Movistar Riders beat Vitality to advance to Cologne groups; Astralis see off Complexity

The Spaniards maintain a winning streak off the back of their title victory in Valencia.

Movistar Riders have secured a spot in the main group stage of IEM Cologne, besting Vitality in a two-map series after coming back on Vertigo and claiming a dominant win on Overpass to advance. The victory adds to a strong run of form for Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet's side, who enter Cologne off the back of a tournament win at ESL Challenger Valencia over Outsiders.

Vitality will have a second chance to qualify through the lower bracket, where they will face Sprout on Wednesday at 16:00 . Also in with a chance to qualify are Astralis, who dropped to the lower bracket following a loss to 00NATION in their opening match but managed to recover by seeing to the elimination of Complexity. The Danes will face BIG at the same time as the above match in hopes of earning their own spot in the main stage of the tournament.

The Spaniards get an important win to advance to the main group stage

Movistar Riders faltered at the start of Vertigo, unable to crack through Vitality's defenses as the French-Danish combine crept up to a 6-1 lead. It took a triple from Raúl "⁠DeathZz⁠" Jordán Nieto to get the Spaniards their second round, but they were able to build up from there, coming out on top in the latter stage of the first half to reduce the deficit to three rounds by the break.

The side swap completely changed the tides of the map as Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia and Alejandro "⁠mopoz⁠" Fernández-Quejo Cano came to life, the former finding impact with untradeable kills round after round and the latter securing multi-frags to help Movistar Riders put up a dominant defense. Vitality managed just two rounds in the time it took the Valencia champions to attain match point, and although there was brief effort to force overtime, any hopes of extra rounds were put to rest in short order as the Riders took the map over the line 16-13.

SunPayus' dominant form continued into Overpass, single-handedly halting Vitality in a number of key rounds. Combined with strong rifle work from DeathZz and mopoz, Movistar Riders were an indomitable force, offering Vitality almost no opportunity to even plant the bomb in a half that went the way of the Spaniards, 12-3. The second half was no different as a pistol round win kept the Riders in firm control, and from there they wasted little time in bringing the map to an end, 16-4.

 Movistar Riders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
46 - 20 +26 92.0 1.56
38 - 33 +5 90.4 1.19
33 - 21 +12 66.2 1.15
27 - 25 +2 67.9 1.10
31 - 27 +4 66.8 1.06
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
28 - 33 -5 57.7 0.96
32 - 34 -2 65.6 0.94
25 - 36 -11 56.7 0.79
17 - 34 -17 56.4 0.79
22 - 38 -16 61.0 0.69

Astralis, meanwhile, had little difficulty in sending Complexity packing from the event, kicking off their series with a 7-1 lead on Overpass thanks in part to a number of multi-kill defenses of the B bombsite by Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth. It was only toward the end of the half that Complexity managed to break through, keeping themselves competitive in the map by winning five more rounds, but after the side swap they were offered little opportunity to fight back.

Astralis quickly extended their lead with a pistol win and subsequent conversion of the next two rounds, and although Complexity reduced the deficit somewhat by winning four rounds of their own, the Danish team were quickly back to their winning ways as they closed things out 16-10.

It was a similar scenario on Nuke as Astralis kept the pressure up, a strong T side start helping them lead 7-3. Entry frags from Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke combined with multi-kills from Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer were key in helping the Danes put up a 9-6 scoreline at the end of their attacking effort, and the second half was even less competitive as Complexity only managed to add three to their tally before Astralis sealed the fate of the North American side, sending them packing from the event with a 16-9 win.

