Heroic, G2 handed early exits in IEM New York
The IEM New York 2020 Europe run of the #1 ranked team was ended early, while the French-Serbian lineup suffered a second consecutive tournament group stage exit.
The winners will have one more chance to make playoffs, while Casper "cadiaN" Møller's and Nemanja "nexa" Isaković's men will get a few more days to prepare for the upcoming European Regional Major Ranking event, DreamHack Open Fall, starting on October 15.
The wind was sucked out of Heroic's sails in IEM New York as, just days after claiming the first place in the world rankings, they fell in the tournament with two straight losses - to FaZe and BIG. The Danish team got to the top with impressive runs in DreamHack Open Summer (second-place finish), ESL One Cologne (first), and ESL Pro League S12 (third), but couldn't keep up the pace this week.
On the other hand, G2's second group stage exit in a row is a worrying sign for a team that reached the #1 spot in June. After earning just two wins from seven matches in ESL Pro League Season 12, Damien "maLeK" Marcel's team was eliminated after a 0-2 losses to fnatic and Complexity. Both matches followed a similar suit, 16-13 defeats on the opening maps (Inferno and Overpass), and overtime losses on Vertigo.