FURIA, NAVI advance through IEM Katowice Group B upper bracket

Natus Vincere and FURIA defeated Virtus.pro and NIP, respectively, to close out the opening round of play at IEM Katowice.

FURIA overcame NIP 2-0 in Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson's first match with the team, while the CIS derby between Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere went the way of Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and company with the same scoreline. The winners, FURIA and Natus Vincere, will face off in the Group B upper bracket, while the losers will play each other for survival in the lower bracket.

Virtus.pro set the pace on the attacking side of Dust2 by abusing mid splits and B executes, which Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev and company were able to exploit all the way to a comfortable 11-4, but Natus Vincere’s slow start didn’t stop them after the switch, when Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov and s1mple led the charge in a 12-round streak to snatch the map 16-11.

Virtus.pro had another early lead, this time on the CT side of Train, but Natus Vincere found a six round streak at the end of the half to turn the tides on their own map pick. Denis "⁠electronic⁠" Sharipov and company then kept their lead in the second half, going up 12-8, until a clutch by Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov gave his team another lifeline. Virtus.pro tried to shift momentum, but unsuccessfully as NAVI closed the map and series out 16-9.

arT destabilized NIP with 16 opening frags

A strong early 5-0 lead by NIP on the attacking side of Overpass was met by an equally strong defense by FURIA after they managed to get their economy in order, as the Brazilian squad went on a tear winning a clean ten rounds to hit double digits before switching sides. NIP tried to hold their own on the CT side, but FURIA proved too much to handle and came out on top 16-12.

On Nuke NIP were first out of the gate on the CT side, but FURIA immediately took the reins of the map with Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan and Vinicius "⁠VINI⁠" Figueiredo both shining on the attack. Down 4-11 NIP weren’t able to make a dent on the score, as FURIA cleaned house to end the map 16-4 and secure the series to proceed through the upper bracket.

