Spirit beat Heroic to advance to IEM Katowice playoffs; G2 see off BIG

The CIS team extended their dream start to the tournament, while the international lineup avoided elimination in the lower bracket.

Spirit have advanced to the Group A upper bracket final of IEM Katowice, assuring themselves of a spot in the playoffs and continuing a dream run from the Play-In stage, having now defeated Cloud9, BIG, G2, and Heroic. They are set to face off against Astralis at 15:30 on Sunday, with the victor advancing directly to the semi-finals and the loser booking a quarter-final spot. Meanwhile, G2 saw to the elimination of BIG in a two-map series, and will next take on Evil Geniuses on Saturday at 19:00 as they look to continue their lower bracket run in Group A.

Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov and Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov were the frontrunners for Spirit in an Inferno win over Heroic, a map where the Danish side found their defenses torn apart as Spirit took a 9-6 lead at the break. Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller and company briefly gained the upper hand in the second half, converting a pistol win into a string of four rounds, but were left out of sorts as Spirit put up a stalwart defense from there, dropping just two rounds en route to a 16-12 map win.

Spirit have booked a ticket to the playoffs of IEM Katowice

Spirit remained in control on Nuke, with Heroic unable to string together rounds until the end of the first half, leading to a 10-5 scoreline for the CIS side. It seemed as if Heroic would make good on a comeback effort in the second half as Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen helped keep the Danish team in the running, clawing back to a 14-13 scoreline, but Spirit claimed match point first before chopper closed out the map with a 1vs3 clutch, edging out a victory for his side.

G2 took an early lead on Inferno, securing a T side pistol victory and converting subsequent rounds for a 3-0 start. Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische helped to get BIG on the board, rotating around the map with his AWP and tearing apart G2's defaults, combining with a steadfast B hold from Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne as BIG took seven rounds in a row. A change of pace from Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's troops was what allowed them to finally crack through, rallying at the end of the half to edge out a one-round lead. Although BIG took three rounds of their own off the break, they were unable to contest G2's defensive setups once rifles were in hand, with Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač and Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač leading their way in a 16-10 victory.

The situation seemed to take a grim turn for G2 on their pick of Mirage as their initial three-round lead quickly dwindled, and it was BIG who showcased a stellar defensive effort as syrsoN continued to wreak havoc, this time being joined by Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz for a 10-5 scoreline at halftime. However, G2's own CT side proved to be just as difficult to crack, with stellar fragging and information plays from NiKo proving pivotal in a nine-round spree for his side before they closed out the map shortly afterwards.

