Astralis beat Vitality to secure playoff spot; NiP send Cloud9 packing

The second batch of IEM Katowice day two matches saw Astralis ascend to Group A's upper bracket final and secure a playoff spot, while NiP extended their tournament life at the expense of Cloud9.

The second set of series on day two featured a face-off between the No.1 and No.7 in the rankings, Astralis and Vitality. The two teams had last faced each another at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, where the Danes had convincingly bested Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin and company in two consecutive maps.

The overall result may have been the same as in Sweden, but today's series was much more competitive. While Astralis may have secured their opponents' map pick, Overpass, with confidence, the same couldn't be said about Vertigo, where Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and company had to sweat in double overtime to best the Frenchmen.

dupreeh had a stunning individual performance on Overpass

Astralis set off on Overpass with a successful CT-side start, having secured the first three rounds while denying Vitality bomb plants in the process. With a loss bonus accrued, the Frenchmen finally had rifles in hand and Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's triple kill turned the tide. This development created space for a lead to be established, as the Ts outpaced their opponents by two rounds.

Despite what seemed to be a slowly developing snowball effect, Astralis flipped the table and steadily converted the majority of the remaining rounds to secure a 9-6 half time score. A second pistol conversion furthered the Danes' dominant position, this time on the T side, and while Vitality retaliated in equal, Astralis put Overpass to bed with a convincing 16-9 scoreline, taking their opponents' map pick.

Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz kept the pressure up on the T side of Vertigo with a Glock quad kill to put the Danes in the lead. A strong Deagle showing from ALEX and Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon yielded Vitality their first round, but Astralis kept on stomping, inspired by a spectacular 1v2 clutch from Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth. A team ace in round nine kicked off Vitality's comeback as the Frenchmen went on to not only equalize but assume a 9-6 lead after all remaining rounds had fallen in their favor.

Vitality further added to their lead after winning their CT pistol and the following two. It was on device's AWPing to bring the Danes back into the game, with a triple kill serving as the catalyst for their comeback. Over the course of the following nine rounds, only one was secured by Vitality, thanks to a solid 1v2 B site clutch from shox. A concluding back-and-forth had the Frenchmen on map point, but Astralis were able to push for overtime, where they came out victorious in the second set of extra rounds.

Matchpage
0
2
25th February 2020
9
Overpass
16
19
Vertigo
22
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 53 - 45 +8 78.6 1.13
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 41 - 50 -9 87.3 1.02
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 38 - 47 -9 69.8 0.95
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 43 - 48 -5 61.9 0.86
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 40 - 54 -14 70.5 0.83
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 57 - 39 +18 85.9 1.33
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 54 - 44 +10 84.2 1.22
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 51 - 39 +12 76.3 1.16
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 47 - 45 +2 81.4 1.11
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 35 - 48 -13 65.7 0.90

Over in the lower bracket series, Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson kicked off NiP's series against Cloud9 with a CT-side triple kill on Overpass, later defusing the bomb in a 1v1 situation. This kicked off a chain of success for the Swedes, who absolutely devastated the offense throughout the first half, with only a sinning round going Cloud9's way thanks to a 1v3 clutch by Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery.

A team ace in the second pistol round saw the North American team claim a second round, but NiP replied immediately and bagged two rounds to wrap up the one-sided affair.

twist demolished Cloud9 with a 1.49 series rating

Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy set Cloud9 on the right foot with a 1v2 clutch in the first pistol round of Vertigo, with the team holding off a rifle buy from NiP to build a solid lead. The North Americans' start was promising, but issues quickly resurfaced for the team as NiP picked up the pace and ran all over the defense in the remainder of the half, which ended with a 12-3 scoreline.

A glimpse of respite was seen for Cloud9, who lost just one of the first seven rounds of the half, but three consecutive retakes on NiP's part sealed the fate of the match and marked the end of the road for the North Americans in Katowice.

