Vitality edge out NiP; Astralis take down Cloud9 in Katowice openers

In the opening series of IEM Katowice, Vitality bested NiP 2-0 while Astralis took down Cloud9 in similar fashion to progress to the next round of the upper bracket.

NiP and Vitality opened their bout on Vertigo, the Swedes' map pick, where Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora spearheaded a 6-1 start on the offence for his team off the back of a pistol round quad kill. The two sides then traded two rounds apiece before a few fantastic Deagle shots swung some late momentum in the direction of the Frenchmen, who managed to recover a slow start to the match to chase a one-round deficit at the midway point.

It didn’t take long for Vitality to take control of the map in the second half as a triple kill from Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut on the pistol was followed up with numerous opening kills from Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin to put the Frenchmen in the driver’s seat with a 12-9 scoreline. NiP wrestled back to level the score immediately after, however, a Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon 1v2 was enough to keep Vitality ahead as they went on to close out the map 16-12.

ALEX launches Vitality into the next round of Group A's upper bracket

A swift double kill at the hands of Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson got NiP off to a 2-0 start on the CT side of Nuke, but a 1v3 clutch from ZywOo kicked off a period of consistency for Vitality, who went on to pick up six of the following seven rounds. With the Swedes lacking rounds on the favoured CT side, the group recomposed to find much-needed success on the defence, narrowing the score to 7-8 at halftime.

The map remained neck and neck once the two teams swapped sides, with three rounds apiece opening up the second half, but an ALEX triple kill in the 22nd round propelled Vitality into a commanding position, enabling the French squad to lock down the map and take the series 2-0.

Sweden
Matchpage
0
2
24th February 2020
12
Vertigo
16
10
Nuke
16
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 40 +5 92.5 1.23
41 - 40 +1 82.3 1.09
34 - 36 -2 65.9 0.90
26 - 41 -15 61.2 0.85
25 - 39 -14 57.7 0.76
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 33 +18 102.2 1.43
45 - 34 +11 91.6 1.30
36 - 31 +5 65.0 1.07
35 - 36 -1 68.0 1.00
28 - 37 -9 66.6 0.86

Cloud9 kicked off their Katowice campaign with a mammoth task ahead of them in the form of Astralis, and despite dropping the pistol early on, the North American-South African side settled in comfortably on the T side to earn a 4-1 start. However, proceedings rapidly dampened for Cloud9 as Astralis locked down a water-tight defence to overwhelmingly overrun Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou and his troops, securing ten consecutive rounds to lead 11-4 at the halfway mark.

The Danish dominance did not let up moving forward as all Cloud9 could achieve on their defence was back-to-back rounds following a successful pistol force buy. As soon as Astralis reintroduced primary weapons to the map Cloud9 lost all sight of a comeback, with Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz leading the Danes to a convincing 16-7 score.

Astralis edge out Cloud9 despite a competitive second map

Up next the two sides headed into Train, Astralis’ map pick, where the Danes secured a trio of rounds instantly. With guns in hand, though, Cloud9 found their rhythm in the map to lock down seven-straight rounds on the defence, which included successive clutches from Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy and Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery. Despite Cloud9’s successes, the team’s economic situation was in tatters, enabling Astralis to narrow the score to 6-7. The final two rounds were traded, with an outstanding 1v4 clutch from floppy adding an eighth for Cloud9.

Little could separate Cloud9 and Astralis in the early stages of the second half as both teams had periods of prosperity, which saw the score level out at 12-12. However, the North American-South African side fell flat moving forward as their bank diminished, allowing Astralis to run them over to take the remaining rounds and secure the map 16-12.

Matchpage
2
0
24th February 2020
16
Overpass
7
16
Train
12
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 24 +26 88.3 1.57
49 - 24 +25 95.6 1.52
34 - 31 +3 83.0 1.18
31 - 27 +4 68.6 1.11
33 - 34 -1 78.2 1.07
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
33 - 41 -8 75.5 0.94
28 - 37 -9 58.8 0.83
25 - 38 -13 55.5 0.82
30 - 41 -11 52.4 0.73
24 - 40 -16 57.2 0.71
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1625
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
621
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
622
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
681
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
979
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Astralis is BACK. Faze still top 1!
2020-02-24 14:36
3 replies
#7
ZywOo | 
United States Frotha
oSee whiff meister NT floppy
2020-02-24 14:42
-1
2020-02-24 15:25
-1
2020-02-24 15:33
Say it like it is: GOATSTRALIS CRUSHED Cloud9
2020-02-24 14:36
11 replies
Crushing Clown9 isn't much of an accomplishment.
2020-02-24 14:37
5 replies
+1
2020-02-24 15:30
C9 getting 12 rounds against Astralis shows that their Era is over and done for.
2020-02-24 16:48
2 replies
This is a completely different team fam tf you on about?
2020-02-24 21:18
#36
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1
2020-02-24 22:30
#37
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1
2020-02-24 22:31
lol congrats you beat a team 19 ranks below you
2020-02-24 14:39
2 replies
They are #1. Every 7cking team below them
2020-02-24 15:20
1 reply
very good observation that is what happens when you are #1
2020-02-24 15:31
next time, maybe beat coL
2020-02-24 16:01
1 reply
#38
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United States 1nsaneMe
Lol XD
2020-02-24 22:31
#3
shox | 
India iejesus
Nice
2020-02-24 14:36
#4
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Canada SureThingM8
Lmao nip handed the win to vitality what a bunch of throwers
2020-02-24 14:37
UKCS is just carrying this Zywoo noob!
2020-02-24 14:38
Astralis is gonna take this event for sure, they re back
2020-02-24 14:39
1 reply
Yes!
2020-02-24 17:09
Alex top 1 2020 !!! :')
2020-02-24 14:40
#12
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Brazil MimimiBR
Worth nip i ever seen
2020-02-24 14:42
ez win for astralis
2020-02-24 14:45
#14
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Netherlands Xexer
God Alex
2020-02-24 14:47
Expecterino Ggwp Vitality Better luck next time NiP
2020-02-24 14:49
floppy's so good, too bad he's stuck in that horrible org...
2020-02-24 14:55
nip inc roster change LULW
2020-02-24 14:56
very nice
2020-02-24 15:14
We always lose opening matches against Astralis its just how it be.
2020-02-24 15:16
Edge out implies it was close, usually at least 16-14+ or 3 maps. I mean they won T side Nuke. How is that edging out?
2020-02-24 15:33
rez so bad
2020-02-24 15:42
Edge out? Ok lol
2020-02-24 16:47
When will we see a better promising player than apEX ? Clearly he isnt doing all the entry fragging anymore, he's a lot less involved in the tactical aspect as ALEX, XTQZZZ & shox said... I get that he's trying to renew himself and find his place but come on, he's been underwhelming for too long now, even RpK is pulling his weight and is much more impactful.
2020-02-24 16:58
Astralis is the best team to watch Congrats, guys Win this tournament without dropping a map, plz
2020-02-24 17:11
EZ4GODVICE
2020-02-25 05:40
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