Matchpage
2
0
19th February 2021
16
Inferno
12
16
Nuke
14
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 34 +6 72.4 1.18
40 - 37 +3 76.6 1.16
39 - 37 +2 76.1 1.15
42 - 41 +1 82.6 1.10
41 - 36 +5 67.7 1.03
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
47 - 38 +9 86.7 1.20
45 - 36 +9 69.4 1.09
35 - 46 -11 71.2 0.84
31 - 39 -8 61.6 0.83
25 - 44 -19 63.8 0.72
Europe
Matchpage
2
0
19th February 2021
Germany
16
Inferno
10
16
Mirage
12
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 37 +12 94.1 1.45
48 - 30 +18 80.1 1.36
31 - 31 0 74.2 1.10
30 - 34 -4 64.8 0.96
29 - 37 -8 62.1 0.91
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 37 +8 85.7 1.12
39 - 33 +6 75.4 1.10
28 - 36 -8 62.6 0.86
30 - 42 -12 65.9 0.83
25 - 39 -14 54.8 0.72
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1633
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1415
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1213
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
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Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1037
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1077
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
449
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1254
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1376
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Austria Brandenburg
Finally we won a match. Now we will win the whole tournament!
2021-02-19 21:36
4 replies
nt
2021-02-19 21:37
"we" 😐
2021-02-20 04:14
1 reply
? what
2021-02-20 13:30
poor Niko, you have to carry this G2 ...
2021-02-20 14:38
EZ FOR SPIRIT
2021-02-19 21:37
8 replies
nt
2021-02-19 21:39
2 replies
2021-02-19 21:47
1 reply
Spirit is better than navi!!!
2021-02-19 22:32
#35
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Germany Golllum
Nt
2021-02-19 21:58
spirit will take astralis down
2021-02-19 22:16
#47
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United Kingdom tank6123
LETS GO SPIRIT
2021-02-19 22:30
2 replies
EZ FOF ESPADA'S LEGEND DEGSTER
2021-02-19 22:38
1 reply
#51
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United Kingdom tank6123
YES MY FRIEND!
2021-02-19 22:44
I cant wait for astralis vs spirit! I'm sure it's going to be a banger!
2021-02-19 21:37
1 reply
no, easy 2-0 for astralis
2021-02-19 21:47
#5
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India Ez4ez
Spirit<3
2021-02-19 21:37
#6
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Norway Tor029
WoooHooo!
2021-02-19 21:38
#7
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Austria I_love_Hltv
Bye big
2021-02-19 21:38
#8
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Russia Kalacia
LETS GO SPIRIT
2021-02-19 21:38
I am think Astralis will sadly destroy any non Navi CIS team
2021-02-19 21:38
8 replies
I think that Spirit will win Astralis 2-0 because of their insane form. And yeah.... Guardian is washed up bot.
2021-02-19 21:51
7 replies
Why did you even mention guardian?
2021-02-19 21:47
6 replies
I mistaken him for some Guardian delusional fanboy. They have similar nicks
2021-02-19 21:51
5 replies
We should respect guardian as legend not as bot. dont be like that bro.
2021-02-20 04:50
4 replies
+1
2021-02-20 07:12
Overall—yes, he is legend, but at the moment he is bot
2021-02-20 09:27
2 replies
you cant talk shit about him and you just sit in front pc monitor.
2021-02-20 19:31
1 reply
So what? That doesn't mean that I'm wrong. Guardian is really bad atm. He will never play in top 10 team again
2021-02-20 20:00
#10
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Russia pochesun
go home jerman cheaters!
2021-02-19 21:39
1 reply
+1
2021-02-20 02:58
#12
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
I WANT TO SEE SPIRIT VS FURIA!!!
2021-02-19 21:40
#13
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Europe t.o.p
ez kovac
2021-02-19 21:40
#15
mir | 
Russia M31F
Chopper: funny
2021-02-19 21:41
big trash, spirit predictable, they are probably upsetting astralis tomorrow
2021-02-19 21:42
6 replies
Tomorrow?
2021-02-19 21:46
1 reply
mb
2021-02-20 00:20
The game is Sunday
2021-02-19 21:48
1 reply
oh sry, i thought it was tomorrow
2021-02-20 00:20
this will be a real test for Spirit
2021-02-19 22:40
1 reply
i think they will upset
2021-02-20 00:20
#17
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Ukraine z3m4
CIS ERA CMOOON
2021-02-19 21:46
Spirit are gods
2021-02-19 21:46
Spirit Kreygasm Abdul <3
2021-02-19 21:47
#25
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
idisbalance was good but degster is fucking insane
2021-02-19 21:49
6 replies
Spirit works as a one, common collective. Just check these stats from the game against Heroic, they had comparable stats! So impressive. I'm really proud of them
2021-02-19 21:51
5 replies
#28
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
ur right everyone stepped up after + degster move
2021-02-19 21:53
I wasn’t really a spirit fan earlier but spirit is a really good roster now. The addition of degster basically made their roster 10x better.
2021-02-19 21:56
3 replies
Yea, despite that degster doesn't stand out that much during this tournament, he brought a lot into the team, he always gives crucial frags. Everyone does great job and it's nice to see.
2021-02-19 21:59
2 replies
+1
2021-02-19 22:16
I like that they don’t have a hard carry and they all just synergize. Even with astralis, device is hard carrying. But with spirit everyone performs well.
2021-02-19 22:16
Damn CIS has so much invidual talent in their teams.
2021-02-19 21:54
Watching last round on NUKE I remembered old scene from "Predator" movie Arnie: "GET TO the CHOPPA!!!!!!"
2021-02-19 21:54
BIG nubbs pushing all the time and still pick Inferno which they lose everytime because they keep pushing!
2021-02-19 21:56
#33
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Serbia filipasas
LET'S GOOOOO
2021-02-19 21:57
choppeeeeeeeeeeeeeer ! go go team Spirit ♨️♨️
2021-02-19 22:03
Chopper was the best today as well as yesterday. Degster seemed to be a bit nervous. Many misses and easy deaths. Overall mostly a team effort by Spirit. Everyone showed up, well played!
2021-02-19 21:59
1 reply
They play really equal and their stats are comparable. Maybe degster seems to be a bit nervous but i'm not surprised, that's the first t1 event for him. I'm understanding, hope he will deal with that but still he got so many crucial frags.
2021-02-19 22:03
Too many simple mistakes costs everything :(
2021-02-19 22:02
#40
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Hungary szia
Some pain for us BIG fans
2021-02-19 22:07
disband bug clan pls. it was hard to watch... terrible terro side.. kick this retard tizian pls
2021-02-19 22:12
no surprize
2021-02-19 22:17
I hope degster can make it to top20 this year, he and mir are beasts!
2021-02-19 22:27
why are people overrating spirit so much lmfao. They barely beat heroic while 3/5 of heroics players were having their worst match in a year.
2021-02-19 23:01
3 replies
#56
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Russia VelsVivard
Nobody overrates them, we reflect upon what we see and they came out victorious and that's what matters. If you don't have anything nice to say, why bother posting?
2021-02-20 00:54
#57
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Russia Kalacia
>2-0 >Barely beat Pick one. Perhaps heroic players having worst match of year because spirit is better? crazy
2021-02-20 00:57
it doesnt work like that, so if you playing silver rank and suddenly all astralis team go to matchmaking in your rank and you got rekt 0-25 does it mean that you just had a bad match????!@# OMEGALUL
2021-02-20 06:11
#61
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Ukraine felzcsgo
spirit beasts
2021-02-20 05:33
#64
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United States authies
losing 3v1 to chopper of all people on 15-14 i wouldnt be that mad if it was magixx or mir but CHOPPER and ON NUKE WTF HEROIC CLOWNS HAHA BACK TO TIER 2 CS FOR YOU DOGS
2021-02-20 07:22
#65
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Turkey Rheniel
painn
2021-02-20 08:39
Loll german noobs lol
2021-02-20 10:01
Damn, that was the only player from Kebabistan. With nothing to do the Turks might invade Europe again! Terrible time for G2 to get a win...
2021-02-20 10:55
Is this on LAN or something because BIG cant win and syrson cant hit his shots?
2021-02-20 11:47
1 reply
BIG were the best team of 2020 but it was only a matter of time until the more expensive big money orgs would catch up.
2021-02-20 17:42
CIS keeps sending bots home @ Katowice day after day :)
2021-02-21 17:47
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