OG qualify for the organization's first-ever Major
Outsiders have one last chance to qualify for IEM Rio through their final match at the Europe RMR.
OG are the latest team to qualify for the IEM Rio Major after they defeated Outsiders 2-1 at the Europe Regional Major Ranking tournament. After barely missing out on a spot at PGL Major Stockholm and PGL Major Antwerp, the organization is now set to attend its first-ever Major since its entry into CS:GO in late-2019.
In the spot-deciding match, the European mix fell short in their comeback attempt on Ancient and dropped their map pick 13-16, dominated on Dust2 16-5, and sealed the series on Inferno 16-13. Shahar "flameZ" Shushan was consistently the top fragger on his team and finished the match with 62 kills and a 1.33 rating.
OG conclude their hunt for a Major spot with a 3-1 record but can still clinch a Legends stage spot should they triumph in the third-place decider bracket also featuring Heroic and Vitality.
Outsiders kicked off the series with a 5-0 lead on Ancient as OG struggled to find kills. Nemanja "nexa" Isaković's squad eventually got out of their early slump and won nine of the last ten rounds to give them a 9-6 advantage at halftime. Their troubles in the fragging department were completely overcome as the European mix's players put up multi-kill after multi-kill to take over the lead.
The CIS squad came out of the break with a ferocious flurry of attacks, which left OG's defenses helpless. The captain and AWPer, Dzhami "Jame" Ali, let his Big Green sing and even picked up a triple-kill in the 22nd. Maciej "F1KU" Miklas and Abdul "degster" Gasanov put an end to Outsiders' streak in the 25th, which sparked a comeback attempt from OG. It wasn't meant to be for nexa's men in the end, as the Russians denied the comeback in the penultimate round and sealed the map, 16-13.
As competitive as the first map was, the same couldn't be said for the battle on Dust2. OG annihilated Outsiders in the first half and stormed their way to an overwhelming 14-1 lead. Jame's squad tried to rally back in the second period, but their efforts ultimately just delayed the inevitable as OG took home the 16-5 victory and forced a decider on Inferno.
OG found success early on Inferno thanks to their ability to get the bomb down which turned into a swift 5-2 lead. Outsiders gave the European mix a taste of their own medicine and dominated the rest of the first half en route to a 9-6 lead at the switch. Evgenii "FL1T" Lebedev and Petr "fame" Bolyshev topped the scoreboard with 14 kills each, with both even scoring a triple-kill along the way.
A pistol quad-kill by F1KU followed by a triple-kill in the next round from Adam "NEOFRAG" Zouhar started a 6-0 run for OG in the second half. Outsiders finally scored after getting the bomb down in the 22nd and eventually levelled the game up at 12-12. Back-and-forth action ensued until the European mix hit map and series point at 15-13. The win wasn't too far away as nexa delivered the final blow and defused the bomb to give OG the organization's first-ever Major appearance in history.
|OG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|62 - 45||+17||91.5||1.33|
|54 - 47||+7||68.9||1.07|
|50 - 50||0||70.8||1.07|
|46 - 48||-2||63.5||0.97|
|43 - 55||-12||63.8||0.87|
|Outsiders||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|51 - 41||+10||66.5||1.12|
|52 - 52||0||81.7||1.10|
|47 - 52||-5||72.7||1.00|
|52 - 55||-3||66.4||0.92|
|40 - 55||-15||54.3||0.77|
The teams who qualified for the IEM Rio Major so far are:
Ninjas in Pyjamas
* Liquid vs. Evil Geniuses will decide one Legends spot
The highest seeded team between Spirit, Cloud9, and Sprout will secure a Legends spot automatically, and the other two teams will play for another
Heroic, Vitality, and OG will play in a third-place decider bracket for a Legends spot