NAVI beat FURIA to qualify for playoffs, G2 oust EG in IEM Katowice
Natus Vincere have secured a spot in the IEM Katowice playoffs after beating FURIA 2-0 to send the Brazilian side to Group B's lower bracket, while G2 survived a tough series against Evil Geniuses to eliminate the North American side from the tournament in joint-ninth place.
Natus Vincere opened their series with a hard-earned victory on Mirage, where several key plays from Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev made all the difference. The superstar's three multi-kills gave his team an early advantage after a forcebuy back-and-forth that lasted for five rounds, which led to a 9-6 CT half.
NAVI extended their lead after sides switched with a pistol round win but struggled in the opening gunrounds, with FURIA equalizing the score at 12-12, before s1mple stepped up again with two triples to get NAVI out of the rut and close the map 16-13.
Nuke was a much simpler affair for Natus Vincere once they got ahead after another early blow-for-blow exchange in forcebuy rounds. With Deagles in hand in the tenth round, the Russian side managed to tilt the economy in their favor and stabilize, winning a few close scenarios to pick up another 9-6 half. FURIA secured the second pistol, but another forcebuy upset gave NAVI all the tools to close the series with ease at 16-8, 2-0.
Over in Group A's lower bracket, G2 secured Train and Dust2 in narrow fashion against Evil Geniuses despite Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte's best efforts, as the American went 33-16 and 29-20 only to see his team lose both maps by the smallest of margins, 14-16 and 14-16.
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|39 - 40||-1||83.8||1.11|
|35 - 36||-1||63.7||0.94|
|30 - 37||-7||67.0||0.89|
|31 - 41||-10||64.8||0.81|
|25 - 37||-12||55.6||0.76|
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|60 - 28||+32||104.3||1.79|
|39 - 29||+10||78.7||1.24|
|38 - 36||+2||87.5||1.19|
|30 - 31||-1||61.6||0.91|
|23 - 37||-14||59.4||0.83|
|Evil Geniuses||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|62 - 36||+26||105.0||1.53|
|36 - 42||-6||64.2||0.92|
|32 - 39||-7||60.5||0.86|
|30 - 44||-14||66.3||0.83|
|25 - 42||-17||50.0||0.74|