FaZe, G2 qualify for IEM Katowice

The first day of the IEM Katowice Europe closed qualifier has been brought to an end, with FaZe and G2 securing the two wins necessary to claim spots at the tournament in Poland.

FaZe kicked off their closed qualifier campaign against ARCY, and struggled on the CT side of Nuke in their first map after the winter break, securing just five rounds. However, they were able to bounce back on the offense and claim the win on their map pick, before displaying a similar T-side on Dust2 to take the series 2-0. Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer was the standout performer in the match, finishing with a 1.35 rating and 11 first kills.

With FaZe confirmed for Katowice, everyone from the current top 10 will be at the event

The international roster then faced ENCE, who previously overcame Illuminar 2-1. The series kicked off on Mirage, which went FaZe's way after their first strong CT side in the qualifier (16-10), while ENCE struck back on Dust 2 (16-12), seeing both teams lose their map picks. It was all down to Nuke, where inspired showings from Marcelo "coldzera" David and Nikola "NiKo" Kovač got FaZe over the line, 16-12, securing their spot in Katowice.

Matchpage
2
1
9th January 2020
16
Mirage
10
12
Dust2
16
16
Nuke
12
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 64 - 56 +8 76.4 1.18
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 62 - 47 +15 68.4 1.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 48 - 49 -1 79.6 1.14
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 51 - 47 +4 66.4 1.03
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky 40 - 49 -9 57.9 0.85
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 59 - 48 +11 80.1 1.13
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 48 - 55 -7 71.6 1.01
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 56 - 58 -2 68.1 0.95
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 48 - 52 -4 63.6 0.95
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 36 - 53 -17 50.8 0.74

G2 had to work hard for a 2-1 win over AGO, while MAD Lions overcame Heroic 2-0, adding another Danish scalp to their collection after outclassing North yesterday.

huNter will be joining his cousin NiKo in Katowice

Those results set up a G2 - MAD Lions semi-final, where the Danes edged out Train in Overtime 22-20, while G2 denied the comeback on Dust2 to claim it 16-14. The decider was Nuke, where Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen's men ran up a 10-5 lead on the defense thanks to mainly Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand and Fredrik "roeJ" Jørgensen. The Danes extended the lead with a pistol round win, but G2 replied with a force buy, and that is where MAD Lions' issues started. The French-Serbian roster gained momentum on the defense and completed the comeback to win Nuke 16-13 and the series 2-1.

Matchpage
1
2
9th January 2020
France
22
Train
20
14
Dust2
16
13
Nuke
16
 MAD Lions K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Frederik 'acoR' GyldstrandacoR 75 - 64 +11 75.3 1.11
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' AndersenBubzkji 68 - 63 +5 76.8 1.10
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' JørgensenroeJ 68 - 73 -5 85.2 1.07
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Becksjuush 64 - 68 -4 65.7 0.99
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' PetersenHUNDEN 49 - 69 -20 48.2 0.73
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 72 - 66 +6 75.6 1.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 75 - 61 +14 77.0 1.14
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter- 67 - 69 -2 71.3 1.05
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 62 - 62 0 64.9 1.03
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 61 - 66 -5 71.3 0.97

ENCE and MAD Lions still have a chance to claim the last European spot at the $500,000 event tomorrow in the lower-bracket, starting with matches against Polish representatives AGO and Illuminar, respectively.

The team list for IEM Katowice 2020 is now as follows:

