K23 and 9z finalize IEM Winter Europe closed qualifier

The CIS and South American sides will have a shot to play at IEM Winter in December.

The second and final European open qualifier for IEM Winter has concluded, with K23 and 9z winning their respective brackets and advancing to the closed qualifier. They will join fnatic and FunPlus Phoenix, who qualified from the first open qualifier, as well as four invited teams Complexity, ENCE, MOUZ, and Spirit in a double elimination bracket to determine three teams that will advance to the IEM Winter LAN set to take place somewhere in Europe in early December.

K23 are quickly adapting to their new lineup

The second qualifier featured many upsets on the first day, seeing EXTREMUM lose to PARTIZAN, GORILLAZ lose to NYYRIKKI, and Galaxy Racer lose to naruto in the round of 64. OPAA defeated SINNERS in the round of 32, and Polish mix Exalted Industries took down both LDLC and the new-look MIBR.

K23 had a relatively easy path to the top four, needing only to beat xDDDD and PACT in the top 16 to face off against BLUEJAYS for a spot in the closed qualifier. The series against the Macedonian side was fairly straightforward for K23, with David "⁠n0rb3r7⁠" Danielyan carrying his team to a close victory on Inferno. K23's pick was much easier, despite some resistance from Aleksandar "⁠CacaNito⁠" Kjulukoski, and the CIS team swiftly took the series win.

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16th October 2021
Russia
14
Inferno
16
9
Nuke
16

9z had a much more hard fought path to the final, taking down two ESEA Premier-level teams, Finest and Wisla Krakow in the top 16 before meeting Major attendees Entropiq in the top four.

The Argentinian/Uruguayan/Brazilian team dominated on the first map of the final series, winning 11 rounds in a row in the middle of the game. Entropiq answered back on map two, Ancient, with their own decisive victory, despite both Maximiliano "⁠max⁠" Gonzalez and Franco "⁠dgt⁠" Garcia putting up big numbers. The decider Overpass was extremely back and forth, with no team winning more than five rounds in a row until the very end. Once again dgt was the difference maker for 9z, as they pulled ahead at the very end to take the series.

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16th October 2021
South America
8
Mirage
16
16
Ancient
8
14
Overpass
16

The IEM Winter Europe closed qualifier is set to begin next Monday, October 18. The top three teams from the double elimination bracket will advance to IEM Winter, finalizing the event lineup.

Here is the full team list for the closed qualifier:

