Playoffs teams decided at IEM New York CIS
Two teams are through to the semi-finals and four to the quarter-finals after the conclusion of the group stage of the Regional Major Ranking tournament.
With most playoffs spots decided ahead of the last day of the group stage, eyes were on Natus Vincere in Group A on Wednesday as the tournament favorites fought for their lives in the RMR tournament after a shaky group stage performance that had seen them lose 0-2 series to forZe and Virtus.pro.
The Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov-led team needed to win their last series against Espada without dropping a map and managed to do just that, in the end, to squeeze out of the group stage by the skin of their teeth as they came second in a three-way tie with forZe and Espada on map difference.
Picking up first place and a spot in the semi-finals, Virtus.pro passed the group with flying colors, conceding only two maps across five successful series, with Andrey "Jerry" Mekhryakov & co. having to settle for second place in the group after losing to Dzhami "Jame" Ali's side in the last round.
Meanwhile, Group B's advancing teams had been decided ahead of the last three matches of the round robin. Spirit had guaranteed themselves first place with an undefeated record, while Gambit and Nemiga had only had a match for quarter-final seeding left to play, which the former team went on to win to earn a Natus Vincere matchup in the first round of playoffs.
The playoffs will kick off on Friday, October 23 with the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals on Saturday and the grand final on Sunday:
Sunday, October 25
13:00 Grand final (BO5)