Trident, SKADE advance to IEM Summer 2021 Closed Qualifier

Teams such as ex-Winstrike and Endpoint fell short in the final matches of the second open qualifier.

With the conclusion of the second open qualifier for IEM Summer 2021, a $250,000 tournament scheduled for June, two more closed qualifier teams have been found.

Bulgarian side SKADE, who have soared to No. 24 in the rankings after winning the Elisa Invitational Spring, will have another chance to prove their worth as they advance to the second stage of the qualifier. Denis "⁠seized⁠" Kostin's Trident came out strong to bag the final available open qualifier slot.

seized's team earned a spot in the closed qualifier

The round-of-16 of the IEM Summer 2021 Open Qualifier 2 featured ex-Winstrike and Endpoint on opposite sides of the bracket, but two of the biggest favorites fell short.

The Russian squad that qualified for ESL Pro League Season 14 on Sunday had their run in the bracket cut short by 1WIN, faltering in overtime as Denis "⁠deko⁠" Zhukov posted a 1.70 rating. However, 1WIN were no match for Trident in the final match, who 2-0'd them after taking down 100PG and hREDS to advance to the closed qualifier.

SKADE kicked off the round-of-16 with a marathon match against Apeks, winning 28-26, before breezing past Endpoint, 16-5. Izako Boars were their final obstacle on the way to the closed qualifier, but Daniel "⁠STOMP⁠" Płomiński and co. mustered just 13 rounds over two maps, seeing SKADE take the series convincingly.

SKADE and Trident have joined Movistar Riders and K23 in the closed qualifier, where eight more invited teams will join them. Only the three best teams from the two-stage bracket will advance to the main event.

IEM Summer 2021 Closed Qualifier team list:

Europe Movistar Riders
Kazakhstan K23
Europe Invite
Europe Invite
Europe Invite
Europe Invite
Bulgaria SKADE
Russia Trident
Europe Invite
Europe Invite
Europe Invite
Europe Invite
Russia Denis 'deko' Zhukov
Denis 'deko' Zhukov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
57
KPR:
0.83
DPR:
0.59
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1392
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Poland Daniel 'STOMP' Płomiński
Daniel 'STOMP' Płomiński
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
656
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Reunion Esquinox
nice
2021-04-20 22:32
2 replies
men u are faster than me((
2021-04-20 22:33
1 reply
#10
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Reunion Esquinox
it was a close one, but thankfully Professeur doesn't delete #1 (he's such a cool guy)
2021-04-20 22:35
#1 wtf
2021-04-20 22:32
Skade too good
2021-04-20 22:33
2 replies
But not as good as the decoy
2021-04-20 22:34
1 reply
#19
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Ukraine myrhh
xd
2021-04-20 23:10
expected
2021-04-20 22:33
k322 incoming
2021-04-20 22:33
#8
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Bulgaria onegrit
Bulgarian lions!
2021-04-20 22:34
#9
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Finland DTeeVee
Could Sangal qualify for it ?
2021-04-20 22:34
2 replies
No why?
2021-04-21 00:19
they lost to TRVPREMESLO russian 3k elo mix
2021-04-21 09:26
Where is endpoint 😔
2021-04-20 22:38
3 replies
#12
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Reunion Esquinox
the dank engine didn't carry them enough((
2021-04-20 22:41
1 reply
😞😞😞 Content
2021-04-20 23:00
go riders
2021-04-20 22:42
1 reply
#38
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Spain Raul1999
Go Riders
2021-04-21 13:33
Seized oooooo
2021-04-20 22:44
New car for seized incoming
2021-04-20 23:00
#18
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Bulgaria AboveYall
skade is 24 in hltv rankings atm its crazy that they dont even get invited to the closed qualifier.. and they have to earn it.. bruh
2021-04-20 23:07
2 replies
#31
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CIS TheBigSAM
Ex-WS and Enpoint also had to fight in this awful bo1 format. Skade is not special
2021-04-21 07:23
stop throwing then maybe they will get invited
2021-04-23 11:23
So proud of Skade!
2021-04-20 23:26
Skade is doing so good, nice team to watch!
2021-04-20 23:33
Skade dominating tier2 right now.
2021-04-20 23:40
Skade really strong but tier 3
2021-04-21 00:37
#25
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Asia Blitzer
trident when they dont throw... they can play some cs
2021-04-21 01:19
1 reply
#26
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CIS sasha1608
seized is a bot and decoy
2021-04-21 02:10
Congratz to both teams! GL Trident & glowiing
2021-04-21 02:12
ez4seized
2021-04-21 02:24
Ezkade
2021-04-21 02:29
Hopefully Havu and Ence get invites
2021-04-21 02:50
#34
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Russia Rapu
Even seized is relevant in 2021 :) CIS Era.
2021-04-21 10:10
#35
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Russia mshkoda
Seized hmm hello
2021-04-21 10:12
#36
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African Union mikecool
expected
2021-04-21 11:56
Those open quals are brutal... BO1 all the way except last game. One bad map and you are out. Respect to these players.
2021-04-21 12:40
seized in 2021 xd
2021-04-21 14:20
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