NAVI, FaZe secure playoff spots at IEM Katowice

FURIA and fnatic will continue through the Group B lower bracket, where four teams will fight for one playoff berth.

Natus Vincere and FaZe are assured to play at the Spodek Arena in Katowice after winning their Group B upper bracket semi-finals against FURIA and fnatic, respectively.

The Russian squad did so in two maps, smashing Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan and company on Mirage 16-2 before taking their map pick of Nuke 16-12, while FaZe, with Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool back in the fray, won two out of three in their series against fnatic.

The two winning sides still have one more group stage match, scheduled for Sunday at 19:30 , to decide who will win the group and get seeded straight into the playoff semi-finals. fnatic and FURIA, meanwhile, will play Astralis and G2, respectively, to fight for the final Group B playoff spot in the lower bracket.

Natus Vincere put on a commanding performance against FURIA

Natus Vincere and FURIA went at it on the Brazilian squad’s map pick of Mirage to kick off proceedings in their upper bracket bout for a spot in the playoffs, with Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov rejoining the team in the tournament area after being cleared of an initial positive Covid-19 test result and playing the opening match against ENCE in isolation from his hotel room.

The map was a complete blowout from the start, with the CIS squad stopping every attack from their counterparts, as the Brazilians could only tally two rounds in their T-side half. Natus Vincere then went on to take the second pistol round to win the map out 16-2 before going onto their own pick.

The pace didn’t change on Nuke and it was Natus Vincere who once again charged out of the gate, this time on the attack, battering a tattered FURIA round after round, changing the pace between fast hits and slow defaults with great success until late in the half, when FURIA came alive with a double AWP setup to win the last three rounds, making it 5-10.

FURIA kept their hopes alive by securing the pistol round on the attack, winning the first three rounds of the half, but Natus Vincere then took over, winning the following three before Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy bagged an important 1vs1 against Rafael "⁠saffee⁠" Costa. FURIA struck back the following round and forced an eco, continuing in their comeback attempt, but ultimately fell short as Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and company ended the map and series, 16-12.

ropz was back with his teammates in Katowice

FaZe, with ropz back in the server, won the CT-side pistol round on fnatic’s Overpass to kick off their Group B upper bracket semi-final for a spot in the playoffs, going on to build an early economy on the defense. Playing from his room, Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard showed up big for his team on the CT side with 18 kills in their 10-5 showing before switching sides.

A T-side pistol round win inched FaZe closer and closer to match point as they followed it up in the anti-ecos and first gun round, eventually running away with a clean six rounds to take the series lead with a 16-5 scoreline.

FaZe were once again able to get ahead first, this time by winning the T-side pistol on Inferno, but fnatic’s Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson downed three from pit with a Desert Eagle in the follow-up to keep fnatic from falling behind. The two teams then remained close, tied at 4-4, but the Anglo-Swedish side peeled ahead to win the half just shy of hitting double digits before the switch.

fnatic won the second pistol round and followed it up to remain ahead 11-6, but a triple with a Desert Eagle by ropz in top mid followed by a fourth frag in apartments with a stolen AK gave FaZe a new lease on life as they went into the following round with a full economy and won a crucial fight on banana to link up another round. A brawl ensued with back-and-forth rounds before Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin and his men were able to win out 16-10.

FaZe came back alive on Mirage, establishing dominance from the start on the attacking side despite losing the pistol round as they won the second round forcebuy and went on a tear to get ahead 8-2 by the tenth round, although they didn’t keep up the pace as fnatic brought it back to 6-9.

The final half saw FaZe take a 3vs4 in pistols with Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants and Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen downing two each to hit double digits. fnatic retaliated two rounds later, in the first gun round, and put up a fight early on, but wouldn’t last as Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken and company settled into the CT side to secure the map, 16-9, clinching a coveted berth in the playoffs.

