Spirit advance to Cologne groups over 00NATION, paiN eliminated

Vinicios "⁠PKL⁠" Coelho's squad leaves the tournament after two tough losses in the Play-In.

Spirit were the second team to advance to the group stage of IEM Cologne 2022 following their undefeated run in the Play-In. The Russian squad started off the event in great form by taking down Complexity in a best-of-one before moving to the upper bracket quarters, where they defeated the Brazilians of 00NATION 2-1 to secure their place in the next phase.

Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo's men will get one more chance to reach the groups, facing the winner of ORDER vs Imperial on Wednesday at 19:30 .

Meanwhile in the lower bracket, Sprout faced paiN for tournament survival. Both teams secured their respective map picks before the European mix were able to come out on top on Vertigo. The Brazilian squad will leave Cologne without a win following back-to-back losses on the opening day.

Patsi played consistently well across the 00NATION series

The series began on 00NATION's pick of Vertigo, a map that proved to be relatively fruitful for the Brazilian core in previous months. Sadly for them, Spirit came in extremely hot on the offensive side as they converted the opening pistol before quickly extending their lead to 7-0. Robert "⁠Patsi⁠" Isyanov was the main engine behind the Russians' success as he found several opening frags, but both Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov and Boris "⁠magixx⁠" Vorobiev contributed a great deal in the 11-4 half.

The Brazilians got off to a great start in the second half by taking the pistol thanks to a 2v3 from Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David and TACO, but a Spirit force buy on round 17 immediately crushed their momentum. chopper and co. then comfortably sailed to a 16-5 victory.

Moving to Dust2, arguably Spirit's best map, the Russians were on track for another quick victory as they took an 8-2 lead on the back of another great performance from Patsi. However, once Santino "⁠try⁠" Rigal and coldzera got going, 00NATION managed to pull nine consecutive rounds across the two halves to take an 11-8 lead. Despite a late resurgence from the Russians, 00NATION were eventually able to edge the map 16-14 following a crucial post-plant hold of the B site from TACO.

Patsi and w0nderful played a great CT side on Ancient

Spirit kicked off the decider on Ancient with a pistol victory, but their streak would not last long as the Brazilians converted a force buy on round 3 with just a few saved weapons and a Zeus. From there, 00NATION remained in the driver's seat for the whole 10-5 half, with coldzera and Eduardo "⁠dumau⁠" Wolkmer both playing a great CT side.

After switching to the offensive, 00NATION failed to find any impact as all of the individuals had seemingly switched off. Spirit were more than happy to take advantage of this situation, taking the pistol and going on an incredible nine-round winning streak on their way to a 14-10 lead. Briefly, it looked like the Brazilians were about to come back after three successful rounds, but a failed push into the B site against a few USPs turned into a nightmare, and 00NATION conceded series point. Newcomer Igor "⁠w0nderful⁠" Zhdanov seemed more confident on the CT side, accumulating a 15-6 K-D in the second half as Spirit took the map 16-13 and the series 2-1.

Matchpage
2
1
5th July 2022
16
Vertigo
5
14
Dust2
16
16
Ancient
13
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 57 +7 87.4 1.26
54 - 44 +10 70.5 1.08
50 - 45 +5 68.1 1.07
47 - 45 +2 70.4 1.05
49 - 54 -5 68.1 1.02
 00NATION K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
55 - 54 +1 79.9 1.02
58 - 55 +3 73.4 1.02
48 - 51 -3 71.2 0.98
45 - 54 -9 63.1 0.92
37 - 51 -14 65.0 0.81

Meanwhile, Sprout and paiN came to blows in the first elimination match of the day. The Brazilian squad played a solid defensive side once the rifles started coming out, but significantly slowed down in the latter stages of the half. Spearheaded by Victor "⁠Staehr⁠" Staehr, the European mix got back on track and stole the last five rounds to salvage a 7-8 half. Rasmus "⁠raalz⁠" Steensborg's team carried their momentum after the break and quickly established themselves on the CT side. paiN would only convert two rounds on the A site before fading away, conceding the map 16-10.

