with no skillzzzzzzzzzzzz
2019-01-25 21:22
#14
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Brazil @cm 
No problem, FURIA 2X0 ENVY. #ez4FURIA
2019-01-25 21:23
#17
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United States Trump2020KAG 
NRG are so good
2019-01-25 21:24
#18
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Denmark Yung_Leann 
back in the day this Brehze guy had the most blatant cheating clips now he qualified to a major
2019-01-25 21:24
Ez nrg
2019-01-25 21:25
hahaha! someone lost a bet LOL :)
2019-01-25 21:25
3 American teams in major!! Maybe 4 with envy too?
2019-01-25 21:26
Liquid, NRG, who more?
2019-01-25 21:30
#36
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Estonia Nap0le0n 
Complexity
2019-01-25 21:34
Oh, my bad tanks
2019-01-25 21:35
Liquid NRG Cloud9 Complexity so actually 4 teams already and maybe 5 with envy if they make it
2019-01-25 21:55
> Cloud9 > American Team Pick one
2019-01-26 00:26
Zellsis Autimatic RUSH Seems American to me
2019-01-26 00:40
#32
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World nakTriceps 
Probably no, but who knows. If FURIA´s players feel the pressure it´s possible, but FURIA is clear favourite on it. They show today against a top10 team on LAN that they could be very good on future and already are a good team. 70/30 for FURIA. Other note: the map pool is good for FURIA against Envy. Better map of Envy is instaban for the BR side (Dust2). Inferno, Cache, Mirage and Train are better maps for FURIA. Envy is favourite on Overpass.
2019-01-25 21:31
#76
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United States codgun 
tbh, I don't count coL as an American team. They only have two Americans. I'll be really excited if nV makes it in tho, I want to see these guys do some great things.
2019-01-25 23:14
ok but Cloud9 is an American team
2019-01-25 23:30
#91
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United States codgun 
Yeah, Cloud9 and NRG. Just saying coL isn't really an American team. NRG and Cloud9 are better teams anyways imo.
2019-01-26 00:58
after 7 years of csgo finally a bulgarian at the fucking major kinda sad if you think about it
2019-01-25 21:27
#41
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
+1 "It's been 84 years..."
2019-01-25 21:36
#26
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Yugoslavia plsnopermaban 
Impressive from NRG. They are the only team to qualify for the major through this minor circuit without dropping a map.
2019-01-25 21:28
#33
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World nakTriceps 
The Cache´s mistakes from FURIA were the main reason for it. Two rounds lost against pistols.
2019-01-25 21:33
#89
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Japan Jotaro 
Furia didnt have a chance to begin with lol
2019-01-26 00:48
#90
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World nakTriceps 
> 16-12 and lost two rounds for pistols > didnt have a chance pick one
2019-01-26 00:50
#92
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Japan Jotaro 
no chance my friend
2019-01-26 01:14
#97
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World nakTriceps 
You´re crazy, but ok. You´re not my friend. You´re my brother, my friend.
2019-01-26 05:36
cuz other regions are more competitive and not cuz nrg are gods, they just threw last minor
2019-01-25 22:04
#57
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Yugoslavia plsnopermaban 
NRG are a fine team. They have looked very solid throughout the whole tournament, I have barely seen any mistakes made by them.
2019-01-25 22:10
ofc they are really good team but their run is not that impressive since they are #9 in the world and others there are t3-4 teams
2019-01-25 23:37
#42
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Time to grind for those golden CeRq stickers :> GGs boys.
2019-01-25 21:37
#43
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Dominican Republic yolinho 
finalyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
2019-01-25 21:39
expected
2019-01-25 21:46
#51
COCAINE | 
Syria Kansur 
expected
2019-01-25 21:58
#52
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Brazil cadik 
cerq deserved
2019-01-25 22:02
gg expected from bra71l
2019-01-25 22:04
+1
2019-01-25 22:53
#72
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Estonia BRAZlL 
Big dont gonna be legends in this major,get rekt and print this.
2019-01-25 23:11
bookmarked
2019-01-25 23:13
#75
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Estonia BRAZlL 
good
2019-01-25 23:13
#55
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Palestine Xpicyy 
finally, gg
2019-01-25 22:04
#56
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Brazil bandicoot 
disappointing. but expected
2019-01-25 22:05
#59
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Denmark KOTR 
NRG MAJOR WINNER 2019!!
2019-01-25 22:14
BRAZIL 4 TEAMS 0 QUALIFIED XAXAXA
2019-01-25 22:20
#68
NiKo | 
Germany awnifaour 
ez for nrg
2019-01-25 22:54
#70
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
No chances for envy
2019-01-25 23:03
expected against dead BR scene
2019-01-25 23:05
#79
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Brazil ituano_86 
torcida flw muito do kserato e oq ele fez ?
2019-01-25 23:27
-kscerato +kNg cry is free
2019-01-25 23:41
Finally
2019-01-26 00:24
congrats boys
2019-01-26 00:35
#88
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Brazil jstrr 
nrg was eliminating MIBR from tournaments not too long ago so why is this even remotely surprising
2019-01-26 00:40
NRG already has time of road, logical that it was going to be easy game, but, FURIA destroyed in that minor!
2019-01-26 04:29
#99
Rob4 | 
Czech Republic Trolic18 
Its so fked up how europe qulif r so hard against this wtf
2019-01-26 10:33
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