Sweden
Matchpage
2
0
25th February 2020
16
Overpass
2
16
Vertigo
9
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 36 - 19 +17 88.3 1.49
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonassonnawwk 35 - 21 +14 73.7 1.41
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 35 - 21 +14 81.0 1.40
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 36 - 24 +12 92.0 1.38
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 36 - 26 +10 85.9 1.33
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemeryfloppy 26 - 37 -11 77.3 0.94
United States Josh 'oSee' OhmoSee 25 - 37 -12 67.8 0.81
United States Ian 'motm' Hardymotm 21 - 34 -13 61.4 0.76
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic 20 - 36 -16 50.4 0.59
South Africa Johnny 'JT' TheodosiouJT 19 - 34 -15 44.5 0.59
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1619
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:
1785
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1421
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1441
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
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
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1725
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1750
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
#1
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Sweden Stephano123
ez for my favorite swedish team nip and sad for vitality
2020-02-25 18:36
19 replies
#8
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Canada Herodionus
Nothing checks out
2020-02-25 18:37
18 replies
ez 4 astralis the best team that ever touched this game
2020-02-25 18:39
17 replies
#26
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Canada Herodionus
Can confirm
2020-02-25 18:59
1 reply
Kakakaka
2020-02-25 19:50
If astralis is the best to ever touch this game then wtf is 1.6 navi? Best team to touch a game?
2020-02-25 19:28
13 replies
1.6 navi didnt touch cs go wtf men
2020-02-25 19:29
4 replies
Oh man sorry i didnt read careful enough apologies
2020-02-25 20:18
1 reply
#83
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Croatia cembrakis
Nice man
2020-02-26 00:26
They touched though? And they sucked.
2020-02-25 20:23
1 reply
+1
2020-02-25 22:14
#43
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Canada Herodionus
This game != 1.6
2020-02-25 19:42
2 replies
#47
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India X3pHyR
Programmer just catch a corner and cry there
2020-02-25 19:50
1 reply
#64
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Canada Herodionus
I'm doing statistics, I have enough reasons to cry
2020-02-25 20:26
SHHHHH onliner,,,, you are from ukraine, you are so corrupt and poor that you can not travel,...get uot
2020-02-25 20:13
4 replies
Why are you so damn toxic i read it wrongly, chill, Astralis fans toxic af, damn
2020-02-25 20:39
3 replies
#69
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India X3pHyR
Can't help delusional retard star fanboys now
2020-02-25 21:18
Ignore this retard my friend
2020-02-25 22:02
#78
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United States 1nsaneMe
Yeah astralis fans especially the ones from denmark are hella toxic on these forums.. Been noticing lately idk what's up with them. They seem hella ignorant just coz astralis has been the best team for some time.
2020-02-25 22:37
Astralis is racist. The whole team is white. Why no people of color on the team?
2020-02-26 05:28
#3
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Austria zCainee
onliners
2020-02-25 18:36
#4
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Brazil logzera
Ez4device. Teamplayer, unlike s0mple and zywho.
2020-02-25 18:37
nip finally decent now that they kicked bot forest and GTR
2020-02-25 18:37
4 replies
Iq cheaks out
2020-02-25 18:38
1 reply
Lol true, beating a t3 team like c9 and suddenly they're the best
2020-02-25 18:48
lul 0IQ
2020-02-25 18:59
they won vs clown9 brah
2020-02-25 19:12
#6
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Canada Herodionus
EZ PZ
2020-02-25 18:37
Vitality disband.
2020-02-25 18:37
Fucking Clown9
2020-02-25 18:38
zywoo retire
2020-02-25 18:40
Nip > clown9 anyday
2020-02-25 18:40
from major winners to nonamer tier 5 shit.
2020-02-25 18:43
2 replies
#39
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Belarus uberboy
You talking bout nip right
2020-02-25 19:33
1 reply
LMAOOOO
2020-02-26 01:17
No ZywOo No win
2020-02-25 18:43
1 reply
#76
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France Terapiah
sadly true
2020-02-25 22:14
tbh - i think Astralis can win against any team in spite of Mouz with b tacc's :) they are just so prepared.
2020-02-25 18:45
6 replies
They can absolutely destroy mouz, just wait and see
2020-02-25 18:55
5 replies
Mouz can only barely edge out Astralis, depending on the day
2020-02-25 18:55
in my book mouz is the only contender : ) as well as Vitality is a clear 3rd seed - after these three teams anything can happen.
2020-02-25 18:59
3 replies
Vita is a bit inconsistent U see we can clearly see that if zywoo played well it would have been a beautiful Bo3 match. But some other days vitality play soo bad it can't be third team
2020-02-25 20:05
2 replies
But together with astralis they have just been crazy in their pracc's up to this tournament : ) Sometimes i consider, if a swap of KennyS for Zywoo would give france a consistent top 2 team : )
