forZe eliminated as Road to Rio CIS Group A comes to a close; Spirit through to semi-finals

forZe missed out on a playoff spot in ESL One: Road to Rio CIS after finishing in fifth place in Group A, which was topped by Spirit.

Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov's charges, the second-highest-ranked team in the tournament, dropped out of the qualification zone with a 1-2 loss to Gambit Youngsters - their third defeat in the group after being previously beaten by Nemiga and Spirit.

The elimination comes as a huge blow to the Russian team, who have been on a downward trajectory since the start of the year. forZe have just a 55% map win rate in 2020 and recently added former mousesports coach Sergey "⁠lmbt⁠" Bezhanov to their backroom staff with hopes of turning their fortunes around.

forZe bow out of Road to Rio in the groups

Meanwhile, Spirit extended their winning streak to five after taking down Winstrike in just two maps in their last match of the group stage. The Russian team, who broke into the top 20 last month after qualifying for DreamHack Masters Spring, currently have two of the top five performers of the tournament in Nikolay "⁠mir⁠" Bityukov (1.39 rating) and Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov (1.30).

Spirit will advance straight to the semi-finals, scheduled for May 15-16, while Winstrike and Nemiga, who ended the group stage with nine points, will be placed in the first round of the playoffs.

Below you can find the final standings of the group:

The group stage of ESL One: Road to Rio CIS will come to a close on Sunday with the final round of fixtures in Group B, in which all six teams are tied on points.

Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
756
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
930
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
gg, CIS scene is the biggest fluke ever :)
2020-05-09 20:17
cis scene=trash
2020-05-09 20:18
Sri Lanka
2020-05-09 20:45
Armenia
2020-05-09 21:51
Reunion
2020-05-09 23:20
Kqly n0rb3r7 Benita
2020-05-09 23:52
ok finland scene
2020-05-09 20:32
ok turkish scene
2020-05-09 21:58
not my flag, in our region we have na'vi and spirit who would beat 2-0 ence in every day of week
2020-05-10 02:36
#25
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Europe daisakusen
Idk man team spirit is good and they won.
2020-05-09 20:52
ok finland scene
2020-05-10 11:36
#2
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Israel Sonnabend
cis lol
2020-05-09 20:17
#3
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Turkey OdunKafaYT
FLUKER
2020-05-09 20:18
ez sh1ro
2020-05-09 20:18
Forze dissapointing af
2020-05-09 20:18
ez 4 faze
2020-05-09 20:19
#8
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Belarus kuver
go go nemiga!!!
2020-05-09 20:19
#9
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United Kingdom tank6123
Espada is not the academy of spirit
2020-05-09 20:19
It is.
2020-05-09 20:59
#36
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United Kingdom tank6123
it's not libtard destroyed
2020-05-09 21:33
Why it is not, stupid clown? Dima himself said on stream that it is, stfu you clown without arguments.At first explain why it is not, then insult, 6 y/o kid.
2020-05-09 21:37
#41
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United Kingdom tank6123
the team was spirit academy when they team played the team under 1uke, the current team has its own CEO, independent of spirit, there are multiple articles about him/written by him on different gaming news site. The current team was initially organised by overdrive and trained by Hally, with overdrive moving on to other things, something he regularly says posts on VK or during his steams (which do sometimes happen).
2020-05-09 21:41
#10
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Ukraine Taira
that's what happens when player wanna leave but u dont let him
2020-05-09 20:19
Spirit top 1 CIS FaZe top 1 World
2020-05-09 20:20
ok boomer
2020-05-09 20:45
RiP
2020-05-09 20:21
forZe so bad
2020-05-09 20:21
#14
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Sweden Fizze
ForZe really bad Syman dark horse
2020-05-09 20:23
#15
trk | 
Brazil NahT_
just like i thought
2020-05-09 20:25
BELARUSSIAN CS > POLANDO CS WHAT TIME ARE WE LIVING IN
2020-05-09 20:33
#18
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Spirit finally proved to be second best CIS team Imagine going for Defecto whn you could get Mir or SDY
2020-05-09 20:34
I think syman=spirit
2020-05-09 20:46
Reported
2020-05-09 21:00
#31
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Reported
2020-05-09 21:03
Who says that they could have gotten them? Trust me bro?
2020-05-09 21:33
#40
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Pakistan LoOuU2
offering to buy them may have worked for NaVi , whats makes you think they wouldn t have got them?
2020-05-09 21:40
#19
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Asia famscorp
forze kekw
2020-05-09 20:42
spirit only promising team in cis. others are horseshit
2020-05-09 20:46
#24
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Switzerland x676
lmbt ruining another team
2020-05-09 20:48
dogze terrible
2020-05-09 20:53
#27
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Romania En!gma0
Who wanted 1.5 million dollars for one player?
2020-05-09 20:54
#29
leaf | 
United States Frotha
Sh1ro is ok, I guess
2020-05-09 20:59
#32
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Japan pawbeast
Thats the biggest difference Important matches SH1RO and other stepping u Xsepower and flit usseles
2020-05-09 21:05
#34
leaf | 
United States Frotha
Yep, sh1ro and his teammates played well this game
2020-05-09 21:11
ez4 winstrike
2020-05-09 21:05
retard forze deserved it
2020-05-09 21:20
#39
JW | 
China pazzocao
Braindead forze is a joke
2020-05-09 21:40
#44
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Poland ryhupeja
Lukoil money made a difference xD
2020-05-09 22:03
#45
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Japan pawbeast
Well forze is so bad Xsepoweer never consistent t1cplayer
2020-05-09 22:38
EZ for UniQue
2020-05-09 23:05
wtf forZe? How did they miss the playoffs? And Spirit looks great.
2020-05-10 00:09
Finally forZe has reason to release those garbage players.
2020-05-10 04:01
#52
mir | 
Russia M13F
lets go spirit road to top10 and mir road to top10 2020
2020-05-10 07:58
#53
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Russia EveryDayOk
Ok.
2020-05-10 08:25
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