FaZe, BIG through to main event, MIBR out in Germany

Only four spots in the IEM Cologne group stage are left up for grabs as the first day of the Play-in stage concludes.

FaZe and BIG have secured berths in the main event at IEM Cologne following victories over Complexity and OG in the Play-in stage's upper bracket semi-finals, respectively. Meanwhile, MIBR are the second team to be eliminated from the tournament, with Renegades moving on in the lower bracket at their expense.

It was a rough day in the office for the Brazilians, who will undoubtedly leave the event contemplating all the 'what-ifs' after missing several opportunities to pick up wins in Cologne. Gustavo "⁠yel⁠" Knittel's squad entered the event with a double-overtime loss to Spirit despite having seven cahnces to close the opening match and went on to suffer a similarly heartbreaking loss to Renegades just hours later, unable to close out 15-11 and 13-10 leads on Vertigo and Mirage against the Australian side.

FaZe kick off their Cologne campaign undefeated in the Play-in

FaZe have maintained impressive form throughout the first day of the Play-in stage in the meantime, having first brought down Evil Geniuses in the opening round before putting on a rather convincing display against Complexity in a 2-0 series to lock down their spot in the main event group stage.

"I think the nerves faded mostly, for me it varies per map because I have a lot of new spots," Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken said after the match on the topic of shaking off the nerves after FaZe's opening win. "I feel like I have a little bit of pressure on me to perform in my spots, especially on LAN now, but after the opening match I'm feeling pretty great."

Having passed a historically tricky local Sprout matchup without any issues, BIG went up against OG in the second round and sent the European side down to the lower bracket despite Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså's best efforts to turn Mirage around with perhaps the biggest standout performance of the day.

Day two of the Play-in will see four more teams make it through to the next stage and six teams sent packing, with TeamOne-Sprout and Evil Geniuses-ViCi kicking off the second day at 13:30 .