The Brazilians moved to their pick of Dust2 pick looking to bounce back, and they did. Despite Laurențiu "⁠lauNX⁠" Țârlea doing everything in his power to stop paiN's offense, Sprout were only able to claim six rounds in the first half. After the break, the European squad was able to briefly retake the lead on the T side before running out of steam as the PKL-led squad settled on the defense. Gabriel "⁠nython⁠" Lino played two excellent halves, finishing with a 25-17 K-D and a 1.33 rating.

The decider on Vertigo started off with a very close 8-7 half in favor of Sprout as Staehr played another fantastic T side, butting heads against the Brazilian defense. Rodrigo "⁠biguzera⁠" Bittencourt was the standout performer for paiN in the first half, but was unable to carry his performance after switching sides. The European mix quickly took the second pistol and extended their lead to 14-7 before paiN were able to get on the scoreboard again. The three rounds found on the offense were just a consolation prize for the Brazilians as they eventually conceded the map 16-10.

Matchpage
2
1
5th July 2022
16
Ancient
10
12
Dust2
16
16
Vertigo
10
 Sprout K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 48 +20 90.7 1.31
59 - 46 +13 80.0 1.26
61 - 54 +7 89.4 1.22
59 - 52 +7 70.3 1.13
56 - 52 +4 72.0 1.12
 paiN K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 56 +3 83.5 1.13
66 - 56 +10 84.5 1.10
49 - 63 -14 71.0 0.90
40 - 62 -22 60.9 0.72
38 - 66 -28 55.4 0.66
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1419
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1411
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho
Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1158
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1095
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
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Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
630
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Victor 'Staehr' Staehr
Victor 'Staehr' Staehr
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
238
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Rasmus 'raalz' Steensborg
Rasmus 'raalz' Steensborg
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
941
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Eduardo 'dumau' Wolkmer
Eduardo 'dumau' Wolkmer
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
466
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Gabriel 'nython' Lino
Gabriel 'nython' Lino
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
524
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
Romania Laurențiu 'lauNX' Țârlea
Laurențiu 'lauNX' Țârlea
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
242
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
Russia Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
508
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Brazil Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt
Rodrigo 'biguzera' Bittencourt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
622
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Argentina Santino 'try' Rigal
Santino 'try' Rigal
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
318
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
Ukraine Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov
Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
178
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.58
Ez for s1renhead Edit: wtf i am first
2022-07-05 20:09
5 replies
Let's go Spiritttttt!!!
2022-07-05 20:10
1 reply
#8
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Brazil flytw4tp
that 5vs4 USP full eco was embarrassing
2022-07-05 20:10
#9
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Brazil galaxysz
16x13 ez Kappa
2022-07-05 20:11
2 replies
Its just joke mens))) no offense to 00nation, they really put up great fight
2022-07-05 20:12
1 reply
#16
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Brazil galaxysz
i know i know bro, was a great match <3, congratz to spirit and i hope 00nation qualifies tomorrow
2022-07-05 20:45
Nice
2022-07-05 20:08
1 reply
Name checks out
2022-07-05 20:09
n1n1
2022-07-05 20:08
00Nation playing solid tbh
2022-07-05 20:09
nice TRY
2022-07-05 20:10
Lesgo Spirit😎 Hope wonderful will be integrated well
2022-07-05 20:14
#12
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Hungary H0bbesCS
gogo s1ren
2022-07-05 20:15
w0nderful playing pretty well
2022-07-05 20:16
Those last two rounds during spirit vs 00nation were so painful to watch, but overall a great game.
2022-07-05 20:19
00wins kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-07-05 20:35
BR CS KKKKK
2022-07-05 20:47
BR CS is dead. Brazilian Drought
2022-07-05 21:04
#19
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Brazil shockDEawp
Good game 00Nation and paiN... 👏🏻
2022-07-05 23:55
Patsi top20 this year
2022-07-06 03:27
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