2020-02-25 20:13
1 reply
Yup Still hoping they win against faze and fnatic to qualify for playoffs ((:
2020-02-25 21:43
Vitality can't win with zywoo fragging, what can a single person do more to make his team win, fuck u alex always making salty comments and drowning your team
2020-02-25 18:46
4 replies
Vitality is not a bad team, they just lost to the #1 team so nothing wrong with them Now they have to prove themeselves vs faze and then navi
2020-02-25 20:09
3 replies
Never said that vitality is a bad team but alex is a bad player and leader
2020-02-26 03:52
2 replies
Didn't you see the game yesterday? Alex was great but watching Zywoo was painful
2020-02-26 06:27
1 reply
Playing good once in 8 games does not mean the player is good, zywoo is struggling now but when he gets back to his form he'll start carrying the team and destroy everyone but what I mean is that the players need to support him more not by just flashing for him but also by fragging. I'm pretty sure zywoo will wake up today against faze and send them home
2020-02-26 06:59
C9 LUL
2020-02-25 18:47
NiP, a mid-tier team didn't just send Cloud9 packing, they absolutely humiliated them. Someone needs to sit those guys down and get to some serious talk. Whatever they were doing to prepare for this tournament, it wasn't playing CS. It's obvious their preparation was crap. Maybe they had no motivation for some reason, but they obv. didn't take any of it seriously. I'm so pissed I can spit. I am a fan of all the NA teams (and Complexity too), but Cloud9 did not represent well here.
2020-02-25 18:52
1 reply
NiP, a mid-tier team didn't just send Cloud9 packing, they absolutely humiliated them. Someone needs to sit those guys down and get to some serious talk. Whatever they were doing to prepare for this tournament, it wasn't playing CS. It's obvious their preparation was crap. Maybe they had no motivation for some reason, but they obv. didn't take any of it seriously. I'm so pissed I can spit. I am a fan of all the NA teams (and Complexity too), but Cloud9 did not represent well here.
2020-02-26 01:18
Cloud9 got a total of 16 rounds across 4 maps
2020-02-25 19:03
9 replies
This is false tho
2020-02-25 19:06
6 replies
But it's actually entirely correct. Astralis vs c9 they got 2 and 3 rounds for both maps. That equals 5. 9+2=11. 11+5= 16 rounds.therefore 16 rounds across 4 maps Edit: don't know where I pulled the Astralis game #'s from excuse my temporary autism
2020-02-25 20:11
5 replies
#60
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Brazil Necro_Spa
Except it was 100T who got 5 rounds yesterday and not C9?
2020-02-25 20:13
2 replies
There we go that's who I was thinking of for some reason I thought it was C9 that absolutely got demolished yesterday
2020-02-25 21:00
1 reply
Oh, they did. NiP worked them over badly. :(
2020-02-26 12:16
KEKW
2020-02-25 20:14
1 reply
0iq reply from me sorry brother
2020-02-25 21:04
Cant count over 16?
2020-02-25 20:07
1 reply
I'm actually fucked in the head I forgot that I was watching when they only had 2 and 3 rounds in each game this is totally mb and I feel dumb
2020-02-25 20:11
thanks for the fantasy points, Astralis and Vitality (too bad ALEX went negative :( )
2020-02-25 19:08
#34
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Finland 0lter
zywoo is over
2020-02-25 19:19
god damn it c9 is complete garbage
2020-02-25 19:21
Godvice lost #1 to this? KEKW
2020-02-25 19:27
1 reply
#79
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United States 1nsaneMe
Device never lost #1 coz he never had it. KEKW
2020-02-25 22:40
Ahahabababahabahahhaha, ZYWH00. And they called him n1, we can see - s1mple is n1, even device is better than toxic baiter ZYWH00
2020-02-25 19:35
4 replies
#80
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United States 1nsaneMe
Zywoo is neither toxic nor baiter. U sound more like a baiter. What's wrong with people on hltv!! God damn
2020-02-25 22:41
3 replies
Nt, ZywOo most toxic player in scene rn
2020-02-26 00:32
Just think about who's alt it is and everything will make perfect sense.
2020-02-26 09:03
1 reply
#94
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United States 1nsaneMe
I see now.
2020-02-26 12:01
zywoo want to get kicked asap
2020-02-25 19:37
Mad Lions eliminate VP and Tyloo lose against 100T and the remaining 12 teams in the tournament are the actual TOP 12 in rankings. #stacked.
2020-02-25 19:38
GG WP
2020-02-25 19:43
expected
2020-02-25 19:44
RPK best performer vs Astralis. Well im not even surprised, Le Tank is just best french anchor very underrated.
2020-02-25 19:46
1 reply
#88
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Germany 'ezpz
best french player of all time
2020-02-26 03:05
What happened to ZywOo :o
2020-02-25 19:56
#57
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Indonesia Exodd
ZyWho?
2020-02-25 20:12
Zywho?
2020-02-25 21:06
Guess Zywho forgot to remind the team that they are supposed to sacrifice themselves for him ??? LOL
2020-02-25 21:42
1 reply
The above or Zywho's teammates just didn't (want to) read the memo ...
2020-02-25 21:42
#82
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Japan chanse
-ALEX
2020-02-25 23:20
1 reply
-Zywoo
2020-02-26 02:10
#96
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Brazil Karlogaria
Clown9... The roster changes but the joke must go on
2020-02-26 12:27
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