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1103
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
362
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1158
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1353
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1561
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
BOT HUNDEN
2020-01-10 02:13
#14
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Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
Didn't you forget to put ViCi at Asia Qualifier Professeur?
2020-01-10 02:25
#25
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Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
Thanks for the heads up Mr. Sir_Cumcised, very kind of you
2020-01-10 02:40
#26
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Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
Np Proffi)
2020-01-10 02:41
lol
2020-01-10 03:27
Wtf??
2020-01-10 05:01
#31
NiKo | 
Serbia dvrtomic 
Lul
2020-01-10 03:24
god*
2020-01-10 04:54
+1
2020-01-10 07:40
Ence and Mibr next.
2020-01-10 02:13
#34
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United States NA_LULW 
Actually it’s GOD LIONS ENCE IS DEAD
2020-01-10 03:38
#39
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United States Festive_ 
HA. MIBR good one mens)))
2020-01-10 04:23
#40
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Finland Smoonah 
Girls just wanna have fun.... just like ENCE
2020-01-10 04:26
#3
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India transformer 
expected
2020-01-10 02:13
#4
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North America rifles 
Rolf
2020-01-10 02:13
#5
Simple | 
Ukraine s1v9mple 
Failze lucky
2020-01-10 02:16
#6
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Brazil ZlatanIsGod 
Coldzera>Niko
2020-01-10 02:17
OMEGALUL
2020-01-10 02:21
#12
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Brazil ZlatanIsGod 
I didn't edit that comment wtf
2020-01-10 02:24
#19
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Brazil PierreGabriel 
Wtf Men cold 2 major win 2 major MVP 2 times best of the world
2020-01-10 02:28
#20
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Brazil PierreGabriel 
They are in the same team, no point in compare them. Chupa pau do Gaulês
2020-01-10 02:29
#41
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Finland Smoonah 
yeah pedostash >
2020-01-10 04:27
#52
downie | 
Norway maxztar 
n1 b8
2020-01-10 07:38
#7
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United States PsychoLogical 
HUNDEN LUL
2020-01-10 02:18
ok great except faze
2020-01-10 02:19
FaZe hater Omegalul
2020-01-10 02:44
#65
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Slovakia Numba1FaZeFan 
hes a liquid fan omegalul
2020-01-10 13:24
#9
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Albania Number1awper 
wp
2020-01-10 02:18
#10
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Germany Neckarstadion 
Thank god G2 won, now we hopefully get ENCE at Katowice, too.
2020-01-10 02:19
+1, as much as ence has been sucking dick. it would be sad not to see the miracle finalists at least make an appearance
2020-01-10 02:33
Ooff Guess what, sergej is carrying ence as usual while allu being a bot
2020-01-10 03:20
#36
DaZeD | 
Turkey qubeKs 
Don’t forget that the tactical genius allu caused ence to became worse by making the worse roster move in 2k19.
2020-01-10 04:11
aleksiB got benched for this? LUL
2020-01-10 04:50
#13
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Portugal BalyK 
Hope Mad lions and mibr Make it
2020-01-10 02:24
#15
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United States xiquo 
G2 won somehow.
2020-01-10 02:25
#16
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Singapore FallBlade 
aleksib was the problem
2020-01-10 02:25
#17
coldzera | 
India YESHU 
EzforFAZE!!!
2020-01-10 02:26
Shouldn't vici aiso be in that list?
2020-01-10 02:27
nice now we have all the top 11 teams
2020-01-10 02:34
mind is blown
2020-01-10 04:51
Expected, although i would like to see mad lions play at katowice
2020-01-10 02:37
#24
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Poland Lukovsky 
finally an event with every top 10 team present? last year there wasn't one
2020-01-10 02:37
FaZe up
2020-01-10 02:46
Expected Allu can't igl cant frag🤭
2020-01-10 03:33
#37
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United States ratebuster 
So no Faze vs G2 match (UB final) tomorrow ?
2020-01-10 04:13
#38
EliGE | 
United States Skydude 
You stupi?
2020-01-10 04:20
Dude!!
2020-01-10 04:44
na brain
2020-01-10 06:43
why would there be
2020-01-10 07:32
Top 11 teams are in this event, niceee
2020-01-10 05:42
FaZe looks so strong mens. It is kinda scary for other teams.
2020-01-10 07:40
#55
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Mouz -chrisj +Sergej could be so good
2020-01-10 07:58
#56
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United Arab Emirates knowledgeAAA 
cousins Era
2020-01-10 08:22
#57
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
expected
2020-01-10 08:29
Good job for faze💪😁💪
2020-01-10 09:16
#59
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Denmark ThomaZakis 
I dont get why there should be continental qualifiers.. They should just make seedings lists and but all teams in there. Now we have trash from Asia and NA playing at a super big event, where we could have had better teams and better matches.. Who wanna watch Vici, Cloud9 and another tier3 team get trashed?
2020-01-10 10:41
#60
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Romania kinoN 
- broky +valde
2020-01-10 11:24
#61
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Finland wolfplayer 
Save Sergej pls ! your career is wasted in Ence
2020-01-10 11:35
hunter niko join power o/
2020-01-10 11:38
#63
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United Kingdom mcswagadog 
amanek just came out of surgery 2 days ago aswell good stuff for g2
2020-01-10 12:06
#71
World Kobs 
he got a brain ?
2020-01-10 15:45
#64
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Bot allu lol
2020-01-10 12:33
Fuck I really want to attend this event
2020-01-10 13:30
#68
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Slovakia iLycan 
calm dwon kid
2020-01-10 13:34
?? o
2020-01-10 16:02
ViCi is the only garbage team there for now
2020-01-10 13:31
#69
woxic | 
Turkey razendd_ 
#Vamouz
2020-01-10 13:48
Aleksbi was the problem
2020-01-10 14:29
#73
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India Jazz_B 
Good to see cousins HuNteR and NiKo qualifying... :)
2020-01-10 16:19
Can't wait for more delusional ENCE fans talking about how they're still a top team and will bounce back. Also, really unlucky for HUNDEN, hope his team gets more chances for this 2020.
2020-01-10 21:46
#75
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United States ratebuster 
why no UB finals and then championship bracket ? ESL can use that to determine the seeding for the major.
2020-01-10 22:37
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