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 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 36 +4 82.5 1.16
34 - 34 0 75.3 1.01
27 - 27 0 53.3 0.92
31 - 37 -6 68.2 0.86
25 - 43 -18 61.8 0.77
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 27 +14 87.7 1.40
38 - 31 +7 75.6 1.23
36 - 33 +3 81.6 1.11
29 - 27 +2 59.4 1.04
33 - 39 -6 75.2 0.94
Spain Raúl 'DeathZz' Jordán Nieto
Raúl 'DeathZz' Jordán Nieto
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
520
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1145
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
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Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1302
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1548
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1970
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.61
Spain Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
318
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.60
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
Nice spain, unlucky GOD JUNIOR, we’ll get em next time
2022-07-05 22:53
4 replies
#7
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Yugoslavia Acceb
Movi on a roll, what new cheats are they using also move JT to coach already
2022-07-05 22:54
3 replies
#13
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Finland iamjoe
SO CLOSE TO 1.0 junior better luck next time
2022-07-05 22:57
2 replies
#14
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Yugoslavia Acceb
+1 or should i say +0.92
2022-07-05 22:59
1 reply
The true American sniper
2022-07-05 23:15
Movistar going to the main event!!!! I am so excited rn, this team is showing a lot of potential
2022-07-05 22:54
8 replies
#24
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Aruba defoliant
i cant believe they dispatched Vitality so easily, either Vita is bad or MSR are super focused right now. Probably both. Anyway gl in main event.
2022-07-05 23:09
7 replies
For me it seemed more like vita weren't really trying at all. No real strats, talking, timeouts. Idk
2022-07-05 23:13
6 replies
#31
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Aruba defoliant
i cant understand that either. Did this team (which is supposed to be a title contender) lose all the energy after Blast finals? I just cant comprehend it.
2022-07-05 23:15
3 replies
Can be maybe internal problems, like communication or strats, if you se they nearly played all B untill the end when they pushed more A in overpass and in vertigo the thing was that riders are like a 20% better in CT than in t side tbh and the "back stabs" were very common by movi.
2022-07-05 23:53
#52
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Brazil Fauchard
vitality and Furia decayed too much last months... Furia is losing for t3 teams after the major.... Losing for Pain, 9z, new 00nation wtf... Looks like players won't play just get the money and a normal lose again....
2022-07-06 14:23
1 reply
#56
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Aruba defoliant
i dunno about those 2. I see Furia playing kinda "relaxed" last month or so but i see a very good potential in them and they can be an excellent team. But i cant see that in Vitality, i cant explain why though.
2022-07-06 17:51
#36
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Spain AlfonGD
i mean, they used 3/4 timeouts in the first 8 rounds of overpass, they didn't have much for the rest of the game, but yeah this Vita is clearly underperforming
2022-07-06 00:13
#39
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Spain ferk
They used 3 pauses in like the first 7-8 rounds of overpass. It's just that nothing worked for them. At some point it was zywoo with 8 frags and the rest of the team with 4 or less.
2022-07-06 00:42
#3
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Colombia Avencia
they stopped the flop :(
2022-07-05 22:53
expected from the kings
2022-07-05 22:54
can beat ence cant beat moviestar
2022-07-05 22:54
1 reply
its just Cs things, are you new?
2022-07-06 06:09
Ez for Star movie
2022-07-05 22:54
#8
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Spain YiXx_
VAMOS RIDERS
2022-07-05 22:55
BlameF top5 this year?
2022-07-05 22:55
6 replies
He has massive drop against top5/top10 teams. Look at Ax1Le's stats in 2022 and you will see the difference.
2022-07-06 05:31
5 replies
hltv.org/stats/players/15165/blamef?star.. No games against top 5. hltv.org/stats/players/15165/blamef?star.. Not bad considering k0nfig is a bot most of the time and the awper is terrible. hltv.org/stats/players/15165/blamef?star.. Against top 20, 1.19, against top 10, 1.15, not a big drop now, is it? Stop pulling shit outta your
2022-07-06 10:37
4 replies
Mate go and learn what those top5/top10 filters mean before you throw these links at anyone. BlameF is a good player but farms most of his stats against tier 3.
2022-07-06 15:02
3 replies
I am sorry but wtf are you on about rn? Looks to me you mentioned his stats dipping against top 5-10 opponents and I simply showed you factual stats. Numbers don't lie, learn to read. And why don't you explain what you think top5-10 filters mean and how that does not prove your point wrong? Top 5-Top 10 teams are literally tier 1 and BlameF have good stats against top 10 teams. Tier 3 teams aren't included in that lmfao.
2022-07-06 15:15
2 replies
Top5 filter is when both teams were in top5 - that's why there is nothing for Astralis in 2022. Actual stats against teams in top5 etc can be found in a table in player's statistics. BlameF rating against top20 teams is 1.18 and against top5 is 1.09. Still quite good but nowhere near to be top5 player this year as original commenter suggested.
2022-07-06 15:37
1 reply
ahh i see, mb mb, thanks for the details
2022-07-06 19:41
farlig being out rated by xyp and k0nfig even tho he is an awper...
2022-07-05 22:56
gg to movistar it was not our game, we will come back stronger, yeyeyeyey we know it each tournament
2022-07-05 22:57
3 replies
#37
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Faroe Islands v_v
“our game” kek
2022-07-06 00:21
2 replies
"kek" lol
2022-07-06 02:40
1 reply
#47
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Faroe Islands v_v
flag
2022-07-06 05:51
#12
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Portugal dracø
GG MR, keep riding the momentum! Vitality need to go back to full french, this ain't working at all. It's clearly not an individual problem, there is just no synergy at all in the team.
2022-07-05 22:57
1 reply
#27
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Aruba defoliant
i am starting to lean to this idea as well.
2022-07-05 23:11
Congrats! MR. Well played.
2022-07-05 23:00
VAMOSSSSSSS
2022-07-05 23:01
AGAIN VAMOS
2022-07-05 23:03
#18
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Spain lukasgc15
Riders is just playing out of this world. So happy!!
2022-07-05 23:04
4 replies
Mmmm no, its more vitality playing like dogs
2022-07-05 23:09
3 replies
#41
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Spain lukasgc15
Oh yeah sorry. My bad. Riders is just so lucky everyone is playing like dogs against them lately
2022-07-06 01:22
2 replies
Naa ur right mr looking really good
2022-07-06 02:12
Delusional flair.
2022-07-06 02:24
#19
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United States leeneptune
k0nfig woke up lets goo!!! but bad for col :(
2022-07-05 23:05
BaitF and botFig really showing up against T3 competition lmao
2022-07-05 23:05
VAMOSSS
2022-07-05 23:06
lets blame misutaa for all loses! he is problem guys!!!!11111!!1111
2022-07-05 23:07
mopiland <3
2022-07-05 23:08
#25
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Spain TJSpain
VAMOOOOOOOOOOSSSSS
2022-07-05 23:09
#28
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Aruba defoliant
GJ MSR.
2022-07-05 23:12
English VOD please?!?!?!
2022-07-05 23:13
Lets goooo
2022-07-05 23:15
Spanish cojones again. Keep going
2022-07-05 23:31
i am curious how much time vitality CEO need to realize this team sucks they had great r6s roster and they dropped it cuz of no good results, cs roster is much worse and has even worse results, yet its not yet fired
2022-07-06 00:25
What the actual fuck is going on with Vitality? This is insane, seriously.
2022-07-06 00:43
wp MR
2022-07-06 02:01
16-4 on their pick ! AYAAAAAAA FRENCH FLAIR
2022-07-06 07:09
Vamos boyz
2022-07-06 11:21
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