Matchpage
2
0
6th July 2021
16
Dust2
13
16
Nuke
6
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
37 - 26 +11 77.1 1.28
44 - 33 +11 90.0 1.27
33 - 26 +7 63.6 1.11
37 - 39 -2 85.4 1.08
32 - 31 +1 62.7 0.93
 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
39 - 38 +1 81.3 1.11
40 - 38 +2 86.0 1.10
31 - 36 -5 74.4 1.02
25 - 36 -11 54.5 0.77
17 - 36 -19 38.5 0.65
Germany
Matchpage
2
0
6th July 2021
Europe
16
Dust2
9
19
Mirage
17
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 31 +26 87.4 1.49
50 - 39 +11 98.5 1.32
40 - 38 +2 79.9 1.14
40 - 41 -1 71.5 1.06
30 - 38 -8 53.9 0.85
 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 36 +20 90.2 1.29
39 - 43 -4 69.8 1.01
32 - 44 -12 65.1 0.84
33 - 48 -15 64.4 0.75
27 - 47 -20 56.5 0.64
Matchpage
0
2
6th July 2021
15
Vertigo
19
14
Mirage
16
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
47 - 40 +7 77.4 1.17
47 - 45 +2 73.0 1.05
35 - 41 -6 70.2 0.95
37 - 37 0 64.3 0.92
30 - 40 -10 61.5 0.87
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 42 +9 78.0 1.19
37 - 34 +3 75.1 1.14
37 - 40 -3 73.5 0.98
40 - 42 -2 64.9 0.96
37 - 39 -2 58.8 0.91
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittel
Gustavo 'yel' Knittel
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
900
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1158
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
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Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1200
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
The LAN teams prevail. Gj Faze and BIG, great showing today.
2021-07-07 00:06
11 replies
OG MIBR DISBAND
2021-07-07 00:06
5 replies
+111
2021-07-07 00:09
1 reply
OG in suicide watch for kicking ISSAA rn
2021-07-07 03:26
#39
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United States 3manu3l
og will beat RNG
2021-07-07 00:52
mibr lost 7 games and only won 1 in Germany
2021-07-07 01:46
true
2021-07-07 09:39
#54
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Brazil Anarchybr
Since when BUG are a LAN team?
2021-07-07 02:12
2 replies
#62
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Poland kruky
nvm
2021-07-07 03:23
#79
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Austria doMK0
Check lan stats for this big roster with kito and syrson (2020).
2021-07-07 16:26
#FaZeUp
2021-07-07 11:08
Didn't expect Faze to win although they did look very solid on EG. Am happy for them to be able to beat Complexity in the fashion they did. Hope they at least reach the semi-finals of the tournament so that they can prove to the world they are major contenders again
2021-07-08 08:35
BR CS LUL
2021-07-07 00:07
2 replies
mibr* cs LUL
2021-07-07 00:12
1 reply
#42
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Denmark OthonM
Agree with u
2021-07-07 01:09
EZ4BIG and syrsoN the GOAT
2021-07-07 00:07
LANTARES + LAN CLAN
2021-07-07 00:07
#6
SZPERO | 
Poland Greku
Let's go FaZe <3
2021-07-07 00:07
#7
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Finland Doto_top1
feels bad for valde, but they will still qualify.
2021-07-07 00:08
6 replies
#45
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Denmark OthonM
Does it have a chance to lost against Renegades?
2021-07-07 01:24
5 replies
#46
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Finland Doto_top1
i think OG should win that comfortably
2021-07-07 01:26
4 replies
aged well
2021-07-07 19:07
3 replies
#82
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Finland Doto_top1
yeah it surely did and they still have a chance to win it
2021-07-07 19:09
2 replies
:( men
2021-07-10 10:28
1 reply
#85
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Finland Doto_top1
well that didn't aged well
2021-07-10 13:10
Brazil and Germany never usually go good together.
2021-07-07 00:08
2 replies
1 reply
Mickey Mouse win.
2021-07-07 00:12
SIUUUUUUUUUUUU FAZE CLAN #1
2021-07-07 00:09
#10
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Brazil pasinato
MIBR OmegaLUL since fnx never delets its tweet this team will never be good
2021-07-07 00:09
4 replies
What did he tweet?
2021-07-07 00:10
3 replies
long time ago before mibr came back into csgo he tweeted something about if Mibr cameback it would be an embrassment and failure.
2021-07-07 00:13
1 reply
Well he wasnt wrong it seems xd. Thank you very much btw
2021-07-07 02:11
Faze doubters still here?????
2021-07-07 00:09
2 replies
my
2021-07-07 00:13
#77
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Asia primoknows
Yes
2021-07-07 15:20
BIG LAN TEAM, WON ALL LANs ATTENDED SINCE 2020
2021-07-07 00:11
1 reply
GER_6_MAJORS_S0MPLE_0_MAJOR
2021-07-07 08:04
#15
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Brazil oldStar
So COLDZERA was the problem ?
2021-07-07 00:12
2 replies
yes maybe......
2021-07-07 00:13
actually olof was the solution
2021-07-07 02:14
>despite having seven cahnces to close the opening match typo lul
2021-07-07 00:12
#21
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Spain capta1n
FaZe is looking solid but its only onr BO1 and BO3 so lets wait with cheering and hyping them up until they start the main event with a bo3 win
2021-07-07 00:13
3 replies
This is already huge for them considering their recent performances
2021-07-07 00:13
2 replies
They will easily beat Astralis considering recent forms. Seems like Astralis players just cant win gun duels :/
2021-07-07 08:10
#74
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Spain capta1n
Agreed! Happy for them, maybe this will finally light a fire up their ass to start performing better
2021-07-07 12:08
Let’s go faze! Ez4carrygun)
2021-07-07 00:13
2 replies
EZ4FaZe vs Astralis as well? i think so
2021-07-07 00:30
1 reply
You never know mens imgur.com/a/YXJGhx2 :)
2021-07-07 00:58
#23
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Ukraine Mykolkaa
Exit making sure mibr exit the event without a win
2021-07-07 00:13
article typo: Gustavo "⁠yel⁠" Knittel's squad entered the event with a double-overtime loss to Spirit despite having seven cahnces to close the opening match cahnces
2021-07-07 00:13
1 reply
Good catch, i noticed that as well!
2021-07-07 01:07
#28
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Brazil lcb12
disband pls
2021-07-07 00:17
#29
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Brazil kalil420
F MIBR =/
2021-07-07 00:19
rip mibr, their choke against Spirit cost them dearly
2021-07-07 00:24
eZaF for FaZe Godmeister no competition raining ak from heaven and railing people through walls
2021-07-07 00:26
#32
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Hungary szia
K1TO SO GOOD
2021-07-07 00:28
😍 k1to 😍
2021-07-07 00:31
k1to LANer pog
2021-07-07 00:31
I guess LanClan is the new nickname
2021-07-07 00:43
And people were saying to kick Karrigan 2 weeks ago
2021-07-07 00:46
M1B7
2021-07-07 00:51
nothing special so far!
2021-07-07 01:13
FaZe Lan
2021-07-07 01:16
Brazil losing in Germany...
2021-07-07 01:27
#48
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United States okuulanda
2017 rain????????
2021-07-07 01:28
wp faze I did not expect them to make it
2021-07-07 01:30
mibr is cursed bcs of the way they treated the biggest legend that carried this name before
2021-07-07 02:29
#57
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Asia Blitzer
really nice cs from big and nip faze, as expected, raised their game on lan
2021-07-07 02:30
#58
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Australia CaZeR01
Yeah the boys!!
2021-07-07 02:37
imagine flying to europe from brazil to just lose XD
2021-07-07 02:41
#60
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Brazil davidzor
FaZe already improved 150% being on lan.
2021-07-07 03:04
#61
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Brazil Gandafox
Hahahahahahahaha...... MIBR Looser.....
2021-07-07 03:10
mib R they even trying?
2021-07-07 04:34
Bye rush. It's been fun. Also OG must be quite pissed that k1to overperformed so much... (while they pretty much all sucked).
2021-07-07 07:17
what a series by rain holy fuck
2021-07-07 08:00
#69
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Germany X5ander
congratz BIG ! My boyz will rock cologne once again !
2021-07-07 08:29
unluko mibr
2021-07-07 08:58
br cs xd
2021-07-07 09:07
#75
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Germany MC_T
BIG is such a great team and their victories are well deserved imo!
2021-07-07 12:32
#save Valde
2021-07-07 13:30
Hi Brazil. Lol.
2021-07-07 15:27
Guys, i have feeling Faze will win Cologne 2021!
2021-07-07 19:03
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