Uruguay Franco 'dgt' Garcia
Franco 'dgt' Garcia
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
322
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Macedonia Aleksandar 'CacaNito' Kjulukoski
Aleksandar 'CacaNito' Kjulukoski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
34
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Uruguay Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
457
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
#1
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Brazil hugoooo
So proud of 9z!
2021-10-16 23:31
1 reply
#62
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Brazil hugoooo
*delete pls
2021-10-17 01:09
EZ4MANITOS
2021-10-16 23:33
#4
try | 
Argentina ArgCs
Let's go 9z
2021-10-16 23:34
Congrats 9z
2021-10-16 23:35
#8
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Poland Neo[T]orius
argentina ERA INCOMING
2021-10-16 23:36
20 replies
#13
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Brazil hugoooo
Don't forget Uruguay!
2021-10-16 23:40
16 replies
wow even bit is in there wtf
2021-10-16 23:42
15 replies
#20
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Brazil hugoooo
But bit is very replaceable tbh
2021-10-16 23:44
14 replies
is he IGL?
2021-10-16 23:44
13 replies
#24
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Brazil hugoooo
Yes
2021-10-16 23:44
11 replies
steel? lol idk
2021-10-16 23:45
10 replies
#28
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Brazil hugoooo
Would be perfect, he got plenty of experience leading Immortals/Movistar and he already knows how to call in Spanish
2021-10-16 23:45
9 replies
they don't speak portugese?
2021-10-16 23:56
1 reply
Yeah they speak “portuñol”, is like a mix between both, mostly Portuguese I think. But calling in Spanish would be a huge upgrade in communication, and he can be the link with zakk in Portuguese too. Also steel and zakk chemistry would be amazing because of their history together in Inmmortals but I don’t think they would change their team with these results
2021-10-17 00:08
Steel would be so fucking sick, I’m a huge fan of him. So fucking underrated… With try,dgt and max firepower he could do so much in 9z but I saw in Draft5 he’s joining Casemiro’s team with nqz,danoco,Honda and yepz. Such a shame
2021-10-17 00:04
6 replies
#44
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Brazil hugoooo
Well, nqz is a huge prospect, but honda+danoco sound so meme...
2021-10-17 00:07
4 replies
Yeah I like nqz but I don’t think that danoco+yepz+honda are promising to play against tier2/3 EU. I can’t understand how Case release n1ssim and keep yepz lol he was average in BR and in EU
2021-10-17 00:22
3 replies
#54
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Brazil hugoooo
Exactly my thoughts, if n1ssim was on the new lineup instead of yepz, It would make them at least able to hang some t3 teams I think.
2021-10-17 00:31
2 replies
Yeah I don’t know who is managing CS in Case. Also, it’s really weird that n1ssim didn’t get a team yet I think he got released and he is F/A
2021-10-17 00:37
1 reply
#61
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Brazil hugoooo
There are PLENTY of BR free agents right now, let's see how things will change on the post-major transfer window
2021-10-17 01:08
i think that the dream world would be case contracting 9z lmao (because they would have a better org) so the lineup try awp max rifle dgt rifler (he is a lurk, right?) steel igl malbs
2021-10-18 16:55
#25
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Peru tosta
yes
2021-10-16 23:44
please..........
2021-10-16 23:43
2 replies
sunpayus smug cause spain finally in majors?
2021-10-16 23:44
1 reply
LMAOOO
2021-10-17 00:11
Sexpower is back to tier 1.5, let's go
2021-10-16 23:36
#10
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Argentina Jyrex
9z <3 <3 <3
2021-10-16 23:38
4 replies
#65
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United States Rayduh
Last hope for Uruguay and Argentina CS
2021-10-17 01:11
3 replies
#78
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Argentina Jyrex
who knows brother, looks promising if they move to NA and steal some spots
2021-10-17 04:51
2 replies
#80
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United States Rayduh
cant beat liquid tho but can definitely steal spots from pain/godsent/Evil Genisues
2021-10-17 05:12
1 reply
#86
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Argentina blatxer
can't yet
2021-10-17 06:40
nice 9z, well done!
2021-10-16 23:39
Entropiq save strats for Major xd
2021-10-16 23:39
N1 9z!!
2021-10-16 23:41
1 reply
damn brazilian admin
2021-10-17 05:16
#17
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Argentina Occultis
9z success is even more impressing after the beat they received
2021-10-16 23:43
EZ4BestSATeam🤝
2021-10-16 23:44
1 reply
#77
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Argentina SantiMedia
🤝🤝🤝 xd
2021-10-17 04:33
easy for mouz, fnatic and spirit
2021-10-16 23:45
I just realized some anime team beat the swedes lmaoo
2021-10-16 23:49
#32
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China HEIDASHUAi
Extremum kekw
2021-10-16 23:52
#34
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Chile 1cristiaan
gg gl
2021-10-16 23:53
#39
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Peru TenoriPEEK
south america era
2021-10-17 00:00
Good job 9z, hope to see Steelega replaces BIT and BIT moves into an analyst position.
2021-10-17 00:04
Very nice 9z. Managed to beat a top 5 CIS team. Good job
2021-10-17 00:04
9z is legit. Had they been in the SA Qual i dont see how they wouldnt have qualified for the major. Hope they make it to the one in BR whenever that eventually happens. Try is nutttts.
2021-10-17 00:13
4 replies
When they beat vitality they had problems with the flights so they were not in time to play the first RMR of SA and they are only 2 or 3 rmr events in SA so that was the problem
2021-10-17 00:22
#55
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Brazil hugoooo
They should move to NA instead and steal EG spots on big qualifiers
2021-10-17 00:32
1 reply
yes but the CEO of the team says that they going to play RMR tournaments in SA
2021-10-17 06:30
#68
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Argentina blatxer
they didn't play any SA RMRs because they were disqualified from the first CBCS, they were in europe at the time and their fly was cancelled due to covid19
2021-10-17 02:02
COLTA
2021-10-17 00:20
#57
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Brazil guhzzz
Nice try
2021-10-17 00:38
Everyone talks about try but dgt is a monster and max is very good too. I hope 9z can move to spain full time or something for better prac, or atleast to NA to steal major slots
2021-10-17 00:41
A pleasant surprise from them)
2021-10-17 00:42
Nice for 9z!
2021-10-17 00:42
1 reply
#64
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United States Rayduh
Last hope for Uruguay and Argentina CS
2021-10-17 01:11
#63
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United States Rayduh
Easy for Steam Guard code
2021-10-17 01:10
9z too stronk
2021-10-17 02:36
1 reply
#97
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Canada fedezera
+1
2021-10-17 23:51
Norbert cant do it on lan though
2021-10-17 02:49
#76
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Hungary szia
Wow, massive respect for 9z Very well done, good luck
2021-10-17 04:25
9z!
2021-10-17 05:07
proud of em
2021-10-17 05:16
Nice europe teams - 9z and mibr
2021-10-17 10:10
#88
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Singapore 2200DPI
Oh no toxic Spanish/spam chat again I really hate their fans
2021-10-17 10:12
how Entropiq lost? 🙂 I don't like list of teams here, most of them are inconsistent
2021-10-17 10:23
#95
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Poland SebL
This new K23 lineup actually looks good, they lost their most experienced players but they actually played well here, nice to see, deserved closed quali. 9z looks great honestly, the way they handled Entropiq is really impressive, I really think they should start playing in EU in all those Pinnacle cups and staff, it could get them to the next level really. GG to both teams, both deserved it!
2021-10-17 18:11
2 replies
This k23 new player is really good
2021-10-17 23:48
1 reply
#100
alex | 
Poland SebL
Idk. haven't watched that many K23 games and the 2 I watched he underperformed actually, but I can't say much because I have only seen 2 games.
2021-10-18 15:51
#98
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Argentina Juans81
nice 9z
2021-10-18 00:33
fnatic win this qual ez
2021-10-18 09:53
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