OG, Virtus.pro qualify for IEM Katowice

The international team beat the 'Colossus' with a Dust2 win that was a bit too close for comfort.

OG and Virtus.pro have booked spots in IEM Katowice's main stage following victories over Cloud9 and Renegades. The Flashpoint 2 champions, who have become the fourth CIS side to secure entry into the prestigious competition, barely had to break sweat to come out on top, while OG had to go the full distance to beat a stubborn C9, who fought back from 11-0 down on the decider map but stuttered at the final hurdle.

OG went all guns blazing on Nuke and stormed to a 10-2 lead after holding Cloud9 at bay. Things were starting to look desperate for C9 as the half reached its closing stages, but then the 'Colossus' managed to stabilise and made the scoreline more respectful before the side switch. Cloud9 continued to chip away at OG's lead and won a chaotic pistol, but there would be no respite for them as they lost control of the game in the following round and never managed to recover.

NBK- led OG to a three-map victory over Cloud9

Cloud9 came out on Overpass looking a different side and strolled to an 11-1 lead with a strong defensive performance. OG then picked up the remaining three rounds of the half to keep themselves in it, with Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt leading the charge with 15 frags to his name, seven more than any of his teammates. Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin's troops carried that momentum into the second half and quickly hit map point, fending off a late comeback attempt by OG just as overtime seemed inevitable.

NBK- went 18-3 as OG got off to a dream start on the T side of Dust2, surging to an 11-0 lead. Cloud9 still managed to pick up three rounds before the break, with Erick "⁠Xeppaa⁠" Bach and William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman keeping the team in the game with a 2v5 clutch in the following pistol. The North American player kept OG's defence busy with great fragging and timely flank as Cloud9 brought the deficit to a solitary round, but there would be no comeback as Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen's troops tightened up and secured the map.

Meanwhile, viewers on the secondary stream were treated to another imperious display from Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis, who topped the scoreboard on both maps of this one-sided series. Renegades came out the brighter of the two sides in both halves of Vertigo but offered little resistance when Virtus.pro had money to work with. Dust2 was even more lopsided as the CIS giants dismantled a shaky Australian defence before completing the rout just four rounds into the second half, with the Latvian star posting a 2.07 rating.

Matchpage
1
2
17th February 2021
Europe
8
Nuke
16
16
Overpass
11
12
Dust2
16
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 60 -2 75.1 0.98
50 - 59 -9 73.1 0.97
46 - 56 -10 72.2 0.92
47 - 58 -11 70.1 0.85
39 - 61 -22 55.3 0.77
 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
72 - 49 +23 100.3 1.46
52 - 48 +4 80.5 1.19
60 - 48 +12 77.5 1.16
55 - 45 +10 70.7 1.16
54 - 50 +4 69.6 1.10
Matchpage
2
0
17th February 2021
16
Vertigo
9
16
Dust2
3
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 21 +27 110.7 1.75
32 - 15 +17 84.2 1.38
33 - 19 +14 72.2 1.30
28 - 23 +5 72.3 1.18
27 - 24 +3 67.6 1.08
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 34 +1 95.2 1.07
21 - 34 -13 52.2 0.70
21 - 31 -10 50.5 0.67
15 - 35 -20 48.5 0.51
10 - 35 -25 44.5 0.43
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1915
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
851
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1000
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
220
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
United States Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach
Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
341
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Clown9 is a joke
2021-02-17 19:08
4 replies
ez for CIS
2021-02-17 19:48
1 reply
Ez for anyone tbh clown9 cant hold their shit together
2021-02-17 21:58
Colossus pric3tag is an actual meme already. HenryG already thinking who to buy next
2021-02-17 20:29
CoL and Fnatic too
2021-02-18 04:47
gg
2021-02-17 19:08
natural born killer
2021-02-17 19:09
1 reply
Carlos Condit
2021-02-17 21:43
#DreamOG
2021-02-17 19:10
As star player for the team, Issaa and valde need to get their sh!t together. Whenever the match really matter, they just dissapear from server and suddenly forget how to aim. They lucky enough nbk has match of his life time to get the win on this one, og almost choke that match really hard.
2021-02-17 19:10
2 replies
#22
NBK- | 
Malaysia EzioAs
Valde wasn't performing bad but Issaa really didn't show up today. Hope the entire roster get in form for the group stage.
2021-02-17 19:28
1 reply
You could equally say floppy went missing on the last map as well... both teams need to sort consistency
2021-02-17 20:24
#8
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Russia Evil_DaviD1
Renegades are unlucky that they were playing against VP. Really wanted them to play on Katowice.
2021-02-17 19:11
3 replies
#15
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Brazil Rafaking
If not vp then who? There aren't many teams in this tournament that renegades can win
2021-02-17 19:15
1 reply
#39
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Indonesia cleostar
clown9 lmao
2021-02-18 01:20
#27
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Latvia De1Co
You can wish for everyone to play in Katowice, but only the best will get there :) And Oceania farmers aint one of them :)
2021-02-17 20:08
NBK goat B)
2021-02-17 19:11
Gg
2021-02-17 19:11
#11
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Jordan Zereeni
looking at the stats on og vs c9, it honestly should've not came this close
2021-02-17 19:11
#12
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United States vip3r_k1ng
At least INS looked good for Renegades
2021-02-17 19:11
#13
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Finland H0rnPub
ChokeG > clown9
2021-02-17 19:11
NBK QUALIFY FOR IEM KATOWICE*
2021-02-17 19:11
#16
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Colossal disappointment so far, disband already
2021-02-17 19:15
Ez
2021-02-17 19:16
#18
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Chile esanchez47
NBK too good
2021-02-17 19:20
NBKING
2021-02-17 19:20
#20
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Lebanon ryBBah
I wanted both OG and C9 to play at Katowice, i feel bad for floppy he has one of the worst IGL in the history of CS -alex +JT
2021-02-17 19:20
yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzz
2021-02-17 19:21
Og vs clown9 3 maps and still...al 5 players from Clown9 are on - k/d
2021-02-17 19:33
Natural Born Killer
2021-02-17 19:46
another pump day for YEKINDAR rekting some au bots
2021-02-17 19:53
#28
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United Kingdom novaseer
NBK doesn't want to be replaced clearly
2021-02-17 20:08
Vp deserved OG biggest clown on this tournament
2021-02-17 20:10
#30
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France FanchD
NBK>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALEX
2021-02-17 20:10
Two of my favorite teams! Very happy that VP.Gods qualified!! GO OG, GO VP!!
2021-02-17 20:58
#34
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Europe Niko0
NBK washed up? I guess not
2021-02-17 20:59
Congrats to VP It will be nice to watch them on main event because they are really in form from the end of the last year, also congrats to Spirit and Gambit, cis scene finally show some good team play not just some random play like before... And what to tell for OG and cloud9, it was so painful to watch, both teams performed poorly, someone needs to save Xeppa
2021-02-17 21:24
let's gp
2021-02-17 23:00
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