Matchpage
2
0
19th February 2021
16
Dust2
11
16
Train
9
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 27 +23 88.0 1.43
47 - 33 +14 97.3 1.41
40 - 31 +9 76.1 1.17
28 - 33 -5 62.8 0.95
28 - 34 -6 71.2 0.93
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
36 - 38 -2 77.5 1.04
35 - 35 0 81.8 1.00
29 - 42 -13 66.2 0.92
36 - 40 -4 67.2 0.89
20 - 40 -20 49.7 0.61
Matchpage
2
0
19th February 2021
Sweden
16
Overpass
12
16
Nuke
4
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
55 - 34 +21 115.1 1.72
42 - 26 +16 91.7 1.46
34 - 24 +10 83.2 1.35
34 - 28 +6 68.3 1.12
29 - 29 0 75.3 1.06
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
36 - 39 -3 87.1 0.97
31 - 39 -8 61.8 0.78
26 - 38 -12 58.8 0.71
25 - 43 -18 65.5 0.63
22 - 36 -14 47.2 0.58
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
864
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1034
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1064
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1028
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
771
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1317
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
211
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
#1
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Austria Brandenburg
VP WTF?
2021-02-19 14:26
21 replies
S1mple just ended up being a better of the baiters between him and jame.
2021-02-19 14:27
2021-02-19 14:28
11 replies
lmaoooo
2021-02-19 14:44
#35
guerri | 
Slovakia zne_
best clip of kato so far xd
2021-02-19 14:52
#48
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Brazil yalamix
+1
2021-02-19 16:29
Holy shit I know the first 4 kills are completely stupid, but why does Hampus LITERALLY react like a bot there?
2021-02-19 16:38
xD
2021-02-19 16:43
For those that didn't understand, that bison is the legendary weapon from deercheerup, the brazilian biggest silver on cs go
2021-02-19 18:03
3 replies
#69
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Brazil camp0s
+1 Best silver in the world cs go
2021-02-19 18:25
didn't ask
2021-02-19 22:08
1 reply
Who cars
2021-02-20 00:18
LMAO
2021-02-19 18:40
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-02-20 00:43
NaVi play very bad today, just clutch no teamwork, little lucky i think furia will beat them
2021-02-19 14:28
7 replies
Typical Navi when winning tournaments, thats a good thing for them.
2021-02-19 14:29
#20
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Russia ToughGuy
you should take your glasses back cuz u either blind or baiting anyway navi will crush furia once again
2021-02-19 14:32
FURIA_NEVER_BEAT_NAVI
2021-02-19 14:33
#38
guerri | 
Slovakia zne_
furia will lose to navi but will win against VP in LB
2021-02-19 14:54
1 reply
Nip will destroy vp once again
2021-02-19 14:57
#47
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China HEIDASHUAi
Horrible joke...
2021-02-19 16:03
0/8
2021-02-19 16:40
ez4boombl4
2021-02-19 14:27
3 replies
+1 Boombl4 BIG BOOM
2021-02-19 14:47
HERE COMES THE BOOM
2021-02-19 16:40
EZ FOR BOOMGOD
2021-02-19 18:07
gg
2021-02-19 14:27
BIG BOOM POG You wish he got fed before a game or else he eats away the opponents.
2021-02-19 14:30
#5
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Serbia LtN))
EZ4BOOMBL4
2021-02-19 14:27
1 reply
+1 EZ 4 BIG BOOM
2021-02-19 16:41
BIGBOOM
2021-02-19 14:27
1 reply
+1 BIG BOOM <3
2021-02-19 16:42
nip disband already
2021-02-19 14:27
Cmon vp!
2021-02-19 14:28
6 replies
Astralis fans already sweating xD
2021-02-19 16:42
5 replies
"XD" astralis is still the favourite and no! YEKINDAR is god!
2021-02-19 16:42
4 replies
Favourite? Hahahhaha
2021-02-19 17:24
3 replies
yea, someone posted the link to tournament odds on betway and they where definitely favourites
2021-02-19 17:29
2 replies
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-02-21 14:47
1 reply
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-02-21 14:59
the hunger of KIRILL
2021-02-19 14:28
#12
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Brazil AWFenrir
Art <3 Bizon
2021-02-19 14:28
NICE JUNIOR
2021-02-19 14:28
#15
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Turkey razendd_
Wtf Nip
2021-02-19 14:29
#16
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Colombia DreamS1m
EZ4BOOMBL4
2021-02-19 14:29
#18
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Brazil zfelipesds
Nip losing for Furia omegalul I wonder how that team have won vs Astralis kekw
2021-02-19 14:31
3 replies
What about mibr?
2021-02-19 14:57
1 reply
#43
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Brazil zfelipesds
I don't cara about MIBR It on my profile I've put in 2020 and I don't have changed since yet
2021-02-19 15:01
clicked mouse1 like clown bra71lians couldnt and won
2021-02-19 15:01
#19
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Brazil 1930
NAVI?! rip my bois
2021-02-19 14:31
ez for Furia
2021-02-19 14:32
1 reply
ez for Furia against Lulquid not against #1 team
2021-02-19 16:42
Navi will win this tournament
2021-02-19 14:32
1 reply
+1
2021-02-19 16:43
#23
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Russia ToughGuy
expected if u ask me the best team beating tier2 team
2021-02-19 14:33
2 replies
+1
2021-02-19 14:38
+1 VP fans back to reality.
2021-02-19 16:43
Art and Junior looking good
2021-02-19 14:34
1 reply
+ 1
2021-02-20 14:27
#28
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Poland SebL
It's going in the right direction for NaVi, some mistakes are still appearing but it's going in the right direction. I expect deep run from FURIA in this tournament, I know it's their first tournament with junior, but this roster looks amazing on paper and I believe in them. GL for both teams going further.
2021-02-19 14:38
2 replies
#71
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Brazil yalamix
+1
2021-02-19 19:39
+1
2021-02-19 22:00
kk lmao all of this just to lose to liquid
2021-02-19 14:39
arT is looking good in EU. No wonder why he was the best entry of 2020.
2021-02-19 14:49
#34
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Russia mshkoda
Boomych nice
2021-02-19 14:52
gg
2021-02-19 14:52
one more katowice for navi
2021-02-19 14:53
2 replies
+1 Lets go NaVi
2021-02-19 16:49
#66
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Europe AlL1n
Ez kato is like navi home.
2021-02-19 18:03
#41
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United States inflict
Let’s go junior
2021-02-19 15:00
#44
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Bosnia and Herzegovina StigmaKG
Vamos Junior!!!
2021-02-19 15:06
#45
arT | 
Brazil SH1NoOB
I was really surprised with Furia, changing their comms to english didnt seem to be a big deal for them and junior fitted really well in the team, remembered me of HEN1
2021-02-19 15:29
junior holy.
2021-02-19 15:35
EZ4NAVI Best team in the world.
2021-02-19 16:39
Linguiçados
2021-02-19 16:44
1 reply
Sentiram a maldade do tubarão linguiça (They felt the evil of the "sausage shark" [vini] )... kkkkk
2021-02-20 14:33
Both teams were dominant, gratz ♨️
2021-02-19 16:56
I really liked the furia game with the addition of junior ... this awps (arT and júnior) will give work to the opponents, good hiring ... GoFuria
2021-02-20 14:30
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