NIP, OG eliminated from IEM Katowice as Virtus.pro, FaZe prevail

FaZe won their first series following Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's return.

Virtus.pro and FaZe are through to the Group B lower-bracket semi-finals in IEM Katowice following victories over NIP and OG, respectively. The CIS team now await the loser of the match between Vitality and Liquid, while karrigan's troops will face either Natus Vincere or FURIA.

Virtus.pro won the three first rounds on Inferno, but NIP took the lead as soon as they could afford rifles. The Ninjas were displaying a solid defensive setup until Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis managed to grab three kills on A in an eco-round and Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov won an 1v2 clutch in the after-plant. The CIS team won three more rounds after that and switched to the CT side with a narrow 8-7 lead. Virtus.pro set the tone of the second half as they won four in a row, leaving the Ninjas in a tough spot. NIP broke the streak, but they could not take a stranglehold in the half as Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's troops quickly wrapped up the map.

Jame was the top-fragger on Overpass

NIP came out strongly on Overpass and picked up a 5-0 lead on their T side, but then Virtus.pro tightened up to win the half by the slightest of margins. The CIS team improved after the side switch as they had correct reads all the time and won eight in a row to eliminate the Swedes from the tournament.

FaZe enjoyed a 6-1 lead on their CT side on Mirage until OG won four in a row off the back of a successful force-buy. FaZe managed to add three more to their tally before the end of the half, with Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken leading the charge with 21 frags. karrigan's side dismantled OG's defence in the second half, in which Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants posted a 2.85 rating (15-1 K-D, 152.5 ADR).

FaZe put on a dominant CT side on Dust2 as they strolled to a 7-0 lead. OG still managed to salvage their T side, bringing the deficit to three rounds before the break, but FaZe ran away with the game in the second half after preventing their opponents from stringing rounds together.