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0
2
19th February 2022
2
Mirage
16
12
Nuke
16
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 33 +5 98.3 1.20
26 - 31 -5 55.7 0.78
22 - 36 -14 59.4 0.70
18 - 33 -15 44.1 0.67
20 - 38 -18 59.9 0.67
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 23 +18 97.0 1.45
41 - 24 +17 88.9 1.44
31 - 21 +10 68.1 1.22
33 - 32 +1 76.2 1.11
24 - 25 -1 67.2 0.96
Matchpage
2
1
19th February 2022
16
Overpass
5
10
Inferno
16
16
Mirage
9
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 41 +15 79.0 1.24
52 - 41 +11 75.6 1.17
50 - 47 +3 77.0 1.08
50 - 45 +5 72.8 1.03
43 - 51 -8 77.7 1.00
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
53 - 51 +2 90.3 1.12
49 - 45 +4 69.7 1.02
42 - 53 -11 70.2 0.90
43 - 56 -13 69.9 0.87
36 - 47 -11 51.1 0.79
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1052
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
617
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.61
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1739
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
393
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1933
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
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Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
330
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.61
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1537
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1116
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1297
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1505
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Poland Astoner55
Cool mens)
2022-02-19 20:23
didn't read
2022-02-19 20:24
3 replies
#8
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Russia P0vTr
Name checks out
2022-02-19 20:26
#15
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Other pontiff
can't read*
2022-02-19 20:45
#30
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Europe Vallon5(1)
Name checks out.
2022-02-19 23:33
#4
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Ukraine bodya_x_GOD
FAZE vs NAVI holyyyyyyyy
2022-02-19 20:24
NAVI vs FAZE banger
2022-02-19 20:25
#6
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
Hope faze Navi will deliver
2022-02-19 20:25
#7
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Russia P0vTr
Kscerato from OMEGALUL to Pog
2022-02-19 20:25
s1mple starting to warm up
2022-02-19 20:28
excepted
2022-02-19 20:28
"We have this lineup to win trophies"
2022-02-19 20:30
#13
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Nice
2022-02-19 20:31
#14
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Finland AliSabid
Less go NAVI and FaZe!! Nt KRIMZ
2022-02-19 20:37
#16
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Kazakhstan UkiOnna
NAvi is back
2022-02-19 20:48
EZ4NAVI
2022-02-19 20:53
KRIMZ so good man unlucky
2022-02-19 20:54
Vintage s1mple - electronic LAN duo in action.
2022-02-19 21:13
Krimz LANer Amazing player
2022-02-19 21:17
FAZE UP.
2022-02-19 21:17
Feels sorry for fnatic, I don't think they can win g2, winning faze with covid rain and sleepy ropz was their best chance of making playoffs
2022-02-19 21:56
1 reply
oh heck no, if ALEX is 300IQ and smooya does not int, G2 vs. Fnatic will go full 3 maps for sure.
2022-02-19 23:05
Good game by Faze
2022-02-19 22:00
karrigan positive rating, the end is near
2022-02-19 22:11
it's going to be an intresting game
2022-02-19 22:45
#31
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North America AsheS_EdeN
I hope FaZe vs NaVi is good, but I'm a little bit worried that it might be a snorefest, as both teams are in the playoffs already, and wouldn't want to reveal too many strats to eachother before playoffs, and there's nothing to lose for either team, it's just for seeding. Should be good, but I don't expect anything crazy or high stakes.
2022-02-20 02:20
4 replies
#32
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Australia ArcticOSB
Nothing to lose? A win gets you a direct route into the semi final and a loss puts you at the quarter final matches. Definitely something to play for :)
2022-02-20 03:10
3 replies
#34
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North America AsheS_EdeN
I'm not saying there's nothing to play for, it's obviously seeding and a first round bye, but you can't deny the stakes aren't nearly as high as an elimination match.
2022-02-20 17:24
2 replies
#35
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Australia ArcticOSB
The teams have the chance to lose a guaranteed higher placing overall at the event, right? That sounds like there is something to lose.
2022-02-20 17:58
1 reply
#36
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North America AsheS_EdeN
Yes, there is something to lose. I'm not arguing that. I'm simply saying it's not an elimination match. It's a seeding match. The stakes aren't nearly as high.
2022-02-20 20:45
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