Sweden
Matchpage
0
2
20th February 2021
9
Inferno
16
7
Overpass
16
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
27 - 31 -4 65.8 0.85
26 - 34 -8 68.6 0.84
25 - 36 -11 68.1 0.81
25 - 32 -7 51.7 0.80
18 - 29 -11 42.6 0.73
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 29 +9 91.6 1.38
33 - 21 +12 76.7 1.27
35 - 27 +8 81.5 1.22
33 - 21 +12 68.1 1.19
22 - 26 -4 49.5 0.89
Matchpage
2
0
20th February 2021
Europe
16
Mirage
7
16
Dust2
9
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 25 +18 101.8 1.54
40 - 25 +15 83.6 1.33
33 - 28 +5 81.1 1.20
31 - 24 +7 64.2 1.05
30 - 28 +2 63.7 1.04
 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
30 - 32 -2 63.0 0.97
26 - 34 -8 66.7 0.90
27 - 35 -8 61.5 0.79
23 - 38 -15 60.7 0.74
23 - 38 -15 62.4 0.74
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
471
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.61
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1036
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1787
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1151
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
#FaZeUP
2021-02-20 14:32
12 replies
#FaZeUp
2021-02-20 14:34
5 replies
#56
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India xEleanorex
#FAZEUPPP
2021-02-20 15:43
4 replies
OG disband when? won literally nothing since their formation
2021-02-20 16:57
3 replies
Nip honeymoon period over OG -nbk soon
2021-02-20 18:12
#69
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India xEleanorex
not disband but roster changes shud be there, like it's been more than 1.5 years with the same lineup and nothing's working out. Tbh I have soft spot for them, sad for valde & Aleksi
2021-02-20 18:17
1 reply
+1 same
2021-02-20 21:38
+1
2021-02-20 14:49
#FaZeUp
2021-02-20 14:56
#46
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Georgia no_scene
#FaZeUp
2021-02-20 15:03
1 reply
#FaZeUp
2021-02-20 15:41
#FaZeUp
2021-02-20 16:10
#FazeUp
2021-02-20 20:40
#3
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United Kingdom novaseer
please bootcamp OG
2021-02-20 14:32
2 replies
what would a bootcamp solve? The team isn't built to win constistently
2021-02-20 14:56
1 reply
#47
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United Kingdom novaseer
issaa's ping, the team's energy flows better, more motivated, etc. most teams perform better at bootcamps instead of at home
2021-02-20 15:07
Why are people -twistz?
2021-02-20 14:32
2 replies
Toxic kids duhh just ignore them theyre everywhere
2021-02-20 14:37
because they are dumb
2021-02-20 14:38
I like this Faze everyone confident and no toxic NiKo to interfere
2021-02-20 14:32
3 replies
#8
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United Kingdom novaseer
name does not check out in the slightest
2021-02-20 14:33
2 replies
Its true but, he is a godlike player and masterminding gamesense but toxic af
2021-02-20 14:51
1 reply
#74
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Brazil candymau
+1 facts I don't know how but he manages to ruin something in every team he has been part of... Hope they can handle him in G2. He's top1 rifler !
2021-02-20 21:58
Izi, like I expected, twistzz super star player
2021-02-20 14:33
1 reply
+1
2021-02-20 14:50
#7
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India Ad1_KaM
Classic NiP!
2021-02-20 14:33
#10
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Latvia YungPan666
#GOGOVP
2021-02-20 14:34
13/14 games are 2-0
2021-02-20 14:35
#12
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South Africa poppyxox
CMON OG WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DREAM!?!?!?!
2021-02-20 14:35
1 reply
#25
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Latvia De1Co
Dream stayed in Minecraft, while OGs dream stayed in Dota. Issa and valde as star players are bad. That's their issue, they don't show up when needed
2021-02-20 14:49
OG needs roster move
2021-02-20 14:36
13 replies
+1
2021-02-20 14:39
Yeah it just doesn't work. I wonder if the talks are already going, they have given this line a fair chance and something needs to change. As a Finn I'd of course would love to see sunny and flusha come in, NBK and ISSAA out.
2021-02-20 14:47
1 reply
Flusha wants to be the igl so propably not going to happen
2021-02-20 15:01
#27
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Latvia De1Co
- AleksiB + Sunny They need more firepower
2021-02-20 14:49
3 replies
+1
2021-02-20 14:52
Kekw
2021-02-20 15:00
#60
RpK | 
Finland Lattee
Yes and once you get the firepower atleast you are having fun!
2021-02-20 16:14
-issaa +flamez?
2021-02-20 14:55
1 reply
+1
2021-02-20 16:34
-NBK +ropz
2021-02-20 15:44
3 replies
Ropz is lurker. Nbk is support player. That substitution wont work
2021-02-20 20:42
2 replies
-NBK +apEX
2021-02-20 23:49
1 reply
Apex wouldnt leave zywootilaty
2021-02-21 06:42
faze looking fresh
2021-02-20 14:39
OG rly bad team
2021-02-20 14:40
next will be vp and faze ;D
2021-02-20 14:41
6 replies
#30
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Latvia De1Co
VP will win against liquid or vitality. I'd prefer liquid, so lulquid fans can be silent. On the faze side I don't think they stand a chance against navi or furia. Karrigan should be ready against furia. There's no chance simple let's furia win and even as a faze fan, they have a small chance to win against furia
2021-02-20 14:51
5 replies
against liquid vp 40% - 60% liquid against vitality vp = no chances (xi twu in solo will close this bots ;) just screen and w8.
2021-02-20 14:54
4 replies
#41
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Latvia De1Co
Liquid ain't ready
2021-02-20 14:58
1 reply
I thought about it too, but liquid has more exp.
2021-02-20 14:59
#78
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Latvia De1Co
Vitality eliminated
2021-02-21 15:29
#81
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Latvia De1Co
Still waiting for vp to lose
2021-02-27 12:34
#26
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Sweden RSKcsgo
nip trash :D
2021-02-20 14:49
4 replies
#32
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Latvia De1Co
Nip>fnatic
2021-02-20 14:52
3 replies
#48
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Sweden RSKcsgo
fnatic>your mother
2021-02-20 15:22
2 replies
everyone > fnatic
2021-02-20 15:29
Katowice 2021 Play-in fnatic 13-16th
2021-02-20 15:38
Happy to see twistzz finally gets to return to the potential he had when he was a top 5 player
2021-02-20 14:51
EG and Heroic elimination coming soon
2021-02-20 14:53
Aleksibot in team No chance for Win
2021-02-20 14:53
rez is kinda overrated, he cant put numbers theses days
2021-02-20 14:58
1 reply
#55
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Croatia _doppler_
Rez is terrible for the past 2 years, at least
2021-02-20 15:41
#43
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Brazil Vicmar
Imagine being a NiP fan
2021-02-20 14:59
ez for cis
2021-02-20 15:23
#50
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Australia CaZeR01
Virtus plow?
2021-02-20 15:25
Scripted :0
2021-02-20 15:36
#58
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Sweden Svahn
WORST.TOURNAMENT.EVER! :(
2021-02-20 16:01
3 replies
flair checks out
2021-02-20 16:26
2 replies
#64
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Sweden Svahn
ofc it does. why do you think im crying right now? :D
2021-02-20 16:35
1 reply
I know
2021-02-20 16:42
Karrigan almost ran out of strats :D
2021-02-20 16:30
Wtf oh
2021-02-20 16:42
#70
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Lithuania KingOfPing
With some waves but good game, hope to see tomorrow same from Faze hope against Furia :)
2021-02-20 18:21
#75
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Poland SebL
A tough tournament for NIP, I hope that they will fix their mistakes from this tournament and comeback strongly for another one, it's still early days with ztr. I'm really dissapointed by OG's performance here, honestly I expected it to be a good tournament for them, I think they have a good roster, and I think that they will comeback really strong, but anyway they dissapointed me a lot. VP seems to realise and fix some of their mistakes, they still need more time and work, but it's going in the right direction, FaZe's win here is big surprise for me, honestly I feel like karrigan wasted his career by returning to FaZe, and I'm not changing my mind yet, I think FaZe is going to fall quickly in this tournament anyway.
2021-02-20 22:41
2 replies
#79
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Finland Khroni
everyone was disappointed with OG's performance Aleksi seemed pretty fed up himself after the FaZe game
2021-02-21 15:31
1 reply
#80
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Poland SebL
Yeah, I mean it's an insane upset that FaZe got that win and it was such a domination.
2021-02-21 15:47
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